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Jacks Restaurant & Lounge at Portola Hotel & Spa

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Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 (Formerly Jacks Restaurant & Lounge at Portola Hotel & Spa) (Alvarado & Del Monte)
831-649-2698
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Ideal for any occasion, Jacks Restaurant offers the finest local cuisine...
Ideal for any occasion, Jacks Restaurant offers the finest local cuisine the Central Coast has to offer. Sit down for breakfast featuring a European breakfast buffet, lunch with the best salad bar in town, and dinner for a great steak or seafood on our outdoor patio or indoors in our comfortable fireside dining room.Pair your meal with a selection from our extensive wine list that highlights Monterey County's diverse viticulture tradition, or complement your selection with Fair Trade organic coffee or tea from Peerless Coffee, a proud family-owned business that has been a Northern California tradition for 86 years. At Jacks Restaurant, you'll find a deliciously unique Monterey flavor and a cozy coastal locale, all in historic downtown. Come visit us soon – we look forward to sharing our passion for sustainable dining with you.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I came here with a travelzoo which is a great deal ($50 savings). The food was great I recommend the crab cake and the filet! The service was great my server was Nicole but everyone was friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant in the future.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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232 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

I came here with a travelzoo which is a great deal ($50 savings). The food was great I recommend the crab cake and the filet! The service was great my server was Nicole but everyone was friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant in the future.

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Nor. Calif
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Came her for brunch, as it was an easy trek from our hotel room. We were seated and waited for over 10 minutes and were never addressed by out waitress. We decided to go ahead and load up our plates at the buffet. When we came back and started eating, she then came over. She said we must have been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great food! Great people! Best buffet in the area!you will not be disappointed!! Can't wait to go back!!

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Paso Robles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We stay at the Portola Hotel and Spa without any real plans and were set up by the concierge with a last minute reservation. The service was great and the suggested food and wine pairings were spot on. My wife and I had a great date night and will definitely be coming back!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I attended a wine dinner at Jack's and was so impressed by both the food and service. They served an incredible prefix 5-course chefs menu, complete with Foie Gras! The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and made the experience memorable. There was even winery representation who poured and discussed the wines and winery history. I look forward to returning for another... More 

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Vernon, B.C.
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167 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Definitely the best veggies omelette that I have ever had in my life. The chef was friendly and put a lot of TLC into that damn omelette. I am salivating thinking about it right now! The rest of the breakfast buffet spread was also excellent. Fresh fruit, lots of pastries and perhaps the best blueberry pancakes that I have ever... More 

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Orangevale, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Especially loved the food and service at Jacks. Do not miss the breakfast buffet. My boyfriend said it was the best omelette he had ever had. Homemade scones, healthy options with fresh fruit, yogurt and meat cuts and friendly, attentive staff. Ask for Freida to wait on you. The whole place is clean and very environmentally friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

I made a reservation for my birthday. When I let the hostess know about my reservation she greeted me with birthday wishes and gave me a nice big booth. The server greeted me with a glass of champagne and wished me a happy birthday a well. The food was fit for for a king and the service was impeccable. Afterwards... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I've been here several times. I've enjoyed everything I've tried on the menu, most recently the Prime Rib. The service is always professional. I usually ask for Nicole or Haley. The restaurant is very elegant but welcoming at the same time. I've always had a good experience at Jack's. They have a great happy hour in he lounge too and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was here on business and came in by myself. I had the lobster bisque to start which was great but the filet served on bread pudding was one if the best meals I've had in years. I don't like to eat out by myself but the service was so friendly I didn't feel alone at all! Veronica greeted me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 (Formerly Jacks Restaurant & Lounge at Portola Hotel & Spa)
    (Alvarado & Del Monte)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-649-2698

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Ideal for any occasion, Jacks Restaurant offers the finest local cuisine the Central Coast has to offer. Sit down for breakfast featuring a European breakfast buffet, lunch with the best salad bar in town, and dinner for a great steak or seafood on our outdoor patio or indoors in our comfortable fireside dining room.Pair your meal with a selection from our extensive wine list that highlights Monterey County's diverse viticulture tradition, or complement your selection with Fair Trade organic coffee or tea from Peerless Coffee, a proud family-owned business that has been a Northern California tradition for 86 years. At Jacks Restaurant, you'll find a deliciously unique Monterey flavor and a cozy coastal locale, all in historic downtown. Come visit us soon – we look forward to sharing our passion for sustainable dining with you.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?