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John's Grill

by Joan Simon

63 Ellis between Powell & Stockton
(Union Square)
(415) 986-0069

Cuisine: American

Pluses: Considered one of the top historic dining spots in the country. Nightly jazz upstairs. Within walking distance from all downtown theaters, major hotels, Union Square, Cable Cars and Moscone Convention Center. Popular full bar. For spur of the moment occasions, private banquet rooms are available.

Don't Miss: lamb shops, grilled seafood, Sam Spade Bloody Mary

Prices: Expensive 

Overview: Lunch and Dinner daily
Reservations Accepted
All Credit cards accepted
Garage Parking across the street
Completely non smoking
Wheelchair accessible downstairs only

This historic restaurant (since 1908) was immortalized in Dashiell Hammet’s “Maltese Falcon.” Great food at honest prices in a traditional San Francisco atmosphere, this is not a foodie spot yet it packs in locals as well as visitors on a regular basis.  A favorite with celebrities whose photos line the dark oak paneled walls, the restaurant's interior is a tribute to old San Francisco-  providing a museum of authentic and quirky memorabilia. John's Grill has been featured in Esquire and Gourmet and has been named by Tim Zagat as a personal favorite.


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