Jackson's Food and Drink

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Jackson’s Food + Drink shares the plaza with the ArcLight theater on Rosecrans Avenue on the border of Manhattan Beach and El Segundo. The menu focuses on New American Cuisine – a low-key gourmet style with authentic robust flavors using the best farm to table ingredients. The restaurant includes a full bar and features abundant seating including a heated outdoor dining area. Both valet and self parking are available on the west side of the building.

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great family run restaurant

AR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were accommodating to our group as we moved from the bar to the dining area to the outside, back inside and ultimately we settled on outside dining. I appreciate their patience and good humor. The waitress made great recommendations, and we were very satisfied with out drink and food choices. I have already recommended Jackson’s to others, will certainly dine there again.

A
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is currently the only restaurant within walking distance of the ArcLight theatre. They have a diverse menu. Fair warning, when they say that something is spicy, they are not kidding. Remember what you ordered because when the food shows up the runners have no idea who gets what. We were not the only group on the patio. It can get very loud.

n
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Don't waste your time or $$$. Service was terrible, the main course came our before our appetizers, and the Black Cod was so bad, it was inedible. Clearly am old piece of fish.

l
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought our friends to Jackson's after a movie night. It is our favorite place to go to after the movies, as the Arclight Beach Cities is right next door. Great food, cocktails and service. We'll be back soon!

CV
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening. Food was excellent, as was the service. We were never rushed. The short ribs were incredible!

P
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience

MB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is a wonderful spot for before or after movies at the theater across the plaza. They understand the importance of efficient service to get you to the show on time, and the food is excellent. We especially enjoyed the poached egg, pancetta, mushroom and asparagus appetizer and the ceviche. Nice wine list, too.

EW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I don't know what happened to this place. It used to be one of my favorite places to eat. I usually get the Miso Cod but the last time I had it the texture was slimy. I thought this was a one off but we came to eat dinner the other night before a movie and our dinner was just plain awful. I had the linguine because I wanted something comforting. I specifically asked the server if the shrimp option was flavorful shrimp that was cooked and seasoned well not just sautéed with no flavor...she assured me it was...it was not. My husband had the Gaucho which again, came at my recommendation because I'd eaten it previously. It wasn't good at all. The steak was extremely fatty and was not prepared properly at all. We also ordered the Brussel Sprouts and they were overly sweet and watery not roasted. I am so disappointed because I love Jackson's but now I've been bitten twice. The cocktails are still creative and yummy so maybe this will just be a spot to meet friends for drinks going forward.

ML
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The cocktails were excellent; the corn appetizer was excellent. Everything else, including the service, was disappointing. And it wasn't crowded! I ordered the broccoli salad. It wasn't a salad; it was a stir fry.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I’ve come here numerous times over the past couple years. The food is great and this place is close to work. There was quite a bit of construction going on outside the restaurant today with quite a bit of noise, which is why I ranked the ambiance lower than I usually would.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A casual burger and ceviche
place. Great for before or after a movie at Arclight El Segundo.

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I've had wonderful meals here in the past, but the restaurant (food and service) was not up to snuff on this most recent occasion.

F
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday and Monday are family nights with special menu of reduced price entrees with appetisers and deserts included and served buffet-style which made dinner festive -- and is the regular outstanding quality.

F
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual reception and service were most friendly and warm. Food creativity and freshness were excellent and well described by server. While fast and efficient there was no hurrying.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Their fillet mignon risotto = the best risotto EVER!!!
<3

m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Mediocre food at a high price
With all the great options in MB don’t feel the need to go here again

F
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Warm reception and immediate seating -- most friendly waitress accomodating to menu discussion and recommendations.

BJ
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've been coming here for dinner the last few years whenever we go to see a movie the Arclight. The last few times we had dinner here (usually on a Friday night), the service was spotty (but friendly!) and the kitchen was backed up with our food taking much longer than usual. The food has always been a little hit or miss, but and lately it's been much more of a miss. The chef (Scott) obviously has a passion for the food — he's a very nice guy who often comes out and says hello — but there are definitely some issues in terms of service/back of house that need to be addressed. I'm not sure what's going on and I would love to see Jackson's have continued success, but with two new restaurants opening up next door in a couple months — they need to step up their game and make sure their service and food are consistent and high quality.

