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John's Grill

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63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207 (Powell Street)
415-986-0069
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
High prices for ok food in historic setting.

John's has maintained the feel of an old time steak and chops place, which is all to the good. Also good is their drinks pour, which is appropriately generous, given the stuff, $13-14 tab for a shot of name brand scotch or vodka. The servers handle orders in the busy dining room without seeming... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

John's has maintained the feel of an old time steak and chops place, which is all to the good. Also good is their drinks pour, which is appropriately generous, given the stuff, $13-14 tab for a shot of name brand scotch or vodka. The servers handle orders in the busy dining room without seeming effort. The food itself is somewhat... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We arrived here at ~9pm on a Thursday night with no reservation. Got a table for 3 straight away despite the whole place looking like it was packed. It was which is a good thing. All three of us had spent a long day and work had not finished until 8:30pm - we wanted a STEAK! This was the right... More 

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Fort Irwin, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went to John's Grill for Valentines Day & birthday dinner during our weekend trip to San Francisco for the romantic weekend & husbands birthday. It was one of the few places that had availability the week I made reservations - by the looks of reviews and photos, looked pretty good. We arrived on time for our reservation to be... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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107 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Centrally located near the Financial district, Johns is a historic place with all sorts of old San Francisco memorabilia on the walls. It is consistently rated as one of the best in San Francisco. See their site: http://johnsgrill.com/. Service is fast and attentive and the owner is on site making sure all goes well. The menu is diverse. This is... More 

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Sussex, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

First, the sign of a good restaurant is how busy it is. The restaurant was packed when I showed up for my reservation., and there was a line waiting outside. The wait staff was friendly and fast. We were not waiting too long for anything. I had the New York Steak with baked potato. It's not easy to get a... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Shared the Escargot appetizer and started with a Manhattan and a Martini we ordered during a short wait at the bar. Got an upstairs table and our waiter Jeff was awesome. Great food, great Jazz, great service and a restaurant that's been around about twice as long as me. An excellent dinner and evening at a historic San Francisco iconic... More 

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paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I have been visiting SFO one a year for 25 years. THis is the first time I ate at Joes's Grill. Good service, good oysters, good steak, good wine. We were a party of 9 and were well received and had a nice time. I was a bit afraid to get in a tourist trap and was pleasently surprised

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Maltese Falcon business is confusing to me. I was under the impression that the movie was filmed entirely in Hollywood (at least according to "Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover's Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations"). But what do I know. Anyway, John's is my go-to for a quick glass of wine before Italian class, and it's a good... More 

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San Francisco, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Have eaten here twice recently and they have the best, no-nonsense crab cocktail ever--and I'm a California native! It's a cup full of fresh, chilled crabmeat--no lettuce filler at the bottom--with classic red cocktail sauce. Perfect! The clam chowder (Boston-style) was rich and flavorful. The prawns "provençale" were good, but the sauce with lots of mushrooms was buttery rather than... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We spent 20 minutes discussing how to pay with credit cards because there were 12 of us and they didn't want to accept more than 4 cards When you spend more than 60$ each it's not a very good experience (with 100$ of gratuity) Food quite good The place stinks

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207
    (Powell Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: 415-986-0069

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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