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

St Jack Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for a Date (24)
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Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Fun (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Cozy (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Business Meals (7)
Seasonal (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Guadalajara)·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated Valentine’s Day and the experiences was very good overall, good drinks, good food and romantic ambience.

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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I had an amazing meal and great cocktails! The staff was very attentive. The only problem is that we wish we could afford to eat here every weekend but then it wouldn't be as specially maybe.. great job!

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·Dined 3 days ago

It continues to be a dining gem. SE Pdx misses them. It made for a lovely Valentine's meal.

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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful, memorable Valentine’s date. The food and drinks were extraordinary.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

The food has been consistently fabulous.....if you could find a way to dampen the noise that would make it perfect!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

THe food was delicious, the cocktails were awesome. The main problem was the service. We waited almost 30 min for someone to stop by our table after we were seated, and after our food came out, no one came by again for quite awhile. I wanted to order more wine and even dessert, but there was no one to take the order. There was a large party in the restaurant at the same time, and I realize that requires quite a bit of attention, but we were completely ignored.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was tasty as usual. My dish was lukewarm however.
Waiter was slow to come back around. To our table each time.

Noise level is becoming a distractor to everything g else that is so good about this restaurant.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful ambiance. Very cozy. Enjoyed the service. Not rushed. Wine and drinks menu expectedly varied and deep. Will return.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

I didn't like my dish, told a waiter I can't eat it, he says, "ok" then walks away without removing my dish until he comes back with the check.
RUDE!!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Love this place...love the food and the ambiance. Had a great time!!!❤️❤️❤️

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was good but nothing fabulous. We had to wait almost 30 minutes past our reservation to be seated. The waitress didn't seem like she cared. She never checked back after serving our appetizers, main dishes and dessert. I was hoping for a fabulous meal but it was just so so.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food as always. Only complaint was we still waited about 25 mins for our table even though we had booked which meant we had to quickly order so we were back for our babysitter

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Dinner at the chefs bar was a treat, however we often felt forgotten or overlooked by our sever. We would often go long periods without a check in and had to reuse our plates for courses. Our crab gratin was lovely and So was our butter lettuce salad. We wanted to ask for additional baguette for our gratin but never got a chance as our server never checked in with us. Perhaps you should try to go to dinner on a less busy evening (we went on a Saturday).

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I can't think of a bad thing to say about St Jack....
The food? Outstanding. OK. Well, the tripe wasn't great, but it was still probably the best tripe I'll ever have in my life.
The service? Pretty darned close to perfect. Attentive without being pesky, and for a busy Saturday night, this can be hard to achieve. We sat at the kitchen counter, so I got to sit and watch the magic in the restaurant unfold, and I was mesmerized all evening long.
For the quality of the food and the service, the prices feel 'right'-and the portions are just right as well-not too much, not too little.
One of my favorite meals in Portland, and I'm already counting the days until I can return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Tapas, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had two entrees that were cooked very poorly. The steak was served rare although we ordered medium. The vegetable dish was not warm. We sent it back and it came back the same after about a ten minute wait. A restaurant this expensive should not have these issues with timing and service.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were happily surprised by how refined this restaurant was, in terms of food, service, and ambiance. We didn’t actually realize there was a separate dining room before making the reservation so instead of sitting in the bar, which has a quite different atmosphere, we sat in the dining room. It felt quaint, understated, and sophisticated. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. And our server was very attentive and super knowledgeable about the wine selection. I definitely recommend this restaurant for a romantic date night or special occasion.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 31, 2018

St. Jack is always a great choice for a great food!

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

The cod with a side of pomme puree was excellent!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

If any restaurant in Portland deserves a Michelin Star, it is St Jack. From the moment you walk in until the time you leave your dining experience will be unparalleled. Welcome to how a restaurant should be run; unique cocktails, delightful service by experienced staff and food that surpasses description. Don’t wait for a special occasion to enjoy one of the finest restaurants in Portland.
St Jack is where you will find the finest ingredients, expertly prepared and meticulously presented.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent setting and service, high quality wines. The price versus ingenuity of the entrees was a bit disappointing, they were reasonably well executed but not phenomenal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I sat at the chef's table and had the opportunity to talk extensively with chef/owner Aaron Barnett. I enjoyed Jack's Manhattan which I highly recommend and my wife enjoyed the Honey Badger. We started off our meal with 6 oysters ( Shigoku and Netarts ), their butter lettuce salad and Cervelle de Canut ( an amazingly delicious cheese "log" served with bread and veggies ). For dinner my wife loved her black cod en casserole and I savored my Oxtail Bourguignon. The meat fell off the bone and the "comfort food" dish was perfect on a rainy Portland evening. We will return and highly recommend St. Jack.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 9, 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 7, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 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 5, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on January 5, 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 2, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 2017

Great service and food. Definitely coming back!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 2017

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 23, 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 18, 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 17, 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 15, 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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