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Jack's Oyster House

Jack's Oyster House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jacksoysterhouse.com
  • Phone: (518) 465-8854
  • Hours of Operation: Open 365 days a year, Sunday Thru Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Luc Pasquier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a wide range of options for parties of all sizes.
  • Private Party Contact: Marisa Trepaso (518) 465-8854
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have a wide range of options for parties of all sizes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We validate parking during the weekday on Maiden Lane.
A word from Jack's Oyster House
For nearly a century, Jack’s has been an integral part of Albany’s landscape. Long considered the hot spot for politicians and the famous, Jack’s ambiance is reminiscent of the clubby New York style restaurants so in vogue today. Opened in 1913 by Jack Rosenstein, the restaurant has been continuously operated by the same family and is now under the direction of grandson, Brad. In his pursuit of excellence, Brad persuaded French Certified Master Chef Luc Pasquier, one of only 52 in the United States, to combine their talents to create the ultimate dining experience. In their dedication to the tradition of Jack’s, they have developed a menu to satisfy their faithful clientele as well as delight a new generation of Jack’s customers. Chef Pasquier's exciting and unique cooking style, along with our staffs' warmth and hospitality, will make for many memorable dining moments. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on July 7th with a very romantic dinner at Jack's. The food was fantastic along with the ambiance. But I have to say the waiter, Bill Gard, made the evening even more special. His professionalism and attention to detail were perfect and he should be commended. Brad Rosenstein should be very proud to have such a professional on his staff. Thank you Bill for a perfect meal on our special occasion. Sincerely, Ed & Anne Spath Delmar, NY"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Historic Jack's is a long-time favorite and retains it's gracious vibe with stellar service, individual attention and perfectly prepared and delicious food. A wonderful spot in downtown Albany !"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time, great service and great food and friendly staff .. would go back"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Jack's has been a mainstain in downtown Albany for many years. It never dissapoints. They were full because of the Paul McCartney concert, but we had a great dinner and did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always the best, elegant, friendly, fast service but never rushed. A beautiful classic décor, spotless, fabulous recipes and presentation, impeccable service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Went here thinking it was going to be a great oyster place...what a disappointment! The food sucked...no flavor at all. Definitely overpriced for what you get. Went on a weekend that was busy and half the stuff on the menu was taken off. Not to mention our waiter was very slow in bringing our food. Although he was definitely prompt when bringing our check."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed throughly, food service and ambiance was all great."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Iconic setting in the Capitol District. Very attentive service. Manhattan Clam Chowder very good. My wife loved the chopped salad but wasn't crazy for the spicier than expected sauce that accompanied the crab cakes. I had the Steak Diane/Scallop dinner which was pricier than I thought I read on the menu. I saw $35 and it came in at nearly $48. Cappuccino's and creme brulee were very good. Overall not what I expected of a place that has been there for over 100 years."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Been here many times and generally top-notch but this time was disappointing"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The atmosphere at Jack's is lovely - quiet, comfortable, and professional. The service was sublime - our waiter could not have been more attentive (without being intrusive), but overall the food was a disappointment. Two out of three of our entrees were overcooked - not good for steak and fish and not what you'd expect for the price. The accompanying salad was unimaginative. Vegetables were creative and cooked just right - potatoes were dark and dreary looking. The wine was great and the bread was terrific!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We've been going to Jack's for years. It is our go-to place for special occasions, or for just a different place to hang. This experience was our first negative. While I had specified the special reason for the meal, it was not noted, as is customary. I asked for a quiet table and we were place next to the banquet door entrance. Our waiter did not ask if we want an appetizer. Did not cover off on sides. Was both overly attentive and extremely inattentive. Will make me think twice before making Jack's my first choice for celebratory dinners."