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About Jack's Oyster House

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.


Opened in 1913 by Jack Rosenstein, the restaurant has been continuously operated by the same family and is now under the direction of grandson, Brad. Joined by Brad is Executive Chef Larry Schepici. Together, they work to create the ultimate dining experience for you each and every time you visit. In their dedication to the tradition of Jack’s, they have developed a menu to satisfy their faithful clientele as well as delight a new generation of Jack’s customers. Chef Schepici's exciting and unique cooking style, along with our staffs' warmth and hospitality, will make for many memorable dining moments.

42-44 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open 365 days a year, Sunday Thru Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm!

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 465-8854

Website:
http://www.jacksoysterhouse.com/

Parking Details:
We validate parking during the weekday on Maiden Lane.

Executive Chef:
Luc Pasquier

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a wide range of options for parties of all sizes.

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Jack's Oyster House Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.4

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4.2

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3.8

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88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (12)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (9)
Casual (8)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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Vegan (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Very good service and food but also very expensive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Delicious food and great service. Pricey, but good for special occasions. Good location to downtown and the theater we were going to.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent restaurant

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was exceptional. Traditional seafood and steaks done with exceptional preparation and service that defies our time and current culture. Dinner was more than a meal. It was a culinary experience. The service was exceptional. The wait staff are educated on the menu and not novices.

Top notch for Albany or any place

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We visited Jack's for the 1st time on Saturday evening. We had read some not so great reviews, so we were curious. But it was wonderful.
We were seated quickly, drink orders were taken and filled in moments, the waiter was attentive without being over zealous. The food was wonderful. It was hot when it arrived, was flavorful and had very nice portion sizes.
The restaurant was a little pricey, but not ridiculously over priced.
The only negative was that is was a bit chilly in the dining room we were in, so I kept my jacket draped over my shoulders. Everything else was great.
We will return with obnoxious regularity!!!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overwhelming feeling that Jack’s is struggling. Stopped in on our way home to New England for what we thought would be a Christmas prelude. No decorations, none- not even a wisp of autumn. Bathrooms were
marginal when it comes to cleanliness. Food was, at best, uninspired. Only good spot was very pleasant waitstaff.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was great, the service was out of this world.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Jack's never disappoints for a special night out. Service, food and ambience are always top notch. Seating is comfortable and the noise level is not a distraction.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Below average food, above average prices and lackluster service. Not worth the trip.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic service, friendly and attentive staff and the food is delicious. Jacks is always worth the trip!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner! Service was great. Food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Disappointed with Thanksgiving event. Service was very slow. Dinner from start to finish took three hours. Took a good 20 minutes before we saw our waiter. We ordered drinks and had to wait long time for delivery. All in all everything was too slow. This was out second time at Jack's for Thanksgiving. Very doubtful returning next year.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and I had a nice Thanksgiving Dinner. It was my first time there and I thought it was nice. Some of the old pictures on the wall were neat. We would go there again to check out the other items offered on the menu some other time. I thought the staff was nice and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The staff was magnificent. Dinner delicious. Consistently a pre-show dinner favorite!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was our first time at Jacks. We found it through Open Table. The menu was decent and our server was great. We would go again for a special occasion

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of the best steaks I've ever had. Period! I had the New York strip (choice cut) and they offer a prime cut. I intend to try the prime cut next. And there will be a next time!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was excellent and the service excellent. This is a old time favorite that will flex the menu to your desired want. Just ask your waiter and the chef will do as you ask. I had an excellent fried oyster plate yet it’s not on the menu. Yum!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great service but our take home meals were mixed up when wait staff packed Them up

Would definitely come back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Had a reservation that they accepted through Open Table only to show up to a closed restaurant with staff standing inside behind a locked door. It was a late reservation (9:30 pm) but we had 8-10 people and big appetites! Real loss for Jack’s that night and probably beyond!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was our first time at Jacks and the experience was wonderful. The service was great, we didn't feel forgotten about, which can happen in a large place with a lot of costumers around. Our food was on time, and I didn't feel like I was waiting forever to get a dish. The shrimp cocktail fish were HUGE and worth every penny. The menu pricing is a little high but if you're willing to pay for quality food and awesome service then it's worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

What happened to roast beef in the menu? And herring in sour cream?

