Jack's Oyster House

Jack's Oyster House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jacksoysterhouse.com/
  • Phone: 5184658854
  • 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 5184658854
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Jack's Oyster House reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (59)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (30)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (22)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great Upscale Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Jack's is a great place for fine dining. Food and service are outstanding. You might need to open your piggy bank before going, though. Good special occasion dinner venue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grandsons first visit
    Helen
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our grandson turned 20 and requested to be taken to Jacks. His first expierence with dining in a fine high quality restaurant . Oh ,the Cowboy Steak and the oysters were a delight. Our waiter was equisite and made our evening very special. We all can't wait to come back. Every meal was cooked exactly as requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to end a week at the Spa
    CvilleguyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    What a great find, although from the other reviews on Open Table, it was only a "find" for us. First, I need to commend John, our waiter. He was so superb and made our visit special. As it was Monday of Labor Day week end they were out of many seafood choices but they put together a really great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular
    foodie333
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Absolutely fabulous food and a wonderful experience all together I will definitely dine there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 33rd Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the impeccable service, attention to the fine details and overal experience that is missing in more "modern' establishments. Upon entering, we were transported to a place that is most like many of the fine bistros and restaurants I frequent while on business in Europe. We will definitely come again! Thanks for reading.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the flight!
    MNDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'd dined at Jack's Oyster House six years ago, I loved it so much I wanted my husband to experience it. We live in Minnesota and I also wanted my husband to see the Adirondacks. We had a great week seeing the beautiful scenery and topped off our trip with my other reason for going to NY - Jack's! It was so worth it! The food is fantastic, the service is professional yet personal and it was just the best evening! A true dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't expect a seafood restaurant
    Disapointed
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had an early dinner and loved that the place was quiet. We went expecting a fish restaurant and were disappointed. There was not much in the way of fish or shellfish on the menu. Three of us ordered the salmon which was OK but not outstanding. One of us had the seafood tower as an entree and said that she was very disappointed by the quality of the shellfish. The wait staff was outstanding as was the wine list. Prices are too high given the quality. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The only own side was there were garbage bags sitting on the from sidewalk as We entered. The food and service were A+
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Jack's Oyster House
    JBoden
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant in the City when we want a very nice meal. We always start at the bar because it is friendly, drinks are phenomenal, and it is a great place to meet people. For dining, we are always happy with our table, and the food and service are always superb!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    MartyTVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always dependable classic restaurant. We love it here. Food is outstanding and It's always nice to hear "welcome home" from Brad R.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Jack's is classic restaurant that is great for any occasion The food was terrific and the service also great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Jack's. We had the red carpet treatment. Service was personable. The food incredible. We received a special dessert in honor of our big day and a photo to capture the moment. Highly recommend dinning here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impeccable service
    Euler
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Service at Jack's is attentive without being intrusive. Each item on our plates was a delight for our eyes as well as our palates. This has been true visit after visit after visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining
    NewYorker1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This a solid old school restaurant with dark wood paneling, waiters in vests, white table cloths , booths, excellent service and fare. Hot rolls and butter came to the table immediately. My malpaque oysters were fresh and delicious. The sole dish in lobster sauce over homemade pasta was unusual and very tasty. Our waiter was knowledgeable, polite, personable and did not rush us. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Prices are at the level of high caliber restaurants. Only criticism would be the martini glass was too small. A very enjoyable dining experience if you are looking for this type of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack's Age old treasure
    Donaldo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have been coming to Jack's for almost 30 years with my family - first with wife and 4 sons, now introducing a close friend to the restaurant. He was much impressed and the dinner lived up to my expectations. Years ago my wife and I attended the special evening when the original wall photographic art of Albany was auctioned off and I had the good fortune to buy one. Best wishes for your 100th year. Donald E. Red MD
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for a special event
    theesnoman
