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John's Grill

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Certificate of Excellence2018 - 2019 Winner

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Local cuisine, Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly

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Chocolate Mousse Torte
Seasonal‎‎ Berry Sauce
Pecan Pie
Shortbread Crust Topped With Glazed Pecans
New York Cheesecake
Graham Cracker Crust, Pure Vanilla And Cream Cheese in a Seasonal Berry Sauce
Vanilla‎‎ Cream Caramel
Fresh Seasonal Berries
House made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Amaretto Coffee Remy Martin VSOP
Kahlua Coffee Courvoisier
Irish Coffee Hennessy
Kioke Coffee Martell
(Brandy & Kahlua) Chisvas Regal
Mexican Coffee Glenlivet 12
(Tequila & Kahlua) Jameson
Venetian Coffee Bushmills
Brandy Glenfiddich
Jamaican Coffee Romano Sambuca
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
$30 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Steakhouse, American, Seafood
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed March 21, 2020

Last fall I went on a business trip to San Fran and the group decided to eat here. It is a small restaurant however it has a beautiful interior. The place has been there since 1908. I had the Seafood Canelloni, delicious. Portions were very...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed March 19, 2020 via mobile

We dined here in January after arriving late into SanFran. Had a reservation at Harris’s but their kitchen closed at 9.00. John’s is open until 10.30. Decor is cosy, lots of great pictures and wood. Service is excellent with great dishes on a very good...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020

Such a San Francisco Classic! We loved our salmon and sole dishes (best french fries too!). Very attentive service and an all around fun place to dine.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

Excellent food, every meal was delicious. Oyster Wellington was amazing, seafood pasta and chowder were amazing. Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020

Really enjoyed the atmosphere here, great to grab a bite somewhere with a little history. Steak was good, and the Jazz in the background set the mood nicely

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

Always loved this place and it’s historical references. I took my kids and the food was okay (good burger). I wish they had a printed kids menu. It is Very over priced for lunch. I ordered johns salad and think they forgot because it came...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020

We were in the Union Square area around lunch time and were looking for something good to eat for lunch. We opted for the San Franciscan classic, John’s Grill located 2 blocks off the square on Ellis Street at Powell. This area can be a...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020

We picked John's Grill because of it's great reviews on Trip Advisor, it's History and it's close proximity to Union Square and the Theaters. It absolutely lived up to the hype, the service and food absolutely great. Certainly among the best restaurants in the City...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

I’ve been there with friends, the rib eye was perfect cooked, the wine excellent, the service very efficient, a place to go!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 5, 2020 via mobile

During a lay-over from Toronto I just happened to stumble upon this place. And I will be back! I had a pint of the local Steam beer with a salmon filet. It was cooked beautifully. Service was excellent and the prices for lunch VERY reasonable....More

Date of visit: February 2020
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September 7, 2019|
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Response from troyb292 | Reviewed this property |
Unsure, as we had dinner downstairs in the main restaurant
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September 11, 2018|
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Response from sallyn313 | 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 355janat | Reviewed this property |
Casual but classy. My husband wore long pants and a golf shirt. I was dressed similarly.
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