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Jack's Oyster House

42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303
+1 518-465-8854
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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“oysters” (64 reviews)
“steak diane” (21 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
42-44 State Street, Albany, NY 12303
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Service, if you want to call it that, is slow and tiresome. Food is outdated and expensive. It may be a landmark restaurant in Albany, but if you can not meet diners demands and especially on Holidays, you might as well shut your doors. Servers...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Been coming here on and off for many years whenever the opportunity or occasion arises. Always feel at home. Always receive very attentive and professional attention. The ambiance--old, upscale, professional Albany--can't be beat. The food can vary from good to great. But even at its...More

Thank vbon
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Dropped by this place one of the nights with friend and both of us wanted something light. The seafood trio was amazing but for me the seafood chowder served that night was sensational. It’s not the normal chowder I had before, it had some sweet...More

Thank JoaquinChanna
Reviewed 22 December 2017

We had a group dinner with about 16 people this past Saturday night, and man was it good! I had a dozen oysters on the half shell that were very good. I could’ve eaten 3 dozen—easily. For dinner, I had their stuffed lobster tail. Nice...More

Thank 1bert818
Reviewed 24 November 2017

we were all alone on a Sunday night, but with good service and food it was an above-average experience. nice clam chowder, fillet steak and Jack's signature Napa valley wine (?) made it something to tell our friends back in NYC...

Thank yaniv s
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to a restaurant that has had a long history serving up overpriced entrees in Albany. My traditional turkey dinner this Thanksgiving was decent enough. The service was not good with s long wait for drinks, having to ask for a...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 10 November 2017

It was my wife's Birthday and everyone recommended this place. it has been there for over 100 years and we met the grandson of the original owner. We found things on the menu that I have not seen in years and remember from the old...More

Thank Bob G
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This is an old time favorite in Albany that proved it can hold its own from Steak to oysters. The food and service is worth the stop. The chef will bend the menu to fit your wims. If you want fried oysters just ask and...More

Thank Rayo575
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Jack's has been an institution for over 100 years. You might say even from its physical location at State st. and Broadway, that it is a cornerstone of Albany. Opened by Jack Rosenstein, it has owned and operated by the Rosenstein family throughout the century....More

Thank VacationTonyC
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

The tap water was horrible. My cocktails were good. Salad was average. Main course of Steak Diane with sides was average to below average and was oddly seasoned. Dessert was average. Coffee was watery. Staff were mostly good, but a little bit awkward with serving...More

Thank Suzanne A
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26 January 2016|
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Response from Aline F | Reviewed this property |
we were not pleased with some of the menu and the service was abomidable
Laurie H
10 July 2015|
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Response from Chr1st0ph3rH |
On the street parking, and a parking garage in the rear. The attire runs the gambit from suits to business casual during the week. Its a nicer than average place so dress well but comfortable.
9 July 2015|
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Response from Ann G | Reviewed this property |
There are three or four entree salads and a pizza pomodoro on the menu. I do agree with the suggestion that you call and inquire. They are very accommodating.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, 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 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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