Jack's Restaurant/Bar
Jack's Restaurant/Bar

Jack's Restaurant/Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jacksdp.com/
  • Phone: (949) 489-1903
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 8:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Jack's offers full service catering as well as party trays to go. We are a wedding specialist as well as home and office parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Jack's has a 40 seat banquet facility
    for formal and informal sit down dinners as well as an enclosed patio which seats up to 30 persons.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack Loconsolo 9494891903x
  • Special Events: Jack's will be serving dinner starting at 1:00pm on easter sunday, we will be offering our full dinner menu and our turner new zealand all natural meats and fish menu including turner lamb!

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking available at the corner of Amber Latern and Del Prado at Pulse Fitness.
A word from Jack's Restaurant/Bar
Jack's Restaurant is a casual dining experience offering Turner New Zealand all natural meats and fish as well as Italian cuisine. Dinner is served seven days a week starting at 5:00pm. Breakfast on Sundays 8:30-2:30 Catering and banquets are available. Great for business groups. Happy Hour everyday from 5:00pm until 6:30pm in the bar.
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Jack's Restaurant/Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (28)romantic (27)good for groups (17)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great place
    SteveMc
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My wife and I first ate at Jack's because I had won a Jack's gift certificate at a poker game. Before this we had never heard of Jack's. That was about 4 months ago and we were both so impressed with the food and atmosphere that we just had our 25th anniversary dinner there. It has become our new go-to restaurant for special occasions. My wife is very picky about rack of lamb and she says it's her favorite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most loyal clientele in South Orange County!
    boomergraymatters
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Jack's has it all- Italian, gourmet, vegan, etc., etc. Service is impeccable. Relaxed atmosphere. Try it and I'll bet it will be on your favorites list, too! We don't eat as much as we used too. Splitting a plate is fine and will not leave you hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasaant surprise.
    twoez2plz
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very good value and a pleasant surprise. Wife and I had tried the restaurant when it initially openned and found it more organized and improved. The menu had obviously been well planned and reflected the taste of ownership. I had the a Australian filet which was a bit chewy causing me to wish I had selected the ribeye with a bit more marbling instead. Oveall an enjoyable experience that I look forward to again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local treasure
    DanaPapa
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Always enjoy dining at Jack's because it is a friendly Dana Point restaurant with good food and excellent service. Notwithstanding the construction along Del Prado, Jack's remains a local gem for residents of Orange County. Thanks for staying the course.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice menu
    annnnnnnnnnnnnn
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I always enjoy Jacks. The Caesar salad is almost authentic (everyone uses bottled dressings these days)... and the fish is always cooked to perfection -- the thing I really don't like, is, I love spinach, but I cannot eat the spinach at Jack's. Its not cut up, its rubbery, and I always feel like I am going to choke on it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best in Dana Point
    boomergraymatters
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Jack's Restaurant has always been our "go to" place in Dana Point. Jack and his entire staff are friendly, efficient, and professional. The menu covers the gamut from pizza to gourmet, including vegan. Always special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jack's is a Gem!
    LandM
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I really hit a home run by picking Jack's for my boyfriend's birthday celebration. He loves good food and is still raving about what we had. He ordered the special that night, Chilean sea bass which was cooked to perfection and I had the Seafood Risotto which was sublime. The presentation was wonderful and the proportions were generous. We both loved the atmosphere, it was perfect and just what we were looking for.Even though it was game 5 of the World Series and the bar was full of locals, we able to talk with ease. Our waiter was attentive and very professional, always there when you need him and not when you didn't. We will definitely be back, there were so many items on the menu we both want to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back on Track
    RandyJVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    As long time patron's the wife and I decided it was time to return to Jack's.Prior 2 visits service was awful but this time and with the waiter Chris on duty all was back to normal that is to say excellent! As always great food and a great Dana Point locals spot. Try it you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy & Elegrant
    lfoc14
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Went to Jack's for our 35th year wedding anniversary. The ambiance was good and the atmosphere was cozy in a local sort of way. The menue had some interesting and very tasty selections to choose from and the server was attentive but not pushy. The only thing that keeps me from awarding a 5 star rating is the prices. We knew Jack's was a premium place but the prices were a little too high for the food served. Other than that, definitely a good place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We're never gonna stop!
