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This historic restaurant is one of the city's oldest and most famous establishments. It is a favorite with local and national celebrities who enjoy the great steaks, fresh seafood, salads and pastas with excellent services at honest prices. John's Grill was a setting in author Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon.

The restaurant's interior is a masterpiece of original period furnishings, remaining a tribute to old San Francisco, as well as providing a virtual museum of authentic memorabilia. The dark oak paneled walls are covered with photos of well known patrons and San Francisco of the past. John's Grill was chosen as one of the 10 best by Esquire and featured in Gourmet.

John's Grill is within walking distance from all downtown theaters, major hotels, Union Square, Cable Cars and Moscone Convention Center. Dress is casual. John's Grill has a full bar and is open daily. For spur of the moment occasions, private banquet rooms are available.

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Reviews

Top ten places in San Francisco to take out of town guests.
KTVU Fox News

Most evocative stomping place in San Francisco. Old-fashioned wood-lined Steakhouse.
The Guardian

John's Grill is known for being that famed downtown chow palace.
New York Times

This wonderful historic spot is one of the city's oldest and most famous.
Torres

One of a kind atmosphere and flavorful specialties.
JetBlue Magazine

Be sure to wander upstairs to view the Maltese Falcon photos.
Washington Post

The chops are really good.
Chicago Times

One of the first restaurants to open after 1906 earthquake, the old style chophouse is filled with photos of famous patrons.
Sunset Magazine

Old gathering spot . Celebrated now as it was a century ago.
Executive Travel Magazine

Old style chophouse packed with tables.
Seattle Times

A gem. Favorite haunt of celebrities.
Star Magazine

This Downtown dinner house offers perfectly grilled, tendered steaks. Historic and filled with mystery and intrigue.
The Travel Channel

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Patrons

Alfred Hitchcock
Arianna Huffington
Judge Lane Ito
Dr. Robert Jarvick
Steve Jobs
Jack Kemp
Cheech Marin
Willie McCovey
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Anthony Quinn
Ann Rockefeller
Vidal Sasoon
Telly Savalas
Tommy Lee
Shirley Temple
Gore Vidal
Bill Walsh
Andy Warhol
Wim Wenders
Marlon Brando
Bill Gates
Johnny Depp
Ssophia Loren
Matt Dillon
President Gerald Ford
First Lady Hillary Clinton
Luciano Pavarotti
Bill Joel
Joe Montana
Steve Young
Nate Thurmond
Jerry Lewis
Olympia Dukakis
George Lucas
Don Johnson
Lauren Bacall
Alice Cooper
Dino De Laurentiss
Liz Claiborne
Joe Di Maggio
Lillian Hellman
Julia Child
Truman Capote
Francis Ford Coppola
Lucie Arnaz
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Barbara Boxer
Michael Caine
Geoffrey Beene
Bill Blass
Ronald Reagan
Senator Bill Bradley
Keaneu Reeves
Renee Zellweger
Vice President Al Gore
President Stefanopoulos of Greece
President Zedillo of Mexico
Baroness Philppine de Rothchild

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Holiday Menu

Moules A La Marinere 19.75
(Mussels with a touch of garlic, in an herbed light cream broth)
Steamed Clams 19.75
(Wine, garlic in a light lemon cream broth)
Jumbo Prawn Cocktail 15.00
Dungeness Crab Cocktail 18.00
Escargots – garlic cream 15.00
Maine Lobster Ravioli 15.00
(Tomato cream and fresh herbs)

Caesar A La John’s 9.75
- per person
Jack Lalanne’s Favorite 11.75
(Crab, Shrimp, Avocado, Mushrooms, Tomato Tossed In Our Famous Creamy Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing)
- per person
Roquefort Salad 11.25
(Seasonal greens, shrimp, crumbled Roquefort cheese Tossed in our famous creamy bleu cheese vinaigrette)
- per person
Dinner Salad 9.75
(Seasonal greens, garlic croutons, bay shrimp) - per person
New England Clam Chowder 9.75


Broiled Halibut 34.00
(Lemon, wine sweet butter, capers, mushrooms)
Broiled Salmon 29.00
(Hollandaise Sauce)
 
