Tadich Grill Update

Tadich Grill is proud and excited to announce our re-opening hours of 11am – 2pm Monday thru Friday and 5:00pm – 9:00pm Monday thru Saturday, and Sunday for private parties only, beginning Monday, November 9th.

All precautions will continue to be taken to maintain the health of our purveyors, employees and customers, as we restore Tadich Grill back into your daily lives. Reservations for table seating, takeout and delivery via Tock available any moment. Please go to exploretock.com and make your plans now!  We look forward to serving you!



Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, Tadich Grill is the oldest, continuously run restaurant in California, and third oldest in the United States. We prefer to keep it simple. For your convenience we have implemented reservations for half of our seating and the remaining half will be available for first come, first serve basis. If there is a wait, enjoy a beverage or appetizer at the bar – always fun!

We are easily accessible via BART, Cable Car, Ferry Boat, and Bus, but if you must drive, valet service after 5pm or nearby parking lots are available.

Casual to dressy casual is the norm for dress, however often times business attire is worn.

Looking for a place to host a private party?  We reserve Sundays for your occasion – just call!

No matter what religion you are, you are not truly baptized until you have lunch or dinner at Tadich Grill.

Emeril Lagasse

Tadich Grill One of the World’s 10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting.

Forbes Magazine

I like this place! This is wonderful, I am ashamed we don't have something like this in New York.

Anthony Bourdain

Few restaurants last 50 years, let alone 162... In a city known for cutting-edge restaurants, Tadich’s is old-fashioned, a nostalgic shrine to local piscine tradition.

The New York Times

The menu of seafood, creamy casseroles and hearty stews may be the draw for many, but continuity and nostalgia is what brings most back day after day, week after week, year after year.

San Francisco Chronicle

There’s really no place cooler than the Tadich Grill...everything’s good.

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our history

In 1849, Nikola Budrovich, Frano Kosta, and Antonio Gasparich, three immigrants from Croatia, set up a tent on Long Wharf and posted a sign on it that read Coffee Stand. Long Wharf was a pier that reached half a mile into the Bay. Hundreds of sailing ships were tied up there, and the pier was lined with hastily built shops, saloons, markets, and gambling dens. Coffee Stand served fresh fish grilled over charcoal to the merchants, sailors, and argonauts who frequented the pier. At one point, a ship carrying a load of iron tied up at the pier, and the crew immediately deserted the ship to go off in search of gold. Shortly thereafter, the Coffee Stand tent was replaced by a shanty made of corrugated iron. At the time, the shore of San Francisco Bay lapped at the edge of Montgomery Street. But bay fill was expanding the city eastward, and Long Wharf was turning into an extension of Commercial Street. In this reclamation process, Coffee Stand was obliged to relocate to the New World Market, the city’s central produce market, at Commercial and Leidesdorff streets and was renamed New World Coffee Stand. Before long, success required larger quarters, and the Croatians moved their place to Commercial and Kearny and promoted it from Stand to Saloon.

In 1871, sixteen-year-old John Tadich arrived in San Francisco, after a long voyage from his home in Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. After a few years working in various saloons, he was hired as a bartender at the New World Coffee Saloon. When it moved again to 221 Leidesdorff, he went along, and, in 1887, he bought the establishment.

In 1882, due to a remark made by Alexander Badlam, Jr., San Francisco’s tax assessor, the New World Coffee Saloon acquired a new name. Badlam, running for reelection, bragged that it would be “a cold day” when he’d be defeated. He was soundly defeated, and the newspapers had a field day over his remark. Since Badlam was a regular at the New World, everyone began to call it the Cold Day Restaurant; the restaurant’s name when Tadich bought it. The 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the place and, along with it, another nearby Croatian restaurant, the Adriatic, owned by John Sutich. Tadich and Sutich joined forces and opened a new Cold Day at 417, and later at 411 Pine Street and of course called it Tadich Grill, the Original Cold Day Restaurant. In 1912, Tadich dissolved the partnership and opened a new place at 545 Clay Street and called it, of course, Tadich Grill.

In 1913 Mr. Tadich hired a countryman, Tom Buich, as a pantryman. Five years later Tadich fired Buich for constantly trying to tell him how to run the establishment. But Tadich was a forgiving man and hired Tom back in 1923 as a waiter. By 1934, Tom and his brothers, Mitch and Louie, were the sole owners, and they revived the Coffee Stand’s practice of grilling fish over charcoal, using mesquite exclusively.

Once again, redevelopment forced the restaurant to move; this time, in 1967, to its present location at 240 California Street.

