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St Jack
St Jack

St Jack Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stjackpdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 360-1281
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - 10:000 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Barnett
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW Raleigh Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from St Jack
Chef and restaurateur Aaron Barnett's unique menu feature rustic dishes from the countryside of Lyon, the heart and soul of French cooking.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent service, tried a lot of different foods and the rube ye was the only disappointment. Everything else was really good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and I recently ate here (again) for a special occasion. They met all of our expectations. The food was absolutely delicious. The drinks and wine were fantastic. The ambience was great. My only slight complaint is that the service was a tad but slow. Not overly so, but noticeable."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed a great evening. With the welcome complimentary champagne the night started well and kept getting better. Unique escargot was excellent with the garlic, mushroom sauce. The butter lettuce salad was fresh and just the right amount of dressing. Both of us loved our entrees and had some to take home. The in-house made bread was very French and yummy and the reason we decided against dessert as we were both very full. Each enjoyed nice piche of wine with the entire dinner well orchestrated by our very efficient and extremely knowledgable waiter. Tables are very close but not bother by our close neighbors."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner at St. Jack but with all the restaurants in this city to choose from, this was not one I will necessarily go back to soon. The food was solid, the portions were fine. But for the price there are 50 more great restaurants in Portland that I would like to try before going back to St Jack. Definitely worth going to if you are looking for French food in a typical NW/PDX setting-atmosphere. As I stated - food was solid, portions were excellent and the service was decent (we waited a little bit between courses - but they were packed on a Sat nite). Still looking for that place in PDX that WOWs you every-time you eat there. Carlyle was that place for us back in the day."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Hand chipped ice! Yes! Seared perfect duck breast yes! Crackle and pop pork rinds! I'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a lovely, delicious dinner at St. Jack. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. The food and beverages were incredible. Each dish had a unique twist that made it even better than expected. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was our first time to the northwest location after their move from Clinton street. There are better French restraints available in portland."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We'd visited St Jack in the old location several times and were a little worried about the transition to the new location. Shouldn't have worried. It was even better than before in a nice new building. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The food! Oh, my. Salmon was perfect and lamb was out of this world. Only complaint is it's TOO LOUD. So many nice restaurants think it has to have the acoustics of a tile bathroom. People start talking, it gets loud, people talk louder, it gets so noisy you can't carry on a conversation. PLEASE do some acoustic treatment! But still a great spot for that special dinner."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We'd been to St.Jack many times when it was in it's old location and loved it. We were excited to have it move into our neighborhood. While the food is still good, it was so noisy we almost left before we had even ordered. It was a very hot summer evening, but apparently they don't have air conditioning. They did have the front windows open but even so it was sweltering. I felt so sorry for the cook staff. And it felt like there were too many tables jammed into too small a space - I'm not sure how the waitstaff managed to move around them. This is enough that I'd probably not go back unless they made some changes."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our dinner at St. Jack's. I grade this pretty hard because Portland is such a fantastic, dynamic restaurant scene. The food was great - we had the Steak Tartar and Bone Marrow appetizers, and the Duck and Boudin Noir entrees, with a selection of three cheeses in between. All of them were excellent. And the bar menu was equally well done. The drawback was - as others have said - the ambience. Just didn't work. It's hard to describe but you want the ambience to match the quality of the food and this was simply not intriguing or otherwise interesting. The decor is blah, the tables were very small, and we had to literally bang into other patrons in order to get through the walkway to our table."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We primarily focused on small plates and cheeses - ordering five different selections. Our favorites included Steak Tartare, Escargot, Heirloom Tomato Salad and the cheese selection from France. Wow, our foodie senses were pretty knocked out! We also had the Onlet Steak (Hangar steak), though it was a little tough and didn't quite keep up with the "wow" of the small plates we had. We recommend this place pretty highly and think you should consider focusing on trying many of the small plates, disregarding the main entrees (though they all looked delicious), and creating your own delightful meal from these uniquely prepared hors d'oeuvres. Unless they have the Bouillabaisse, which we hear is fantastic."