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Jack's Oyster House

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42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303 (Broadway)
+1 518-465-8854
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great bar. Overall good food if not somewhat standard selections. One of the oldest running restaurants in Albany with great pictures of historic Albany. This is a family business that has been handed down from generation to generation. It is still run with the same loving care. It is an gem.

Thank Bostonian2016
Churchville, New York
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here while in town on business. We were greatly disappointed. We waited for over 10 minutes before even being acknowledged at the table. We ordered drinks, and when they arrived the server didn't remember who ordered what - there was 3 of us who ordered drinks. This happened every round we ordered. When we received our food, steaks... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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269 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience at Jack's Oyster House on State Street in downtown Albany. The dining room had an old style feel, with booths and tables. The waiters were delightful and very attentive. Everything we ordered was delicious, from the home made fish chowder (served since 1913) and oyster stew to the crab cakes, Caesar salad (with anchovies) and... More 

Thank Cedar880
Latham, New York
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entrees were prepared to order with special requests accommodated to the best of their abilities. Environment was noisy at times but always friendly and inviting. Disappointing that the restrooms are down stairs; this is a no-no for the number of patrons who come to this wonderful restaurant but who have limited and the stairs are a dangerous situation.

Thank jdooley51
Cape Coral, Florida
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My compliments to Chef Larry for an amazing dinner. Spectacular!!!! All four of us had a wonderful experience at Jacks. To the host, bar tender, servers and all the chefs Thank you so much we will be back soon. Class act place 👍🍾 Bon appetite

Thank LifeIsATripLMAO
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The way things use to be. A classic restaurant experience. Jack's has been around since the turn of the century. The food is upscale Americana. You never feel like your being rushed out.

Thank Joe B
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Was highly recommended by friends. Ambiance was old school in a very nice way. Good service. Food was mixed. The lobster bianco was a hit, but the cod special was bland. I think this was just a case of ordering the wrong thing. Stick to oysters and steak. Will definitely give it another shot.

Thank MCS1266fun
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent food. Excellent service. Friendly place. A must to visit. Located in the core of the Capitol district.

Thank Patrick L
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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146 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The service here is just excellent. The wait staff knows the menu, they are helpful and not pushy and work hard to make sure you have a great dining experience. The seafood and the steaks are excellent for upstate NY. The Oyster stew is really good. Honestly, you can't go wrong in my opinion with anything on the menu. They... More 

Thank Don B
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134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This is an institution having been open for 100 years. They treat you so nicely. The service is proper, friendly and competent. It is not stuffy but the entire staff knows its stuff . Ironically oysters are seldom on the menu but the oyster stew is a real classic winner. All of the food is very good. Quality is king... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
American, Soups, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: +1 518-465-8854
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?