Jack's Oyster House
Graduation DinnerWe had a large party . Treated very well, our Waite staff was exceptional .Food was outstanding , a little over priced. Would recommend to a friend .5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely a place to go forDefinitely a place to go for a special occasion. Food is outstanding and cooked to perfection.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMClassic dining experienceFormal, old school upscale dining experience: waiters in formal uniforms, leisurely service in terms of spacing between courses. Food was very good, nicely presented.
Nice sized portions in that it is more like what a normal serving should be rather than the super-sized portions many other places serve to appear to appeal to the financial investment of the meal. This is not to say that that the prices were anything like a "good" value, it is an expensive dinner out but you are paying for the fine dining experience as well as the food itself.
Definitely a place for a special occasion.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth the waitI chose Jack's to celebrate my graduation with my family. I made the reservation online and was very pleased to see that everything worked out smoothly. We made a reservation for 8pm and did not sit down until 9pm so be prepared to wait even with a reservation on a busy night. Once we sat down the service was wonderful. The waiter(s) were very attentive and friendly. The food was absolutely wonderful. We expected a pricey dinner and anyone wanting to eat there could expect to spend between $30-$60 per person. For a special occasion I think this place is a great time. It has a classic feel and it can definitely accommodate a large number of people. Overall a great experience.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMUnderstated ExcellenceJack's can always be counted on for an excellent meal, very well served by an attentive, experienced wait staff in an elegant, understated setting. Smooth, reliable manhattans and cocktails, good wine list and classic standards (Sinatra, Cole, Clooney) playing low in the background. It is my favorite restaurant and I make a point of enjoying myself there whenever I am in Albany.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMreunion dinnerI was in Albany for my 50th high school reunion and met three classmates . We enjoyed a nice, unhurried but un remarkable
dinner. My steak was done correctly as ordered, and the house salad was good. If you like old established iconic restaurants that still deliver- you will like Jack's.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect choice to celebratePerfect choice to celebrate moments together as a family!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful evening.We had a wonderful evening at Jack's. Our waiter was exceptional. The food was wonderful. The service was great. They brought out a mini bundt cake for my husband's 60th birthday without the hokey singing and clapping. They took a picture for us to remember the occasion. I was a little disappointed because I made the reservation several weeks in advance and noted that it was my husband's birthday. i asked if there was anything they could do to make it special we would appreciate it. I was disappointed in the table we were given. I know it was Mother's Day, but there were many more tables available at the time we were seated. I endied up with a view of dirthy dishes on a table they used for clearing tables.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNYC in AlbanyHad a great experience at Jack's celebrating my birthday and Mother's Day with family. If you enjoy classy food, service, and ambiance, Jack's is the place to be. From start to finish we were made to feel like special customers. Staff went out of their way to make sure that my wheelchair-bound father was safe and comfortable. The scallops were superb and the Cowboy Steak "the best ever," according to my daughter.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious DiningLoved Jack's - professional and friendly staff. Delicious food, very well presented. Can't wait for my daughter's wedding reception there.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat evening plansThe dinging experience was exceptional with great food and even better service. Our first table was slightly dark so we asked to be moved and without hesitation they accommodated us. We will definitely be going back and highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who is interested in a great meal with great service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGood to the last bite!We just went to Jack's for the first time, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything about the meal and the service was absolutely impeccable. Be sure to save room for dessert - the cheesecake was undoubtedly the best we've ever had!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was prepared wellThe food was prepared well and was quite delicious. I highly recommend the Lobster & Shellfish Risotto. We started with the Seafood Tower appetizer...very fresh. The clams on the halfshell were the best of the assortment. Plan on 2+ hours for dinner...if you are trying to make it to a show. We did not have enough time for coffee and desert. Save yourself a good chunk of your bill and have cocktails before you arrive.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Place in the RegionOK, you just can't beat Jack's in the Albany area--tradition, class, service, treated like royalty, food (especially recently, again), steaks and seafood and Italian dishes, great old "downtown" ambiance, a place to dress up (even though I usually hate suit & tie), and always feeling like I'm back home.
Come on, it's the place to take out of towners if they want a real taste of the Empire State Capital. It's the place to take yourself when you want a real first class treat.
