I've heard mixed reviews about Jaco's, mostly regarding the food. It was recommended by 2 friends for a 1st date, & perfectly w/i walking distance to Palafox bars which we were going to later. I took a 1st date there the Sunday before Memorial Day, and in doing so realized how busy they were likely to be. We were quoted at least a 40 min wait, which was understandable, and quite alright considering the awesome view of the marina that is nicely lit at night. I'm not sure exactly how long the wait actually was, as I was not paying it close attention due to the good conversation and beers I enjoyed w/ my date. The ONLY CONCERN (&reason why I can't rate 5 stars) was the 15 min it took to get greeted. Granted, we had drinks on the table and were sat in a section with at least 2 different servers attending to nearby tables. Maybe we would've left if our date wasn't going so well.
Once we were greeted, the server and other girl in the section genuinely apologized, but didn't overdo it which can be annoying. Our server was Jamie, and he was completely professional- offering awesome suggestions that turned out perfectly. We had the antipasto platter 1st and it was phenomenal. Nicely cured meats with cheeses and toast points that were freshly grilled. We then had the Bibb wraps which were crisp, hot and nicely complemented with a nice sesame Thai chili sauce and mango salsa. Then we had the Tender Bleu salad and Margherita flatbread. The salad was cold, fresh and crisp and the steak cooked as ordered. The flatbread was the most surprising- how limp and weak such a thing could be, but it was flavorful, crispy and quite amazing. Jamie made the entire experience special, for good food alone does not a great dinner make. He was attentive, but unobtrusive- and didn't push dessert as it was clear we were full and couldn't finish everything. Even though it was so close to closing, we never felt rushed. PERFECT place for a romantic evening, despite the noise level and level of business!
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