Jack's Oyster House

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1667 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
For nearly a century, Jack’s has been an integral part of Albany’s landscape. Long considered the hot spot for politicians and the famous, Jack’s ambiance is reminiscent of the clubby New York style restaurants so in vogue today.


Opened in 1913 by Jack Rosenstein, the restaurant has been continuously operated by the same family and is now under the direction of grandson, Brad. Joined by Brad is Executive Chef Larry Schepici. Together, they work to create the ultimate dining experience for you each and every time you visit. In their dedication to the tradition of Jack’s, they have developed a menu to satisfy their faithful clientele as well as delight a new generation of Jack’s customers. Chef Schepici's exciting and unique cooking style, along with our staffs' warmth and hospitality, will make for many memorable dining moments.
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MF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were delicious & the service was outstanding!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I enjoyed the raw oysters and the steak but the whole place feels like it is stick in time and needs a fresh update—music—ferns—making the Old a world come alive again.

TC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not impressed, but would give it a second chance. Seemed expensive for quality of food. Overrated.

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We visited the first Friday during ent. There was a limited menu, we opted for the stuffed lobster tail which was ok. The lobster was a little tough and had to cut with a steak knife. At a$42 price you expect perfection. Otherwise a nice but pricey meal.

C
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend from Albany recommended Jack's. I owe him big time. It was a great place to eat and very charmimg.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Love the atmosphere however dinner was good but not great! Little disappointed!!!

JS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice,This is my second time there and it won’t be last,My wife was very please with the drink and the food!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal.

HH
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very satisfied with the level of service we received. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very enjoyable.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had gone to Jack's with my son for a Saturday night dinner disappointed that we were not informed it was a limited Valentine's Day weekend menu wait staff was very accommodating although was not able to eat what we came for

GF
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Jack’s. Unique and classy decor. Superb service. The clam chowder and salmon are very well prepared. A wonder evening out

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful Valentines Day Dinner; everything was delicious! It was a lovely evening. They had a prix fixe menu for the evening, when we arrived the tables were strewn with rose petals. Very nice touch!

DM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. Service was outstanding (thanks to our waiter Daniel), as was the food. This restaurant is the class of Albany.

BP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jacks

GJ
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I had the Prime Rib and it was DELICIOUS! Enjoyed an oyster appetizer at the bar before dinner. Always good to go home to Jack's Oyster House.

AS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food, service, ambiance - everything was wonderful. We had a great time at this landmark restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good experience

f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Its the charm, atmosphere,and most of all well dressed, manured wait staff (I enjoy that formality) that I go to Jacks for. The food is most consistent, not excellent, but always eatable . I don't mind paying for the total experience. We had the fried fish/chips (excellent) the filet sandwich (a bit dry) the oysters (excellent),shrimp cocktail enormous shrimp ( overcooked) and the butternut salad (disappointing) they did comp the salad. Dessert the chocolate peanut cake (excellent) creme brulee (passable)
No matter what, its the best old establishment in ALBANY and I recommend you good and enjoy your visit.

PG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy. Food was delicious and service was superb.

LO
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at the restaurant was outstanding. The food was excellent. The meal was done to perfection

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not a great selection of food but the oysters were amazing!

BP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lo e Jacks

KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive, elegant service; beautifully maintained, handsome and historic rooms; inventive and classic food—superb crab cakes and excellent veggie risotto—and good wine list. Jack’s is perfect for a special occasion or a post-legislative dinner. We’ll be back!

CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best restaurant in Albany. First class place family owned. No freaking chain here

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always. We had a wonderful time. Thank you.

SS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always the service, food and friendliness was wonderful. Worked with me for dietary restrictions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jack’s never disappoints! Wonderful food and service. A great place for any occasion.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year's Eve lobster tail dinner was delicious.
Kudos to our waiter Leon who made the evening even more special. He's the best!

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for a holiday dinner. Our waiter was courteous, the drinks were good and I always like the food. It’s a lovely place for a night out.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas day dinner at Jack's was exceptionally delicious! Appetizers to dessert satisfied our palate with five star satisfaction!

KC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Christmas dinner at Jack's; the food was delicious, the service impeccable, the price reasonable, given the food and service we received. We've already decided to make Jack's our new Christmas dinner tradition.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

it would have been nice if music was playing in the background... anything would have been nice.

BP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Jack's!!!!

N
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walking into Jacks Oyster House is like coming home after a long time away.
It is clean, welcoming, the motif is calming
and restful.
I truly look fwd to days and nights out to Jack's.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. My Significant Other had steak- delicious. I had a pan seared salmon-too dry. Only two restrooms, not enough for the crowd. No coat room. Great place to go when going to the Times Union for a show

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue with exceptional service and food. Had a wonderful time!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I think it was an off night. Celine Dion was in town. I think the server was new and she tried her best. She just didn’t seem super confident. Food was kind of blah. Always wanted to try it. Probably won’t go back.

HW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal, many customers going to Celine Dion concert. Service was top notch with our server Patrick. We'll be here again

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