Jack's on Halsted
Jack's on Halsted

Jack's on Halsted

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jacksonhalsted.com/
  • Phone: 7732449191x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belmont
  • Public Transit:
    Belmont (Brown Line, Purple Line, Red Line)

    Wellington (Brown Line, Purple Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet
A word from Jack's on Halsted
Jack's on Halsted, owned by chef Jack Jones, was selected as best new restaurant of 1998 by Chicago Magazine.

A contemporary, American neighborhood bar & grill, Jack's features global cuisine incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and New World making it a true American blend. For the past 15 years Jack's has been serving distinctive, skillfully prepared, high quality food for all to enjoy. We strive to use only the finest and freshest ingredients available. We are passionate about two things, serving healthful, excellent food and being sensible about our prices. Jack's on Halsted is committed to offering the best food value possible.
Jack's is in the most diverse and exciting neighborhood in all of Chicago. With Blue Man Theater just steps away and some of Chicago's most unique shops, not to mention clubs, bars and restaurants, Lakeview is a destination you will never forget.
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Jack's on Halsted reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (23)romantic (20)good for groups (18)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (13)late-night find (11)hot spot (10)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Pricey for the area
    Aqua
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food here was good. We had scallops and tuna for the main dishes. Nothing exceptional, and the total bill was $120 for a $28 bottle of wine, salad, appetizer and 2 entrees. Each entree was $31. Service was very good. Wine by the glass was expensive at $9. Not sure it is worth it unless you have a coupon to reduce the cost.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We had an amazing experience our first time here! Great staff and went out of there way to fill our wants.food was wonderful , my palette went on a beautiful rollercoaster ride.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I hate to share but ...
    DKW1
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    What a great surprise! I selected Jack's based on the Open Table reviews and they were right!! I almost hate to share how good they were in fear that it will become impossible to get a reservation. The food was awesome!! The drinks were a generous pour!! The parking easy!!! The service was the best!!! There is not one thing I would change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Jack's
    Chris
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Great spot for people watching. Great for Sunday Brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food... Poor Service
    Jola
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I had received several recommendations from friends to go to Jack's for dinner, following a Blue Man Group performance. The reservations were set for 7:00pm for 3 people. We arrived at 5 to 7:00 and were told that there was nothing available and that we could sit at the bar for a while. My 84 year old mother had to scramble up a stool with some difficulty and then we waited.... Finally, a table too close to the door on a cold night was made available to us at 7:20, even though it had been empty since we walked in 25 minutes earlier. Our server seemed to be filling in as a bartender and made one stop between taking our order and dropping off the check. The food was wonderful. Everything was cooked to perfection and was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wide ranging menu and good vibes
    TTT123
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A great neighborhood restaurant on N Halsted, a block from the Briar Street Theatre. We were there on a Saturday night, and by 7:00 the place was packed. The sauvignon blanc wine was very nice. The mixed green salad was fresh and tasty. For dinner, my friend had steak and fries and they were excellent. My fish (tilapia) was great, though the sauce was a little overpowering. Dessert -- a trio of gelato -- was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy comfort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Great food and good service as always. Very quiet nite so you felt like you were at home with butler service. Not hurried nice flow of wine and food. Still time for dessert and coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood spot
    robindVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The service was terrific from the host to came out to my husband's car to tell him where to park to our waiter, Ark, who had a great sense of humor and very responsive. Food was good and tasty - not going to win a Michelin star but certainly no one walked away disappointed. Very moderately priced for in the city and a great value. Don't miss the bread pudding - I'm not usually a fan but it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood eats
    Tomvlasic
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I've been to Jacks many times before because of the location and food so for NYE we opted to go to Jacks again. As usual, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. My only negative comments is the ceasar dressing was very bitter and not the greatest, tabled wobbled like crazy, and they are a little pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not exceptional for price
    Firstvisit
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Had rack of lamb for 35.00 and did not like the sauce. Brothers steak not tender. Had to wail too long for appetizers and next course took too long to be served.
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  • Great dinner and Service
    EdgewaterVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Great dinner - Great food and Barry was the best server. Thanks for another wonderful evening and meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot to eat before or
    JimH
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Great spot to eat before or after a show at the Briar Street Theater. Food is very good and the service very attentive, frinedly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous neighborhood dining
    luv2read
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We went with friends who live in the neighborhood and I had a wonderful dining experience. I had the crab cakes as an appetizer and they were really good. But it was my main course that really shined. I had the swordfish which was one of the specials for the evening. It was the best swordfish I've ever had! We sat in a booth which was very pleasant. It was pretty noisy but no noisier than any other city restaurant I've been to in the last year. The waiter was very nice and helpful. Overall I had a great dining experience at Jack's on Halsted and am looking forward to returning for another terrific meal in the near future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to drop in. Friendly
    usharringtons
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Great place to drop in. Friendly enthusiastic staff. white table linens. A place for perfectly prepared steak that also serves a selection of specialty dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group Fun
    Kiwanis5
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Our group of 5 had a variety of dishes that we all loved and the waiter was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic, service
    Cindy
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Food was fantastic, service was great. My only comment is about how noisy it was, very difficult to have a civilized conversation across the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl's Weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I chose this restaurant for our girls weekend dinner. There were seven of us, and everything was great from the time we arrived until the time we left. The wait staff was excellent. All of us had a different entrée and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    visavdesign
