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John's Grill

63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207 (Downtown)
415-986-0069
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Ranked #570 of 4,920 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Powell Street
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San Francisco
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I went to lunch with a couple of friends and was really surprised and pleased by the food and the atmosphere. Normally I wouldn't review a restaurant, but I had a great steak and my friend's Jack Lalanne salad was really good. Their seafood is fresh and most items on the menu are locally sourced. Back to the steak, really... More

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Muscatine, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife had an excellent meal had John's Grill. Excellent service! I had the ribeye cooked to perfection. Wife had the red snapper. Perfect blend between butter and lemon. For dessert, I would recommend the flan. Price range $25-35. All meals come with baked potato and veggie. Wife got double veggies instead of potato.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

After reading reviews we decided to have a meal here. The place was full and we were professionally looked after by cheerful staff. The steak was highly recommended so the four of us selected steaks. They were tasty but would be by no means the most tender steaks we ate in San Fran. They were good but not great. Three... More

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The food is good, but the atmosphere is great. After a martini, I expected to see Dashiell Hammett come in. This was a place he frequented when he lived in SF. Sit in the back booth and wait for him.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We chose this place to celebrate our last night in the US. We were pleased that this place reflected the history and atmosphere of San Francisco. The atmosphere was good and I really enjoyed the prawn dijonnaise meal I had. Meals were brought out promptly. My husband enjoyed the steak he had but didnt rave about it. I would recommend... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Just got back from having dinner at John's Grill, after reading good reviews here on TripAdvisor. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype. We were there a bit earlier than our friends, but in the mean time no one asked if we wanted something to drink or maybe some small appetisers. Missed opportunity. The food was good, though,... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were taken out for dinner with friends Jim, Jerry and Beverley to Johns Grill. They are all San Franciscans and have been to many restaurants in the area and took us here to celebrate our 17th anniversary. They have all been here many times over the years and we are so glad they chose this great... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I was there from a friend's recommendation. It was a busy Saturday night, but they help me to find a table right away, I ordered steak and I thought it will take a long time to get my food since it was a busy Saturday night, however, I got my food within 20 minutes. I so much love the steak... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We have had a marvellous opportunity to visit many great restaurants during our visit of a week here in San Francisco. This restaurant is definitely within our pick of the top 5 ...possibly even the top ( we still have a couple of days to go!). Expect a higher price ...but quality food and wine. Suggestion- seating is somewhat cramped... More

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Scotland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We hadn't been to John's Grill for about 6 years but going through the door little seemed to have changed. The restaurant was still relatively small with limited space between tables, has a cramped bar area and very limited space for those waiting for tables. However, there was still the same sense of character that is missing from so many... More

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