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Jack's Oyster House

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42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303 (Broadway)
+1 518-465-8854
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on Thanksgiving - glad they were open - very busy. I felt a bit underdressed - lots of sparkly dresses, suits, etc. The staff was fine - forgot a couple things and what I ordered wasn't available. Though it's called Jack's "Oyster" House, the emphasis is on meat and we don't eat red meat (we do eat fish)... More 

Thank Marnie99
West Rutland, Vermont
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the area for a concert at the Palace . Jacks is the feature Restaurant for The Holiday Inn Express. When you stay there you get a 10% discount. We were reluctant at first to go as there were no prices listed on the menu. There was an alternate restaurant that had very good reviews. We got a... More 

Thank catcota1
Mannheim, Germany
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95 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long stroll through the city we arrived at Jack's around 6 pm without reservation and - as we thought - not quite wearing the proper attire (jeans and sneakers - though obviously clean).  Yet, we were given a friendly smile and were shown to a booth table. Our waitress was attentive and quick. The atmosphere was nostalgic (interesting framed fotos... More 

Thank Anita O
New York City, USA
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62 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've meant many times to visit Jacks while passing thru Albany but never had the chance. I finally visited for a lunch and loved it. The place is historic but also serves great food. Service is top notch too. If only the walls could talk and tell you it's history. Can't wait to return.

Thank MFabulous
Albany, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very good restaurant. It has been in existence for over 100 years. I particularly like the little bar they have outside the dining room. Professional bartenders that can make almost anything you can think of. Food is very good

Thank Milt S
Albany, New York
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127 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in on a Friday for cocktails and even though the bar was empty, it quickly filled up with some very nice people, who were friendly. The bartender was very nice and the service was great. Plan on going back for dinner.

Thank maijr1119
Albany, New York
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Top menu as always. Tuxedo waiters, candles, linens, coat check, all the basics are covered. There's also a side door leading to a Bar that serves Bar food in a lesser atmosphere to be comfortable. Chef's are always listed in the top 10 in the area, Parking can be a hassel, there is no real "Lot". Be prepaired to spend... More 

Thank Fritz V
Santa Rosa, California
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Jack's Oyster House was the place the states' politicians frequented back in the day. It's only a couple of blocks from the State Capitol building. The food and atmosphere are both great! The seafood chowder with seven kinds of seafood is amazing!!

Thank MelHarris67
East Aurora, New York
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76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

High level place in a club-like setting in downtown Albany NY. Superb filet mignon and well prepared but service was uneven and slow. Great bar was expertly staffed. Quite expensive.

Thank Steven M
Buffalo, New York
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

At a recent visit to Jack's I attempted to order a dinner special, Fresh Tuna served over pasta, since I'm avoiding eating carbs I asked for the Tuna to be served over vegetables. The waiter replied that the chef will not make substitutions. Really in this day an age where people are looking for gluten free options, or are looking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$35 - $50
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-465-8854
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?