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42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303 (Broadway)
518-465-8854
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Known literally around the world for warm and welcoming hospitality...
Known literally around the world for warm and welcoming hospitality, Jack’s Oyster House has been continuously operated by the Rosenstein family since 1913 and is now under the direction of grandson Brad. Along with French Certified Master Chef Luc Pasquier - 1 of only 52 in North America - the restaurant offers the ultimate dining experience at a true value. Come also enjoy “Bar 42” or take advantage of the extensive banquet services.
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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Classic American, Deals Are Made Here

I get the classic American appeal of Jack's. I was pleasantly surprised that they still cook well. A lot of restaurants like this rest on their laurels, service, and decor, while ignoring the fact that their food is sub par. Jack's still produces decent fare. I was impressed with the Steak Diane... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Gamberioni
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I get the classic American appeal of Jack's. I was pleasantly surprised that they still cook well. A lot of restaurants like this rest on their laurels, service, and decor, while ignoring the fact that their food is sub par. Jack's still produces decent fare. I was impressed with the Steak Diane. The Crab Cakes were among the best I've... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Although this place has been around for over 100 years, it has fallen into the hands of bad management. I had a terrible dinner there last week and emailed the owner and executive chef. They ignored me for over a week until I emailed them again. Salmon appeared to have been cooked on high heat for a half hour. Crabcakes... More 

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Albany, NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

How wonderful it is that this Albany landmark restaurant participates in Albany Restaurant Week and that we were lucky to get a reservation for a Saturday night dinner. My husband and I each ordered one of the restaurant-week specials, as well as drinks and a soup, not part of the special. I feared our "special" might be skimpy, but it... More 

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Little Rhody, United States
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187 reviews 187 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I first went to Jack's only a half-century ago, but went often when I lived in the area. Still go occasionally when I'm in that neck of the wood. Not spectacular, but consistently good with service to match.

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North Haven, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Jack's has been a downtown landmark since 1913 and it retains it's historical ambiance. Photos of Albany landmarks adorn the walls, booths are private and comfortable and the antique chandeliers add to the charm. Service is professional with out being stuffy or overbearing. Waitstaff are well informed on menu options and very helpful. Overall, our party enjoyed their dining choices,... More 

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Potsdam, New York
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100 reviews 100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Jack's has been around since 1913. It is an Albany staple but starting to show its wear. The sea food tower we ordered was supposed to have lobster. Basically it was just a single claw. Not near the quality or variety of Prime 677 just down the road. We ordered the "BAKED STUFFED COLOSSAL LOBSTER TAIL COMPOTE OF LOBSTER, SHRIMP... More 

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Todi, Italy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Certainly the steak was delicious and perfectly cooked. However, it arrived at our table and both my plate and my husband's plate of steak and baked potato were lukewarm at best. Since we brought another couple with us and since they made no complaint, we could not send it all back or complain. Our waiter was charming and attentive. It... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I went to Jack's expecting to be wowed and was totally disappointed. The service was good, not exceptional, the appetizer was just okay and the crab cakes were not that great. I read the hype and was not impressed at all. Small portions with a large price.

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Lewiston, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Had a most outstanding seafood chowder with plenty of shrimp and fish in it in with a wonderful texture and consistency. The featured salmon entree had very nice whipped potatoes and a vegetable medley of asparagus, red cabbage,and carrots. John provided outstanding service in every way from describing the menu items well to pacing the courses properly. Jack's Oyster House... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

We had seven people on a busy Saturday night. Warmly greeted by Brad and staff. Wonderful oysters lobster and steak. Nephew loved cotton candy dessert. A terrific place in Albany!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303
    (Broadway)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-465-8854

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Known literally around the world for warm and welcoming hospitality, Jack’s Oyster House has been continuously operated by the Rosenstein family since 1913 and is now under the direction of grandson Brad. Along with French Certified Master Chef Luc Pasquier - 1 of only 52 in North America - the restaurant offers the ultimate dining experience at a true value. Come also enjoy “Bar 42” or take advantage of the extensive banquet services.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?