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary at Jack's and neither of us had ever dined there. We started with crab cakes were delicious and then followed up with our entrees. My girlfriend's chicken dish (ala vodka) was very flavorful and my steak was cooked medium rare, which is just how I requested it. The food was amazing but the service was even better. I can't remember our waiter's name, but he was extremely accommodating and left us with a polaroid to remember the night by, which my girlfriend was a huge fan of. Delicious food and outstanding service, we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My visit toJack's was very worthwhile. I had the steamed Littleneck clams that were meaty, tender, delicious and the best I've had in the area. Their chopped salad was fresh & tasty. The Riesling was very refreshing. As expected, the prices were not low; but not exorbitant, considering the quality, service and ambiance."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food was good, but neither was worth the price. It reminded us of an aging venue that is probably OK for businessman lunches, but is resting on past laurels and isn't trying as hard now to please."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Jack's is quite pricey but every aspect of my meal was perfection. The wine, the entree, the espresso; all of the best quality. Our server was very attentive without being a bother and was happy to accommodate our special requests. I don't regret the money spent on the meal."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in Albany,N.Y. The seafood is always fresh and prepared ina creative manner.Service is paced properly so you can chat with your party.Always great!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was good. Restaurant had no lobster as the shipment was bad that day and taken off the menu by the chef. This is an issue in a place that primarily serves surf and turf"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was there recently with my children & their spouses. We had an amazing waiter, Daniel. He was great! The food was fabulous. It's a great spot in Albany."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Jack's was recommended to me by two business people. It is located in the historical section of Albany and Jack's has a long history of serving the community. I was attending a conference in Albany and entertaining a small group of Clients. Everyone enjoyed their meal, the wait staff was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was quiet and felt like you stepped back in time. As I was told "Everyone who visits Albany must visit Jack's."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "From start to finish:the service, drinks, wine, food, right down to the dessert, was exceptional! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I was part of a group of 5 for dinner. Food was above average but some disappointments: Ordered half a dozen oysters, 2 were still anchored in the shell. The house salad is spring mix and peeled carrots, I found two small croutons on the plate so it was very hastily assembled. I had a Delmonico seared with Maytag blue cheese which was cooked perfectly medium rare, it was above average cut but needed to be trimmed better prior to cooking. Companion ordered a prime NY strip medium rare and it arrived medium plus. It was quickly remedied and a new steak came out cooked appropriately. Good coffee.The attitude and attentiveness of the server was great, but she did not serve the women first. Not once, but repeatedly. This undermined the dining. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I met an old college roommate for lunch. She lives on the west coast and came up from NY on the train. I drove down from Vermont to meet her. Jack's was the only place open on Sunday, so it was fine. Great old place but mediocre food and high prices. Looks like a great place to wheel and deal. They let us sit and talk for hours as it was nearly empty. Our waitress was delightful... attentive but not intrusive. Crab cakes were good but not exceptional, sauce a bit too spicy. Overall, we didn't care... just fun having a nice place to catch up."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Jack's Oyster House is a bit pricey but is well worth it for special occasions !"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The place looks and feels like a old style steak house and perhaps it is great for carnivores but since I prefer fish it was not close to worth the price. Lobster risotto was clearly left under a lamp and had a distinct crust to it. It tasted OK and the shrimp, scallops and lobster in it were well cooked but for over $30 I was expecting nearly perfect execution on the risotto itself. Oysters were fresh and tasty but had been inexpertly opened and 3 of the 6 were still quite firmly attached to the shell. Not a tragedy but again just that notch below what one would expect. Bananas Foster was barely adequate with mushy banana slices swimming in a sauce that was very thin both on flavour and consistency. Service however was great!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Unfortunately I would not recommend this restaurant. My husband and I used to go to Jack's for business dinners 10 years ago and our experience then was great. The atmosphere was still great and the cocktails were good; however the salmon was extra dry and when we sent it back they returned it perfectly cooked without the pesto topping that the menu called for. The broccolini was crunchy, not al-dente, the beets (all two pieces) were barely cooked. To top it off, the waitress took our $50 gift card and did not apply it to our bill and when asked why she said she thought we wanted to include it on TOP of our bill...? I think she was looking for a $73 tip and hoped we had enough cocktails to not notice. Overall - we will never return. