Historic John's Grill

4.6
5683 reviews
$31 to $50
American
"Following San Francisco mandate, every guest aged 12 and older wishing to dine indoors with us will be required to show proof of full vaccination with matching photo ID. We welcome guests without proof of vaccination in our outdoor parklets"

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 Hammett, The Maltese Falcon.

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.)"

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 5683 People Are Saying
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4.6
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vipEMBEE
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at John's Grill on Saturday, November 27. We went there to celebrate our daughter's birthday and sat at the bar for a bit and the bartenders were very nice and attentive. Then we sat upstairs and had a delicious meal. It was such a wonderful evening and we look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don’t let the outside fool
You. Great food, drinks, and service. We enjoyed our meals, see you again next year. 💯🔥

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MelanieW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little place with a warm, intimate ambiance and fascinating history. We went here for my son's 18th birthday and everything was fabulous. The martini's were perfection, my filet was the tenderest I've ever had, my husbands strip steak was incredible and my son said the fish and chips (yes, in a steak house LOL) were the best he's ever had. I can attest as I tried a bite. Our waiter was extremely attentive, but allowed us to enjoy ourselves and a great meal without feeling rushed. We will definitely go back.

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vipOldSchool
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Traditional high quality American food … steaks and seafood and great burgers… all deliciously prepared and served at speed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love this place!

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Neese
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service!! The ribeye was perfect and the vino too!

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Tantie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food is always good and presented well.

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vipRichardAlexander
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always bring visitors to San Francisco to Historic John's Grill for an immersion into Bagdad-by-the-Bay, made famous by Dashiel Hammett, Herb Caen and a parade of colorful personalities. Really? Where else does Mr. Speaker Willie Brown regularly hold court? The lamb chops are guaranteed to be perfect. The Bernaise sauce is exquisite and the Caesar salad spot on. The martini's are shaken hard. Nothing is amiss. My 5 guests from last night are singing praises this morning. Another great look back at my San Francisco that continues to please, again and again.

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MarloweB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Traditionally dine at John’s Grill on Black Friday. Our 30th year. It is a marvelous example of old San Francisco charm. So cozy and welcoming. Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Great, reasonably priced food and wonderful service. Provided Kir Royales on the house to our party to celebrate our anniversary.

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LisaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Classic old San Francisco. Service was great! As was the Cosmopolitan cocktail.

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RoanetM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, environment & service.
3rd time coming to dine and i always enjoy it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Drab. Understaffed. Crappy shrimp Louis.

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RobertS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent and ambiance was great. Easy to talk at our table and not too loud. Busy night for a Sunday. Food was great. My lamp chops did not have mint sauce and was not warm enough for my taste. Drinks were great and deserts were wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Not very nice sitting outside, quality was mediocre at best, obviously past it.

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MarkG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lamb chops and filet medallions were delicious! Service was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our small room on the third floor for a group of 11. Service was excellent from cocktails, through appetizers, dinner, and dessert. Everyone raved about their food: vegetarians and carnivores alike.

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JohnE
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 40th anniversary. Nat took excellent care of us. The dinner was fantastic (lamb chops and salmon) and we had a wonderful evening.

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AliciaR
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic. We love coming every time we are in SF.

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GeneC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Like going back to old time in San Francisco when I was young. I celebration my 81 birthday. Great fun.

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Rick
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved dining in this historic restaurant. Bring back the oysters!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks, and service.

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vipMauihaoles123
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love this restaurant. Always try to visit when we’re in the city!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was casual and welcoming. Wonderful staff. We plan to go back when visiting San Francisco

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Robert
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic evening! Service was great, food was the best! Everyone was friendly, polite and helpful. Service was spot on! Everything was so clean, felt very safe there.

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AndreG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic classic steakhouse with an excellent dirty gin martini.

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Planetxoxo
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

As locals for many, many years John's Grill is still our steakhouse for dining. There are many steakhouses in SF in which we also patronize. If you're looking for a historical great food and old world service, this is your place to dine.

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vipGaryPegSF62
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

John's Grill is great, old-school, classy San Francisco. Excellent service all around. Menu offers many eye-catching choices -- steaks, seafood, salads, and more. For lunch, I started with a hearty lunch salad with seasonal greens and bleu cheese dressing, and the Jumbo Prawns Dijonnaise. Wow. Huge prawns and mushrooms in a rich and creamy sauce. My friend ordered the mouth-watering Medallions of Beef (Filet Mignon) in a Bearnaise Sauce and potato gratin. Steps away from Union Square and Westfield Mall.

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vipJesseR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

It’s been around forever and you have a good chance of a celebrity sighting in San Francisco

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GerlindeB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place with character. Good service and food was wonderful.

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Engmama
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of 8 had a wonderful meal and experience at John's Grill. The food was excellent, the server was wonderful, where they placed us, at a big, round table, really allowed group conversation, and the acoustics in the restaurant were good, so we could hear each other. A truly wonderful experience.

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SueMP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience

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vipGary
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Alas, we were the only famous people there.

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vipdngmt
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Restaurant is amazing in historical atmosphere- we ate outside which didn’t have any atmosphere.

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VioletM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place. We drive an hour to eat at john’s. We don’t even think of other options in city. It’s always this place. Always consistent and great. Even our kids are in love with it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Not my first visit here. Ate at John’s 60 years ago with my grandparents. It never gets old or stale. Jack LaLane salad is one of the best in the city. Steaks are good and mine last night was cooked perfectly!

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SamanthaF
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time and we had a wonderful experience! The food was great!

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vipchinkisista
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

On this visit I would say John’s Grill is back to pre-covid levels , very busy dining room. We celebrated a birthday and enjoyed Caesar salad, escargot, medallions of beef with prawns and Jerusalem chicken. Very hearty portions. While we were perusing the dessert menu, our server brought over a flan with birthday candle, and singing birthday song, rousing nearby guests to singalong. Love the dark cozy atmosphere, classic American food, friendly, warm and efficient service, and the birthday surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great old restaurant with so much history and character. Best salmon I have had in a long time. Thanks.

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You can order delivery directly from Historic John's Grill using the Order Online button. Historic John's Grill also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 986-0069.

Historic John's Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 5683 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.