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John's Grill

63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207
+1 415-986-0069
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“baked potato” (130 reviews)
“steak” (635 reviews)
“roquefort salad” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:45 PM Hours
Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our first evening in San Francisco , my first name is John so we just had to visit. Very busy obviously popular we were warmly welcomed and after a short wait seated. Service was excellent and menu carefully explained. We decided to share and this...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for somewhere to have a steak for our last night. In earlier wanderings I had seen John's and liked the reviews. Booked a table through trip advisor and would definitely recommend booking. Not sure we would have got a table without booking....More

Thank kieranp39
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have an affinity for "historic" restaurants and the career waiters and waitresses that work there and John's Grill is one of those places. I ordered the grilled Pacific Red Snapper with veggies and a baked potato. The nice size portion of fish was very...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in San Francisco for business and we stumbled across this restaurant. It was so good we went back the very next day. The steaks were to die for!!!! The peppercorn sauce delicious and all in all a delightful experience

1  Thank ManderlayCT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As Humphrey Bogart aficionados we have been to Key Largo, where rather surprisingly, the tiny, original African Queen is moored on display. A pleasure therefore to go to John's Grill on Ellis St, visited by Sam Spade (Bogart), in The Maltese Falcon. The restaurant looks...More

Thank MadDocNI
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here with six colleagues during a recent business trip. This is a wonderful visit to old San Francisco combined with delicious food and great service.

1  Thank jabmoore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read the back of the menu to see the history. Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Staff friendly and helpful.

1  Thank Jenness R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner on a recommendation. We reserved a table, recommended. The service was good the food was average, at best. The live music was a guy on guitar, we couldn't hear him and we were pretty close.

Thank Cappie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner for 6. Family and friends reunion and first SF dinner after many years. I was told that the level of service had much degraded over the years but I didn't expect that. Waitress was dismissive and never smiled once. One of us hesitated for...More

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old fashioned restaurant occupies several floors and offers casual decent food. The service is efficient, the decor has historical charm as the place was founded in 1908. My calf’s liver was okay ,smothered in onions and rather dry bacon. Good key lime pie dessert....More

1  Thank MILOUW
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Kent Z
September 11, 2018|
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Response from Sally N | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure I can give you a 100% accurate answer. I'm sure the wait staff would be friendly. I am not sure if they have a children's menu, because we did not need one, so I never inquired. We ate lunch there, and I did... More
November 22, 2016|
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Response from Jana T | Reviewed this property |
Casual but classy. My husband wore long pants and a golf shirt. I was dressed similarly.
November 1, 2016|
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Response from jozannes14 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I think you would need to look at their website or call them.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, 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
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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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