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "You can't go wrong when Chef Larry is at the helm. The calamari appetizer was amazing. The rolls were warm and fragrant, and the salads fresh. Our meals (filet mignon and salmon) were just delicious. The assortment of vegetables that accompanied our entrees excellent. Our waiter was discreetly attentive. We will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Excellent meal! I had the salmon with saffron sauce and enjoyed the blend of flavors. The service was quick, friendly and efficient. I visited Jack's many years ago with my dad. It was a special memory and this visit brought that back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "In Albany to see Rod Stewart and Jack's was recommended by the hotel. You can never know what to expect when a restaurant is recommended by the hotel :) This restaurant was a wonderful surprise - it's been there forever and it's no surprise. From the minute we arrived we were thrilled. Lovely waitress, excellent service and fabulous food - we were very pleased. Concert was great too - really great."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We went prior to a concert at the Times Union center. They were well prepared to handle a large volume and everything was very efficiently run. Food was very good. Two of us had strip steak special which was an enormous piece of meat. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We selected Jack's for my daughters graduation. It was fantastic. the food was great and the service was exceptional. Excellant choice."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The service was very good by all staff. We ordered the special..Petite filet with lobster cake or scallops. We were not told the price but these were $39.00 each. Very average..my date said I cook better steaks on the grill all the time. The salad course was very plain..spring mix greens and a few carrot shavings. We ordered a bottle of wine for $69.00. We liked the wine but and looked it up on line that night following the dinner. It retails for $8.00 to $10.00! I fully expect to pay two times or three times bottle cost at a restaurant but not 7-8 times bottle cost! The dessert was Bananas Foster, not prepared table side, when it came out it was practically soup and very thin. I will only go back if someone else is paying."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "There was a limited menu that we were not informed of when confirming our reservation. We were disappointed that some of the options listed online were not available for ordering. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My mom, sister and myself celebrated a birthday and Mother's Day with "girls night out". Jacks was delightful, and perfect for the occasion. Food was excellent, and our service was outstanding. It was the perfect venue for our small celebration. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Only real feedback is the staff seemed to hurry us along when really wanted to have a couple if drinks and chat at our table prior to ordering that was minor issue. It was great. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Just awful service. Arrived on time as per our reservation, didn't get seated for 15 minutes, and after waiting over an hour for our food, we walked out. The maitre'd and waiter were unresponsive to our kindly worded requests for better service. It was my wife's birthday and everything they could try to do to spoil it almost worked were it not for her kindness and understanding towards me. Note: the table next to us had six guests. After being served their food, four of them sent it back to the kitchen so I guess we didn't miss much."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great sea food. Good presentation. Attentive service. Wine list priced very reasonably. Excellent Cheesecake."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Been going to jacks for years it is always great.service even when busy is excellant"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "For a few times now I've made Jack's part of my evening out in Albany (before seeing a show at the Palace). I've always enjoyed the food, and like the fact that there is an old, historic restaurant downtown. This last time, while everything was as good as before, I took a more critical look and think the place could use a refreshing. The character from it's early days remain, but some of the updates that were made in the 70's and 80's need to be undone (large mirrored cube wall by the kitchen?). The booths have patina, but the sagging cushions inside them made me feel like an 8 year old at a big table. For 2 people, having 2 drinks each, appetizers, entrees and desserts, it was $200. Please take some of that and update the place..."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We were visiting Albany after many years. I searched this out, and was drawn by its history and great downtown State St. location. The ambience was perfect. Old fashioned Oyster House, with lots of great old photos. It seemed to draw in families and large parties. But we were fine with the noise level which in our spacious leather booth was no problem. On Friday night it was not crowded however. It is a very large place, so perhaps it can get raucous with all that tile flooring. Our service was very attentive. The menu was old fasioned and pretty limited, and we thought over priced. Surf and turf with some trimmings. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Way over priced for so so food. Also we felt rushed. We arrived early (7:15) for a 7:30 reservation. By 7:35 dinner was on the table having already been served drinks and a salad."
    Dined on 5/10/2014