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Jacks Restaurant & Lounge at Portola Hotel & Spa

Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 (Formerly Jacks Restaurant & Lounge at Portola Hotel & Spa)
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Ranked #13 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Alvarado & Del Monte
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.
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84% Recommend
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English first
Salt Lake City, Utah
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

went to dinner here the first night in town. Walked in and got seated and after 10 minutes had to go ask if we had a waiter to assist us. The hostess got a gentleman to assist us fairly quickly. We ordered and on one appetizer asked for no mustard. Upon receiving said appetizer commented that there was mustered on... More

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Coarsegold, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went to Jack's for lunch on our anniversary. We sat outside on the patio that looks over a beautiful courtyard that leads to Fisherman's Wharf. It was peaceful and relaxing. ( the inside of the restaurant was beautiful). Had the calamari sandwich and it was probably the freshest most tender piece of calamari I have ever had (and I have... More

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Monterey, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Went out to lunch with a buddy to a restaurant near my work. Jack's in the Portola Hotel was our choice. I have had lunch there on many occasions and have never been disappointed in the service , food or the decor. We both had the calamari sandwich and it was delicious. I usually have the salad bar and it... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

50% of wines and $5 cheese plates make the lounge a great value at Happy Hour. Great atmosphere, and a good wine list. Outside of those times, it is a little pricey (as all hotel lounges are).

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Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We just had pub snacks. But the menu had some real variety and the choices - risotto and meatballs were two choices - were really quite good. I would definitely recommend stopping in for a nice rose and a few good pub eats.

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Marina, CA
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We recently (May 24) had our wedding rehearsal dinner at Jack’s in the Portola Hotel and were really pleased with the outcome. First, we were looking for a venue that could accommodate a group of about 35 people and possibly 40. Most of the guests were staying at the Portola and so we wanted a venue close by. After working... More

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Redding, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Great Veggie sandwich, fast service, excellent wine selection, nice ambiance, best of all it was in the hotel, after a 6 hour drive and hungry, no need to leave the hotel. Perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We're locals and Jack's is THE place for breakfast buffet on Sunday...Paris bakery almond croissants, made-to-order omelets, mimosas with cranberry juice, French toast with fresh fruit, lox and capers. Parking is not an issue b/c there is validated parking in the Chase garage! Ask for Frieda, she is the best!

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The only meal we had while staying at the Portola was the buffet and it had a great selection of food. The staff that waited on us at the table for kitchen orders was very friendly. We ordered both pancakes and French Toast from the kitchen and they were both and hot and tasty. We really liked the omelet station... More

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Folsom, California, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is a fancy place!! We had a brunch package included with our stay at the Portola Plaza, otherwise, it might have been a little expensive for us. Definitely a splurge!! But it was delicious. Omelet station, fruits, potatoes, pastries, and cooked to order pancakes/waffles/French toast. It was really good and the service was exceptional.

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