About St Jack

Chef and restaurateur Aaron Barnett's unique menu features rustic dishes from the countryside of Lyon, the heart and soul of French cooking.

1610 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - 10:000 PM

Cross Street:
NW Raleigh Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 360-1281

Website:
http://www.stjackpdx.com/

Executive Chef:
Aaron Barnett

Private Party Facilities:
Our dining room and barroom can be enjoyed together or separately to best suit your event. For company celebrations, cocktail gatherings, special dinners or luncheons, our space and cuisine lends itself to Portland elegance, ensuring a lovely, thoughtful occasion for you and your guests.

Private Party Contact:
Kate Icopini: (503) 360-1281

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Valentine's Day at St. Jack features a sumptuous, multi-course prix fixe menu, curated by Chef Aaron Barnett, and complimented by sommelier Christopher Sky Westmoreland's luscious wine pairing. When it comes to Frenchiness, there is no such thing as too much romance, n'est pas?

St Jack Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (32)
Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (25)
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Neighborhood Gem (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Authentic (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Romantic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (9)
Seasonal (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place. Service makes you feel special. Food is excellent and authentic. Ambiance is a little confusing but the energy level is high.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Portland's French Bistro. So perfectly French, and so perfect at being French! It's also some damn fine food, and perhaps worthy of a spot on my lust of the city's best eateries.

My table of four shared the sear foie gras and steak tartare, both of which were at the top of their breeds. The foie was perfectly seared and smooth. And the tartare, which I'd been craving for weeks, was so well handled and seasoned. Definitely the best I've had in the city.

My hubby and I shared the oxtail bourguignon and the black cod en casserole. The oxtail was tender, fall of the bone and barely needed chewing. The sauce was so yummy. The pommes purée it was sitting in couldn't really hold its own against the bourguignon, but that's forgivable. The black cod, though...that dish was so flawless. I never knew cod could tastes so good without being fried and served on a bed of chips! The portion size was not enormous, either, which was nice.

For dessert, he and I split the creme brûlée and the maple tart. The creme brûlée was just a little under done.m, sadly, and the vanilla barely came through. The maple tart was excellent, though. The vanilla bean sour cream it was served with really put it on top.

For the 4 of us, with two appetizers, four entrees, five cocktails, and four desserts, it was $360 including tip. Worth every penny. We weren't rushed, service was friendly...it was a good night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Not the obvious family restaurant but they were very understanding with our two young children.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Excellent French food choices, good salads, good wines, good waitresses, good service. Only comment: ordered Petite Filet medium rare and was too rare!! so be careful there but good piece of meat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 8, 2018

St. Jack is an authentic Lyon-style french restaurant. Food is well crafted and creative.
Wine list matches food well and the glass pours are carefully selected.
Server was great, we had their undivided attention and they took care of us very well.

We enjoyed our evening at this restaurant, but for Portland it seemed pricey both on the food entrees and the wine pours.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came here on our last night in Portland whole on vacation and was a perfect way to cap off a great trip. Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Can’t recommend this place highly enough!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Not an extensive menu, but everything on it is authentic, exquisitely crafted, and delicious. Wait staff are knowledgeable and forthcoming about both food and wine. The atmosphere is a bit loud but very enjoyable and friendly. More expensive than many restaurants in Portland, but worth every penny.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

There for our anniversary - way, way too loud! Very disappointed. Old location was much better. Will not return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Appetizers were good and service was great. Unfortunately they forgot to bring out a salad until prompted when our entree arrived. The oxtail was very fatty and the meat that was there was minimal. Enjoyed dessert. Felt it was pricey for what was offered.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were really looking forward to eating French food again after spending a month in France last year. We were seated at the table right near the door which was chilly. The price for a 3-course meal was much too high for the food. Scallop crudo sauce was thick and sticky to taste. Steelhead was salty and the beef portion was incredibly small. We won’t be back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had gone to St. Jack before for a date night. Excellent French food in a cozy romantic atmosphere. This time we went for NYE. They had an awesome prix fix menu.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Did not tell us about the set menu when we made the reservations. Called twice to change times and not once did they mention. The set menu was overpriced for what you got

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and food. Definitely coming back!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food, nice service. Was out of white wine we ordered but took a while to find out....

