Sailor Jack's

4.4
459 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Sailor Jack’s is the top restaurant in Benicia for seafood served with California flair. Located on the scenic Carquinez Straits, our seasonally changing menu offers something for everyone at breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch and dinner. Named for author Jack London who lived nearby and loved the area, our menu is naturally complimented by a carefully curated selection of great wines and signature cocktails also available in our comfortable upstairs bar. Located in a historic (circa 1868) sea captain’s home, the waterfront view setting is unique in Contra Costa, offering two floors and several charming rooms (plus outdoor deck and patio) where you can enjoy an intimate date for 2, a meal out with friends, or a major family celebration.
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vipMarkM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We sat outside due to COVID. We ordered drinks and appetizers which came reasonably on-time. Our dinner didn’t arrive for another hour plus. By that time my wife and I were too cold to eat much and had lost our appetite by the time the food arrived.

I understand that these are unusual and stressful times, which could have contributed to the long, long, service. There were 2 other tables, one with 4 and the other with 8 guests, and they had the same delay in service.

The table of 4 were given free drinks and appetizers, but we weren’t offered the same.

I feel we were not “taken care of” because there was only my wife and me, and we are not the complaining type.

Unfortunately, because of the lack of consideration on the staff’s part, we won’t be returning.

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TLin
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant with a view. We sat upstairs. The one negative was that the restaurant had an old smell to it and benches and decor looked worn. I guess it goes with the theme. Other than that the food was good.

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LindaK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food order was wrong and had to be done over. Outdoor heaters were repaired right at our table, and a rat went running by our feet. Other than that it was fine.

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StephY818
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to Sailor Jack’s because the food is outstanding and the view is beautiful. On some visits to the restaurant our daughters prefer to sit in the front as they enjoy the free dog parade. Our youngest daughter (5 y/o) calls herself a crispy calamari expert. Her favorite restaurants that serve her calamari include Sam’s Chowder House in HMB, Dead Fish and Sailor Jacks. On this occasion, she rated Sailor Jack’s the best. The calamari here is light and crispy and is best enjoyed with the aioli dipping sauce. We also love the crab melt and mussels appetizer.

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BrendaG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crab melt is VERY good and messy. Saved half to take home. 😋

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MahmoodH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good. Location was awesome. Service was a bit slow - we had to call and ask for water, plates etc.

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vipbiztraveler
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor table eating with our grandson. Quick delivery of food which ch is priceless with a little one. Food delicious.

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AmyW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server, Neal, was awesome and very professional! The food was great and the outdoor seating was just perfect. We sat outdoors and had a nice waterfront scenery. We did get a free dessert for my husband’s bday but it was not so good. But overall, it was good! We will come back again.

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vipMargaretF
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service sketchy. Food barely adequate. Cost high.

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SylviaT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Our server was very attentive and brought everything in a timely manner. Went with a friend I had not seen for over five years and the server gave us ample time to catch up and talk. The food was tasty. My ahi tuna poke was one fo the best I have had, even the ones in Hawaii as was the clam chowder. Definitely will go back.

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vipBettyY
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had baked cod with mashed potato and broccolini. The white cream sauce has no flavor and no salt. Very bland. Service was very good and cold as usual was excellent.

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Dabs
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was very busy which is understandable. Just wish the server checked in more. We knew the food might take some time but the drinks took awhile too or we would’ve drank a little more. It was a nice place though and the food was very good.

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vipBettyY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son treated me out yesterday for lunch. Service was very good and my server was friendly and pleasant. Food was delicious and noise level was low. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cold. Nice to have heat lamp. Food was great.

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vipterrih
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good!

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GregE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great place to gather for lunch/dinner, food is very good, views are great.

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vipBettyY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had ordered Fish & Chips and it was delicious and fresh. Would definitely recommend Sailor Jack's dining to everyone. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is outstanding, especially the clam chowder.

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VladC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent (we had seafood: appetizers + grilled salmon & gumbo), good selection of cocktails & beer, great service. We had outside seating by the water and enjoyed the sunset. Pricey but ok considering the location and quality of food.

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vipBettyY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The deck was too windy so we asked for an inside table unfortunately server told us all tables were reserved. However, it didn’t look all reserved inside. Our server was a funny guy and pleasant to deal with.

