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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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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Please do yourself favor and eat home! You can buy the same crab cakes at BJ's ! Steak was generic and well done , sent it back and came back rare when I asked for medium! Sorry to say, but time to shut the doors.

Thank Steven C
Marcellus, New York
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201 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I treated a friend to dinner here before a concert, and the meal was excellent. We required wheelchair accessible seating, which severely limited the choices in downtown Albany. We were greeted at the door with assistance navigating the double entry doors with the wheelchair, and were seated in a convenient spot where we didn't feel we were obstructing other guests... More 

Thank GracieCNY
Albany, New York
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went back to Jack's for restaurant week and had another great experience. Wait staff are professional and attentive. Meal presentation is delightful. Food is always very good or excellent, with regular items that are always satisfying. Only trouble is deciding what appetizer or entree to order because you have several good choices.

Thank GreatPoint
Queens, New York
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219 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here to celebrate a swearing in as an attorney. Service was immaculate as were their crabcakes. 5 people including tip came to about $150. Reasonable for lunch

Thank Mike4TraveI
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
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100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Jack's for the first time last week with colleagues for a business dinner. I'm from out of town and the locals highly recommended dinner at Jack's. It did not disappoint! Service was attentive and pleasant, food was delicious, and the atmosphere was very classy/vintage. It felt very authentic to its 100 year history. The fish special, crab cakes,... More 

Thank ljp2704
Albany, New York
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is always our go to place for special occasions for 30 years. From entering the door you are greeted warmly. Staff / service is like no other here, polite, attentive, accommodating. Every person is made to feel special and appreciated during your visit. This classy restaurant has been open since 1913 and is now under the direction of Jack's... More 

Thank jager1007
Kinderhook, New York
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143 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

For a higher priced restaurant, we were not impressed with our service or meals. The Jack's Reserve Chardonnay from Napa Valley was the highlight of the evening. The greens in our salads were not worth eating. Both of our stuffed lobster tails were dried out & rubbery.

Thank Jay V
Middlebury, Vermont
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181 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We were thrilled to find such a top-rated restaurant just a half-block from our hotel. We were in Albany for a Friday night concert at Times Union Center, and were very glad that we had thought ahead to make a dinner reservation for 4:45 pm on concert night. The place became packed with other concert-goers shortly after we arrived, but... More 

Thank suzinvt
Schenectady, New York
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Good food yet pricey. Very attentive waitstaff. Sat in front of a warm welcoming fireplace on a cold blustery day. Annoying to have to pay for parking on street during day. The owner came to our table to ask how our meals were. That rarely happens in most other establishments! The building, decor, and service are from a bygone era... More 

Thank lynnlarra
Kingston, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Sat at the small bar and ordered crab cakes w/slaw (you get 2 fairly sized cakes) and very thin crust small pizza. Both delicious! The pizza was made with fresh grape tomatoes and basil (& cheese of course) and the crab cakes were plump and crispy. As a person who really doesn't like fishy tasting fish, these were not fishy.... 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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?