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We have eaten at St Jack's for over 4 years. The food we had was as well prepared and enjoyable as before. We and others we know who have eaten at the new location have commented spontaneously that the 23 rd atmosphere and decor does not match up with the old SE one. The major concerns surround deafening noise and lightening that leaves you with the sensation you are eating at a food court. These are simple design issues that need to be addressed. Reliance on the older lighting fixtures instead of the track lighting that is a total non-fit and getting some baffles on the wall and fabric across the ceiling would go a long way to improving both. These are simple fixes, critical to the atmosphere that will sustain return customers. Good luck!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife brought me here for dinner and it was unbelievable! The service was attentive, the servers were very knowledgable about the menu and the wine list. Our food was delivered right on time, every time. I couldn't have had a better dining experience. Very Highly Recommended!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Second time at St Jack, we both had great salads, and main courses. The hostess was incredibly helpful and our waiter was professional and attentive. Great finds on the wine list. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A little pricy, but great overall restaurant experience. Food and service were excellent. Definitely not a quick turnaround - our dinner was over 2 hours, but fun atmosphere and a definite repeat restaurant."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a great round of appetizers, fantastic oysters, and wonderful baked scallops, which paired well with our drinks. But our entrees were fairly blah. I ordered mussels. As an entree perhaps I expected more than what I would associate with an appetizer, and was disappointed there was no starch or vegetables in the roux. Just mussels. Also, the server didn't seem aware if our drinks from one course paired with our entree, so my husband ended up with prosecco with his lamb roast, which felt rushed and discordant. He no longer wanted his prosecco, but wasn't yet offered an appropriate drink. And the lamb, frankly, tasted fine, but we expected more flavor than simply fine."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The entire dinner was fabulous and the foie gras with toasted brioche and roasted apricots was inspired. We also had the crispy pork rinds, roasted bone marrow, and the Onglet steak frites. Everything was perfectly cooked, attractive and delicious. Excellent and reasonably priced wine list, thank you! Excellent service in the bar and at the table. A memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our guests from Victoria Canada continued to rave about our dinner at St. Jack the whole time they were visiting us! The food was delicious and deliciously different! We haven't had such a great meal in a long time! The service was perfect...not too many interruptions and professional."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Very noisy. It was very expensive for what we ordered. The best item was the flat iron steak. The salmon and duck were a bit overdone Service was okay"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Visiting Portland for the first time and found St. Jack listed several places as a top treat. It lived up to and exceeded all the reviews. We got there early and were seated immediately, had a great server who knew the menu and wine list and didn't hover but made sure we were taken care of, and above all had one of the best meals I've had in quite a while. There was not a single "meh" dish on our table the whole evening. Plus, it was a beautiful evening with a snappy breeze blowing through the enormous sliding windows in front of the room, so the atmosphere and noise level were perfect. I'm already recommending this place to natives and friends going out to visit!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we'll be back. We had an enjoyable dinner and the service wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were impressed with the service, ambience and food. We spent a very pleasant two and a half hours enjoying an excellent dinner."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our second time at St Jack, first time at the NW location. I couldn't wait to order the Coquilles St Jack, as the first time I had it there it was the best version I'd had. Second time was also very good, though it was a smaller portion in a smaller dish, with much less sauce. Disappointed about that. For my entree I had the mussels, which were very plump, cooked just right. The ginger/cream flavored liquid it was cooked in was also very good, with plenty of it to soak my bread in. My guests also enjoyed their salmon and onion tart entrees. Dining room is not as attractive (at least to me) as the old location, and the noise level was quite high. Service was good, though there was a couple of times I needed my waiter and couldn't find her"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Unfortunately, we went during the recent heat wave and the restaurant was stifling on a Saturday night. The waitress said that the air conditioning in the building just didn't work very well. Small consolation as we sweated through our meal. The food itself was very good. Chicken liver mousse is outstanding. My spouse didn't like her frogs leg special too much, but my duck breast was quite good. All in all, a nice French style bistro. Not as creative or exquisite as Le Pigeon, but good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First time at St Jacks for us. The food was well prepared and creative, though we have had a meal of this quality at restaurants that charge much less. It was a hot day and I perceived no air conditioning. Also not a very intimate dining experience--close quarters with other diners. No complaints about the service or the chef!