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John's Grill

63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207
+1 415-986-0069
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good37%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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Steakhouse, American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207
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Reviewed yesterday

I was looking for a downtown restaurant for a business dinner and John's Grill on Tripadvisor. Due to a misunderstanding, we where an half hour to late for the reservation and it was an big conference in town. So started to look for a different...More

Thank Alex P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Went to a conference at a near by hotel and this was suggested by the concierge. Everyone was friendly and prices are high but the food was good and very intimate.

Thank Jerome R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A real gem! Great service, great wine, great food! Celebrated an anniversary and they brought a complimentary glass of champagne for the couple. My husband and I split a dinner and they accommodated well. A bit pricey but worth it as it is a historical...More

Thank singletonn
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, music upstairs, staff friendly, food good, good choice of drinks, not the cheapest, but don't miss it out

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Food is just ok- service is good. They used to be good italian now sea food & steaks. expensive for the quality of food.

Thank sanddab
Reviewed 5 days ago

I've been here a few times. The ambiance is great - historic spot with pictures of important people from the past all over the walls. But the steak is very mediocre. The last time I came for lunch I got the steak sandwich. I asked...More

Thank vanillachalk
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had dinner with my husband here recently while visiting San Francisco. This place not only has good food, but a rich history. Having stood here since 1908, the walls are filled with the photos of the famous that have dined here. From film stars, to...More

Thank GiGitoB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife was let loose on Trip Advisor and chose John's. I'd give this place 5 Stars for its atmosphere, fantastic. I ordered the bone in New York Strip and Gaynor Lobster Ravioli. Both fantastic. If we had time would visit again this trip.

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for my husbands birthday as it was recommended by the hotel we were staying at. We were upstairs which had the old world charm atmosphere. There was someone singing which added to the charm. We both had steaks which were cooked to...More

Thank Anne-Marie H H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I LOVE fish and will always choose it on the menu so we had grilled red snapper which was nice but I've definitely had better. There isn't a kids menu so they offered pasta with a variety of sauce options which was great. A bill...More

Thank BritAbroadz
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the dress attire?
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.
Kay F
Your earliest reservation for Nov. 8th. is 3:45 pm. Can we still order lunch at this time?
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.
Kay F
Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
November 1, 2016|
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Response from Cecilia C | Reviewed this property |
You should call the restaurant. So far I haven't seen dogs and space is quite small
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
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
  • E-mail
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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