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Jack's Oyster House

4.2
4.2
1539 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

For nearly a century, Jack’s has been an integral part of Albany’s landscape. Long considered the hot spot for politicians and the famous, Jack’s ambiance is reminiscent of the clubby New York style restaurants so in vogue today.


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  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (518) 465-8854

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Larry Shepici

  • Private party facilities

    We have a wide range of options for parties of all sizes.

  • Private party contact

    Marisa Trepaso: (518) 465-8854

  • Neighborhood

    Albany

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Manhattan Clam Chowder* **

    Jack's Famous 1913 recipe

    • Jack's Famous Oysters*

      for six

      • Exotic Oysters Ltd.*

        Exotic oysters purchased in small quantities to ensure freshness

        • Soup, Chef's Inspiration

          Inspired by the market

          • Little Neck Clams

            for six

            • Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

              Spicy horseradish cocktail sauce

              Main

              • Calamari

                Fried golden crisp with spicy chipotle lime aioli

                • Pizzetta Pomodoro

                  San marzano tomatoes, basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan and mozzarella on thin semolina crust

                  Entrée Salads

                  • Classic Caesar Salad

                    Chopped crispy romaine tossed with parmesan, anchovies, croutons and creamy dressing add grilled chicken or crab cake or grilled shrimp

                    • Jack's Famous Chopped Salad

                      Applewood smoked bacon,ripe tomatoes, cucumber, crisp lettuce, crumbled blue cheese, tossed in jack's signature vinaigrette enjoy with grilled chicken (add $5) or jumbo grilled shrimp (add $7)

                      • Atlantic Salmon and Grilled Asparagus Salad

                        Marinated grilled asparagus, organic field greens tossed in a tangarine balsamic vinaigrette

                        • Steakhouse Salad

                          Grilled tender beef filet medallions, maytag blue cheese and seasonal greens,tossed in our house vinaigrette

                          Entrées

                          • Grilled Chicken and Applewood Bacon on a Brioche Roll

                            House roasted chicken, apple smoked bacon, lettuce,tomato and aioli on brioche roll, with house made cole slaw

                            • Blt Sandwich

                              Apple smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato on brioche roll, house made cole slaw

                              • Jack's Vermont Cheddar Burger

                                Ground sirloin burger topped with Vermont cheddar on a toasted house-made roll and crispy french fries

                                • Black & Blue Burger*

                                  Ground sirloin burger, char grilled with jack's seven spice rub,topped with crumbled blue cheese,on a crisp house-made hard roll, black pepper and horseradish aioli with crispy french fries

                                  • Chicken Rigatoni Ala Vodka

                                    Chicken medallions, chopped roma tomatoes, basil, parmesan reggiano in a light pink northern italian vodka sauce

                                    • Maryland Jumbo Lump Crabcakes* **

                                      Mango chipotle herb aioli

                                      • Hand Cut Genuine Calves Liver*

                                        Pan-seared liver, balsamic caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon

                                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                        What 1,539 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        4.2
                                        4.2 based on all time ratings
                                        • 4.2Food
                                        • 4.4Service
                                        • 4.2Ambience
                                        • 4Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                        1. P

                                          Peterpan

                                          New York Area

                                          163 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          163 reviews

                                          Dined on December 2, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Visiting Albany, Jacks was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. I always find it amusing to have wonderful seafood inland, but here we were! Mussels are a litmus test for me, and Jacks served an outstanding preparation of delicious, perfectly sized mussels. A lightish broth, well-seasoned and perfectly cooked mussels were just wonderful. I also enjoyed a lovely arugula salad as a starter. Can't wait to go back to Albany!

                                        2. MH

                                          MaureenH

                                          New York Area

                                          72 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          72 reviews

                                          Dined on November 29, 2020

                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                          Jack's has been one of our go-to places for many, many years and we've made a point of returning for Sunday brunch several times since things started to open again. Overall the food was very good, and the service continues to be excellent. The Oysters Rockefeller and other apps and salads were excellent. The burgers were overdone (two times we went) and offered no cheese alternatives to the Gruyere on the menu. The 'poutine' was dried out. Clearly doesn't work well if made earlier; need a starch you can make fresh or that works better re-heated. Also the menu is missing several of the old favorites. I recognize there's a new chef, but there are some things you expect from Jack's after 100 years (or in my case, almost 50 years). Boat Chowder - Maybe you can't use the old recipe, but some kind of chowder on the brunch menu would be welcome, especially on a cold autumn day. Sandwich - Something besides a burger for the non egg- eaters (perhaps something akin to the 'Almost Famous' beef, or perhaps a chicken). Fish - something besides shell fish on the brunch menu would be great - Boston style scrod has always been a classic Jack's staple. I see there are several fish choices on the dinner menu, so it shouldn't be a lift to include one of them in the brunch menu. I wish Jack's and its employees the best during these difficult times.

                                        3. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on November 22, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Blown away by the brunch experience! Easily the best in the area!

