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Jake's offers a varied menu- featuring polished flavors and local ingredients whenever possible. Menu choices range from locally raised beef burgers to elegant composed seasonal dishes-something for everyone! The atmosphere is comfortable, casual and inviting. You can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the water front from the inside or out. This is not your white table cloth kind of place. We want you to laugh out loud, relax and just be as you are. Our guests come in flip flops and shorts, in suits and ties, and everything in between. Come join us-good things happen at Jake's!
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Pub, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Television, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

About the staff! The staff is the best! We are frequent guests and the staff makes us feel so welcome and remembers our names! ThankYou Lexi, Erin, Greg and Stephanie!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stopped for lunch and was able to sit outside on a sunny, breezy day and enjoy the views. I also enjoyed my lunch; a well-prepared and tasty salmon BLT. Server was friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022 via mobile

Ten minutes from Potsdam, very nice location with a romantic beach-side deck. Renovated, modern yet cozy interior with great ambience. Friendly, efficient, non-pushy accurate service. Cocktails were good, wine list is short and lacks any detail, but what they brought was enjoyable and not expensive....The food is excellent, not cheap but well worth the quality and overall experience. Some great appetizers, good options for main dishes, great pizza, good desserts. So good we went back the next day and it was good all over again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Marc C, Owner at Jake's on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2022

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience!

Reviewed November 13, 2021 via mobile

Great wait staff. Beautiful place, not too crowded. Creative and mainstream menu options. Good food and drink! Quick kitchen, but we’ll timed.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 12, 2021 via mobile

We were taking to Jake’s by a family member during a visit to the area. This was one of his favorite restaurants due to the food and the view. It was a very good suggestion. The food and service was very good. As was the...waterfront views. No complaints here at all. Definitely worth a visit for an very good meal.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 13, 2021

We waited 20 minutes to be served after being seated and then had to go ask the hostess to find our waitress. The food took another 45 minutes to reach us, but our waiter forgot my drink and I had to ask for that again....The steak was just okay. The potatoes were chalky and we both had to dump all of our au jus sauce on them to make them edible. The bar was full of people swearing non stop even though a family with kids was sitting right next to the bar area. For two of us, the bill was more than 90 dollars. We'll never go backMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 8, 2021 via mobile

We were RV camping nearby and wanted to have a nice dinner on the deck. The deck provided a lovely spot to dine. I was actually quite surprised at how wonderful the food was prepared. I got the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer and the coating...was light and very tasty. I will certainly try the Calamari the next time we go.. I had the Salmon which was the BEST I HAVE EVER HAD. Salmon is easy to ruin and most restaurants over cook it.!! This was perfectly cooked and juicy. Topped with nicely seasoned asparagus , it was superb…!!! 😊😊 This place is very popular and I can see why. If you are in the area, stop in. You won’t be disappointed…More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2020

We went to Jake's for a friend's birthday. We had looked at the menu online before arriving. My wife ordered the Pasta special. When it came out, it was not what she ordered. She mentioned it to the waitress and she said the menu she...saw was from the day before. My wife tried her food but did not like it and sent it back. We were still charged for the meal. We asked to speak to a manager, but the server mentioned the chef was in charge and offered to take 50% off the meal that we did not eat. The server was the only one we spoke to about our displeasure. We understand that Covid has been difficult for many in the restaurant business. But, if you are going to open up and provide service, you need to adapt to the situation. As menus are mostly only available online, you should ensure they are up to date and the server specifically has the proper information. There were QR codes on the table to view a menu, but we had to download an app to view it. Perhaps some WiFi in the dining area would help. Unfortunately, we do not plan to visit Jake's on the Water anytime again soon.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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HannawaJakes, Owner at Jake's on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. We have, temporarily, moved to an electronic menu to provide a touchless option for our guests - unfortunately updating the menu is a bit more challenging than it should be. Our server should have been aware of the error when...More

Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

Went for dinner for my daughter’s birthday. This is a lovely venue, with a wonderful water view. My husband and son in law ordered walleye, which is one of the nicest, cleanest tasting fish from our local waters. It came smothered in teriyaki sauce, so...you could not enjoy the taste of this nice, mild fish. There was no choice for a prime cut of beef, only strip steak, which was somewhat tough (not the most tender cut of meat to begin with and easily overcooked) and was underwhelming, at best. The pork chop my daughter ordered, came, after an hour wait, as dry as sand. It was also covered with raw slivers of beets, turnip and apple that were not spiced in any way. The presentation of the meals were lovely. It was disappointing that the taste and preparation of meats completely missed the mark. I am an adventurous eater, and have sometimes been surprised at what combinations well in a dish. This is not the case here, however. If I could make a suggestion, it was be to let the flavors of the high quality, local ingredients be the stars of the show. As it currently stands, it is definitely not a place that we will return.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 28, 2019

There were 3 of us and all ordered something different from the menu. We all thought the food was excellent.

Date of visit: November 2019
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HannawaJakes, Owner at Jake's on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2019

Thanks Steve, we hope to see you again!

Reviewed November 17, 2019

This was a very nice restaurant right on the water. Unfortunately, it was dark when we went for dinner, but it seems like it would have a beautiful view. The food was good. Service was a little slow and I had a dietary restriction, which...caused a bit of a problem for the kitchen. The menu had notations for Gluten Free food, but when the entree was brought, it was clearly not Gluten Free. I did tel my server about the dietary issue and she brought me Gluten free bread, so I know she heard me. They nicely remade my dinner, but I had to wait for the second meal. They did comp my dinner. If I return, I will try to be more clear with my server when ordering.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

We are new in the area. My husband took us for a dinner to Jake’s on the Water. Its view is unbelievable. So impressive. Inside decor is also so nice. So, my first impression was great. Then, our appetizer arrived. It was a huge sushi...roll. It was too hard to eat and the taste was okay. Then, the handmade pasta and burgers came. The pasta was too thick and burgers were okay. So, my impression changed after I tasted their meals. But I will definitely go there again and will try some entrees. It definitely deserve a second chance.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Marc C, Owner at Jake's on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to provide some feedback, we do hope you return soon.

Reviewed August 28, 2019 via mobile

I have been coming to thos area for work and to visit family and have never stumbled upon this place until now. Everything was great! Great view! Great (and creative) menu (lots of maple and bacon added dishes) and great service! I highly recommend this...place. Wear your shorts and ball cap, wear a business suit, wear what you have on-- you will feel comfortable and will blend in. If you come to Canton/Potsdam area for work, school or college visits, check this place out.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 27, 2019 via mobile

We’ve had dinner at Jake’s 3 times, and it never disappoints. It is our favorite restaurant in the Potsdam area. The atmosphere is lovely, and you can eat outside when the weather is mild. The food options are unique, and it is fresh and well-prepared....The staff is friendly and accommodating.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Marc C, Owner at Jake's on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to offer feedback, as a staff, we love to know when we delivered a great experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed August 8, 2019 via mobile

We had dinner at Jake’s and the food and service were superb! Our waitress was efficient and attentive to our needs. Our drinks were served in a timely manner as was our food. The Pan-Seared Scallops were the best I’ve had in this area. Jake’s...uses local foods and the flavor is there. The building is beautiful, clean, and well maintained. The outdoor seating is beautiful along the lake is gorgeous. We had a key lime desert which melted in our mouths. I personally can’t wait to go back again and enjoy this wonderful place.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Yes, Jake's on the Water offers takeout services.

Jake's on the Water is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5