Told kitchen wants entire table's order all at the same time, cannot order appetizers first then place orders for mains subsequently, so okay. Unfortunately had to wait an inordinate amount of time for our mains to come out, over an hour later, despite kitchen knowing already what we wanted (they insisted, remember?). Other than that glitch, and not knowing they didn't have the wine we ordered, it was fine.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The seared fois gras was delicious and the butter lettuce salad too!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

They had me at Side Car. I ordered a Side Car and it came with its own Side Car -- an extra drink is a small carafe in a saucer of ice. Oh, and the food was fabulous, too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

St. Jacks towed the line between traditional French and new American. Great foods like the pig trotters and other classic French inspired dishes with a bit of Portland flare shared the menu with some innovative specials that seemed like fun foods for the kitchen to create. The food was very good and the cocktails and wine list were great as well.
Definitely will come back on my next trip to Portland.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Seasonal, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Despite being encouraged by wait staff to not order entrees because it would take the kitchen a long time to put out the plate, the entrees were tasty and attractive. It would be nice to have had the bar menu available in the dining room, as we adore the duck confit. I urge anyone to order the lyonaise salad it is arguably the best in PDX

Tags: Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food with interesting options. The bartender was awesome and they had a nice selection of unique cocktails. The service, especially the hostess, left a lot to be desired. Any time you asked for something it seemed to be an inconvenience. Just too much attitude for something that was good not great.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Ox Tail and Lyonnaise Salad were good so good. Beef Tartare needed some salt.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was better than I remembered it - definitely a place to return to

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Underwhelming but competent, great service and setting.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent menu with interesting choices and a strong wine list

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Had an early reservation, arrived early and had an amazing Negroni and a DePeche Mode. Moved to our table flawlessly by an amazing hostess (who definitely knows her math)
Go early and enjoy your meal!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We’ve eaten here a number of times and alway enjoy it. This time I had a minor issue with my plate and asked to have the protein cooked a bit more. As a former chef I hate sending food back to the kitchen in the middle of Saturday nights dinner rush. However, much to St. Jacks credit they handled the request with grace and a smile. Kudos to the kitchen staff! We can’t wait to come dine in the bar next time! We didn’t even know that was a thing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Visiting my sister for Thanksgiving. Wanted to eat out someplace special. The food was perfectly delicious. Can’t wait for a return visit.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I go to St. Jack once a year for my birthday and have done so for years. We have never had a bad time and this was another tremendous meal and experience. Awesome service, delicious food and great wine. We are already looking forward to my next birthday!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The drinks were skimpy and our waitress wasn’t particularly concerned when we mentioned it altho she did take it back to the bar and it came back fuller. The cod was just ok- a very small piece and lacked a strong flavor. Escargot which I had had previously and loved was not what I expected- it could have been anything stuffed in the noodle- you wouldn’t have known it was snails. Disappointing and pricey

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful French bouchon experience. Octopus was perfectly prepared and the ox tail w/ homemade pasta was very hearty and the cod was brilliantly prepared in a delicate sauce. We love this place!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Delicious as always! New seasonal menu options were amazing and some classic favorites were back to our delight!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very enjoyable evening. Service, food, price, value, all very good. We would return
anytime. Good menu of French themed food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Do yourself a favor and just go. Great service, on point, superb wine selection, anything on the menu is fantastic!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our second trip, as good as the first though they did not have the lovely salmon my wife had on our previous visit. I like to have things I'll not likely have at home, steak tartare with a quail egg, sweetbreads, oxtail, all lots of fun.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

St. Jack offers French food with a unique twist in terms of flavor and presentation. The escargots were minced and served in pasta shells, the oxtail was similar to pulled pork with its texture and consistency, and the bone marrow had a heavy mustard flavoring. This is definitely not a traditional French restaurant. The interior lighting is dim and the china used are eccentric and add character to the restaurant. Expect moderately upscale, somewhat overpriced dishes served by very "Portland" (quirky and talkative) waiters/waitresses in a hip setting. I would definitely not recommend the oxtail pappardelle as it is not worth the money. I would however recommend the ahi tuna ($14 special, as the server if it is available) as it was light yet flavorful.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always delicious and a treat to eat at St. Jack. All our dishes were surprising flavor combinations, beautifully presented and of course delicious.
Waiter was informative without being pretentious and paced our meal nicely.
Highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fun, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service are both great!! We will be back for more soon!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Hmm. Not sure what the hype is over. The food was good, as expected. Service was good, as expected. Very disappointing wine/beer list. Would bring our own bottle next time and pay the corkage. Tight tables which meant we were looking at the server's butt too many times as he worked tables alongside. Major turn-off was the music and noise level. Way, way, way too loud to have any kind of an intimate conversation, or any conversation really. Will not go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went here after going to the original St Jack on division street 5 years ago. The original was good, and this one is better. Great food, great drinks, good service and good atmosphere.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent as always!!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was attentive and thoughtful; cocktail preparation and wine recommendations were great. The restaurant is adorable, and super cozy. Unfortunately, during this visit the food lacked the sense of comfort and depth of flavor I normally associate with french bistro food. That said, I've had good food here, and know others that have had lovely meals here.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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