7863 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA | Directions 9203732.846081 -117.274288
Great food, cool atmosphere – Would go back again. Next time I'll skip the intimate (more expensive) diner in the Ocean Room and just skip to apps. on the first floor and head to the club upstairs after. Be prepared for pricey martinis! Good time overall.
Service – tried Jack's based on the reviews here. We sat at the outdoor dining area since the inside wasn't open for dinner yet. The service was very slow but the view was great. I plan to return to dine inside.
Stylish and multifaceted, this three-tiered complex in Downtown La Jolla attracts well-heeled patrons to its six distinctive bars and restaurants. – In Short
This comprehensive set of restaurants and lounges is the brainchild of renown chef and owner Tony DiSalvo. Dining options include the casual street-level Sidewalk Café and atrium-level Jack's Grille. Both use the grill menu, which features paninis and salads, as well as truffled tagliatelle pasta with artichokes. Upstairs are the Dining Room, Wall Street Bar and Living Room Lounge--posh areas serving up foie gras, prime beef sirloin, and prix fixe meals with wine pairings.
Soooooo GREAT!!!! A MUST go to if your in the San Diego area for the weekend! Prices are also VERY reasonable! – Well to start off...I was VERY impressed! We joted off to San Diego a couple of weeks ago, to get married. Driving down from L.A on a friday. Anyway, I made reservation's ahead of time online through Jack's website with open table. Which was awesome, even got email confirmation on time and day. I chose Jack's because how beautiful it was with so many differen't choices on restaurants. I also chose the Top floor Ocean room.. YOU have to choose that one! They have canopy's & cabana's with lots of pillows! Which I was also impressed that they gave us the cabana with a view just like I requested. It was HUGE! WOW...I scored extra points on this night! We were seated at our table and greeted VERY promptly by our waiter, Robert. If you have the Ocean room ask for him. He took care of us well! We had several differen't orders of sushi, which were very tasty and very fresh! GREAT sushi chefs! I kicked my high heels off, snuggled in that awesome cabana and enjoyed our wine our food and then desert & expresso's & most of all each other! I couldn't have asked for a more special night! Jack's came through on ALL levels! When we were finished we didn't want to leave. And Jack's left us already making plans for another trip down to San Diego which we will totally will be right back in our cabana at Jack's!!!!! We LOVE LOVE LOVE you guys for making our night so magical! We couldn't have picked a more special place to spend many anniversary's to come...From this born and raised San Diego girl, you have set yourselves high among the rest! All I have to say is, look out LaJolla....Her comes JACK'S! Love you guys and will be seeing you VERY VERY soon!
Adrienne David a.k.a. Mizz Hollywood Hair!
Best Menu in La Jolla – Best Pork Chop I have ever had. The ambiance and setting is great for Happy Hour but would also be a great date night spot.
Best Italian Food Outside of Italy – My fiance and I dined at Viaggio last night. The venue is beautiful especially since it is so warm out. It mediteranian climate. The retractable roof and sidings provided us a nice cool ocean breeze. The menu was spectacular. Since the menu is so large our server recomended that we try the seven course tasting menu--and what a treat. We were able to enjoy the a nice sample from the antipasti, primi and secondi portion of the menu. Although the waiter suggested we could create our own menu, we were successfuly pleased with the 14 different dishes we got to enjoy. Kudos to the chef. Service was streamlined as well.
I wanted you to know that I read these comments and greatly appreciate it when someone writes such a glowing report. Chef Tony DiSalvo and I would like to thank you in person someday.
Bill Berkley, Owner
GREAT PLACE WITH MANY CHOICES – My husband and I recently ate at Jack's. We had not decided prior to going which level we would dine at. There are three great choices depending on how much you want to spend, what menu you would like to order from, and what area you would like to eat in. We decided to eat at Viaggio and were thrilled with the attentive staff, the excellent wine selection, and the fabulous take on Italian cuisine. We will go back many times. In fact our waiter told us that everything is house-made from their ice creams to their pastas. Truly a great dining experience.
Fantastic new menu – I went to Jacks tonight, was promptly seated at an excellent, centrally located, table. I was informed by my waiter that this was the first night for the new menu on the first floor. I couldn't have been happier. I ordered the scallops and the opakapaka, and my friend ordered the chilean sea bass. All of these dishes were fantastic. The plating was ingenuitive and the flavors were first class. Everyone should have dinner in the grill at Jacks La Jolla.
Overpriced, mediocre food, inexperienced service – Jack?s is a restaurant and club located centrally in La Jolla. So much for the good news. To sum up the bad news we experienced when dining there recently with some friends: The food is heavily overpriced, ?fusion? cuisine is ill-conceived, the service is inattentive and slow, and the food left our intestines rumbling for the rest of the night.
Our group of about 10 friends went to Jack?s on a Friday night to have some good food and perhaps listen to some music in one of the lounges afterwards. Despite the restaurant seemed only at 25% capacity, we had to wait a long time to receive the attention of one of their 10-plus waiters, who all seemed to be guys in their early 20s. What could be said about the meals is that they were mediocre at best. Bread was stale, gazpacho (and most of the other dishes) lacking taste, and the fish (going for about $30 a piece) left many of us with a bad feeling in our intestinal track. The food combinations seem odd as well (e.g. halibut on a bed of luke-warm soba noodles sprinkled with corn and sausage?) and were probably assembled by somebody without taste-buds.
Jack?s prides itself with a 4-start Mobile Guide rating, which we could not disagree with more. It speaks to the fact that, when it comes to fine dining choices, you probably shouldn?t listen to a gas station.
Most of us decided to give the desert chocolate cake a chance, which resembled a turned-over muffin with ice cream. The spoonful of ice cream was probably purchased off-premise, because it was actually quite good. However, the price of the desert was certainly not. Since we were in a group, the restaurant treated itself to a billed 20% gratuity, which the service and the food quality did not deserve.
In summary, I would advise against dining at Jack?s. The food is sub-par, expensive, and the service inexperienced and slow. La Jolla has so many better restaurant options, with more atmosphere and excellent food, and most are much less expensive than Jack?s.
Had this individual made comments on more than one restaurant, I would take his/her comments more seriously. Perhaps he has another agenda. The vast majority of Jack's reviews have been very positive: Gayot Guide, The Reader, Mobil Travel Guide and as you can see most of the reviews on Citysearch are extremely positive. I respect and highly value reviews that have credible comments and criticisms from which we can learn. We are not infallible and have made our share of mistakes, but no restaurant deserves the ire expressed by this angry soul. The negativity of this review clearly puts it in the suspect category. By the way, he did not dine in our 4 Star restaurant. He had dinner in the Ocean Room, which is a steak, seafood and sushi restaurant, which does not aspire to be a 4 star restaurant.
Best dining experience all year thus far... – It was the first weekend of 2008 when I went to visit a friend staying in San Diego & this is the restaurant she chose. Jack's Dining Room was by far one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. Since most (but not all) places in LA have terrible service, this was a welcoming change for the new year. Everyone was attentive and courteous for such a nice place; I was expecting the same stuffed attitude or aloofness that I receive from most nice places, but this was an exception. The food was fantastic-cubes of bluefin tuna, poached pear & arugula salad, crispy jidori chicken-& the chef even had smaller dishes brought out to us that we didn't even order, & they were amazing as well. The place is slightly confusing for a first timer with all the levels and dining choices but everyone was accomdating, & we capped off the evening at the upstairs bar which had a great dj & crowd for a Friday night. It's March, & this still warrants my title of best dining this year...I was certainly not disappointed & hope you won't be either.
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