Jack Astor's - Halifax (Bayers Lake)

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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Our mission? Great people helping other great people totally have a blast while enjoying amazing food. Wow, that was a mouthful. But can you blame us? We’re a restaurant. One that specializes in delicious food and great times. Our goal is to make you laugh. And depending on your hot sauce tolerance, cry.

In all seriousness, we take real pride in our food. Try our Cluckin’ Fresh Chicken Fingers, made and seasoned with fresh, never frozen chicken tenders. This isn’t run-of-the-mill pub grub. Our Band of Chefs are influenced by a wide variety of tastes and have travelled across the globe to gain inspiration.

But outside of the kitchen, we find it hard to take ourselves seriously. We have an Elvis booth. For no particular reason. Folks, that really does say it all. We’re sports fanatics, music nuts and love a good joke. If you’re into at least one of those things, we should hang out.
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CindyM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food but the menu diminishes every visit. Many of my favourites are gone.

SG
ShaG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were disappointed to be asked to leave before the end of the raptors game. We recognize that the bar closes early on sundays, but the Jack Astor’s social media said the games would playing at all Jacks locations, so we anticipated being able to watch the whole game

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Super friendly staff.

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CrystalB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

So yummy! Oh my... best burger ever in the Holy Smoke BBQ burger! And the Buddha bowl.... oh my! Great food, great service... thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great dinner but because we were seated near door and it was a cold outside it was a little uncomfortable

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad (a waitor in training) gave outstanding service! Great job!

CP
CydneyP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant great people great seating Overall excellent

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AllanL
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Waitress was excellent. Tv at table showing rodents (not appealing in a restaurant). But mainly the menu choices are too few.

SB
ShawnB
Atlantic Canada
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Consistently an great place for casual dining. The staff at this location are exceptional.

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PeteH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing staff moved our group of 40 in and out with ease.

EA
ErikaA
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a dinner with some family from out of town (group of 8). As usual, excellent service, food and atmosphere!

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GEORGEM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

AOK, family of 6, two children 6 and 3. Kids did not like their pasta with tomatoe sauce. Crayons, etc. were fun for them. Table located in the aisle, busy with traffic back and forth. Salmon was fine, fish and chips OK, chicken bowl, good, nachos fine. Overall just AOK. Probably choose something else next time out. Waitress very busy; however, managed to get her job done, very friendly.

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AnnM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was great but not a fan of the high tables and chairs

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

There were 7 people in our party and none of us liked the food. It was very overpriced. I couldn't believe they served frozen fries and charged so much money. I do not go to many fast-food restaurants but the fries were better at those than here. I had a shrimp dish which wasn't too bad, but the shrimp were overcooked. There should have been a roll or garlic bread served with it for the price. It was a birthday celebration and the server brought the cake out when the table was not even cleared of all the dirty dishes. Then we had to wait forever to get our bills. Overall none of us will be returning.

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JulieF
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great night. With a family of 7 there was lots of noise at our table!! The apps were delicious

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HeatherD1
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a busy weekend with kids at a dance competition. There was something that everyone enjoyed. My little girl was beyond happy that there was steak on the kids menu!! We will be back anytime we are in Halifax.

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AthanasiaM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would really like it if there was a menu for those who have different holidays because my cousins and I could not have dairy or meat and the menu consisted of many meats and very few options for us.

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LobsterLi
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Food was great. Best nachos in the city.

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Wanda
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our server was very condescending . We had a party of ten. Six arrived first and then the other four. My husband moved so that his parents could sit together and our waiter scolded him. Saying rude things in a 'nice' voice is very passive aggressive. Perhaps she was new, perhaps she was overwhelmed by a table of ten, it's difficult to say. She didn't always acknowledge when I spoke to her and then blamed us when she made mistakes (ex. my mother in law did not get her drink and the waiter's response was that she must have been late getting there - which she wasn't). We asked for three straws and had to listen to a rant about the environment and then she threw seven straws on the table. My sister had to wait more than five minutes for change - the waiter was obviously put out that someone would use cash. I could list numerous more examples but I think these are sufficient. It was my husband's and daughter's birthday lunch and our server was very rude. The only reason I left a tip (although small) at all was because I didn't know if your restaurant shares tips and I didn't want others penalized for her rudeness.

The food was good, but I would never return and never recommend your restaurant because of this server.

