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Jacks - Portola Hotel & Spa
Jacks - Portola Hotel & Spa

Jacks - Portola Hotel & Spa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.JacksRestaurantLounge.com
  • Email: jacks@portolahotel.com
  • Phone: (831) 649-2698
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 10:30am
    Saturday & Sunday: 6:00am - 11:00am
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Californian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jason Giles
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our wine room-inspired private dining room provides a secluded yet elegant space for your party of up to 22. Order from Jacks menu, or work with our chef to customize your own.
  • Private Party Contact: Christian Ross (831) 647-4805
  • Entertainment: Live music in Jacks Lounge from 6:00pm - 8:00pm every Friday night.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Portola Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to host your special occasion. A birthday, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner or big group, Jacks private dining room is the perfect intimate atmosphere for your special event. Our tasting room-inspired private dining room provides a secluded yet elegant space for your party of up to 22. Order from Jack’s menu, or work with our chef to customize your own.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alvarado & Del Monte
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complete a relaxing dining experience with our complimentary valet parking for hybrid vehicles, available just steps from Jacks at the Portola Hotel and Spa entrance. Or park in our garage & get a complimentary stamp for three hours.
A word from Jacks - Portola Hotel & Spa
Ideal for any occasion, Jacks Restaurant offers the finest local cuisine the Central Coast has to offer. Sit down for breakfast featuring a European breakfast buffet, lunch with the best salad bar in town, and dinner for a great steak or seafood on our outdoor patio or indoors in our comfortable fireside dining room.Pair your meal with a selection from our extensive wine list that highlights Monterey County's diverse viticulture tradition, or complement your selection with Fair Trade organic coffee or tea from Peerless Coffee, a proud family-owned business that has been a Northern California tradition for 86 years. At Jacks Restaurant, you'll find a deliciously unique Monterey flavor and a cozy coastal locale, all in historic downtown. Come visit us soon – we look forward to sharing our passion for sustainable dining with you.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "My friends and I were looking for a brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas and we came across jacks. The food was delicious and the server made sure our glasses were full. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Service was completely disorganized & dysfunctional: We had to find wait staff to show us the special, local menu of the eve, as well as a wine list; I had to ask for the wine I ordered be brought before the entree; a salad never arrived; & my husband's sand dabs was 80% coating. He will never return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great restaurant with good food. Wine list somewhat limited. Quiet dining with very good service. Would go again. Good special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The dinner was excellent! Best filet mignon I've ever had in my life. We had cheesecake for dessert. It was excellent and the portion size was perfect."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good food, well presented, generous portions. My scallops were exquisitely done;I've never had pureed califlower that smooth before. The pork osso bucco was a big portion, a little heavy on the salt. Nice California local wine list as well at reasonable prices. The bar has a great happy hour deal of half price wines by the glass and half price cheese board."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Second time we have been there and once again the service was excellent. The seafood special (salmon) was perfectly done. The chicken sandwich was very tasty and moist and came with a very nice side salad. The prices are quite reasonable. Also, if you use the parking garage the restaurant validates for 3 hours."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Beautiful Dining area.. roomy and private if you want. Made for the romantics to enjoy the privacy to the gathering event of a large group, Now the food was excellent.. Appitizers are good portions, I had crap cakes with the best sauce ever.. My daughter had the Muscles and the Chorizo blend, now that was a great creation.. Hats off to the talented Chef and staff. My filet Migon was cut with a fork only.. that should tell anyone the quality of the meats and the way it was prepared.. I would love to plan an event and use this restaurant. I was so pleased with the experience that it is on my list of Fine Dining. I have frequent many restaurants in Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove.. I am a great cook and very hard to please. I was impressed."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Due to health issues, this was my first lunch at Jacks in quite some time. Jacks has, for years, been a favorite of my family's. My husband often dines there with clients and friends. I was delighted to find that the quality has remained consistently very good. We generally have the soup and salad bar at lunch. This is one of the best salad bars in Monterey, replete with your choice of a traditional romaine or spring salad greens, fresh vegetables, grilled chicken breast chunks, diced ham, avocado, numerous toppings, and select prepared salads, including an outstanding lentil selection. There are also two types of soup and fruit. Locals receive a 15% discount on the salad bar, so not only great taste, but good value! Definitely try!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had dinner at Jacks because we had a TravelZoo offer but we will definitely come back even without one! The food was delicious! From the appetizers to the entree to dessert, we finished every bite! The ambiance was nice, except for the table next to us that apparently never learned how to use their "inside voices." Luckily they left and we were able to enjoy the rest of our quiet dinner. Our server was ver nice and entertaining. We liked not being "rushed", especially at the end of the night. Would definitely recommend if you're in Monterey for dinner!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Quiet, reserved, but family friendly. Had a wide selection for brunch."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Jacks restaurant is a great seafood/steakhouse. The service was fantastic and the food delicious. My husband and I plan on returning!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went here for a special valentines dinner. There was a valentines menu for a 4 course dinner except you share the dessert. Took awhile for a waiter to greet us( 4 minutes or so). The restaurant was booked according to open table but only about 1/3 of the tables were filled. Food was good, not spectacular. Staff didn't seem too experienced and the 18% gratuity was added to the bill."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was good but a little pricey, although my date said I was worth it.. lol"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When I use dinning discounts in fine restaurants I am always a little embarrassed, but Jacks surprised me when our server made a big deal about our Travel Zoo discount voucher. Our deal came with two appetizers (one each diner), but the server said we still had extra value on our voucher and encouraged us to another item at no cost to us. She then helps us select entries and wine to get the greatest value out of our voucher. When our meals were served they were excellent, prepared as we requested, and tasted great."