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vipAnna
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places. I love the waterside dining and fortunately the food is also delicious. I had a fabulous drink. Mango martini. Server so nice. Lovely time.

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MagdaS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my first time at Sailor Jack's. We had a reservation for outdoor seating, but got there a little late (~15 min) and lost the outdoor spot. But they were very nice to accommodate us inside next to big windows with water views. The appetizer (fried calamari) was delicious! I had the Seafood omelete it had a lot of bay shrimp and crab meat, very nice. But I didn't care for the eggs in the omelette. Strange, I know, just don't think eggs and seafood mesh well. The server was very nice and we tipped her well. I will go back and certainly recommend Sailor Jack's.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a long day working the Benicia Peddler’s Fair. First time dining here & heard good things about this establishment. Good service, fresh oysters, yummy food & on point cocktails. My long work day became a forgotten memory as I enjoyed my experience along with an awesome water view!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lil expensive but everything is reacting to this inflation. Great meal service and food

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vipBettyY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My server Cole was very nice and friendly. He seems to really like his job. Got my lunch pretty quickly too.

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michaell
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Normally we have a great experience. Our server was delightful. Unfortunately the food was just okay on this trip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I came to eat with friends 2 times already. Everything was great. On those 2 occasions, my friends and I seated outside in the tent…which is so incredibly excellent place to have dinner with friends because it’s by the water. Today, I decided to bring my family for lunch. As usual, food and service were great! BUT, the host is not friendly and looks like doesn’t want to come to work today. I reserved outside seat, she said “there is no open table in the tent so I am bringing you inside with the view.” I said, i saw that there were a lot of open tables in the tent. She said “those are for reserved”. I told her that I reserved outside seat. She said “she cannot do anything about it”. NOT a customer friendly attitude. I asked her to at least turn off the aircon that is blowing air on our table. She said “you can ask the server for that”. WOW!! And she was placed in the front to welcome customers. She should be placed at the back washing dishes or something. She does not have a welcoming attitude!!

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LDCruz
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect location, perfect food perfect company

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MiguelC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Go for the view. The food is ok at best. The sitting area outside had a fly infestation which was kind of gross. We moved inside. The Eggs Benedict was flavorless. The ham looked like packaged ham from the grocery store. Once again, go for the view.

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vipjossie
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was ok
Service was slow
Nice views

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Lemongrab
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

I had gotten my reservation time wrong and my party of 4 got there 1/2 hour too early but hostess was kind enough to still seat us.

We sat outside but our first table was like a wind tunnel due to it being so breezy yesterday but staff was again kind enough to seat us at a table more inside the cabana.

Food came out soon after we placed our order. I noticed the table next to us which was seated a few minutes after us also had there food arrive soon after they ordered as well. Things were very efficient yesterday!

Fish & Chips were so tasty! (we asked for no foil coverage this time so fish was not soggy but nice & crispy) Caesar salad was tasty as well as the Chicken Club. Fried polenta excellent per my daughter.

All in all it was a very nice meal as usual. (we’ve been to Sailor Jack’s at least 4 times in the past month & a half and it has NOT disappointed us in the least! 😊

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thank you we enjoyed our lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pace yourself. Resist the urge to inhale your food. Try the clam chowder. It is think and rich and you can fill up if you eat it all.

The fish and chips were good. Evey fry was crisp and there was no need for seasoning.

The fish itself was battered completely and had a slightly sweet taste.

And then finish with the homemade Tiramisu.

And then finally - remember to wear sweat pants.

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Nanster
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating with plenty of space between tables to maintain our comfort level.

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vipBettyY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Would be nice if our server lady would come back more often to ask if we needed anything instead of just one time. The food was delicious and my son enjoyed it as well.

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vipCandi935
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to have oysters on the half wheel near the Benicia waterfront. Always a great selection served on a bed of crushed ice. There are 3 sauces to select for dipping. Our favorite place for oysters

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I was disappointed that the Open Table menu was not up to date. The breakfast menu was very limited.

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JAPC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sailor Jack restaurant did a very good job about social distance with seating arrangements for the guests.

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DoriaM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten there many times before. It has always been good. Good good, great service.
We recommend it

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Dave
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sailor Jack's is a wonderful restaurant with very reasonable prices. It is right on the water with amazing views and the food was delicious. I highly recommend it!!

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Sailor Jack's is rated 4.4 stars by 459 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.