Tradition is as much a part of Tadich as is the kitchen. The Buich family still owns it and runs it. Employees serve loyal customers for generations. John “Duke” Dukich worked there as a waiter from 1924 to 1966, forty-two years. John Skorlich started waiting tables in 1939 and kept at it until he retired twenty-seven years later. John Markovich also served for twenty-seven years, 1943 to 1970. The restaurant has survived rough spots over the years: prohibition, the food shortages during World War II, and the 1989 earthquake. The evening of Loma Prieta, the restaurant shut as gas was turned off downtown.  The next day we served cold crab, shrimp and prawn louies and seafood cocktails, and free Blood Marys to our many loyal customers who arrived on foot to make sure we were still standing. In August of 2009 thirteen fire trucks pulled up to combat a blaze that had started in the kitchen. The next day business resumed as usual.


Tadich Grill ownership and management pride themselves on a staff reflective of the rich heritage and tradition of the restaurant.  Our waiters know your name and our bartenders remember how you like your martini.  Our Chef procures the freshest ingredients daily and prepares your order with the same care delivered over the past century and a half.  Our guests deserve the best and that is what Tadich Grill consistently delivers.

Our Servers average 33 years in the industry and over 16 years with Tadich Grill.  Our service is European Bistro Style.  While you dine on white linen, the atmosphere is meant to be FUN – not stuffy.  Service is swift once seated, in order to accommodate all of our guests; with our business clientele usually appreciating the pace.

The average Tadich Grill bartender has been a professional bartender for over 30 years and with Tadich Grill for over 17 years.  Pouring drinks at this establishment is all about tradition and consistency.  Tadich Grill is known for classic handmade cocktails such as Martinis, Manhattans, Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and Side Cars.  Making these classics consistently is easy because of the number prepared day in and day out.  

The average Tadich Grill cook has been working in the foodservice industry all their professional lives and for Tadich Grill for over 17 years.

Since the 1920’s, there have been only 10 Head Chefs at Tadich Grill. Mitch Buich became Head Chef in 1924. His brother Louie shared chef duties with Mitch until 1953. Mitch retired in 1961 and was followed by Dominic Ivelich, who began working for John Tadich in 1912. Dominic retired on January 21, 1966, and was succeeded by David “Garo” Sokitch, who remained until the same date in 1982. “Garo” Sokitch’s successor was John Canepa. When John retired in 1996, Fritz Braker took the position as Head Chef until 2003. Rajko Marin, after working as Sous Chef since 1981 for Chef’s Sokitch, Canepa, and Braker, took over the Head Chef position from 2003-2013 until his return to Croatia. Adriano Dela Rosa, who began as Sous Chef in 2000 has maintained the unsurpassed sanitation, food safety and quality of the kitchen as the current Head Chef of Tadich Grill.

The counter at Tadich Grill is primarily dedicated to serving parties of one or two during both lunch and dinner. The action is fast and the stools turn quickly; these are the best seats in the house. 


Tadich Grill is proud and excited to announce our re-opening hours of 11am - 2pm Monday thru Friday and 5:00pm - 9:00pm Monday thru Saturday, and Sunday for private parties only, beginning Monday, November 9th.

All precautions will continue to be taken to maintain the health of our purveyors, employees and customers, as we restore Tadich Grill back into your daily lives.

Reservations for table seating, takeout and delivery are available via Tock. 

Please go to exploretock.com or click the “Reserve” button on our profile and make your plans now!  We look forward to serving you!
To our valued guests,

It’s been over four months since we were first ordered to close our doors due to COVID-19. Since that time, we have been immensely grateful for the response of our loyal customers who have ordered takeout and nationwide delivery, purchased gift cards and merchandise online and donated through our Go Fund Me page to help us ride the wave as we chased the date for re-opening. 

As you’re aware, that date continued to change and today we have no visibility into when that day will come. In parallel, the temporary relief from our PPP loan has dried up and without additional government aid, we’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily hit pause.

Following the close of business this Friday, July 31st, we will temporarily suspend operations until we are able to re-open for indoor dining. When that time finally comes, we will be eager to serve you your long-time favorites in a dining room optimized for your health and safety. 

We deeply appreciate your loyalty and support. Because of you, we have been able navigate these unprecedented times until now, and because of you, we will come back stronger than ever to continue our 171 year run. Together, we will bring back the vibrancy we so dearly miss.

Our hearts are with all the other businesses in our beautiful city of San Francisco who have been hit hard as well, many of which will not be able to reopen as the closures are prolonged. This is devastating for many who have poured their hearts and souls into building and growing small businesses to serve the Bay Area community. We pray for the industry as a whole.

Stay healthy,
The Tadich Family

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The counter at Tadich Grill, 1949 - 100 years in. 

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John Lennon, 1971

Open Sundays for private parties only – call now to plan your event.

Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Saturday 5pm-9pm
Sunday – Closed


240 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

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