John's Grill

John's Grill

Steakhouse · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 184 votes

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    Megan I.
    "Excellent service, and The Maltese Falcon lives upstairs."(4 Tips)
    "The Jack Lalanne salad is absolutely amazing and big enough for two."(3 Tips)
    Stan R.
    "Everything , lobster ravioli,"(5 Tips)
    Davy K.
    "But the chef's special red snapper was great!"(2 Tips)
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  • maltese falcon
  • steak
  • special red snapper
  • sam spade
  • live jazz
  • shellfish
  • oysters
  • cocktails
  • filet mignon
  • Dungeness crab
  • salads
  • shrimp cocktail
  • liver
  • jumbo shrimp
  • martinis
  • good for dates
  • novels
  • dinner
  • chicken
  • lunch
  • heathr g.

    Loved the old times bone but not the food. Both lobster ravioli app and gristly prime rib weren't finish able. I'd pass for the many good places in town worth the money.

    heathr gold · 5 days ago
  • Fahad A.

    Nice cousy place

    Fahad Alqattan · 3 weeks ago
  • Charles C.

    For a great steak and a good dining experience try Morton's

    Charles Contessa · September 27
  • Charles C.

    Not a great dining experience. It's a steak diner!

    Charles Contessa · September 27
  • Rodrigo I.

    Sealed salmon, best option

    Rodrigo Ibarra · February 3
  • Diane M.

    Classic steak restaurant. I loved my ribeye but I expect they will do well with other cuts as well. Lovely sourdough reminds you that you are in San Francisco. Classic cocktails.

    Diane McClure · January 17
  • Анастасия А.

    The best steak in my life. Definitely a must. Just try it.

  • Nihat U.

    Best steak I ever ate! Go for The stake. No mussels though. Excellent.

    Nihat Unalacak · October 1, 2014
  • Lily

    A classic. Get the oysters and a couple of martinis. It's tight quarters in here though so make a reservation.

    Lily · September 14, 2014
  • Stan R.

    Everything , lobster ravioli,

    Stan Rodrigues · August 8, 2014
  • Gilbert R.

    Hands down the best clam chowder in the city!

  • John C.

    One would think seafood crepes that cost $27 would have chunks of fresh seafood, not a microwaved paste. Tastey, but not on par with the price for a coastal city.

    John Coyne · May 26, 2014
  • Leslie M.

    Home of the Maltese Falcon

    Leslie Macchiarella · May 20, 2014
  • Leslie M.

    Fine old SF steak house & great bar

    Leslie Macchiarella · May 20, 2014
  • Barbara L.

    Sea bass was really good n the service too 👍

    Barbara Lo · January 22, 2014
  • Glen G.

    The Sam Spade chops are not just a tourist trick. Tender and tasty!

    Glen Gilmore · January 21, 2014
  • Tina G.

    The filet mignon was like bitter! This place has old school charm.

    Tina Gillmor · January 14, 2014
  • Judye P.

    The seafood manicotti is exceptional! My friend had fried oysters- my sample was delicious. Wonderful way to finish off the National REALTORS Convention! Claire and I give it 4 stars!

    Judye Phebus · November 11, 2013
  • Erwin M.

    Lobster ravioli & jerusalem chicken. I love it!!!

    Erwin Martinez · October 29, 2013
  • Leandro D.

    Great Filet Mignon !!

    Leandro Di Pasquale · October 20, 2013
  • NHH

    The Jack Lalanne salad is a must order.

    NHH · October 1, 2013
  • Murali V.

    Sam spade!

    Murali Vajapeyam · September 11, 2013
  • Alessandro N.

    Great ribeye, great artists

    Alessandro Nadalin · September 6, 2013
  • Mike D.

    Great food and service. Bartender was very friendly.

    Mike Diebel · September 3, 2013
  • Stephen M.

    I had the microwaved filet and my girlfriend had the microwaved fish. We started with the microwaved ravioli. Charge 35 bucks to push start? I will never get that hour of my life back.

    Stephen McLeod · August 24, 2013
  • Breno V.

    Historical appeal does not compensate for lack of seasoning and bland dishes. Lost somewhere in the past, the chef doesn't appear concerned with freshness. Bread was clearly old as well.

    Breno Vieira · August 18, 2013
  • Juan N.

    Do not order de cannelloni

    Juan Niño · July 14, 2013
  • LaDee E.

    Service could have been a lot better, drinks were good though!

    LaDee E. · July 1, 2013
  • Jun'ichi H.

    Good food for sure.

    Jun'ichi Hirayama · May 21, 2013
  • Igor P.

    Great food. The best eatery that we had in SFO!

    Igor P. · May 10, 2013
  • Mary Ann L.

    The Jack LaLanne salad is amazing!! And so was the seafood cannelloni. Randomly found this restaurant and it was well worth the price.

    Mary Ann L. · April 15, 2013
  • Sam B.

    The Cioppino was amazing. Highly recommended.

    Sam Bowley · April 12, 2013
  • Michael Z.

    Food is not that great. I would make this my last resort

    Michael Zaia · April 11, 2013
  • Frank C.

    The calve's liver was excellent. Old school preparation.

    Frank C · April 5, 2013
  • Gaidar M.

    Clam chowder New England style is not good here...

    Gaidar Magdanurov · February 7, 2013
  • David P.

    Great service and wonderful steaks!

    David Pinchot · January 31, 2013
  • Jen S.

    Oysters Wellington at the bar for lunch. Just sayin'.

    Jen Spec · January 2, 2013
  • Kevin C.

    Ribeye cut a little thin and not on the bone. Try the porterhouse. Nice Cesar salad. Matt was very accommodating

    Kevin Courtney · October 3, 2012
  • Olga💋 M.

    Everything's fine! Tasteful food, live jazz! Special thanks for seafood pasta!! :) Restoran with great history! Open since 1908.

    Olga💋💋 · September 24, 2012
  • Eric

    Okay food but slow service... I had the swordfish. Good, but the sides came cold and were not very flavorful. Expensive as well. I would choose another location overall.

    Eric · September 18, 2012
  • Andrew G.

    The reviews for the food were awful and scared us off. We had an excellent experience at the bar. The classic atmosphere was really nice.

    Andrew Gum · September 17, 2012
  • Athan R.

    Have a negroni at the bar

    Athan Rebelos · June 26, 2012
  • Megan I.

    This was very cool. In an historic building, serves classic steak and seafood. Excellent service, and The Maltese Falcon.

    Megan Irvine · April 18, 2012
  • Megan I.

    This was very cool. In an historic building, serves classic steak and seafood. Excellent service, and The Maltese Falcon lives upstairs.

    Megan Irvine · April 18, 2012
  • Walt P.

    Great Caesar salad. Ordered steak medium, should have gone medium rare.

    Walt Pesch · April 17, 2012
  • Jose G.

    OYSTERS WELLINGTON - creamed spinach, smoked bacon, baked in puff pastry, on a bed of sherry cream Read more

    Jose Gutierrez · February 18, 2012
  • E M.

    Try the Jumbo Prawn Cocktail

    E Martinez · February 18, 2012
  • Davy K.

    The fried prawns were awful! But the chef's special red snapper was great!

    Davy Kestens · January 23, 2012
  • Matt K.

    Excellent ribeye!!! Order the mushrooms to go on it!

    Matt Kessinger · January 22, 2012
  • 'ash7' - T. A.

    Best steak house in United Square. Friendly and delicious.

    'ash7' - T. Ashida · October 27, 2011

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