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good food, good seating, good atmosphere, excellent service. Nice experience overall. Would suggest the restaurant add more vegetarian options to the menu!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

A downtown Albany staple which consistently awes. The baked cod is the best, better than anything you would find in New England. Love the presentation and the use of fresh vegetables in season. This is a special place, it is no wonder it is in business for over 100 years.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was extremely slow. The server does it all, busing tables, making drinks and running food. She did it all with a smile but we were often left waiting for a drink or for everyone to have their food.

Crab cakes, filet and stuffed lobster were all delish. Salmon was over cooked and for the price it should have been on the mark.

Would go again, even with slow service. Jacks is an institution. And worth the stop.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We frequented Jack's often for a number of years, then a few years back we had a very bad meal there, we were put out by it and felt for the money , the word BAD should not be synonymous with Jack's. We did not return till this weekend. Boy they were spot on, that is to say, the place, people, and once again the food was JACK'S AS USUAL. PERFECT. my only miss was the exotic oyster were all gone (Saturday night ?) the blue points were fresh and juicy , but I can usually get that variety anywhere. They did name it Jack's Oyster House. Don't leave with out checking out the dessert menu.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Jason on Friday night was a jerk waiter and we left. He could care less about us. We felt insignificant and abandoned. A true waste.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

While in Albany why not indulge and eat at a fancy restaurant downtown with parking across the street. Delicious food. Took selfies with the porcelain dog on the way out. Friendly staff. Food very delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Food was delicious - unfortunately we went for the oysters and our order was forgotten. In addition - $10 voucher was also forgotten.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great personal reception and immediate seating. Our waitress Taylor was a gem. Friendly ,efficient and knowledgable. Steaks were cooked to perfection. Lobster tail was huge and fresh. No drawn butter was a disappointment but should have asked. Excellent Creme brûlée to finish off the evening.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The drinks were good. The chowder was good. The petit filet mignon was cooked to perfection, but two of us ordered the same thing and I received a lesser value of the mignon.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The best shrimp cocktail and oysters in the capital region! Steak was phenominal and cooked to perfection. The cheesecake was the best part of the meal and unlike any dessert I've had before. Would come back again. Service was also impeccable!

Tags: Disabled Access, Tapas, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

3 sisters getting together,which rarely happens. One lives out of town and was here for long weekend. She loved every bit of her petit beef and salmon dinner. 2nd sister enjoyed all but her red cabbage, which had an addition that detracted from the cabbage flavor. I agreed. May have been a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon? I had only the Jack's boat chowder. It was good enough. Ordered the caesar salad without addition of anchovies, but was disappointed that no anchovy flavor was present in the dressing at all. That is what I was expected. My white Italian wine choice was very good. We had a great server, knowledgeable and super personality! Oh...chose a booth but wow...very straight and hard on the back. All in all, we had a wonderful dinner together and hope to do so again in the the near future. Thank you.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We thought the signature dish --1913 recipe crab cakes--would be a good bet, but they came out still frozen inside. It was the most expensive dinner, my husband said, for a microwaved meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was very good, but, lukewarm. Fish is best when HOT!.
service --GREAT., attentive. Good menu choices.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was great. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food and ambience! Consistent quality. I'm never disappointed at Jack's!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We have been here several times and unfortunately we will not being going back. First we get there and the hostess wanted to give us a table outside the bathroom. So we asked to have a table in main dining room. He stated oh yea sure but the leg room is tight, we have sat in the booths in main dining room before and there was no problem with leg room. Then we sat at our table for a good 10 minutes before we were approached. The restaurant had a very high volume odor of bleach. It was terrible. Other patrons were annoyed by this odor also.

Then we get our food and my husband's steak was fatty, unseasoned Nd way overdone )ordered medium rare). My steak was also overdone ( asked for medium rare).

The quality is not the sMe and unfortunately for the price we will not be returning

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

OUR DINNING EXPERIENCE TO CELEBRATE OUR 47TH WDDING ANNIVERARY WAS EXCEPTIONAL
OUR WAITER WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE MENU AND A DELIGHTFUL YOUNG MAN.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Went with family--we are all from RI and love seafood. Food was overpriced and underwhelming. Waitstaff did not come by much, although restaurant was empty. We went a 6:30 pm on a weeknight.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Of course, Jack's is a landmark restaurant in downtown Albany, and we enjoy dining there when in the area. The NY Strip was delicious, just the way I like it, ordered medium rare, and was done to perfection. Also tried the Boat Chowder, which was superb, and nice and hot, exceptional flavor. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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