Jumbo Prawns Dijonnaise 32.00
(Sauté with mushrooms, wine, garlic and Dijon cream)
Fried Jumbo Prawns 29.00
(Breaded in herbed crumbs)
Chef’s Special Red Snapper 32.00
(Topped with shrimp, crab, mushrooms and lemon cream sauce)
Petrale Sole Amandine 29.00
 
Fisherman’s Pasta 34.00
(Linguine, salmon, crab, snapper, shrimps, basil cream, mushrooms, surrounded by mussels & clams)
Chicken Jerusalem 28.00
(Sauté with fresh artichokes, mushrooms and sherry cream)
Seafood Cannelloni 25.00
(Crepes filled with crab, shrimps, spinach, wine cream, crowned with cheese)

 
Roast Prime Rib of Beef 38.00
New York Cut Steak 38.00
John’s Steak 40.00
(Prime Bone in New York)
Filet Mignon 40.00
Prime T-Bone Steak 43.00
Prime Porterhouse Steak 44.00
Sam Spade’s Chops 39.00
(Broiled lamb chops)

Minimum Charge $28.00 per person
All entrée served with baked Idaho potato, sauté local mixed baby vegetable.

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LUNCH MENU

Appetizers

IMPORTED FETA CHEESE
And Kalamata Olives 7.95

JUMBO PRAWN COCKTAIL 10.95

BAY SHRIMP COCKTAIL 7.95

ESCARGOTS - Garlic Cream 9.95

DUNGENESS CRAB COCKTAIL 17.95

Salads & Soup

Jack Lalanne's Favorite Salad 16.95

SEASONAL GREENS, DUNGENESS CRAB, SHRIMP, AVOCADO, MUSHROOMS. TOMATO TOSSED IN OUR FAMOUS CREAMY BLEU CHEESE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER 6.95

LUNCH SALAD
Mixed greens, vinaigrette dressing 4.95
With blue cheese dressing 5.75

BAY SHRIMP LOUIS 12.95

SEAFOOD FLORENTINE
Baby spinach, dungeness crab, shrimp, tossed in our famous creamy bleu cheese vinaigrette dressing 18.95

CAESAR A LA JOHN'S 10.95

BAY SHRIMP, ROQUEFORT
AND AVOCADO SALAD 14.95

DUNGENESS CRAB LOUIS 19.95

BABY SPINACH SALAD
Smoked bacon, chopped egg, tossed in our famous creamy bleu cheese vinaigrette dressing 10.95

Pasta

FETTUCINE CONSTANTINE
Cream, grated nutmeg and romano cheese 11.95

MAINE LOBSTER RAVIOLI
Herbed tomato cream 13.95

RAVIOLI PRIMAVERA
Stuffed with spinach and cheese in a marinara cream 11.95

Eggs and Omelettes

*Accompanied by Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes*

JOE'S SPECIAL
Ground beef, mushrooms and spinach 14.95

EGGS BENEDICT 14.95

HANGTOWN FRY
Oysters and strips of smoked bacon 14.95

Sandwiches
All accompanied by French fries

BROILED DELUXE BURGER 12.95

CALIFORNIA CLUB HOUSE
Sliced chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato 12.95

BROILED NEW YORK STEAK 15.95

JOHN'S GRILL SPECIALTY HOUSE DRINK
"Bloody Brigid"
NAMED BY THE CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
sweet & sour, vodka, soda, special mix, lime and grenadine over crushed ice with souvenir glass
$9.95

Featured in GOURMET MAGAZINE

THE LAMPLIGHTER
Filet of sole stuffed with dungeness crab and shrimp baked in lemon and butter sauce 18.95

OYSTERS WELLINGTON
Creamed spinach, smoked bacon, baked in puff pastry on a bed of sherry cream 13.95

Seafood & Shellfish Specialties

PRAWNS PROVENCALE
Garlic, roma tomatoes, lemon butter and herbs 15.95

BROILED OR POACHED SALMON
With Hollandaise Sauce 16.95

SEAFOOD CANNELLONI
Dungeness crab, shrimp, baby spinach,
cheese and sherry cream sauce 13.95

