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John's Grill

Union Square
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63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207 (Powell Street)
+1 415-986-0069
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The atmosphere and food at John's Grill was Great!! Three floors with intimate dining on each floor. The history of the establishment is captured in pictures on the walls and anyone that has seen the movie the Maltese Falcon will appreciate and recognize aspects of this restaurant. Live smooth Jazz on the second floor that could be heard through out... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very enjoyable experience. Loved the photos on the wall and the jazz music. I had the jumbo prawn cocktail and the seafood cannelloni both were excellent. Would recommend a visit just for the Maltese Falcon reference.

1 Thank Penny T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I ate dinner here with my girlfriend and we really enjoyed it. They accept reservations online and I'd recommend doing so since it seems to be busy all the time. I had the filet mignon and I'd recommend it.

1 Thank DPF413
Rohnert Park, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Johns Grill is a classic. One of the best restaurants in town. A no nonsense approach gives you excellent food no matter what you order, their specialties are particularly superb, great wine selection and the cocktails are like no other in town. Highly recommended.

1 Thank kevinmendez695
Berlin, Germany
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a lunch with one of my oldest IBM friends back in 2006 in this great restaurant. I am sure it has not changed much ever since. Very lively place, great food, old school grandezza. Happy to come back next time in town. ( an article in the FT today just reminded me of this great place)

Thank ralph376
Park City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chowder (one of the things you got to get in SF) was ok - not bad but far from memorable. A bowl from Boudin's would have been better. Service was nice and friendly. Historic landmark location. Good music. Seemed more of a tourist / business place vs. where the locals go. Have a small bar area - no TVs in... More 

Thank Travels-with-Michael
Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been back here several times; tried various steaks and starters. The menu is not huge, but a good selection. I have had the Rib-Eye and Porterhouse steaks, and they were spot on (Med-rare), and came with zucchini and broccoli that was not overcooked, and a nice baked potato. And good bread. If you order the Porterhouse steak you... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crab and prawn cocktails came with no salad just some awful spicy tomato sauce which ruined the seafood. I had seafood cannelloni but the filling was just mush with no identifiable seafood. My partners steak was ok but not great. Staff service good but expensive for the quality of food and we wouldn't go back.

1 Thank Jackie M
Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this place by our hotel concierge who said both seafood and steak which suited us both It is a little old fashioned looking lots of dark wood and black/white photos, but this has a strange attraction over steel and glass with no soul We ordered deep fried jumbo pawns, seasonal veg, whilst I went for the ribeye... More 

1 Thank Barry B
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smart people on pavement with menus talk you in very effectively. We arrived late at our hotel next door and gave it a try. Nothing to write home about. The historic scenery with hundreds of B/w photos on the walls of SF celebrities is a nice view, but food a big disappointment. Service is super fast but not friendly and... More 

1 Thank Tom_SW_London

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
Steakhouse, American, Soups, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
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: +1 415-986-0069
John's Grill has been a San Francisco tradition since 1908. This historic restaurant is one of the city's oldest and most famous and is a favorite of celebrities who enjoy great steaks, expertly prepared fresh seafood with excellent service and a one of a kind atmosphere. John's Grill was a setting in author Dashiell Hammetts, The Maltese Falcon. The restaurant has earned many tributes: it has been chosen as one of the 10 best by Esquire and featured in Gourmet Magazine. Live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room. ZAGAT RATED: Food 26 / Decor 24 / Service 25 / Cost $44 "Step back in time" at this circa-1908 Downtown "landmark", where "solid steakhouse fare" and "strong drinks" draw "tourists and locals alike"; "one of the last old-style SF eateries", it's also renowned as a "Dashiell Hammett hangout" (and a setting in The Maltese Falcon.)"

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