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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.
Albany, NY 12207
Seafood, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Open 365 days a year, Sunday Thru Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm!
$31 to $50
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We validate parking during the weekday on Maiden Lane.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Jack's Oyster House Ratings and Reviews
This was my first visit to Jacks as I've heard so much about this place. The food and wine was very high end and I enjoyed it, no complaints. However being as though I was on a date, I was sat in the front entrance of the restaurant right by the door so we could feel a draft. Not to mention it didn't have the same ambiance as the main dining area with the jazz music. I requested to be moved not only for this reason, but a couple with loud disrespectful children were already seated right by our booth. I was really in shock that the restaurant would allow small children who are disorderly in after 7pm. That is usually when a lot of romantic dates are going on and we certainly do not want noise. Of course they accomdated us and moved us, but they really should think about a no child policy in the evening time. I couldn't believe the parents just allowed their child to scream in such a manner while others are trying to dine and eat, we weren't the only couple who requested to move to the main dining area either.
Went on valentine’s day with prior reservations and requested a booth. we ended up getting a table packed next to everyone. Furthermore we didn’t get water till 20 mins. Ordered starter and entree for the both of us. Waited as other guest that arrived atlest a half hour after us and still got ALL their food before us. We ended up asking for the manager after the waiter came out with stakes for the couple that was seated a half an hr later than us! An hour later..... They ended up boxing our food and was on the house of course........What a bad experience and I think more should have been done to accommodate us. I use to buy gift cards to the place for family I liked it so much. Have to say I won’t be back again won’t be referring anyone in the future. All in all a bottle of wine would have been nice or something more than “jacks to go” on valentine’s
An old establishment - quite characteristic of Albany. The building the restaurant is in is historic; the business has been around for 100 years.
- Staff is very well trained
- Drink service at the bar
- Food is delicious
- Interior lighting is uncomfortably bright to cater to older patrons
- Speed of service is subpar
- 30 minutes and 1 reminder to be seated at a table with prior reservation
- After being seated:
- 10 minutes to get water
- 30 minutes to place order for drinks+appetizer+entree
- 50 minutes to get a bottle of wine
- 1 hour to get bread at the table
- 1:20 to get appetizer
- 1:45 to get dinner (by which time we simply took it to go).
- 5 minutes to get the check, sign, and leave.
I love Jack's and go whenever I can. The wait staff is great, the owner is always around to make sure everything was good. The food is excellent, the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is perfect. I love their Seafood soup!!!! That's a must have every time I go.
Jack's is a reliable standout in Albany. We had the pleasure of Leon's service on Friday. He is an energetic and efficient waiter. Brad roams the floor and checks in on everyone at some point. The personal attention is genuinely appreciated. To say that Jack's is a local gem is an understatement. The ambiance is exquisite and the menu is refined. Entrée preparations are thoughtful and balanced. Desserts are charming. As appropriate for dinner after work any night of the week as it is to celebrate an occasion. Step into history and prepare to be taken care of.
Our server was totally inattentive throughout the whole night. Luckily, we were sitting near the bar and we were able to get other waiters to help us out. He seemed too spread out geographically and never made it to our table. Wine list is seriously lacking. There are only a few choices and none of them were good.
The food at Jack's was great, and definitely the best part of the experience. The service was good, but after checking far too often in our first few minutes, there was a lengthy gap before we were finally able to order. The atmosphere and decor are classic, but a bit cold; literally and figuratively.
Jack's is a fantastic local venue in downtown Albany, NY. This is a nice place to dine for lunch. They have the usual lunch fare on their menu and also feature specials. My favorite is when they serve a lunch dish with two different kinds of fish. Their soups are absolutely amazing as well.
I would recommended any of their beef or seafood dishes for dinner. The steaks are always cooked to perfection and the seafood is fresh. The portions are perfect and everything is served in a delightful presentation. I ordered a lobster tail the other night and it was literally the biggest lobster tail I have ever dined on!
I cannot say enough about the wonderful staff of Jack's Oyster House. Everyone is professional, welcoming and friendly. Jack's is a place where you get the fine dining experience from every angle. I highly recommend.
The service and our waiter were excellent, other then that, the experience was disappointing. The atmosphere is dreary at best. The restaurant is in need of a serious make over. Everything just seemed dark and cold with very little color anywhere. It was also very cold temperature wise. We were freezing the whole time.
The food was excellent but extremely overpriced. I understand going to a higher end restaurant is going to be expensive but there were only 2 of us and a five year old. Our bill including tax and tip was over $180.00. That is insane! The portions were rather small also, especially the salad, for the money spent.
We were looking for a restaurant close to the Times Union Center and were intrigued by the reviews & History behind Jack's. Yes, it is expensive, but the service & quality of the food was exceptional - 4 of us had lunch before the TSO show. My wife wanted oyster stew, which was not on the menu. No problem! They whipped up a great oyster stew for her on the spot. I took a chance on the crab cakes (I never order crab cakes unless I'm in MD)and was rewarded with 2 moist cakes filled with crab and just enough breading to tie it all together. Of course, we all had raw oysters as well - Bluepoint - fresh & sweet. We informed the staff as we came in that we had a show to go to & they had us out in plenty of time without feeling rushed.
Unfortunately Jack's this past Christmas Eve was off of their game, evident the moment that I walked in. The owner, normally very chipper and attentive seemed very distant and not focused that evening. Our table wasn't ready yet so we went to the bar and saw a slew of dirty glasses piled up at the end of the bar and no bartender to be seen for quite some time. Again, a sign that something was wrong.
Finally sat down for dinner and the dining room seemed to be very chaotic and something I very rarely see at Jacks, multiple dropped plates and slow efforts to come and get it cleaned up. We had to warn a large party walking by our table to be seated to be careful not to slip on the food and sauces still on the floor and not cleaned up yet.
We ordered our meals and I was quite disappointed when my lobster tail came out and it was cold. The others in my party all had cold potatoes and the food was lukewarm at best. I sent my lobster tail back and instead of preparing me a new one, they just barely warmed it up and placed it on a very hot bowl and brought it back to me. They never brought out any melted butter to go with my tail and when I asked for that, they brought it out in a small bowl and not in a warmer and it was lukewarm at best.
I have to say that I was very disappointed with all of our meals as well as our experience. When I pay top dollar for a dining experience, I expect it to be perfect and unfortunately this trip to Jack's was not. Everyone has an off night so we will be back as Jack's is normally spot on and one of our favorite places to go in Albany, NY. Hopefully next time will be back to normal.
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
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!!!
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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