PACIFIC RED SNAPPER
Grilled, beurre blanc 14.95

PETRALE AMANDINE
Sliced almonds, sweet lime butter 16.95

DUNGENESS CRAB LEGS SUPREME
Saute in lemon butter, light cream wine sauce 21.95

ABALONETTI DORE
Calamari steak, creamy lemon butter sauce 14.95

Traditional Tastes of the Sea

(Coated with herbed bread crumbs and accompanied by tartar sauce)

FRIED SEA SCALLOPS 14.95

FRIED PACIFIC PRAWNS 14.95

FRIED OYSTERS 14.95

FRIED COMBINATION SEAFOOD
Pacific prawns, filet of sole, oysters and sea scallops 16.95

*All the above entrees served with seasonal vegetables*

STEAMED CLAMS BORDELAISE
Wine, garlic in a light lemon cream broth 14.95

FRUITS DE MER PASTA
Linguine, mussels, scallops, calamari, tomato cream 16.95

MOULES A LA MARINIERE
Mussels with a touch of garlic in an herbed light cream broth 14.95

LINGUINE WITH FRESH CLAMS
Baby clam, thyme cream sauce 14.95

From the Broiler & Skillet

*All entrees served with seasonal vegetables and baked Idaho potato*

NEW YORK STEAK 26.95

FILET MIGNON 29.95

JOHN'S STEAK
Thick, prime, bone-in New York 29.95

PEPPER STEAK
Sew York Cut, peppercorns 27.95

RIB EYE STEAK 26.95

PRIME T-BONE STEAK 31.95

PRIME PORTERHOUSE STEAK 31.95

CALVES' LIVER
Crowned with smoked bacon and caramelized onions 14.95

MARCO POLO
Chicken, ham, asparagus or broccoli (in season) topped with cheese and cream sauce 14.95

SAM SPADE'S LAMB CHOPS
Served with baked potato and sliced tomatoes 26.95

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DINNER MENU

Appetizers

IMPORTED FETA CHEESE
And Kalamata Olives 10.95

JUMBO PRAWN COCKTAIL 12.95

ESCARGOTS - GARLIC CREAM 12.95

MAINE LOBSTER RAVIOLI
Herbed tomato cream 13.95

FRESH HALF DOZEN OYSTERS
On the half shell 12.95

DUNGENESS CRAB COCKTAIL 18.95

STEAMED CLAMS
Wine, garlic in a light lemon cream broth 18.95

MOULES A LA MARINERE
Mussels with a touch of garlic, in an herhed light cream broth 18.95

Salads & Soup

Jack Lalanne's Favorite Salad (for two) 27.95
SEASONAL GREENS, DUNGENESS CRAB, SHRIMP, AVOCADO, MUSHROOMS, TOMATO TOSSED IN OUR FAMOUS CREAMY BLEU CHEESE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

CAESAR A LA JOHN'S (per person) 10.95

DINNER SALAD (per person)
Seasonal greens, garlic croutons, bay shrimp and choice of dressing 8.95

ROQUEFORT SALAD (per person)
Seasonal greens, shrimp, crumbled Roquefort cheese Tossed in our famous creamy bleu cheese vinaigrette 10.95

NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER 9.95

On the Side

CARAMELIZED ONIONS 4.95
BAKED IDAHO POTATO 4.95
ASPARAGUS, HOLLANDAISE SAUCE 5.95
FRENCH CREAMED SPINACH 5.95
SAUTEED MUSHROOMS 5.95

JOHN'S GRILL SPECIALTY HOUSE DRINK
"Bloody Brigid"
NAMED BY THE CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
sweet & sour, vodka, soda, special mix, lime and grenadine over crushed ice with souvenir glass
$9.95

Featured in GOURMET MAGAZINE

CHICKEN JERUSALEM
Sauteeil with artichokes, mushrooms and creamy white wine sauce 25.95

OYSTERS WELLINGTON
Creamed spinach, smoked bacon, baked in puff pastry on a bed ofsherry cream 27.95

Seafood & Shellfish Specialties

PETRALE SOLE
Lemon butter mushroom sauce 26.95

BROILED SALMON
Hollandaise Sauce 29.95

BROILED HALIBUT
Lemon, wine sweet butter, capers and mushrooms 34.95

CHEF'S SPECIAL RED SNAPPER
Topped with shrimp, Dungeness crab and lemon cream 33.95

