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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Are you seeking the ultimate, elegant experience to ring in the New Year? St. Jack offers a prix fixe menu with excellent wine pairings. Chef and owner Aaron Barnett's local take on French Lyonnaise food will not disappoint! Space is limited so don't hesitate to make a reservation!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1841 People Are Saying
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OB
London
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and personal attention at this restaurant are outstanding. The butter lettuce salad is my favorite of any salad served in Portland. The choices for a cheese plate are varied and interesting. We really enjoyed both our entrees. A great place to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

BG
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in a while. The Butter Lettuce salad is something I am still craving, days later. So simple but just perfect!

AJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends visiting

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ran out of crab and thought the menu was already limited. Burger was really good though.

S
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

St Jack never fails us! We’ve eaten dinner there often and always take house guests as we live close by. This was our first time for brunch and it was excellent. We were seated by a window in the bar area and it was quiet enough to chat..though every table was taken..(the noise level in main dining room has always been a distraction at dinner serving. )We had crab omelette...served with fresh greens, and their pommes frites and a fabulous croissant with homemade marmalade. And to die for slabs of maple bacon. The coffee was wonderful and our cups..beautiful china cups and saucers ..were constantly topped off by Portland’s best wait staff. I can see that brunch is going to be our go to St Jack meal...with a menu that includes everything from omelettes to hearty lunch fare including a fried chicken sandwich and burgers. Good idea to get reservations as it fills up quickly.

CR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisy, and hard to hear, but food was EXCELLENT! Service was great too!

MH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the overall selection. Very creative flavors and meal. The service was excellent. The prices are very high.

BF
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a wonderful French bistro experience. The dishes are well-conceived and delicious, and the atmosphere perfectly captures the vibe of a French neighborhood bistro. Highly recommend!

Y
Portland
64 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not a ton of lacto, ovo, pescatarian options and they were out of the cod :(

P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In addition to the food being great, we were able to get an excellent bottle of very reasonably priced Burgundy to accompany our brunch.

MS
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St Jack is an extraordinary place where everyone seems to be paying attention to the details that make a visit there a memorable experience. I arrived early and the staff were most accommodating with any and all request we made of them. Drinks were right on, apps were beautifully put together and tasty, and main courses a hit with the whole table.

Will be back soon to enjoy the open-kitchen counter seats.

LR
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

If you want to spend time at a nice bar with skilled and friendly bartenders, St.Jacks is a good place to visit. However for dinner, you should pass and consider other options. Limited menu. Poor wait service. Fair food offerings. Prices too high for net experience.

M
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So disappointed. I have been to St Jack a number of times since they moved to their current location. It was one of my favorite restaurants, but i doubt that I will go again. The room was hot and stuffy. The waiter was terrible, perfunctory at best. We didn’t receive our drinks until halfway through our appetizers, and then only because we asked where they were. The butter lettuce salad was so heavily peppered that no other flavors could be detected. The steak was very tough and hard to cut, let alone chew. The waiter never returned at any point to ask how our meals were. He also kept calling me “sweetheart” which I found extremely offensive. Their prices have gone up while the quality, service and ambiance have significantly declined. The one positive was that our water glasses were promptly refilled without needing to ask.

KR
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love St. Jack. The tomato soup was especially delicious!

DM
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Delicious food.

SX
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked a good day to go to St. Jack and a good time. The light was fading to blue outside and contrasted with the yellow glow of the candle-lit dining room. I tried Duck au Poivre this time, and it was incredibly rich and special. My other half had the filet steak frites--the only way to have it. I recommend saving a trip to this restaurant for a special occasion when you are feeling hungry, adventurous, and willing to treat yourself.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and service for our family. They always nail it

B
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for an excellent meal

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
150 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
30 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
39 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food is great. Service was adequate but spotty.

SN
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite!

MW
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

EP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Our server was fantastic.

DA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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