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Jack's on Halsted
Jack's on Halsted
  • Address:
    3201 N Halsted St
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Lakeview / East Lakeview
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Jack's on Halsted Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jacksonhalsted.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: Valet
A word from Jack's on Halsted
Jack's on Halsted, owned by chef Jack Jones, was selected as best new restaurant of 1998 by Chicago Magazine.

A contemporary, American neighborhood bar & grill, Jack's features global cuisine incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and New World making it a true American blend. For the past 15 years Jack's has been serving distinctive, skillfully prepared, high quality food for all to enjoy. We strive to use only the finest and freshest ingredients available. We are passionate about two things, serving healthful, excellent food and being sensible about our prices. Jack's on Halsted is committed to offering the best food value possible.
Jack's is in the most diverse and exciting neighborhood in all of Chicago. With Blue Man Theater just steps away and some of Chicago's most unique shops, not to mention clubs, bars and restaurants, Lakeview is a destination you will never forget.
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I always live Jacks. Great food, good drinks and good ambience. Really well priced too"
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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 $)."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    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.)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "love the place ... great food, friendly staff... and they did a great job catering to our party of 10 ...."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great cocktails, interesting entrees, and very attentive service."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We always enjoy Jack's. The food is terrific and the service is always way above the norm."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great cocktails & food! A favorite of ours, no doubt. Plus they offer a discount if you're going to the theatre nearby! Always recommended!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great menu, a nice change from the classic Chicago steakhouse. Great salmon, good wine list and nice ambiance in a classic neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Location was perfect for pre-show dinner. Steak that the kids had wasn't the highest of quality and wife had an allergic reaction. Probably not Jack's fault, but her experience wasn't good. My pork tasting was decent, thus overall 3 stars."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was excellent; waiter was friendly and attentive and atmosphere very pleasant, however the website listed nitrate-free hot dogs on whole wheat bun, but our grandson got neither. I have to say though, that the child menu offered an unusual number of healthy options - no chicken tenders or pizza, yeah!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We arrived about 20 minutes early, were able to get seated immediately. We requested the outdoor patio and since it was a little cool, they offered to bring out the heater for us. We had Barry as our server and he was top notch and very friendly. We live out of town but will definitely go back the next time we are in Chicago. Great place to have dinner! Food was great!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I was staying in Chicago for a few days and planning on seeing the Blue Man Group. Our hotel recommended Jacks. I thought it was going to be generally fast food. I was really surprised when they had wonderful entres to choose. My dining companion and I had the Mahi Mahi. It was perfectly done & presented. they also had grilled vegetables and a yummy rissoto. with it, also tried their cesar salad quite unique and the best i've ever had. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Everything was excellent from the good to the service to the owner. I will definitely be going back! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Jack's has slipped. We ordered baked crab cakes which arrived oily and blackened from skillet frying. The Caribbean Snapper was also blackened to our surpise and, in fact, quite burnt on the outside. We had acid reflux all night."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Always consistent. Great place to meet friends. Sexy waiters too!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had never been to this restaurant before and we decided to try it - our waiter was very attentive, the food was delicious and he surprised me with some homemade gelato with a candle. I would go back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was meeting friends who were visiting from out of town, and we met for brunch at Jack's. The usual question -- What do you recommend here? -- I had to answer with: You can't go wrong. The food was great, the service was exemplary, the people watching was fun. Excellent coffee! I need to remember to come here on a more regular basis."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I choose this restaurant because it was near Blue Man Group where we were going after dinner. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation but was happily seated right away by the window. Was fun to people watch while waiting for dinner. Our service was great. The menu had a decent selection. Martinis were great. Food was really good (We both ordered the cajun pasta dish). I am glad we choose this restaurant and we would definately go again."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Good food and atmosphere, but what sets Jack's apart is the warm welcome from Drew, the owner, and the top-notch service from waiters like Barry. At Jack's, everyone is engaged--not looking at cell phones--have a good time with friends while enjoying a great meal."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a mixture of friends, family and out of town guests celebrating our daughter's graduation from grad school--everyone LOVED Jack's!! the food was excellent--drinks over the top and service was the best I have experienced dining out! Really impressed!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Years ago under different ownership or management (whatever) Jack's was always hit and miss. OK, mostly miss. Not anymore...over the past 2-3 years Jack's has become one of my favorite go-to restaurants in Boystown. Their appetizers and entrees are always cooked to perfection. I especially love the Seared Calamari, Shrimp Cocktail (with wasabi cocktail sauce), Seared Tuna and the NY Strip Steak with blue cheese crust. The food and service are always very good. I can always take someone new to Jack's and they are always happy I did. Finally, their drinks are great and not over priced. Keep it up Jack's!!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have eaten at Jack's 6 or 7 times and have always been very, very pleased with the entire experience. Last weekend I had the scallops & the pear salad. Both were prepared perfectly & tasted sooo good. My husband is a chicken lover & no matter which chicken entree he orders he is always very pleased. Great food & service!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014