JUMBO PRAWNS DIJONNAISE
Sauteed with wine, garlic dijon cream 27.95

FRIED JUMBO PRAWNS
Breaded in herhed crumbs 27.95

BROILED SEABASS
Roasted garlic beurre blanc 34.95

GRILLED PACIFIC RED SNAPPER
lemon butter sauce 27.95

All above entrees accompanied by seasonal vegetables and baked Idaho potato


SEAFOOD CANNELLONI
Dungeness crab, shrimp, baby spinach, cheese and sherry cream sauce, seasonal vegetables 25.95

FISHERMAN'S PASTA
Linguine, salmon, snapper, shrimp, mushrooms surrounded by mussels and clams in basil cream 31.95

SEAFOOD CIOPPINO A LA MARINARA
Stew of jumbo Pacific prawns, filet of sole, scallops, mussels, bay shrimp and clams in a marinara broth with toasted garlic sourdough 33.95

 

John’s Featured Steaks 

SURF AND TURF     38.95
New York Steak & 3 Fried Jumbo Prawns

NEW YORK STEAK     29.95

RIB EYE STEAK     29.95

FILET MIGNON     34.95

JOHN'S STEAK     35.95
Thick bone-in New York

T-BONE STEAK     37.95

PORTERHOUSE STEAK     38.95

CALVES' LIVER
Crowned with smoked bacon and caramelized onions 25.95

SAM SPADE'S LAMB CHOPS 35.95
Served with baked potato and sliced tomatoes

*Peppercorn or Bernaise Sauce addded to any steak on the side $2.00*

All beef entrees served with seasonal vegetables and baked Idaho potato

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WINE LIST

(Updated 8-14-2014)

SPARKLING WINES

Brut, Gloria Ferrer, Sonoma Brut, NV - $48

Brut, Piper Sonoma, Sonoma NV - $52

 

FRENCH CHAMPAGNES

 

Piper Heidsieck, Brut NV - $75

G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge, Brut NV - $95

Imperial, Moet & Chandon NV - $100

Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon 2002 - $175

 

HALF BOTTLES

Chardonnay, Lafond, Santa Rita Hils, 2011 - $24

Chardonnay, MacRostie, Sonoma Coast, 2012 - $26

Pinot Noir, Benton Lane, Estate, Willamette, 2011 - $25

Zinfandel, Cline Ancient Vines, Sonoma 2012 - $23

Merlot, Francis Ford Coppola, Napa 2010 - $25

Merlot, Swanson, Napa 2009 - $30

Cabernet Sauvignon, BV, Napa 2012 - $29

Cain Concept, (Red Blend), Napa, 2009 - $52

 

Opus One, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley 2010 - $150

 

CALIFORNIA WHITES

Riesling, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, 2010 - $38

 

White Zinfandel, Beringer, California,  2012 - $27

Fume Blanc, Ferrari Carano, California 2011 - $38

 

Sauvignon Blanc, Elizabeth Spencer, 2013 -  $36

Sauvignon Blanc, Round Pond, Rutherford,2012 - $46

Sauvignon Blanc, Cakebread, Napa Valley 2012 - $72

Vermentino, Uvaggio, Lodi, 2011 - $39

Pinot Gris, Claiborne & Churchill, San Luis Obispo, 2012 - $42

Pinot Grigio, Longoria, Santa Barabara, 2012 - $45

Chardonnay, John’s Grill Private Label, California - $37

Chardonnay, Adelsheim, Willamette, 2012 - $39

Chardonnay, Capture, Fleuron, California, 2011 - $43

Chardonnay, Rodney Strong, Chalk Hill, 2012 - $45

Chardonnay, Sonoma Cutrer, Russian River 2012 - $45

Chardonnay, Dutton Estate, Kyndall Reserve, 2011 - $48

Chardonnay, Cuvaison, Carneros, 2011 - $58

Chardonnay, ZD, California, 2012 - $60

Chardonnay, Jordan, Sonoma  2012 - $66

Chardonnay, Hanzell, Sebella, Sonoma, 2011 - $75

Chardonnay, Chalk Hill, Russian River, 2012 - $80

Chardonnay, Kistler, Les Noisetier, Sonoma, 2012 - $95

 

