"Home of The Maltese Falcon":
Stepping into John's Grill was like stepping back in time. The dark wood panel walls and white linen lent a cool sophistication, yet the atmosphere remained unstuffy and casual. Many black-and-white photos of famous celebrities who have eaten at John's Grill line the walls. Our waiter was a tall gentleman who has probably worked at the restaurant for decades, and his service was impeccable. He was comfortably professional and amiable, bringing to mind the term "butler". The menu was simple and unfussy, with a good variety to suit most tastebuds. We didn't take too long to decide what to eat. I'm not big on steaks, and hubby wasn't feeling like having steak that night, so we both chose seafood dishes.
The complimentary bread basket contained delicious sourdough, from Boudin Bakery:
Hubby's Seafood Cannelloni (US$25.95) - Dungeness crab, shrimp, baby spinach, cheese, mushrooms and sherry cream sauce, with seasonal vegetables. Flavourful and tasty, and the creamy sauce complemented the seafood:
I ordered the Chef's Special Red Snapper (US$32.95), which came topped with shrimp, Dungeness crab. mushrooms and lemon cream. This came accompanied with seasonal vegetables (squash, sugar snap peas and carrots) and baked Idaho potato. This seafood and fish were a little overcooked, but the fish was kept moist with the lemon cream sauce, and I could still enjoy this plate:
Fresh Creamed Spinach (US$5.95) on the side:
Dessert was Pecan Pie with a shortbread crust and glazed pecans. This was very nice, and I loved the crunchiness of it all. Picture was taken by hubby (the lighting was better from his side of the table):
We had an enjoyable dinner at John's Grill. Three months later, I can still remember our excellent waiter who made that dinner memorable.
[Prices quoted above exclude additional taxes and tips.]
63 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. +1 415 830 4964