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ErikaA
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The online booking system is super convenient. Jack Astors always great service and excellent food!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service and food were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We we're here for a birthday dinner and it was well below our expectations. The atmosphere was great and the food was prompt but otherwise the food itself and the service were both mediocre at best. We definitely won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here and we went for my sons 13th birthday 🎉 the staff were very welcoming and extremely friendly to my son and his friends. Will definitely be going back, great food and service too 😊☺️😊

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a real great experience. Food presentation was great as thay matters to me a lot.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was some confusion at first because I’m awkward and quiet and they mistook my “yeah, for 5” to mean for 5 people. That’s my fault haha. After that was sorted the waitress was super nice and accommodating and I have nothing to say about the service because it was great.

As for the food I had a Holy Smoke BBQ Burger with fries and it was delicious. Reasonably priced, made very quickly (though it wasn’t particularly busy) and really really good. The burger was a bit spicy but not too much, just as advertised. And I’m not normally big on shoestring fries but these were very good. A nice crispy outside and potatoey inside.

My fiancée got a meatless pasta dish and there’s not much to say about that but she did enjoy it quite a lot. She’s vegetarian but still enjoys jack astors because their pasta dishes are great.

We also had the cheese bread as an appetizer and that was great.

All in all the experience was reasonably priced, great food, great service. Would go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We received great service and the staff was very friendly. They did get one side wrong but that was not a big problem and we resolved it ourselves without notifying the staff. They did leave us for a bit and not check in but overall very positive experience. The only other thing that we found difficult was regarding our seating. We were placed at the higher chairs and table by the bar. My husband found it challenging to get onto the chair. But we managed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the experience. The only negative was that I did not care for the Taco I ordered, and neither did my husband. However, this is a personal choice. Another person may have liked it.

Service very good; other things ordered very good. Beer was good.

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Neil
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Were disappointed in the dessert included with the Valentines special and the 'chicken pad thai' was pretty limp!!

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LobsterLi
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the special $45.00 dining for two with the $20.00 bottle of wine is the best value in town

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

friendly bunch, great food, good selection, great location we love that it's close to the theatre.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service excellent on a busy New Year's Eve.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food came quickly and was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2016
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Very disappointed with the new menu and decor :( not enough choices & many of my favourites were no longer available

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mikeandhuey
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were introduced to Jack Astor's by our daughter (2 small children ) and enjoyed our visit with them. We returned as a couple to see if it was as good as it seemed. WOW. Ordered fish and chips with a pitcher of Coors light and were delighted with the portion size and completely un-greasy fish coating. ...both yummy and crisp. Substituted sweet potatoes and were pleased to not be charged a big fee for that. Cole slaw was excellent and a big portion. The service was attentive without pestering. Although I didn't order a dessert I did have the donut balls when I went the first time and loved them. This will be our go to restaurant and I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Save for a small hiccup with our reservation not being available on time, the evening went very well. Our server, Jordan, was the BEST, noted in our conversation that one of our party was celebrating a birthday and made sure she got the Jack Astor birthday song...nice touch and much appreciated.

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GreekGal50
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The House wine should sold by the litre not by glass only. I Think the samples of new drinks on the menue they were giving out should have been trial and free not 50cents on a Summer Party Night . We are regulars. We really enjoy the wonderful service that is provided . The staff are excellent. We love food. Keep up the great work. Thanks Lisa Vassos

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EmmaW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Made a reservation through Open Table for my mother's birthday lunch, and received e-mail confirmation from Jack Astor's. My parents, both in their seventies, were told upon their arrival that there was no reservation under my name and were instructed to "look around the restaurant" for us. We were not yet there, so they walked all around the restaurant, returned to the front desk, and then were told "We've found the reservation." This seemed a bit unprofessional and not a great way to treat seniors. The wait staff are always friendly, we like the food, and the place is very kid-friendly, but the high level of ambient noise made conversation with my parents difficult, and I could do without the TV screens everywhere with ADHD-inducing 5-second clips on constant rotation. It's distracting and annoying. I think we'll save this for kid-only meals from now on and take our older relatives elsewhere.

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noaha
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience1

this place was an old favourite - food was consistently good and service was fantastic. what happenwd since their renovation? this place went downhill ovwrbight. will not return.

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MarleneM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hope you believe me when I say that a better server than Mike does not exist! We couldn't have possibly enjoyed our meal more. I am addicted to the asiago chicken bow tie pasta and cannot wait to come back on July 6th to order it.

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Jack Astor's - Halifax (Bayers Lake) does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Jack Astor's - Halifax (Bayers Lake) is rated 4.4 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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