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Beautiful ambiance! Excellent food & service. Would go again!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, excellent ambiance. Valet was extremely polite and helpful. Service was good but was lacking in the finer points and not up to the quality of the food and ambiance. Visit was later on a Monday evening, this could have been part of the issue. Would not hesitate to return for another meal."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We spent almost a week in Monterey during Christmas. We spent a lot of time and much money eating at some of the best restaurants around. This last night in the area we just wanted something close to where we were staying that was good. We hadn't heard of Jacks Portola, but found it on Open Table. What a delightful find! The hotel and restaurant are beautiful. The food was better than we'd had at some of the top restaurants in the area, but was priced MUCH more reasonably. The ambience was great. We had a table by the back window and watched ice skaters & fire pits behind the hotel. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Service was very good. Food all freshly prepared. Oysters were very tasty, both raw and Rockefeller. Short Rib was melt in mouth. Fresh Sea Bass tasted just caught. Veggies were fresh and crisp. Wine list was sufficient."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Haley was delightful, as always... plus we got to speak with Peter. Food is always good here."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The fillet mignon, ordered medium, melted in my mouth. The clam chowder included crab meat...delicious! My husband had prime rib, its only served on Fridays, fantastic. The food was displayed beautifully on our plates. We highly recommend this for romantics or groups. Its a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. The service was superb and the atmosphere was very very nice. Did I say how great the service was? Well it was great! The dining room is very spacious, and tastefully decorated. We both encourage visitors to the Monterey area to try this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Wont come back again. The restaurant was practically empty but did not receive service until 20 minites after being seated, not even water. Asked for the manager and he never came. Service was poor, food was ok. Would expect more from a reataurant of that price point."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A great choice for dinner before 1st night. Food was very good, coupled with nice wine. Service outstanding"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We like the breakfast buffet, which has great variety at a reasonable price. The ambience is very serene; and the staff outstanding for both their efficiency and friendliness. We always enjoy a hike on the beautiful bayside path before or after eating at Jack's."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Jack's is a great place for an elegant and quiet dinner. We had a 5:45pm reservation and were the only guests there for quite awhile. The waiter was helpful with the menu and was attentive throughout our meal. The steamed mussels and oyster on the half shell were fresh and wonderful. The black bass with truffle sauce was exceptional. The duck breast was tasty, but was not as tender as I have had. The crime brûlée was wonderful. So was the chocolate mousse cake with raspberries."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "loved food&wine to go with excellent service, can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We made dinner reservations at Jack's restaurant in the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey because we wanted to have a special dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was excellent and the food was superb. I had the breast of duck and my wife had the large sea scallops. The sauces with each entree were very tasty and the presentation was top drawer. We started with Oysters Rockefeller and they were very good and we also enjoyed a bottle of Black Stallion Cabernet wine. We have been to many restaurants in 45 years of marriage and Jack's rates right up there with the best."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Had a birthday party for a friend. Good selection on menu plus soup & salad bar so everyone is happy."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The service we received was excellent. It was my fiance's birthday and they went above and beyond to make us feel special. They even decorated the dessert plate with cute flowers and put his name at the bottom of the plate. The deal I got from Travel zoo was great as it allowed me to purchase a 4 course meal at half the normal price."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Thanksgiving dinner for 12 was great. Food was delicious but the service could have been better. Had a banquet room all to ourselves. We look forward to next year."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "My husband and I had a lovely turkey dinner carved table side. Potatoes stuffing and a wonderful cranberry sauce. Everything was delicious and they sent us home with leftovers. We will do it again."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Had Thanksgiving at Jacks this year. Tables were simply and beautifully decorated. Food was delicious. The turkey carving at the table added a very homey touch. We loved the left overs we were sent home with as they weren't really "left over", but actually fresh sides to take home with our uneaten turkey. Very nice experience. Would definitely do this again!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We had the crab cakes, spring rolls, lamb porterhouse and crime brûlée and all were excellent. I would recommend skipping the espresso, though. It seemed like it was broken when we went. Overall excellent, and a very nice ship-themed ambiance."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I wish they had a locals special. We probably won't be going back again. The crabcakes weren't very good. But I enjoyed the risotto fritters."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "My husband and I went there for the Big Sur Half Marathon pasta dinner special, so we did not eat off the normal menu. We received salad and unlimited pasta, and found both to be very good for the price point. The service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was quiet but not dead (it was almost 9 p.m. so most of the runners had already come and gone). First check-in on Foursquare to the hotel also gets you a free appetizer. The regular menu looked good--a mix of steak and seafood options--but we did not get a chance to go back and try the regular menu."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Jacks is one of our favorite spots. Food is always fantastic, service is exceptional. Perfect for those special occasions."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "As a frequent visitor to Monterey, I have dined many times at Jack's, in the Hotel Portola, and each time I have been highly impressed with the consistent quality of their operations. The dining room, though quite large, is so tastefully furnished with wood panelling, attractive art, and well-placed booths and tables that it gives the impression of a fine private club; immediately upon entering, the diner is greeted warmly and made to feel at home; and the menu is comprehensive yet not so overly complex as to be confusing. Needless to say, given all this professional forethought, the food itself is absolutely first-rate: market fresh, and creatively prepared. Indeed, I cannot give a higher recommendation!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013