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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Felipe Lins de Albuquerque en
The food is fantastic! The meat is made with perfection. The menu offers a great selections of beers and wines as well. The atmosphere is classic and keeps the copy and simple but sophisticated decoration. If you're on San Francisco it's a must go! GooglePlace - October 2017
Roman G en
I came to John’s Grill while visiting from Australia. The place is hands down incredible. The food was great and my god the almond martini was out of this world. My partner and I talk about this place frequently and when we come back to America we will come back here again GooglePlace - September 2017
Spencer Campbell en
The wife did her homework here and said this place is a must! So we went, the family enjoyed it and some old school steak house nostalgia ensued! Live guitar player was great, the overall atmosphere was good, service excellent. Plus you might learn something historical from the movie the Maltese Falcon! GooglePlace - August 2017
Harry Pulaski en
Had a great birthday feast here with Dad. The Sam Spade lamb chops were unbelievably good. Tender, juicy and flavored with a peppery/ herb seasoning. The lobster bisque was fantastic and so, too, were the pecan pie and flan desserts. Stepping inside this Grill is a step back in time to 1908 when they first opened. Made particularly famous after Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's fictional character in The Maltese Falcon, stopped by. Highly recommend! Don't go on a hot night, though. Ventilation is not great. GooglePlace - August 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