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We'll never stop going to Jacks, love everything about Jacks, it really is a, what's not to like, place. We go at lease once a week and always look forward to it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeting Friends
    TBIRD
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As normal and expected.... very good! Had another couple join us. Their first time and they plan to come back on their own or with others.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Decent atmosphere, quiet....with a solid staff. Could do better to suggest wine pairings and/or food items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Find in Dana Point
    markVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I had read the reviews on the restaurant and was pleased I took the recommendations to dine here. Well prepared food and great service. The four of us had a great meal in a very hip atmosphere. A good menu with good fish specials and we had an all around lovely evening. Make sure to take a look at the art on the walls....it is good and for sale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    Ducky
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Delicious food and wine every time we go, many gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat it!
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Jack's is by far the best Dana Point restaurant! Always consistent in all areas! Already have plans to go back next week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant South Orange County
    SCDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As noted many times in the past; Jack's is the best restaurant in South Orange County. My wife and I have been to Jack's probably 100 times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dine at Jacks almost once a week and have been for for the last 16 yrs, a great go to place! Great food at reasonable prices. You just can't go wrong at Jacks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!!!
    Sophie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The thin crusted veg pizza is amazing. I cant say anything negative, except the place is too dark, we had to use flashlights on our phones to read the menu. Its an Italian restaurants, yet they donr have espresso machine. Otherwise, great food & service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Sherri
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I loved this restaurant -- our first visit! Outstanding food and presentation, great service and lovely atmosphere -- at a reasonable price! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third visit
    Rickyracer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went with friends for dinner on Friday night. We had salmon, rack of lamb and beef medallions. All were very good. We had bread pudding and a creme brûlée for desert. Service was good and relaxed. Did not feel rushed! We all agreed we would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kinda disappointed
    Curly64
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went there for a 50th birthday party and pick Jack's because of he reviews we had read. I had the seafood risotto, my girlfriend had the halibut steak, both were just ok. The risotto was spice-less and runny, the seafood that was in it was good. The halibut was overcooked and dry. After the previous reviews I would have to hope that this was an odd experience, but I'm not sure we would give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never fails
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We treated our neighbors of 20 years, who are moving to Texas, to a memorable and delicious meal at Jacks. We wanted to guarantee a wonderful dining experience and Jacks never lets us down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Jacks
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ordered a bottle of Chianti and I had Salmon Montanara and hubby had Chicken piccatta. Both dishes delicious and come with soup or salad and a side of pasta. Food was HOT, fresh and delicious when it hit the table. We love Jacks....and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for couples or small groups
    Lovetoeatout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed this place very much. She had the special Chilean Sea Bass and I had the seafood risotto. You get very good quality and quantity of food for the money. The salads that were included with the entree were also great and not too big. Our waiter was helpful and attentive. The noise level was moderate, which was fine. it seems harder and harder to find restaurants that you don't have to yell to your partner during dinner conversation. It's a little dark (but not too much), which can be an issue for people trying to read the menu. We would definitely come back and next time we'll leave room for the chocolate chip creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FOOD
    Carolyn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Both of us had pasta dishes and they were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable Dining
    localeats
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first time there, so no comparison to make. Service was very helpful and very attentive. Quiet the night we were there (we were lucky for that). Had caesar salad and lentil soup; then lamb rack and filet mignon; then specialty coffees as desert. Wife liked soup and steak without qualification, and was satisfied with portions though steak appeared a bit small for my appetite. Lamb came unseparated, and I should have asked kitchen to cut into chops before serving, to save the risk of a mess. Lamb was tender and correctly cooked, served with excellent mushroom risotto. The location is not too far for us, and this is now a new (extended) "neighborhood" find. We recommend Jack's as a comfortable option for a nice meal out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OCFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a group of seven for a family dinner celebration, and everyone LOVED their dishes! Favorite picks were the Blue Crab Crusted Orange Roughy, Rainbow Trout Almandine, Petite Rack of Lamb, and the Chilean Sea Bass special that evening! Service was a bit slow and we had to self-bus our dishes on a couple of occasions during the course of the meal. Nonetheless, the waitstaff helped themselves to a 20% automatic gratuity when the check was presented -- a bit presumptuous for a party of this size!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 508 reviews are from the Jack's Restaurant/Bar reviews archive.
  • Consistently good!
    BongoVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have been dining at Jacks since 1998 and have never been disappointed. We have taken many employees and friends to Jacks and they all loved it and made a point to go back! Jacks offers organic, grass fed and gluten free options along with many other selections. There is definitely something for everyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Bad Review - long time customer
    RandyJVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service was atrocious. My wife ordered a seafood pasta with an add-on Caesar salad, & I the Chicken Piccata with oil & garlic pasta. Our waiter writes down both orders. Only my salad is served, when asked the waiter said only my salad was included. I reminded him that we ordered an extra salad & waited for that service. Another waitress delivers the main course. My wife’s service is fine but then I was served as the waitress said Chicken Piccata with no pasta. I tell her, I had ordered the pasta but with oil and garlic. She said the order was put in with a no pasta request but would get me the side pasta right away. The original waiter never checked on our food service but sure showed up when the check came. Never did get the pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was just okay
    Lambchop
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my second experience at Jacks. First time I thought it was too expensive ( ie not great value). This time, and it's been 3 yrs since first experience, I thought it was just okay. The food was okay, the service was okay ( but at first he did try to rush us), and that's all I can say. Oh, one more thing, the maître de was probably the best - most personal aspect of the non-event. I can walk to Jacks and I won't be going back for a third try. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Brings It
    JerseyGirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went to Jack's for our One Year Anniversary, and as usual, the dinner was to die for. We ordered Orange Roughy Puttanesca over mashed potatoes and spinach and we both wanted to lick the plate. We also ordered a white pizza for an appetizer, and as often as I try white pizza at other restaurants (which is whenever I see it on the menu), Jack's is so far ahead of the others that I think it is time for me to throw in the towel and stop comparing. There just isn't a white pizza out there like Jack's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will give a second look
    capobeachboy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We did have reservations and arrived several minutes early. This did not seem to help our wait time. The meal was inconsistent. My dates Sea Bass was superb; texture was perfect. We will return again for that alone. The Veal Scalopine was only so-so. A bit chewy and served on a bed of mashed red potatoes, layered with steamed spinach between. Sauced and topped with mozzarella cheese. Roasted veg on the side. The flavor pairings did not work for me. I will skip this next time. There were several large family groups at the same time we were there. The staff appeared to be very accommodating, however it did seem to be a distraction to our server. Overall a good evening, and we will return to sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    laguna
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Stuck us in inclosed patio area. Very slow service. Meat/Fish dishes good not great. Pasta dishes horrible. 4 of us had dinner so it was 50/50 on the food. Did have some nice wines available. Restaurant was old and needs updating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependable Jack's
    outnaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dining at Jack's provides nice atmosphere, very good service and fair food at a fair price. Diners will not be wow-d but also will not be disappointed. Service was particularly good and accommodating. The menu is broad enough to address different tastes and appetites, but not overwhelming. A few suggestions: order the Caesar salad with the dressing on the side, what I had was drenched with dressing and the romaine had lost it crispness. The dressing was pretty average and the Parmesan not the best quality. The salmon was slightly over cooked, so you may want to inquire about serving temperature to have it to order. Overall it was a good experience for the price charged, just not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The very best eggplant Parmesan! great ceasar salad and good veal piconte
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lamb
    NaranjaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We always enjoy dinner here. It's a favorite local restaurant and we go as often as we can manage it. The lamb is the best. But, we also enjoy the duck and trout.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack's is wonderful!!
    healthyfoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    There is something for everyone at Jack's. I love that he serves organic veggies and wild-caught fish. He has wonderful choices for meat, like grass fed beef, as well as pastas and pizzas. He has gluten free options and raw/vegan dishes. The variety is amazing. The food is fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not 5 star
    Cathi
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The portions here are very large so if you have a normal appetite then share dishes. The signature eggplant appetizer was very generous, enough for 3 people. The sauce was very tasty & I would recommend it as a starter. The chicken piccata was good, but the side of pasta was overcooked. The Pasta Bolognese was very god with the pasta just right. Again it was too much to eat for one person. Service was very good & attentive, the wine, a Pinot Noir, was very good & complimented our meal. The roasted vegetable salad was too heavy on the greens which detracted from the veggies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent blind find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had dinner at this restaurant knowing nothing about it as we are from out of town. Everything was very good from the salad to dessert. If I get back to Dana Point, I will definitely dine here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfortable Neighborhood Place
    seafordinerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Vacationing in the area, Jacks felt like the place locals go to get a solid meal. We enjoyed our meals and may have been the best Italian food we had on our SoCal vacation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.