John's Grill / San Francisco

63 Ellis St San Francisco 94102
Opening Hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 22:00

John's Grill is a historical restaurant in San Francisco, California at 63 Ellis Street. The restaurant is famous, in part, thanks to the novel The Maltese Falcon.OverviewWith Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon backdrop, the restaurant serves American cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Specialties include fresh oysters, Maine lobsters ravioli, feta cheese for appetizers, seafood for salads with their special herbs and dressings, steak and lamb chops, seafood and shellfish. The restaurant stands at the edge of the Tendeloin neighborhood, more or less where it becomes the tourist-oriented "Powell Street Turnaround" section of San Francisco.Declared as one of the top 10 restaurants in the country by Esquire magazine, John's Grill has drawn critical acclaim from media outlets such as The New York Times, Chicago Times, Washington Post, and Sunset, plus NBC, CNN, and Fox News. The century-plus history of the restaurant has seen big names and celebrities including Sophia Loren, Jerry Lewis, George Lucas, Alice Cooper, Alfred Hitchcock, Keanu Reeves, Francis Ford Coppola, Johnny Depp, and many more among its diners.

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Ashley Kyle en
Worst experience of my life!! Waiter was rude! The bread was burn on my sandwich they gave you a very small amount of dressing for the salad & when you asked for more acted like you asked for a million dollars. They literally took the plate from my friend while she was still eating. If you are traveling & enjoying down town San Fransisco shopping DO NOT go to this place!!! GooglePlace - July 2017
Melissa M en
Great steak and three of us ordered loaded baked potatoes and we all remarked about how happy we were with the amount of toppings that were served with it! We all agreed that it was the first time ever that we didn't have to ask for more of any topping!!! Best baked potatoe experience ever!!!!! GooglePlace - July 2017
American Arms Training Academy en
Setting was very nice and service was great. Was a good 4th of July meal. Red Snapper was good. I was not impressed with my $36 Porterhouse steak. Actually disappointed in it. There really was no flavor to it. I asked for med and got med/rare. (Which is what I expected since most places I have come to find do that) GooglePlace - July 2017
Harry Schulz en
Good food. Good ambience. Felt like I stepped back into the 1940s. Very friendly and efficient staff. Definitely worth the visit. Classic. GooglePlace - June 2017
Maureen Chalmers en
Went for the ambiance but can't say it was the friendliest welcome I've ever received. Vegies were lovely but main component of the meal was very ordinary. Cocktail was delicious! All in all there are better, friendlier places to go but it's a legendary restaurant - so make up your own mind. GooglePlace - April 2017