CALIFORNIA REDS

Pinot Noir, White Hart, Central Coast, 2011 - $36

Pinot Noir, Head High, Sonoma, 2012 - $38

 

Pinot Noir, Witness Tree, Willamette, 2012 - $44

Pinot Noir, Annabella, Sonoma Coast, 2012 - $42

Pinot Noir, David Bruce, Sonoma Coast, 2012 - $53

Pinot Noir, Bearboat, Russian River 2010 - $54

Pinot Noir, Wild Horse, Santa Barbara, 2010 - $55

Pinot Noir, Pence Ranch, Santa Barbara, 2011 - $47

Pinot Noir, Cleary Ranch Vineyards, Russian River 2009 - $58

Pinot Noir, MacRostie, Sonoma Coast, 2011 - $65

 

Pinot Noir, Kistler, Sonoma Coast, 2012 - $110

Merlot, Francis Ford Coppola, Napa 2012 - $40

Merlot, Longboard, Russian River 2010 $43

Merlot, Swanson Napa 2011 - $45

Merlot, Medlock Ames, Alexander Valley 2010 - $56

Merlot, Pedestal, Columbia Valley, 2011 - $58

 

Merlot, Rubissow, Mt. Veeder, Napa, 2010 - $62

 

Syrah, Andrew Murray, Santa Barbara, 2012 - $38

Syrah, Red Car, Sonoma Coast, 2010 - $58

 

Petite Sirah, Vinum, California 2010 -  $31

Petite Sirah, Seven Sinners, Lodi, 2010 - $42

Zinfandel, Hullabaloo, Lodi 2012 - $33

Zinfandel, Folie a Deux, Dry Creek, 2012 - $44

 

Zinfandel, Dashe Cellars, Dry Creek 2011 -  $50

Cabernet Sauvignon, John's Grill Private Label, California, $38

 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Highway 12, Sonoma, 2011 - $38

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chasing Lions, North Coast, 2011 - $42

Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Peaks, Paso Robles, 2011 - $43

 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Pellegrini, Alexander Valley, 2010 - $44

Cabernet Sauvignon, Terra Valentine, Napa, 2012 - $50

Cabernet Sauvignon, Beringer, Knights Valley, 2011 - $55

Cabernet Sauvignon, Joullian, Carmel Valley Estate, 2010 - $60

Cabernet Sauvignon, Twenty Bench, Napa, 2012 - $60

Cabernet Sauvignon, Joseph Phelps, "Fog Dog", 2011 - $65

Cabernet Sauvignon, Long Meadow Ranch, Napa, 2009 - $68

Cabernet Sauvignon, Blue Rock, Alexander Valley, 2009 - $73

Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Estate, Oakville, 2010 - $75

Cabernet Sauvignon, Round Pound, Rutherford, 2011 - $85

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shafer, One Point Five, Stags Leap, 2010 - $120

Cabernet Sauvignon, Three Sticks, Moon Mountain, 2010 - $125

Opus One, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley 2010 - $300

 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shafer Hillside Select, 2009 - $415

  

DESSERT MENU

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TORTE
Seasonal Berry Sauce

PECAN PIE
Shortbread Crust Topped with Glazed Pecans

NEW YORK CHEESECAKE
Graham Cracker Crust, Pure Vanilla and Cream Cheese in a Seasonal Berry Sauce

FLAN
Vanilla Cream Caramel

FRESH SEASONAL BERRIES

HOUSEMADE VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

all desserts $7.95


AFTER DINNER

AMARETTO COFFEE
KAHLUA COFFEE
IRISH COFFEE
(Brandy & Kahlua)
MEXICAN COFFEE
(Tequila & Kahlua)
VENETIAN COFFEE
(Brandy)
JAMAICAN COFFEE
(Tia Maria with Rum)
CYPRESS COFFEE
(Frangelico & Amarctto) ........$9.00


Port / Cognac / Single Malt Scotch

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The restaurant is within distance of all downtown theaters, shops, major hotels, Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center

John's Grill.
63 Ellis Street
between Stockton and Powell
San Francisco, CA 94102

P: 415-986-3274
F: 415-989-7766
Email: john@johnsgrill.com

Hours:

Monday thru Saturday
11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday:
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Directions

Phone: 415-986-3274