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Jack's Oyster House

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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, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Description: Known literally around the world for warm and welcoming hospitality, Jack’s...
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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  • 132
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    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 38
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  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Old Style Classy Place

Great place with great food and great history if you are in downtown Albany. Very good service. It might be known as the Oyster House, but my steak was awesome! Very good atmosphere if you are going as a couple, with friends or for a business function.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
igolfnbird
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place with great food and great history if you are in downtown Albany. Very good service. It might be known as the Oyster House, but my steak was awesome! Very good atmosphere if you are going as a couple, with friends or for a business function.

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Thank igolfnbird
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Jack's Oyster House. We are pleased that you enjoyed your steak and well as our service and atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Latham
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jack's Oyster House is the commensurate fine dining experience. The menu is varied with wonderful options be it seafood or any of their many other fine choices. The decor is Old Albany and the place is just steeped in history. Really a must if you want a fine dining experience in downtown Albant.

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Thank Suzanne M
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Than you for the great review Suzanne! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Service was slow, really slow,, generally ignored by the waiter, when asked about the service they said the place was busy, then ignored by the manager, food should not take 90 min after ordering regardless of any circumstances. Seems they must be thriving on a reputation vs actual service, we'll never return and gladly tell my friends about the experience... More 

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Thank Paul D
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us Paul. It is our goal to create a wonderful experience for all of our guests on every visit, and it appears that we fell short when you last visited. We sincerely apologize, and hope you will give us another chance to show you why we are Albany's longest standing restaurant. Thank... More 

Latham, New York
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

we have dined here before, and it always rated top shelf; both in service and food quality. sadly this was not the case in either dept thisvisit. first the server took one drink order , did not address anyone else at the table ... left and returned with the one drink. we had to catch him from leaving quickly to... More 

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Thank Aline F
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us Aline. We are happy that we have been able to offer you "top shelf" service throughout the years, and sincerely apologize that we seem to have fallen short on providing this top shelf service on your last visit. We take our customer reviews very seriously, and hope you will give us... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I dined here last week with two work associates. We dined on a Thursday evening at approximately 6:00PM. We were one of two tables seated for dinner in the restaurant. I mentioned this as unfavorable but we proceeded. The server was dressed in black pants, a rustled white dress shirt, and a black server jacket that was stained with old... More 

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Thank FloridaGirl74
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience at Jack's. We strive to offer the best possible service and dining experience to each and every guest. We sincerely apologize for falling short on this mission during your last visit. We hope you will give us another chance to show you why Jack's has... More 

North Fort Myers, Florida
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114 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Whe our daughter and son in law announced their engagement we came in from out of town and selected the best. We were as always impressed with the fine dining and caring attention that we were all given for our memorable evening. Our appetizers, salads, oysters and meals were extraordinary.

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Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review and for choosing Jack's to celebrate this momentous occasion. Congratulations on your daughter's engagement! More 

Albany, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I wonder if they even serve oysters anymore. Fairly good service, but not top-notch. Food not above average. It's an Albany institution but we would probably not go back. Not cheap. Not a bargain. Waiter friendly, but that doesn't help if you can't back it up with superlative food.

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1 Thank claudeinalbany
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Jack's. We do serve oysters, which are renowned as the best in town. We hope you will give us another chance to show you why we have been Albany's top restaurant for over 100 years. More 

Delmar
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

The.service is pretentious and not very good. The food rather ordinary. The wine overpriced. Good for politicos and pols bur not much else.

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1 Thank 558renater
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you so mcuh for taking the time to review our restaurant. We appreciate getting feedback from our customers. We are a favorite for politicians and hope you will give us another try to see why we have built a long standing reputation as Albany's top restaurant for the past 100 years. More 

Martville, New York
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I was recently in Albany on business and Jack's was recommended to us. We are so glad we went. From the bartender and our server Bill, to the oysters on the half shell, to the scrumptious Lobster Seafood Bianco, to the decor, we were very happy we stopped in. The food was fabulous, although a little pricey, but it was... More 

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1 Thank Cathy14326
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your scrumptious dinner and and service by Bill. We hope you will join us again the next time you are in town. More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Great food, service was spectacular and as I had been here ten years ago it was good to plan a return visit. When I was a teacher at VI I came a few times with the Haggerty family - think they were "regulars" and always had a terrific meal. Good to see the stability and the enduring tranquility. Menu changed... More 

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3 Thank providencedave
Suzanne L, Guest Relations Manager at Jack's Oyster House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Jack's. We are pleased that we delivered the same great food and service you have come to expect from Jack's over the years. We hope you will join us again the next time you are in town. More 

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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: Large groups, 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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