LB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good happy hour

PG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Not sure if I'd recommend or not. My girl and I had to catch a movie so we had to leave before we could get our food. From what I could tell the place seemed nice. It wasn't super busy. However, I felt the service was very slow. Even to get my cocktail took a long time.

people came in after us got thier food right away. When we inquired about this we were told it was because they ordered burgers, caeser salad, and small plates. We ordered the Miso Cod and a Caeser salad. Evidently this takes a while. My bad for forgetting to mention I had a movie to catch. We ordered fish thinking it would be quick. Yet, we were there for 50 min and our order was still not out. We had to bail and have popcorn for dinner. Perhaps the cod takes a long time to prepare. If so, it would have been good to make us aware of this when we ordered.

the menu looked good and I liked the place. I'd like to try one more time when I have a little more run way. However, even without the movie, service was noticably slow.

TB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always solid. Great food, great setting and wonderful service!

HC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! I would recommend to all!

MM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!! This is my second time at this restaurant, the service is great the food is amazing even their garlic sauce is to die for. Loved it, will definitely be going back

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very creative menu.

NG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience! We were sat by the bar area even though I request not to be seated there. Manager offered me a desert in exchange for the inconvenience 🙄
Really!

Food was cold and I found a disgusting hair in my food. So disappointed!!! Never going back .

DP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. We were seated promptly. Our server was helpful and the food was very tasty. We tried the Filet Mignon Risotto. It was very good. We ordered burgers and chicken dishes as our main dishes and all enjoyed them as well. We'll be back again.

SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was, as usual, fantastic. Service was super and had a great conversation with Scott, the owner. Always a great time.

BT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Terrific atmosphere. So so waiter. Love the place anyway.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was amazing. We ended up closing the place down and never once did the staff act like we were an inconvenience. They were just as friendly and helpful as they were when we arrived. The food was fantastic and the portions were generous.

CH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had not been to Jackson’s in quite a while and I must say they have upped their food game. I had the miso cod, my husband had the salmon and both were tasty and cooked perfectly. My request to get spinach rather than cucumber salad was politely accommodated. We brought our own wine and were happy to find the corkage fee is only $10. A definite bargain! Lastly, they are one of the few places in the South Bay that serve affogato - my absolute favorite dessert. We’ll be back!

PR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Pros- good place to meet friends after work. Close to the movie theater. Cocktails are decent! Food is tasty. Cons- Wait staff is slow and not attentive. Due to the lack of attentiveness, when we tried ordering an additional happy hour drink waitress said it was past happy hour (which we knew but hey you never came back to us and checked on us). The restaurant was busy but not busy enough not get checked on. The deals are not great for happy hour, but aren’t horrible either.

N
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious, but service was terrible. After receiving our drinks and a couple appetizers, the server didn't return to our table for 45 minutes. After several requests for someone to take our dinner order, she stopped by our table. This was the worst service that I have experienced in quite some time.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and accommodating.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were waiting to drop off our daughter at LAX and this restaurant was close. Service was not the greatest but the food was good. I would probably go again if we needed to kill time, but would not go out of my way to return

WC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was excellent, the service was terrific, and special accommodations were made for someone in our group with dietary restrictions. Delicious menu!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, my 2nd time here & still not a good experience, both with food & service. I love the ambience of this place so I want to like it, but I just can’t. Food was bland and the service was terrible.

WW
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food and great service like always! We had some apps, e.g. the Risotto was pretty awesome, and then the Miso Cod as our main ... all was delish! Some weirdness to my cocktails this time ... ordered a Tito's and soda and just got a Tito's and then when I asked for some soda just a weird tall glass of soda, but if that's the toughest thing I could say, not too bad .... great place, always good and tasty with great service!

r
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a reservation, we were seated rather promptly. Server David was excellent- funny, just the right level of attentive and offered good recommendations. Our picky family of 4 ate every bite that was served, good reviews by all. A great stop before catching a film at the next door ArcLight Cinemas, allow at least 90 minutes so as not to be rushed.

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