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“A great deal; don't pass it up.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ZacJack Bistro

ZacJack Bistro
3275 Coach Lane, 451 2nd Street, Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 676-2969
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Ranked #9 of 48 Restaurants in Cameron Park
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Coos Bay, Oregon
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great deal; don't pass it up.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

First, an admission: I detest the way review sites like TripAdvisor enable cranks and snobs and narcissists and know-it-alls to heap anonymous slander on conscientious restaurants. No food establishment is perfect, but as long as it does a serious job, I will not give it less than 5 stars, and save my criticism for the end.
Five of us had dinner for five at ZacJack’s bistro in Cameron Park, just off Highway 50 west of Placerville. Its theme is an inventive mix of French and Californian. But their food presentations are not prissy-fussy as in nouvelle cuisine, which is fine with me.
One of us, a very elderly lady, had the stuffed artichoke which she greatly liked, and took half of it home. Another had the chicken cordon bleu, her husband a fancy Kobe-beef burger, my wife the trout almandine, and I decided on that night’s special, the ahi tuna, cooked rare. Oh, my wife and I also split their spinach salad, which was wonderful, not overcooked but barely tossed, with candied walnuts, julienned, marinated apple, sautéed mushrooms and red onions, and a sweet balsamic-bacon-dressing. All of us loved our food. Unlike much farm-bred trout, my wife’s trout was firm-fleshed, and came with home-made sweet potato fries and very fresh green beans. I also loved their prices, since I was paying the bill. They have hardly anything over $20. All told I spent about $160 including drinks, a dessert and the tip. A good deal; don’t pass it up.
Now, for the criticism (which not everyone may agree with; that’s why I get so annoyed at restaurant reviewers who think the entire world should conform to their tastes): 1. The waitress could have asked if I wanted a second glass of wine, but I let it go; 2. Somebody forgot about the side of fries I had ordered, and when they finally came they were limp, not crisp like the others; 3. During all the time we were there we were forced to listen to a wailing banshee by the name of Underwood, who should have stuck to making typewriters. Apparently they were playing one CD that repeated endlessly. When I finally made my unhappiness known I was told the music was the department of somebody not present that evening. Seems a poor excuse to me, but I’m not privy to the internal management structure.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Love this place!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The food is always a sure thing thanks to the owners "TLC". He brings quality food with a lovely touch. Lynette is the co-owner and is a wonderful hostess - always a sure thing. We're so pleased to have such a wondering restaurant in El Dorado County.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sacramento, California
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Don't Pass this Bistro Up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We found this place using a Living Social coupon. Most of these coupon places are not worth visiting a second time and paying full price. ZacJack is the exception. Located right off U.S. Hwy 50 at the Cameron Park exit south on the way to Lake Tahoe is close enough for the Sacramento Valley folks to take the short drive up for this food. Everyone in our group enjoyed items from the Sat/Sun Brunch menu and everything was the best. Their regular prices won't gag you and the food and service are excellent. Dine in or on the patio. They have a comforting menu but the preparation and unique blend of foods make dinning a joy again! We will go back again, and again!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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El Dorado Hills, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Service; waiters & bar staff really good.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The service was great; but the meal was not. Food was undercooked or not what we ordered w/no explanation. Carrot cake is delicious.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Poor service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Poor service!
We had to wait around 10 minutes just to get water. They weren't busy. We were maybe the 8th table. The owner? Was the worst! Poor service with a very negative attitude.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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