John's Grill / San Francisco

63 Ellis St San Francisco 94102
Opening Hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:45
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 21:45

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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Aaron Bryson en
Excellent Filet Mignon and Heirloom Tomato Salad. The server​ was very polite, knowledgeable and fast. Very quick service from time of order for this type of restaurant. Really nice retro atmosphere. The Clam Chowder was among the best I have ever had. GooglePlace - February 2018
Peggy Mulligan en
I go here EVERY TIME I'm in San Francisco. The Jack LaLaine's Favorite Salad is all I ever order. It's fabulous! The restaurant has the original Maltese Falcon from the movie. The waitstaff is wonderful, the drinks are so good, and the atmosphere takes you back. GooglePlace - February 2018
Nicholas Dal Porto en
This place is so cool. Food is overall fantastic, nice service. The building is awesome. Definitely an "old-school" city feel. They've even got probably hundreds of portraits of San Francisco Police captains, lieutenants, and inspectors up on the wall. Overall it's just a really unique restaurant. Highly recommend it. GooglePlace - February 2018
martin stacey en
I'm by no means a critic but here are my opinions. Ambience: Sitting down the jazz was obnoxiously loud meaning the people sat across the walkway to me had to near-on scream at each other to be heard... meaning I had screaming couple vs overly loud jazz... Not a good start. This restaurant also isn't the kind of place you sit down and enjoy a slow meal (which is my preference), it comes across more rushed and a more in'n'out kind of joint which came through in the service. Meal: The steak was OK... I've had amazing steak and I've had good steak, this for me was just below the latter of the two with a lot of fat that could have been trimmed but wasn't. The dessert was the star of the show. Which for me sets a great restaurant apart from an OK restaurant. A great restaurant will wow you throughout the meal; an OK restaurant will make sure you leave on a good note. GooglePlace - January 2018
Gary Elias en
I'm from the Midwest. I know and well appreciate corn fed Midwestern steak. The problem is finding it because they ship most of good stuff out. John's Grill apparently is responsible for some of that shortage. My steak was excellent. Great taste, tender and cooked correctly. The service was good and fast. San Francisco isn't my favorite city but John's certainly is on my list of favorite steakhouses where I thought I might otherwise starve in need of a good steak. GooglePlace - November 2017