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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Pop some bubbles and enjoy a very special multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Aaron Barnett...Au revoir 2017, et bonsoir 2018!

St Jack Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (43)
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Creative Cuisine (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Notable Wine List (25)
Bar Seating (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Authentic (18)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cozy (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Fun (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Seasonal (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Casual (8)
Business Meals (8)
People Watching (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
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Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Underwhelming but competent, great service and setting.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (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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vip
 (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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service, we loved the cheese plate and salads.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My guests and I enjoyed our dinner at St. Jack. I had the foie gras starter which was spectacular. I was a little less enthused with the mussels, but that is because I live in France and am used to the petite mussels we get there. I had forgotten that they are so much larger here on the West Coast. Nevertheless, the preparation was perfect. My guests were over the moon with their chilled poached prawn starters and the Wagyu beef fillets they selected for their mains. The service was excellent, and our waiter had answers to all of our questions. I will definitely put St. Jack's on my itinerary whenever I am in Portland.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This is a small French bistro style restaurant. Unfortunately the night we were there a party of eight was seated at a large table in the middle of the space. The noise from that table was so loud that other diners couldn’t hold a conversation without shouting . By the time we left I had a headache from the noise level. We stuck our head next door in the bar and ironically it was much less noisy.

The food was good but not memorable. Our total tab was $130 (and that was splitting an entree and about $50 in wine by the glass) so overall it was an expensive noisy disappointing evening.

Too many other better choices in Portland at this price point.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Went early to avoid noise when crowded. Excellent classic European cuisine. Fine bar & wine list. Pricey, good service.
Only disappointment - Coquille St. Jacques was off the menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place was great, and they had a nice table for us and a glass of sparkling wine since it was our anniversary. The food was impeccable, and the oysters were great! Charming place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was our first time at St.Jacques. The restaurant has a limited menu which I appreciate since I believe that long menus do not make for good restaurants. That said, It might be difficult to select a dish that would please a large range of tastes. Two of the people at my table had moules which they said were very good. I had an excellent salade Lyonaise (frisee with lardon). The deserts were a disappointment. I shared a tarte aux almonds with my husband which we both agreed was way to sweet and not very good. The other members at my table shared ice cream which was mediocre. I also think the prices were a bit high for this type of restaurant. Overall not a bad place.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was wonderful but quite expensive. We were crowded together with other diners in a small room and could not even hear across the table.

The waitress was attentive, again the food was great! Worth the trip? Yes, but not again any time soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was a beautiful fall evening. The restaurant is charming and is a happening place. Yet you can get lost in your own company and enjoy the experience. Our server made excellent recommendations

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Steak Frites were great. We sat at the chefs counter and enjoyed watching the team cook and speaking with owner/chef.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Went there after reading the Oregonion high marks.
Very deceptive. The Escargot was very, but very salty, and I could not detect its presence.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I was very disappointed in our meal here. The salads were excellent, but the choice of entrees was much too limited and had only one meat option. My husband and I ordered the lamb pot au feu. It was over-salted and dry. The noodles were good but a bit too al dente for our taste. The worst part was the noise level. I would call it deafening rather than energetic. By the time we left everyone in the restaurant was shouting at everyone at their table. On the plus side we had chocolate-bourbon ice cream that was a generous portion and the silkiest, smoothest ice cream I have ever had.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Lamb pasta was good. Fois gras was mediocre at best, which was particularly disappointing due to the price. Overall ok.
would go back if someone else wanted to but not otherwise

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our first time at St Jack. We enjoyed the service and friendliness of the staff. We were disappointed with the menu options. What we ordered was delicious but there were only 2 things on the menu that appealed to me. Would like to see at least one chicken entree.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The French food is the best in Portland. Much better than Little Bird. The ambiance was Portland chic, which means crowded, noisy, poorly dressed patrons (the couple that was seated next to us were old, fat and the man was dressed in shorts a T shirt and had a baseball cap on. A couple of zhlubs) and generally unappealing. The wine list needs help. They feature way too many 2014, 2015 & 2016 vintages. In particular every option by the glass was from those years , which means all the selections have that syrupy finish you get when the weather was simply too hot to grow good grapes.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious cocktails and dinner, once again! This is our favorite place for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Consistently yummy. There is always something inventive and interesting on the menu that will delight foodies, but also great basics. For example, I'm not a big red meat eater, but when I crave a good steak frites - St. Jack's is my first choice in Portland.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We visit St. Jack several times a year and always enjoy the experience. I always find something on the menu to suit my "almost" vegetarian tendencies. The bread is the best ever! Salad Lyonnaise is delicious but not always offered. Mussels and steaks are wonderful and the frites with bernaise heavenly. Our fish preparation ( black cod with mushroom ragu) this evening was underwhelming. Dessert ( fancy version of chocolate cake with ice cream) was fabulous. Our waiter seemed to have some sort of attitude or maybe it was just zero personality. Either way it was a bit of a distraction to our evening. On chilly evenings request a table away from the front door and window. The cold rushes in every time the door opens!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our first time at St. Jacks, we were impressed by the delicious food and tasty cocktails.
Dessert and coffee was luscious as well. The Steak & Frites was better than many we have had in Paris.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We came for the quail in a pastry with mushrooms and foie gras. We first had a green salad that was overly dressed with a strongly vinegar dressing. I was determined to have some vegetables, so struggled through it . I was disappointed in the quail dish. I searched for a taste of foie gras but never had one. I was later told that it as not foie gras, but torchon. I never tasted that either. The mushrooms had so much vinegar that I assumed they were pickled. They added nothing to the dish and were even worse as I was still trying to get the taste of the salad out of my mouth. I had eaten the fig tart a few weeks before and was anticipating it. Unfortunately the fresh figs that we’re so delicious had been replaced with a few less than interesting dried figs. In France, if a food goes out of season they don’t leave it on the menu. I truly wished St. Jack had followed that French tradition. We were thinking of celebrating my husband’s birthday there later this month. We were grateful that this wasn’t the celebration.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great place for any occasion, particularly if you crave steak and frites or if you simply are a foodie and have people to entertain. Let the chefs and staff cater to you, rather than cook at home!

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