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Love the food but service not so much. I actually went to the kitchen to get olive oil and butter for the bread. On the other hand everyone was friendly and smiling."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food is just as fabulous as it was in the old east side location. The ding room ambiance is open and airy with a fairly high noise level when busy. Highly recommend the duck breast and butter lettuce salad. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food is outstanding along with attentive service. We had their sliced tenderloin appetizer special and for dinner we had duck and salmon. All were prepared to perfection, tasty and to some degree unusual. We will eat there again, but not in the summer. The doors are open, the air conditioning is going and it is warm, too warm. The music is too loud because you can hear it, particularly when it goes to rap. We also had the pleasure of sun in my eyes for the first half hour. All these annoyances do not entice me back too soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Brought my Francophile foodie friend here for dinner and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Between the steak tartare, yummy olives and baguette, mussels, quail, frommage plate and delicious madeleines, I was reminded of my trip to Nice just a month ago. Lovely and divine!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very disappointed. Waited more than an hour for our entree. Manager came over but refused to take our protests to heart. She could have done the right. She chose not to. Regardless of his good the food was we'll never go back. And if decent and respectable service is important to you, neither should you."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "People love French food and culture. They forget that sometimes it can be bad food or culture. St. Jack is an example of good to mediocre food and with bad service. I loved the salmon and the spring salad were both tasty fresh and the salmon was cooked to perfection about half an hour after we finished our first course. My date had the snails and the onion tart both were extremely salty. His tongue was burning from the salt. When we brought it to our server's attention she offered us desert. I don't care for that solution a refund on those dishes is appropriate."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Not cheap by any means but worth it. Lots of small plates, all of which were yummy. The only negative was the noise level - way too loud. They need to do something about the acoustics."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time dining in the new location and we were surprised at how much the quality of the dining had deteriorated. First, the bare cement walls create a noise level that has to be in excess of 100 decibels. Second, the additional seating and the capacity of the kitchen are out of synch. Long waits for first and entree courses are the rule. The tables around us were experiencing the same. Third, the quality of preparation is not up to any reasonable standard. I ordered a Lyonnaise salad, the egg was the consistency of a hard boiled egg. Sent it back and the next one was just like the first. Amazing."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Love this new location for St. Jack. The larger space feels great. The new staff is fantastic...very helpful, knowledgable, polite and cheerful. We felt very welcome there. They have a nice bar with great counter space, which is a nice option for dinner, when a table is not available. The menu is fantastic. They kept some of the favorite items, but changed some of the entrees. I had the Duck L'orange and it was so delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Traditional French dishes with a unique flair. Duck breast was as good as it gets. Even the broccoli was unique and delicious."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We love a vibrant, energetic restaurant experience but it's just unfortunately too loud."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "it was so noisey that we had to yell across the table. Expensive, and the food was good, but not fabulous."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were late for our dinner reservation and the hotess gave the table to someone else. The hostess found us a great seat at the bar and the service was solicitous throughout our dinner. We could not have been happier. And all dishes were delicious."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had an early dinner before a play at St. Jack, arriving at 5:00. Food was great and served piping hot. Attentive and personable service by our waiter. Loved every minute of our time there. By 6:00 the place was full of people having a great time. Loved the salmon served with lots of beautiful vegetables cooked perfectly with a wonderful broth."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed St. Jack at their prior location. Recent dining with friends however was truly mediocre at best. The menu looked interesting but the food was overcooked, over-seasoned, and truly not pleasant tasting. On the plus side, the entire staff was delightful and the service was excellent. I will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/17/2014