St Jack

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$50 and over
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French
Chef and restaurateur Aaron Barnett's unique menu features rustic dishes from the countryside of Lyon, the heart and soul of French cooking.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Indiana
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for an excellent meal

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best French food since Paris. Wonderful fairly and reasonably priced wine list. Fabulous martini. Service was right on, professional, friendly, knowledgable and understated. When you go try the ice cream — house made and fabulous! We will be dining there again soon. Beyond our expectations.

D
Portland
145 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice meal shared between two couples. Our server recommended a crisp, light-bodied Chardonnay by Minimus, a local Oregon winery, that was fantastic! We loved the baguette served with both butter & sea salt and an olive oil & roasted garlic dipping sauce with red pepper flakes. We shared a green salad, lovely, fresh poached prawns, mussels with both the toasted baguette that came with them and frites, a roasted halibut dish, and mushroom crepe. Everything was very good, and this was definitely enough food for the four of us. The atmosphere was lively and fun, and the service was excellent. It is on the spendy side for everyday dining, but is a great spot for a delicious and fun meal. If you want to dine at St. Jack on a budget, the happy hour is much more affordable.

b
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very grateful to be there on first day of fall for the return of the tomato soup. Everything was outstanding. Thank you!

L
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best mussels ever! The service was attentive and friendly. Loved sitting at the counter. The only downside was the cold rubbery baguette.

J
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I always live this place and eat here often but the halibut this week missed its mark. And was only just okay. Still great

C
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for an anniversary and it was perfectly set up for intimate conversation, great atmosphere and service, and delicious food. We will definitely go back!

g
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

How could a French restaurant ruin duck confit? Overcook it. The special entrée of the night was dry and tough and far from delicious. Thank goodness for the cooked greens, the six cubes of roasted potatoes and two slices of roasted peaches. The crust of the baguette I ordered was so tough it took real force to rip it apart, which was a little embarrassing in an expensive restaurant. To make the meal more disappointing, I waited one hour for it and it wasn’t that busy when I arrived at 6:30. To cap the evening off, about a half hour before leaving, the smell of cooked grease began to permeate the room and my clothes. Upon arriving home I had to hang them outside my closet. Two days later they still smell and I am hanging them outdoors now. Maybe they were short staffed? Or had problems with the cooking equipment? Whatever, St. Jack did not live up to its stars.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived a few minutes ahead and asked to go to bar but were told no and taken to table we waited over 30 minutes to get a cocktail served. Waiter was uninterested at best in explaining anything about the menu. We then waited for appetizers until we had a second round of drinks all brought out with no attention to timing. Our meals were ok but nothing remarkable for us he palate other than one guest who thought the duck was really good. Overall it was a disappointment.

DV
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything a restaurant should be! Fantastic food, service, atmosphere. A lovely place for a celebration - even if it's just celebrating a Wednesday.

D
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is great. Service was adequate but spotty.

SN
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always visit St Jack when I come to Portland. Our favorite dishes this time were the chicken liver mousse, the Duck au Poivre, the mussels with chunky bacon, and the Steak Frites. Service was perfect. The noise level is extremely loud so sometimes it’s challenging to hear across the table.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love St Jack's, remains one of my favorite Portland restaurants. Service, food and drinks are always on point!

E
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the food here, but we won't be back because the service is sooooo slow. The time between when we ordered to when we got our entree was 90 minutes. Just too long.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite!

MW
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too damn loud, won't be returning. Miss the old St Jack on Clinton -- very quiet and intimate.

LU
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was fantastic in every way. Our server had some incredible recommendations (order both the pork rinds and chicken liver mousse and eat them together), the food was delightful, and it was a wonderful night out.

CC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and the dinner was excellent. We had a very nice time.

AS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It can be a bit loud. Food is excellent. Fun wait staff.

EP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The value isn’t worth the trip. We were expecting it to be along the lines of Le Pigeon, Ringside, Bistro Agnes, and others in that group. For spending $100+ per person, the quality of the food wasn’t quite where we wanted it.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Our server was fantastic.

DA
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food was delicious, service was top notch. I have not eaten so well in a long time. Crab salad and the special branzino were out of this world.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally great food and cocktails. Wonderful and knowledgeable wait staff. One of the best night out occasions!

TE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Delicious birthday dinner! Our waiter was so nice.

m
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing. Service was great. Excellent wine. Only minus is the music (awful by spells) and very high noise level.

A
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to St Jack for Sunday brunch, and it won't be my last. Excellent brunch drinks (bubbles, beer, wine, cider & cocktails), and an excellent menu. The Maple Bacon side may well have been the most delicious bacon dish we've ever had. I had the omelette, which my wife said sounded boring, but it was delicious. Add a side of hash browns for good measure

LU
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! The waiter recommended a great wine. Overall great experience.

PM
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love St. Jack. We're from out of town (in Oregon) and dine here every time we are in Portland. However, two of the last three times we have been there, they were out of Ricard -- bad for a French restaurant! But we'll be back. The steak frites was very good, the Normandie mussels were delicious. The padron pepper appetizer is a hit. Our server was charming and efficient.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

we had a Birthday to celebrate. This is standard European style where time is relative to the company you keep. Great experience for a long visit with food.

J
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is wonderful to able to get the seared fois gras at brunch!! I have ordered it at happy & dinner & always cooked perfectly!!!! Jojo was a 5 star server!!!!

PW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My halibut was very salty and a very small piece for $37.00. it was surrounded by some kinnd of tasteless foam and green sauce. The butter lettuce salad was a lot of lettuce with not much else on it...again for the price not very good. My dinner companion also mentioned that his broth with his mussells was also quite salty.

JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St. Jack never fails to impress. Having dined at both locations over the past six years and always experiencing an exceptional evening, I can’t recommend this place highly enough. The staff are deeply knowledgeable yet equally engaging and helpful, never overbearing or intrusive - really a perfect balance of expertise and effortless empathy - and the food is simply perfect.

RM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We picked this restaurant because of the mostly positive reviews on OT. We arrived on time, and proceeded to wait 90minutes or our food!!! We asked numerous times what happened to our order (as we watched plates of food passing us by). Our waitperson would give a bland look and say "it's coming".No offer of bread, a glass of wine, nada. Two people ordered the lamb confit, which were actually huge lamb shanks. Possibly, they were the reason it took so long. Another order of steak frites arrived barely warm.
The fish was ok.

Needless to say, none of us wanted to eat by the time the food arrived.

LE
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love St Jack!

SJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The chefs were excellent at the chef counter. The food was excellent and the servers could talk to them.

SM
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aaron went out of his way to make my husband's birthday dinner extra special!! Every dish was so special and magical. The whole sataff team was attentive and made it a wonderful evening! Thank you all.

JB
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up sitting outside on the bar side and Shelby took amazing care of us. I don't remember the bartender's name but when we had questions about bourbon and whiskey, he came out personally to talk us through the options and made outstanding recommendations. We'll definitely be back. By the way, the Bavette and Frites was divine!

B
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding waitstaff and food. Delicious drinks!

SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seats in the house are at the counter where you get to see it all happen. Food was perfectly prepared and well seasoned. We will head back soon.

D
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special family dinner. It was the first time at this location, but we’ve been to the east side location. It was an enjoyable time. Great food, great wine and great service. We’re coming back!!

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