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Jack's Oyster House

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42 State St # 44, Albany, NY 12207-2804 (Broadway)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My salmon and steak dish, accompanied by succulent green beans and robust mashed potatoes, exceeded my expectations. Service was superb. The menu is classic seafood and steak -- you won't find any fusion, foam, or too trendy innovations. On a Tuesday night, it was not crowded and noise levels were low. The Atlantic salmon dish was fresh and tasty. Old... More 

Thank marko18745
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff always greet you like you are family. The food is consistently good. The wait staff will go the extra mile for any request. The "old" Albany ambiance and pictures are worth the trip.

Thank Deborah H
Dundas, Canada
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Jack's is an old school steak and oyster house. The ambiance is fantastic: very fifties vibe with wooden booths, velvet accents and formal tableware. Many pictures of Albany from decades past adorn the walls. Our server, Liv, figured out how to make me a Bloody Caesar! Our steaks were done to perfection and we had ample portions. I would happily... More 

Thank Carriebomb
Andover, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate at Jack's on July 4th so as we were going to the fireworks display we ate earlier than normal (about 5:30pm). The restaurant was much more spacious than it looked from the outside with tables in booths and standard tables which gave a good choice. There was also a varied menu which included calves liver which is very... More 

Thank 528jean
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hotel we stayed at recommended this place because it is oldest restaurant in Albany. It is an old fashion steak and seafood place but I thought it was overpriced for the quality of the food. A filet mignon is $38. The filet itself was ok but definitely not the best I had. The sides were terrible though. Dry mashed... More 

Thank PhillyPhanatic71
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a perfect meal at Jack's this week. We came here often in the 1990s. Steak Diane was cooked to perfection, and my husband really enjoyed his codfish. Our waiter Bill was very friendly and attentive to all our needs. Can't wait to return. Thanks.

Thank Hemingwaysmyth
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169 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner. The restaurant appears to be a long-standing Albany institution with lots of interesting historical photos of the city around the walls and a charming, slightly old-world feel about the decor. Service was prompt, attentive and efficient. For starters we ordered half a dozen Exotic Ltd., oysters and 1/2 a dozen Joe's Special oysters both of which... More 

Thank Raedward
Albany, New York
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a very nice dinner. The 2.5 lb lobster was the best he ever had. My steak was perfectly prepared with a blue cheese crust. Sides were just as tasty. Service was great and was a very nice treat for a special night out. Chocolate cake was just okay. I would choose another dessert. Very nice... More 

Thank Mary B
Albany, New York
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81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Way overpriced! I had surf & turf very small filet and a tiny half of lobster tail ( one bite) with a stuffing ugh! $39 I don't mind paying for something if it's good, but this place did nothing for me.

Thank stirling061
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142 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jack's is over 100 years old, and yo can feel the decades and a century's worth of customers when you walk in. Dark wood, leather booths, fine cutlery, etc. This is not some fern and exposed brick eatery, but the real thing. The menu is VERY conservative; steaks, lobster, oysters, and other seafood. Entrees are ot cheap (29.00+) but this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $50
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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 State St # 44, Albany, NY 12207-2804
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?