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John's Grill

Union Square
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63 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Powell Street)
+1 415-986-0069
11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I ate here on the 23rd and it was our first time. We got the oysters and they were Chesapeake Bay but extremely fresh and not too large. We both ordered the NY Strip steak and agreed that we would be hard pressed to think of where we had a better one. It was cooked perfectly, seasoned... More 

Thank David G
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Recommended by our hotel and confirmed by trip advisor reviews this restaurant didn't disappoint! Great steaks and a lively atmosphere. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for!

Thank stev9
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited John's twice-- the first time after it was recommended by the Concierge at Park 55 and the second time because we liked it so well the first time. The food was very good and service was great. I had fish both times and it was excellent. My husband had different fish but said his was excellent as well.... More 

Thank Kytravelor
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on Friday lunchtime as a special farewell for my friend heading back to New York. Drinks were ordered ( bellini not possible as no peach snapps so a rum punch and wine for my friend). My friend who is 28 was asked for his I.D. when the drinks appeared. Now a good waiter would and should of asked for... More 

Thank Barry E
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

John's grill is a historic and a popular steak restaurant located on Ellis street, very close to Union Square in SF. It is a multilevel restaurant with live jazz performance at night. The atmosphere is nice, well decorated but a little tight. The food is delicious, especially steaks. I also recommend you to try their special cocktail before dinner and... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were fitted in, in the extremely busy restaurant. The service was still attentive, and the meal very nice. The chowder was really delicious!

Thank Jenny M
Anacortes, Washington
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394 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

John's Grill is easy to find. I would make a reservation during the week after work. I was here at 5 PM on a Sunday, and a lot of people were already here. I had red snapper fish, and my son had a steak. Both were good. I had a couple of drinks also. They were good. Again, John's Grill... More 

Thank zip98221
New York City
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197 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Old fashioned dark steak and seafood place, more steak than fish. cozy, good service, food was good, steak a bit chewy.

Thank UWSall
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92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Maltese Falcon atmosphere is cute and the restaurant itself looks nice. But the prices are high and quality of food was quite disappointing. In our party of 4 the two steaks were over-cooked and the two fish plates were also over-cooked. This despite the fact that the steaks were ordered Medium Rare. The quantity of food was large -... More 

Thank Steve K
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a sweet and traditional look at a seafood fare restaurant. Very near Union Square and maintaining many of what appeared to be the original amenities, John's Grill served up a very tasty selection of seafood entrees, soups, salads and the requisite San Francisco sour dough bread with generous amounts of butter. The dishes were graciously sized, and were... More 

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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
Large groups, Local cuisine
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 Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
    (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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