                                        4. MA

                                          MichaelA

                                          New York Area

                                          7 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on November 21, 2020

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          We enjoyed a great meal at an Albany classic. I would highly recommend the strawberry cheesecake!

                                        5. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on November 21, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious food and great atmosphere. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Absolutely recommend.

                                        6. MD

                                          MichaelD

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 20, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          One of the best restaurants in the Albany area great service , great food and excellent safety measures in the era of Covid

                                        7. JC

                                          JacklynC

                                          Caribbean

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 14, 2020

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere. Romantic & elegant.

                                        8. J

                                          Jeannine

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on November 14, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Literally a perfect meal. Exquisite from beginning to end.

                                        9. d

                                          danirose

                                          Philadelphia

                                          23 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          23 reviews

                                          Dined on November 8, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Brunch was amazing. Service was great. I can't wait to go back!

                                        10. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Louisville

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 7, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything was amazing. The lobster and steak were perfectly prepared. It was a great experience. I also love the history of the restaurant.

                                        11. FV

                                          FritzV

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on November 6, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Go there, best place in Albany for dates/Partners/Clients/Employees.. a classic for Downtown Albany. The new Chief has it down, amassing new menu. You won't be dissapointed.

                                        12. JL

                                          JamesL

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 5, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great place to have dinner with friends - food is great!

                                        13. IE

                                          IlzeE

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 5, 2020

                                          overall3food5service2ambience4

                                          This is probably silly but I was really upset by how I was met at the door. I’ve been going to Jack’s for 23 years - always took out of town guests there. This time I arrived early - 20 minutes before opening - I asked if I could just come in and have a drink while I waited for my friend. No. The door was locked in my face. Really? Would it have been such an imposition? It made me sad to be treated like that.

                                        14. S

                                          Schenectadydiner

                                          New York Area

                                          7 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on October 25, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          The service and food were outstanding. The ambience was odd because the place was almost empty due to COVID. Four of us ate at Jack's for dinner. One had never been, 2 had only been there once or twice and I had been there a half dozen times. We were all delighted with the drinks, wine, appetizers and dinner.

                                        15. PW

                                          PamelaW

                                          New York Area

                                          12 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on October 18, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful dinner. Exquisite food and presentation! My favorite place.

                                        16. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          16 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          16 reviews

                                          Dined on October 18, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My fav brunch spot. They know me 🤣 Bacon,eggs,toast soo good. Even my hubs loves it . Takes a lot To impress him.

                                        17. TM

                                          TracyM

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on October 11, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The brunch was wonderful!

                                        18. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          16 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          16 reviews

                                          Dined on October 10, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I am the queen of brunch. And I am always looking for a new place to try. I was impressed with this brunch. Omg food was so good. Our waiter was very attentive. My husband who is picky loved his meal and asked me when we can come back.

                                        19. SD

                                          ShatoraD

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 9, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I LOVE LOVE LOVE JACK’S they food is sooooo delicious the service us amazing and the place is quiet with jazz music in the air. So comfortable and clean. I can’t wait to get back to go back.

                                        20. CO

                                          CherylO

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 3, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great Food, Great Atmosphere!!! The Service was OUTSTANDING!!

                                        21. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          88 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          88 reviews

                                          Dined on October 3, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We enjoyed our dinner at Jack's, an Albany staple for many years. We shared an appetizer and salad and each of us had a wonderful entree. My wife had two small plates of scallops and shrimp cocktail and I had the lobster thermidor. We were very happy and satisfied with both the flavors and the quantity. service was fabulous.

                                        22. KO

                                          KatyO

                                          Montreal

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 3, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Classy, romantic and way less pretentious than 677 Prime

                                        23. p

                                          pierrec

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on September 26, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Attentive service, great tasting seafood and meat dishes

                                        24. KP

                                          KitchenPatrol

                                          New England

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on September 20, 2020

                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                          Jack's is reliable for excellent cuisine and making us feel top-notch.

                                        25. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on September 19, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Terrific service, great cocktail and fabulous seafood dishes! A little empty due to the pandemic but will be a top choice going forward!

                                        26. JC

                                          JamesC

                                          New York Area

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on September 17, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Nice restaurant. Quiet due to Covid and the legislature being out of session. Food was great.

                                        27. KM

                                          KarenM

                                          New York Area

                                          36 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          36 reviews

                                          Dined on September 5, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          With Covid on our minds, we decided to gives Jack’s Oyster House a try for inside dining. We have dined there off and on for forty years and felt they would be up to current health standards. We were not disappointed and are extremely happy with our decision. All staff members wore masks and seating was nicely spaced. We felt completely “safe” throughout the entire course of the evening, and we were well taken care of by our waiter, Alex. Alex was professional, helpful and efficient. He made our outing especially pleasant. As for the food, it was fabulous. The menu is not as vast as it was before Covid, but it offers a nice selection of choices. The Oysters Rockefeller were a true treat, salads were were beautifully presented and just the right size, and we both loved our entrees. The 5 oz. filet that came with the filet and lobster entree was perfectly cooked and very tasty. It’s up there with one of the best I’ve ever had. The lobster tail was a very small one, but perfectly cooked and enough for me. Someone with a larger appetite might want to choose another entrée. The Chilean sea bass was also perfectly cooked, as were the accompanying vegetables for both dinners. The bill for the evening was a pleasant surprise. For all that we had, including cocktails, it was more than fair. We will be back.