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The service was excellent. Everybody made an genuine effort to make our dinner special. Our dinners were very good but I cannot rate them outstanding. Portions and preparation were very good but given the prices the meal should have been a real treat. My expectations were high based on everything I have heard but I left feeling a bit shortchanged. It was a nice evening and a great place for a special event but if it is a truly outstanding meal you are looking for there are better options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the Best
    GuyGuilderland
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My family and I love going here. Anyone who thinks Prime in Albany is the tops needs to come down to reality. Jack's is still the classiest and best. Best steak in the area. Great to bring the kids. Makes you feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dave Z
    KnowMyFood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dining started with the wrong drink being made, then Chef wouldn't make sauce w/o butter, then cowboy steak came out overdone and chef copped an attitude when I sent it back. It was clearly medium when I ordered rare. Chef cut in half and sent server back out with it to tell me it was indeed rare. At least the oysters were good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classic
    none
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant was a throwback to the sixties - in a good way. Menu was a good mix of steak and seafood. Staff was friendly and attentive, as well as knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic! Best steak I've ever had! Our waiter was wonderful!! I will absolutely be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service ever but great food
    Inkyj
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The service was horrible, we immediately ordered a drink but then didn't get it for 20 minutes and even then it was short a drink. He didn't take our meal order until 45 mins after we arrived. Food was great but overall disappointing. 1:45 min experience that could have easily been done in an hour
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Extremely slow service. Had to wait 30 minutes after being seated to get a drink. Overall we were there for almost 2-1/2 hours for just an appetizer and main course. Ordered filet and lobster tail (a $73 meal) and the filet came out under cooked and the tail was ice cold. Would not recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'll never cheat on Angelo again
    Finez
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I felt that the food was satisfactory and service was fine however if they are going to charge high priced food then I would expect the same for their food, service,and cleanliness. Bathrooms were not kept up. I had to dry My hands on wet paper towel roll. Dishes , silver wear , and wine glasses had spots. Waiters jackets are old. Walls and edged full of dust. The host greated us with good to see you again many times and we had never been there. The best part was the fabulous blue point oysters. I will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    eurogirl
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The service was wonderful. The wine was terrific, and all of our food tasted great with great presentation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and walk to everything.
    EastUticaCritic1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were going to Timberlake concert and stayed at 74 State Hotel so we wanted everything in walking distance. Located Jack's on internet. Menu had something for everyone. My cousin loved the Chicken Lemonardo. My Filet was delicious. The Chicken Riggie ala vodka was just okay. For a chicken dish go with the Lemonardo. Waiter Bill was very nice. The bill for 8 with tip was about $311 plus tip, so a little pricey but we would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner!
    Hubbubb
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Service was perfect! Dinner was perfect! Brad was welcoming. Oysters were chilled and fresh. Steak au pouivre cooked perfectly. Jacks is still giving you a full meal for less than the other fine dining places in the City. Dinner includes salad, starch, and vegetable and of course red cabbage! Thank you for not charging $10 for a potato!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There's nothing quite like Jack's
    boann
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We live 30 miles from Jack's, so we don't get there often. Most recently we visited for my husband's birthday. You go to Jack's for good food, good service and it's unique ambiance. If you've ever been to one of the old, classic restaurants in New Orleans, you'll know what I mean. The decor is spare--no clutter, checkerboard floor, high ceilings, white table cloths. The service, quiet, attentive and unhurried. The food--NE traditional--good, well prepared. We had several orders from the bar--wine was very good, martini was excellent. Yes, it's expensive. We can't go often, but always enjoy it when we do.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30th Wedding Anniversary
    30YearsPlus
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience the ambiance of Jack's!
    4dinegirl2
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a wonderful time, great service and great food and friendly staff .. would go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Always the best, elegant, friendly, fast service but never rushed. A beautiful classic décor, spotless, fabulous recipes and presentation, impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • Excellent
    bklyn989
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Enjoyed throughly, food service and ambiance was all great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    eatinginalbany
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!
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  • An Excellent a Meal
    TomP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    nightout
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Poor Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the price
    happyeater
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate