John's Grill

Bar in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

'She was a real gone gal, until she double-crossed me…' Tough-guy martinis at Dashiell Hammett's favorite bar will get you talking like a noir-movie villain, telling tales of lost love and true crimes while chewing toothpicks. The restaurant is a National Literary Landmark for its role as a setting in The Maltese Falcon novel, and there's even a golden Maltese Falcon movie-prop statuette upstairs.

Cocktails are classic and the menu is heavy with steaks, seafood and pastas.