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We wanted a nice place for a thanksgiving dinner and we found it. First visit. Absolutely delish. Festive prix fixe options. The owner (I assume) sat nearby with folks he was entertaining and overheard that I was cold (we were by the window). He offered to move us, but we declined. He said "I'll turn up the heat." And we were warmer within minutes. He told me as we were leaving that I looked beautiful. We live in the neighborhood and plan a return visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    They had a wonderfully extensive fixed price menu for a 4 course dinner on Thanksgiving. Perhaps the best thing was the duck comfit risotto - deliciously savory and cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack's is hard to beat
    LakeviewRocks
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Jack's is one of our fav neighborhood restaurants. The food is always delicious, prices are reasonable, the drinks are generous'and the service from Barry, our waiter was the best. I love everything I've had from Seafood to Steaks to the Thanksgiving 4 course meal. Highly recommended. Great place for a group of friends or a romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding - as usual
    kssw88VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This is one of my most favorite restaurants in the city - always reliable and great food. We locked in a last minute reservation for four on Saturday night. Our waiter was wonderful. It was a little noisy due to a large party at an extended table sprawling across 1/2 the restaurant, but it didn't affect our service or the delivery of drinks, appetizers, or main courses. AND - my beef tenderloin dinner was awesomely good - and I'm picky about steak. We basically went with all the recommendations of our server. Thanks for the GREAT evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Jack's. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    First time at Jack's. Food great; service fabulous. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit of July 4th in November
    FoodForward
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Busy, but able to get in with OpenTable. Food was awesome, a welcome surprise. It was like adding a hint of a July 4th picnic to an elegant dinner during a cold November night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We stumbled on to Jack's for
    DanaMcL
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We stumbled on to Jack's for a late dinner without knowing anything about it. My family and I had a wonderful time. The owner took care of us and got us seated as soon as possible (15 minute wait). Great menu–something for everyone. Waitstaff was spectacular. Went out of their way to make sure we were happy. Food was cooked perfectly. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack's for Brunch
    gregsgotmoxie
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    I chose Jack's for a group of six of us to brunch. They gave us a great table and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The prices were reasonable and the range of options was perfect for a brunch crowd with levels of hunger ranging from peckish to ravenous. I was actually surprised not to see more people there, considering the nice atmosphere/location/etc. I would say that the only thing missing would be a bottomless mimosa option. This has caught on with most other brunch spots in the city for weekend brunch, even at the more upscale locations. Regardless, this is a great centrally located spot for friends to gather on a weekend morning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't keep a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I've eater here twice. Liked everything about it except that it took them 30 minutes to seat us after our scheduled reservation time. There was a couple that walked out for the same reason. The first time I went it took 75 minutes past our reservation time. Both times groups of 4 our less.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and Fun
    Jaye
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We were greeted warmly, waited on promptly and were amazed at the portions and quality of food. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Mediterranean Grilled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The Mediterranean Grilled Salmon is consistently great with a very large portion of salmon and wonderfully blended flavors that don't the salmon. The staff is very friendly and attentive to individuals' needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So
    kob63
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I have been to Jack's several times so I know the food and service is excellent. I was let down this time. The Shrimp Cocktail and the Grilled Beef Tenderloin were excellent. I had ordered the cherry pie for dessert. I was left down. The pie tasted like it was defrosted so the crust was horrible. The filling was like just tasteless cherries with very little gel. The server, Ark, was not around for most of the meal. Just check-in with me when the main meal was delivered. Then to present the bill and processed the check. Ark, had finger waved as I left the restaurant. I was really left down since the beginning of the meal was so great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great choice
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    We had a nice dinner at Jacks. The steak and fries were excellent. Quesadilla hors doeuvres were excellent. Ruby Red martinis are amazing. Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Lunch on Saturday??
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We stopped by for lunch before the Blue Man Group show to find out that they only serve brunch. We were not happy, brunch is something you do with your grandparents on Sunday mornings. The food was just ok, definitely nothing special and expensive. We ended up paying $95.00 for six people and that only included two sodas!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack's on Halsted
    vanmeterk
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Excellent food. Fair prices, pretty large portions. I had the salmon and it was amazing. We did the Jack's special, $29 for starter, entree and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our group really enjoyed Jack's!
    JeffinshVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    From the drinks, to the delicious food, to the high-energy level, to the spectacular service from our waiter, Chase, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Jack's on Saturday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks to our waiter and the chef!
    Amanda
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This was my first visit and I had a wonderful time. Our waiter (I wish I remembered his name sorry!) was awesome. He had great suggestions and was so much fun! And the food was great. I will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good location for BlueMan
    Bern
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Our second time. Service was pleasant but Rushed. Food was good but not special We did choose from the daily specials which seemed more interesting than they were
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    DKMKE
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Service was great. Food great. We had a large group and they treated us like individuals. Will definitely go back as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent burgers.....always
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    We had a great evening at Jacks. The burgers are always excellent. Gourmet beef cooked just right. The Ruby Red Martinis are a must. Great service as always. Thanks Jacks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food presentation was
    enjoyeatingVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    The food presentation was very nice!!! Food was great and wait staff was excellent! We will go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner and service
    EdgewaterVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Jacks gets 5 stars from us. Food was great - Service was right on - drinks super We go a few times a year with friends and this is the place to go!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic restaurant
    Rolric
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    My partner and I were in Chicago visiting friends and we found Jack's on Open Table. What an amazing dinner. I had the scallops with polenta and was very pleased. My partner had the filet and it was by far one of the best he's eaten...and we're natural-born beefeaters. Amazing! The ambience of the restaurant is superb if a bit noisy on a Saturday night. Great, great experience. We'll absolutely put Jack's on our "must do" list when we return to Boystown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.