First came here in the 60's. For me, only Peter Luger's and Smith & Wollensky's in the city (as in THE city) rival Jack's appeal.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMNever hit or miss, alwaysNever hit or miss, always reliable. Food, service always excellent. My husband's favorite place.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMTook a dear friend for birthdayTook a dear friend for birthday dinner. Was so pleased. Jack's did not disappoint. Leon, our server was charming and fantastic. Charcuterio was unavailable and that was my only complaint. Got the cotton candy to go to bring back to my friend's roomates as a special treat and they loved that too.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Time Once AgainJack's is our go-to for a really good dinner out. This recent visit introduced us to a new server, Ryan, who was spot on. Our drink orders were taken right away as we'll as starters. The shrimp cocktail was better than most - fresh and perfectly cooked and chilled. The sauce comes with an extra spoonful of horseradish for those who like a lot (we do!). The salads which come with the meal were delicious, very fresh and the dressing light and tangy. Ryan took care of drinks again and brought wine along with the entrees as requested. The only blotch on the meal was crunchy sorbet - need to get a self-closing freezer! Otherwise, we had a lovely meal and enjoyed our time at Jack's once again!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMJack's is great. A classicJack's is great. A classic Albany restauant with decor that brings you back decades. 1st rate food in a comfortable atmosphere. The only issue at Jacks is parking.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant has the bestThis restaurant has the best food in town. The service can't be beat, and the owner is always there to greet you. Can't ask for more. Also good value. No need to pay extra for a delicious salad and wonderful veggies come with the meal.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time at Jack's and IFirst time at Jack's and I was not disappointed! Great food, and wonderful service- the best place to go for a special night out!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time there. Would definatelyFirst time there. Would definately go back. Food was excellent. A little pricey.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a business dinner AprilHad a business dinner April 9,2013 for eight people and requested a quiet location for the meeting. They put us in a private area (not main dinning room) which work perfectly since we had the are to ourselves and everyone felt they could speak without looking over their shoulder to see who may be within the sound of their voice. This made for a very productive meeting. The food and service were excellent. Would return again for either a business or personal dinner.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMJack's is special to our familyJack's is special to our family as our grandfather was a cook for many years and is in the picture of the historic cooks. Food is excellent, service is excellent. Very special evening.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMOur dinner last night wasOur dinner last night was exquisite! The food, the service and the charm at Jack's is outstanding. Thank you for a spectacular evening.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMthe bartender was sensitivethe bartender was sensitive to our needs and poured a really good drink--charge proportionate but our moneys worth. Food was very good--prepared expertly. disappointed in size of oysters on half shell--quality good but smallish and very very cold. frozen??4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMVery willing to please, evenVery willing to please, even willing to help with parking meter, above & beyond, don't see this anymore. Great scallops!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFOOD WAS AWESOME. WENT THEREFOOD WAS AWESOME. WENT THERE FOR LUNCH GREAT FOOD GREAT VALUE.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is obvious why Jack's hasIt is obvious why Jack's has been around for 100 years. They do everything right. Food and service are first class. And the experience is very relaxing.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother fine meal and greatAnother fine meal and great service at Jack's. One of our favorite restaurants in Albany.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our dinner at Jack'sWe enjoyed our dinner at Jack's Oyster House on Saturday.
We were made to feel VERY welcome by the Maitre'd" and had outstanding service.
There was a screaming child at a table very close to ours, and, while I know it is not the fault of the restaurant, we had difficulty relaxing until the other party left.
The menu is very limited, in my estimation, but the food was good.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very tasty and preparedFood was very tasty and prepared nice and moist. Drinks were a generous pour and a nice selection of wines by the glass. Disappointment was that the name of the restaurant is a misnomer. We were eagerly looking to see what types of oysters would be offered. Only oyster available were blue points, nothing special. The menu also listed exotic oysters, none were available...so it is basically a steakhouse. Wait staff was very attentive.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Best in Fine Dining . . .Our dinner at Jack's was all I expected . . . and more. From the moment we walked in the door, until the moment we said our goodbyes. We have dined at Jack's on several occasions, and there is a reason this restaurant has its most impressive reputation; it earned it, and deserves it. By far, the absolute best restaurant for find dining in the Capital Region (yes, better than 677 Prime!). Jack's will always be my go-to for special dinners.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDependableJack's never fails to provide an elegant classic dining experience. Food was timed and served with attention to detail. We always count on Jack's to have very fresh and well prepared dishes.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAn extraordinary dining experience,An extraordinary dining experience, whether it be for lunch or dinner! The food is excellent and the service outstanding from the moment you walk through the door.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the seafood chowderWe had the seafood chowder that won three prizes at the Troy chowder -off!! Seven types of fish and seven types of seafood with a tomato cream base EQUALS HEAVEN!!!!!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMCome as you are... Leave happyFrom the appetizer to the main course, the food was excellent. Service was impeccable. This place is what fine dining is all about. Don't sweat it if you are in jeans. The clientele on a Saturday night was a mix of foral and casual diners.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI live in NYC and wheneverI live in NYC and whenever I visit Albany I visit Jack's. It was difficult to rate Jack's because the ambience, service and preperation of the food is really very good to excellent. However, I can't get past the fact that their steaks are choice and not prime meats but their prices are reflect prime meat prices. Jack, serve prime meats and charge a few bucks more and next time I'll give you an excellent for food rather than good.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMI specifically mentioned thatI specifically mentioned that it was my husband's birthday so it was a treat to get seated near the fireplace. More importantly, they brought out a special chocolate cake after we had our meal!
Our waiter (forgot his name, John? Australian) was super awesome! Very attentive and got us everything we ordered. When we asked if they did Chocolate Cake Shooters so we could do a birthday toast, he said he wasn't sure but took my son's iphone with the recipe to the bar and voila! We got our chocolate cake shots in fancy little glasses!
It was an experience to remember. I've been to Jack's several times, mostly for lunch since I used to work around the corner, and I can't say that I've ever been disappointed with the food or the servic2/28/2013 12:00:00 AM