                                        28. GG

                                          GabrielaG

                                          New York Area

                                          30 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          30 reviews

                                          Dined on August 29, 2020

                                          overall4food5service4ambience3

                                          The food was prepared and presented beautifully! Best stake and lobster! The ambiance would benefit from music -

                                        29. A

                                          Anthony

                                          New York Area

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on August 22, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely amazing, everything was perfect. Went here for an anniversary dinner, and it was just the perfect dinner we could have asked for. They even brought out a celebratory dessert, so thoughtful!

                                        30. AS

                                          AndyS

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on August 22, 2020

                                          overall3food4service4ambience4

                                          I will start off by saying that this was a very enjoyable night out for my wife's and I first anniversary. We were the first ones in the restaurant and it was very quiet. People slowly started to fill in after. Very rustic on the interior and the staff were great to us. The food was very enjoyable although rather small portions. No bread or salad are included which is a bit of bummer. We also had a large number or fruit flys flying around enjoying our evening with us. Overall a 3. Won't go crazy to get back there but wont be unhappy to try more of their meals.

                                        31. W

                                          Woody60

                                          New England

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on August 6, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          One of my favorite places to dine when I'm in Albany. Brad's staff does an excellent job and I would highly recommend to any business traveler.

                                        32. TB

                                          TonyB

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on August 1, 2020

                                          overall4food3service5ambience4

                                          Great place...waiter was good and pleasant, however the steak was too bloody and we had to send it back. Other than that we enjoyed our time there.

                                        33. F

                                          Frankd

                                          New York Area

                                          31 reviews

                                          vip
                                          1.0

                                          31 reviews

                                          Dined on July 19, 2020

                                          overall1food1service2ambience1

                                          Very limited menu nothing like what is posted on their website or open Table. Food was either under or overcooked. Poorly prepared as presented. Like the kitchen didn't care what was being sent to our table.

                                        34. NP

                                          NickP

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on July 18, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely amazing. The food was incredible and so was the staff! I highly recommend Jack's to anyone who is looking for evening of class and amazing food!

                                        35. D

                                          Disapointment

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on July 17, 2020

                                          overall2food1service2ambience3

                                          Very disappointed. Ordered surf and turf. Waitress did not wait after she brought entree for me to cut into steak to see if it was cooked as requested. it was not. I requested medium and it was past well done. Could not find waitress even though there were only two other tables in the entire restaurant that were taken. My husband had to get up to find someone. A gentleman came over and said "Oh that steak is more than well done" and took the entire plate back to the kitchen. So as not to be rude my husband waited to start his meal. No one came back for 5 min. Then the gentleman at least brought back the two lobster tails so that I could eat that. I finished that as well as the sides and was still waiting on the steak. Steak comes out and yet again, NO ONE waits for me to cut into it to see if it was done to my liking. I cut the steak open and it was mostly well done with ONE pink dot in the center. I gave up! Clearly they cannot cook the steak. I was also not happy that they just plopped down a piece of meat and didn't even bother to ask if I would like anything else with it. No, just a piece of meat to eat and the meat wasn't even that good. To their credit, they did comp our drinks for us. But I will never go back as a place that is billed as high quality and has been they for many, many years should do better not only at waiter/waitress etiquette but how to cook a steak.

                                        36. F

                                          Frankd

                                          New York Area

                                          31 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          31 reviews

                                          Dined on July 6, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Treated like royalty. Drinks, service, food all perfect. We will come back!

                                        37. BP

                                          BarbaraP

                                          San Francisco

                                          20 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on July 4, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We love Jacks!! They always make us feel special and appreciated

                                        38. GP

                                          GlenP

                                          New York Area

                                          43 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          43 reviews

                                          Dined on June 27, 2020

                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                          Great food and great value

                                        39. MM

                                          MollyM

                                          Key West

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on June 27, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Atmosphere and food was incredible, Chef went out of his way to prepare a dish that was no longer on the menu for me. Definitely will dine at Jack's again.

                                        40. F

                                          Frankd

                                          New York Area

                                          31 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          31 reviews

                                          Dined on June 25, 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything perfict. Service, drinks, ambience, food all wonderful. We haven't been to Jack's for several years, but will be back soon. We highly recommend it.

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                                        Jack's Oyster House is rated 4.2 stars by 1539 OpenTable diners.

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                                        • Cross street

                                          Broadway

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Albany

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Dinner
                                          Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian

                                        • Dining style

                                          Elegant Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • Parking details

                                          Street Parking

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive chef

                                          Larry Shepici

                                        • Additional

                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                        • Phone number

                                          (518) 465-8854

                                        • Private party facilities

                                          We have a wide range of options for parties of all sizes.

                                        • Private party contact

                                          Marisa Trepaso: (518) 465-8854

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