Jack's on Halsted
Jack's on Halsted

Jack's on Halsted

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.drews-drawing-room-9trl.squarespace.com/
  • Phone: (773) 244-9191
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belmont
  • Public Transit:
    Belmont (Brown Line, Purple Line, Red Line)

    Wellington (Brown Line, Purple Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: $5 Self Parking. Call Restaurant as approaching for parking pass
A word from Jack's on Halsted
Jacks on Halsted will be undergoing a name change...so watch out for Drew's Drawing Room coming soon!!! Our apologies for any confusion- we assure you'll have the same quality dinning experience at the same location, just slightly different name!

Drew's Drawing Room is Contemporary American late night fine dinning, playfully mixed with a classical Martini Bar lounge setting. Emphasis on global cuisine incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and New World flavors- making for a "true Contemporary American" dinning experience. For the past 15 years we continue being passionate about two things: serving healthful, excellent food and being sensible about our prices.

Drew's Drawing Room is the place to start or end your night out- be sure to ask for a table at the window or visit the Martini Bar and Outdoor Patio!

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Jack's on Halsted reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (22)special occasion (17)romantic (14)hot spot (13)great for brunch (11)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (9)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Good Food
    Bonita1118
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had the omelets which were very good. The grilled cheese is to die for if you love cheese! And the Red ruby martini that another reviewer recommended was spot on. The homemade bloody Mary's were good too. Nice buzz before seeing Blue Man Group which is right down the block. Recommend going to Jack's, park in their lot for $5.00, enjoy a good meal and head to Blue Man Group. Far cheaper than the parking at the venue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always!
    CPKK
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Jack's is always great. We had a fantastic time. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. Always look forward to an evening at Jack's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reluctantreviewer
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Jack's never disappoints. The food is consistently delicious and the service excellent. We have a favorite waiter (whose name I forget) who always enhances our experience. Going early makes the likelihood of a quieter dining experience more likely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The staff is very friendly and very customer oriented, and the food is consistently very good. Try the Grilled Mediterranean Salmon. It's a huge portion and very tasty with black olives, roasted peppers, and potatoes. It is one of the entrees included in the fixed-price Three Course Dinner, which I usually chose. For Halloween, the windows were draped in spider webs with spooky figures peeking out at the diners. Very nicely decorated! There is close by, convenient parking for a modest fee, a plus for Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent. Great staff
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We always come here when in town. The wait staff (Barry) and the bar tenders (Jamal) are always attentive and fun. Good is a guarantee Excellent. I had the Mediterranean salmon. My guest had the carne asada. Thanks for a fun eve. Strong cocktails too. Try the Ruby Red martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We chose this restaurant because of the coupon off and proximity to The Blue Man Group. It was extremely loud. If you want to eat fast, then this is your place. From ordering to finishing dessert, it was only 30 minutes. The place was so loud that carrying on a conversation was very difficult. Food was delicious however.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place to eat for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food for not bad prices! Nice fun environment as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    ChikindVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food has always been reliable, but really missed the mark this night. Tasteless and dry like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for quite a while. Service was attentive and the menu hasn't really changed, but not sure we'll go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner
    diningfor2
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had tickets to go see the Blue Man Group with my husband and wanted to find something close to the theatre. Drew's/Jack's on Halsted had excellent reviews that were dead on. Great ambience and excellent food. Had the pan seared scallops that were to die for. Don't forget to order a cosmo. One of the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a bad meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Tuna Duo with the Wasabi Mashed Potatoes is one of my favorite. They have a great drink selection and the servers are always very polite. I highly recommend Jack's on Haldsted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coffe?
    DeanravineVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We always enjoy jacks but were surprised that there was no cappachino available it seems unusual for a popular brunch place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sheryl R. Miller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While it was pretty loud and noisy in the restaurant (chatter, not music) it was a wonderful choice for my birthday celebration. Our waiter was outstanding, although I never got his name. But he was very attentive to us and specifically me when he brought out a little birthday sorbet with a candle! The food and drinks were beyond amazing and as the outside lights went out, the ambiance became romantic and cozy and I loved every second of it. I will be coming back again whether it just be for a great meal or a special occasion. Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    NoCarbsONellVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were visiting Chicago and needed a place near the theatre. Through Open Table and Yelp, I researched and found Jacks. The menu was very extensive and there was something for everyone, from vegetarian to meat to seafood. Everyone was raving about what they ate and it was a really nice place. Open windows onto a busy corner were great for people watching as the world went by on the corner of Halstead and Belmont.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice ambiance, uniformly great food and outstanding service at very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Favorite
    zimzim
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We go back again and again and are always so happy with the menu, drink list (martinis anyone?) and the service. Celebrated a friend's birthday this week and got free gelato!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited almost an hour for meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had reservations for 6 PM. We were among the first diners for the dinner shift. And we sat for an hour, watching the other tables be served. Since it was the fifth day of our family vacation, we were pretty much out of conversation anyway, so the hour was a long one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay Brunch
    JoeFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Okay experience for Sunday brunch. Great cocktails, reasonable prices, pleasant service and festive atmosphere. Nothing memorable food-wise, but not bad either. There are other places we'd return for brunch first. But will return to Jack's for dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food & service
    ChrisC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've eaten at Jack's for several years and the food & service have always been consistent. Seasoning is always right on the money and waiters extremely attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Jack's always delivers. We have come here numerous times, and this place remains a favorite. From $8 martinis to delicious food, to the peaceful, refined ambience-- we never tire of this restaurant. It is a gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Return Visit
    JoJoVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were trying to grab dinner on our way to another engagement, so we didn't have a lot of time. There were plenty of great looking options, but because of the time crunch we chose hamburgers. Frankly I think the mark of a good restaurant is the ability to do simple things well. The burgers werer juicy, flavorful and cooked as ordered. Fries were good too. Our waiter was pleasant, charming and fast. We'll definitely be going back and look forward to spending more time and ordering one of the interesting entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid restaurant
    Zenchant
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We ordered the asparagus salad, gazpacho, scallops and pork tasting - all were very good except tenderloin item in latter, which was bland. Service was attentive. Wine list lacked bottle selections. Outdoor seating was surprisingly pleasant despite the proximity to buses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    nmicev01
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Don't live in neighborhood but enjoyed both times we ate here. We would definitely come back if we are doing something in the area. Never ate brunch or lunch or at the bar. I'm sure all are fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the Jack's on Halsted reviews archive.
  • Never disappointed at Jacks
    PinksterVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We always enjoy the food and service at Jacks. Love that the menu is so varied that one of us could have a dinner entree, another could have a pizza and I "thought" I was going to eat light with salad but (conveniently) forgot that Jacks serves two kinds of delicious warm bread which I could not pass up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Kangadog
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I always live Jacks. Great food, good drinks and good ambience. Really well priced too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too cold
    MostanyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my 3rd time coming back to this restaurant and I was wondering why I hadn't come back earlier. My friends on the other side of the table have me answer: the AC system is out of control. If you happen to be in the middle section of the restaurant, make sure to bring a jacket with you because chances are you'll freeze. I understand the needs of having high AC at a restaurant but having the fans pointing down to a table is not the best thing to do. We requested a handful of times to have the AC lowered down a bit but did not happened until we were done with the dessert. Food and service were good though
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    gingerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time at Jack's for all 6 of us. Loved the neighborhood scene and the restaurant vibe. Everyone was impressed with their food and the service. Stylish and comfortable restaurant- and not at all run down as described by another reviewer. Great drinks and lots of interesting menu options so will need to return! Perfect place to go after a Cubs game or before Blue Man Group or other shows in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fairly good restaurant
    JenBaronVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We enjoyed our meal for the most part. The asian rib appetizer was very good, salad was also very good, and the entrees of half chicken and steak and fries were very good also. We just weren't blown away and not sure we'd visit again. I think maybe my biggest issue was the ambience. The place looks a little worn out and it could use a good remodel. I know food is most important, but for the money we spent, just over $100 it just wasn't the awesome experience I had hoped for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably pleasant experience
    reluctantreviewer
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As usual, we had an excellent waiter who added to our enjoyment of the meal. The food was delicious and the pace of service just right. We always go to Jack's and try to make special occasions (to justify spending the $).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I dined at Jack's before the Billy Joel concert at Wrigley. The food was great,service very timely and thoughtful and the bar drinks were also super. i would definitely recommend Jack's if you like great food at a nice local restaurant. we were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Out2eat
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We chose Jack's because of the location. We had tickets to Blue Man Group nearby. We were pleasantly surprised at the great menu & everything we ate was delicious! The teens enjoyed it as well. (Even the picky eater) the service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Missed opportunity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    For a Saturday evening it was was half full of patrons. So there was no wait. Our waiter was very nice and offered suggestions. The service as quick which was the likely the reason some of the food was not great. The calamari was like a truck tire. Barely able to chew it. The half chicken with wine reduction was dry and tasteless. The arugula salad was drenched in dressing. So the place was fine. More like a clean bar and the food sucked. Sorry we will not be returning. Also we provided the restaurant with our reservation that it was our anniversary. Nothing special was provided or recognized. For a small neighborhood joint I would expect the hostess or manager to stop at the table to welcome us as special guests.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty and Pleasant
    eatsntreats
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Overall, my party had a nice meal and a nice time. We were seated right away. Ordering and receiving our food happened in a very timely manner. I had the salad with avocados, goat cheese, and walnuts with some salmon on top and found that dish to be very pleasing. I ordered the salmon "medium" and it definitely came more cooked than medium, but I still really enjoyed the dish. A member of my party enjoyed his pizza, although another didn't seem to enthused about his steak. I thought this was a nice place and would try eating here again! (When I'm in the mood for spending a little more than I usually do.)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and ambiance
    Neville76
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    love the place ... great food, friendly staff... and they did a great job catering to our party of 10 ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terbear
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great cocktails, interesting entrees, and very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    cindy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    You would not think the corner of Belmont and Halsted a great place for outdoor dining, but Jack's has don it right! Great food, service and drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    SueRVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We always enjoy Jack's. The food is terrific and the service is always way above the norm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I've been to Jack's several times, and it is consistently wonderful. Interesting, flavorful food, welcoming atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff. For drinks or dinner, Jack's is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack's Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I made a reservation for a Saturday night at 7:15 two hours earlier for a party of 5. Upon arrival, there were not surprisingly any tables available. I and the rest of our party were very impressed with the effort that the host and manager went to get our party seated within a few minutes of that time. It was refreshing to see a restaurant make best efforts to make a table available at the stated reservation time and not take the customer for granted which is sadly the norm in many restaurants. The food was very good and we all had a positive dining experience. The one drawback is that the noise level in the dining room can be a bit high, but that is not uncommon in Chicago restaurants and would not detract us from going back to Jack's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food. Nice Place.
    ypsigalVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I ate here just before going to a Blue Man Group matinee. We had a salad and soup followed by a couple scoops of sorbet. The food was fresh and tasty. Nice light lunch before going to the theatre. Staff was friendly. Bathrooms were clean.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieKitVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great cocktails & food! A favorite of ours, no doubt. Plus they offer a discount if you're going to the theatre nearby! Always recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.