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“i'll be waiting for their doors to open...open...open....”
Review of Jack's

Ranked #2 of 155 Restaurants in San Bruno
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Brookings, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
416 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“i'll be waiting for their doors to open...open...open....”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

we have a jack's about to open in san mateo, so i suggested to our group that we go to the jack's in san bruno!

i'm very glad i did and my group of friends agreed. it was the first time visit for four out of five of us. and, except for the excessive noise level, it was a most pleasant experience.

2 had the fish and chips. i tasted hubby's fish/chips and it was very good. i'm not always a fish/chips fan cause of the deep fry batter, but these fish pieces (loin cod) had very delicate breading, if you can even call it 'breading.' the accompanying cole slaw was good, a bit different, but good. ditto with the fries. the friend who had also ordered the fish/chips, loved it, just about licked her plate.

my pasta pomodoro was scrumptious. light, delicious, perfect.

the friend who ordered the fried chicken was more than a bit happy over her selection. and the friend who ordered the blackened catfish was happy with her selection.

our server was "G$" - he was awesome. friendly, answered questions, didn't rush us, was totally cool. hope he'll be moving to the san bruno location!!

the menu was quite varied - sure to please everyone. prices were a bit high, i thought. i was glad that my pasta was about the 'cheapest' item on the menu at $8.95. the fish and chips were $14.95...kinda high, i thought.

we met for dinner at 6pm, and the volume of noise from conversation of people trying to talk over the noise was deafening.

i would go either super early for dinner, or try it at lunch time.

can't wait for jack's to open in san mateo!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank dmc50
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White Haven
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“fantastic lunch stop”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

we were visiting area and several persons mentioned Jacks as a place near-by to go to. 3 of us stopped for lunch. wow! best gyro i've ever had. not only the tzikti sauce was great, but the meat was well spiced and generous, but the vegetables on the gyro had been marinated and really kicked up the whole sandwich, oh yeah the pita bread had been toasted lightly before serving. the sandwich was huge, had to eat about 1/2 of it with knife & fork before i could get the pita into my mouth. served with garlic / oregano fries. AWESOME if you are a fry person. companions both got salads and raved about them, really fresh ingredients and very large portions. atmosphere was like a diner, but decor in an out much nicer. good selection of items to choose from, lots of comfort food. service was ok, but not great, we seemed to get passed from one waitress to another waiter mid-stream, but it worked out. prices were very reasonalble, everyone talks about the great breakfasts there, i wish Jacks would open in Pennsylvania, i'd be a regular there.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank tutter2
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Rogers, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great food awesome environment”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a very nice place which I would recommend d. Very good food and service was awesome. We had a large group with a set menu and they were not very flexible on the options.

Visited June 2014
Thank Jimmy P
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San Bruno, CA
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“worse service”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went there when it was new and was completely ignored, even though there were only very few people in the restaurant. The bartender was talking to a friend and we couldn't get service. He was "too" busy. We were told that the manager was in the table across and he could have cared less. Will never go back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank carmelag
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Northern California
Level 6 Contributor
312 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Jack's where they jack up the noise”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

Dinner at Jack’s on Wednesday 7 May with wife and 4 other friends.

My reservation request for a table for six included a note for a quite part of the restaurant – and the hostess did place us in the ‘back’ room at a corner booth – that was likely the most quite pace in Jake’s – but it was difficult to carry on a conversation among friends.

I found the menu selections adequate but not that extensive. My wife ordered the SPAGHETTI CARBONARA and I had the FISH-N-CHIPS. Others ordered the HALF CHICKEN, GRILLED LAMB CHOPS, HOMEMADE YANKEE POT ROAST, and CHICKEN PICCATA. I think everyone was happy with their order, but it seemed the portions in some cases were a little uneven – the pot roast and half chicken servings were large, while the lamb chops and chicken piccata were less so.

Over all the food quality was good and the prices most reasonable.

The service was excellent.

But this group of friends will not return due to the noise level and the desire to have a conversation over dinner.

  • Visited May 2014
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