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“Nice dinner with friends”
Review of John's Grill

John's Grill
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Ranked #120 of 5,826 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $40
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Union Square
Cross street: Powell Street
Description: 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.)"
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Busy little restaurant in Union Square area. We ordered the Escargots for an appetizer. Delicious creamy garlic butter sauce. I enjoyed the Filet Mignon while my husband enjoyed the NY Steak. Both were prepared to our liking. Pricing is what I would expect at most nice steak houses.

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Thank cb628
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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

There were was a fruit fly in both of our drinks. Rushed through. Both our baked potatoes looked like they had been sitting for hours. The only thing that saved the steak was the fact it was a good cut.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Went for a business dinner. Food was great, service was great, value was average. reservation needed, it's packed most nights.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

First off, if you're an old movie buff, this is your place. The actual Maltese Falcon on display, since this was Dashiell Hammett's favorite haunt, is a really cool ting to see, as is the award for the film, also on display. That aside, the food was delicious. Had an excellent cioppino, and others at the table all enjoyed their respective dishes immensely. Nice wine menu, as well. A little pricy, but not bad when considering the place, the atmosphere, and the quality of the food. Also had a guitarist playing light jazz, which added to the ambience. A good local place that's been aroudnfor a long time, and has a lot of charm.

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Thank GateHall
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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Fillet steak was very nice but glad I asked for medium (which was neared medium rare). Johns Steak was nearer rare than medium and was gristley. Served with baked potatoes, which were very dry, and mange tout, which were near fperfect. Expensive for below average quality for one of the steaks.

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