Portland >Food & Dining > Jake's Famous Crawfish Portland, Or
401 Sw 12th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522588 -122.683455
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Go back a century in time at this old Portland landmark, which has atmosphere in spades and a very popular daily happy hour (3-6pm AND late night)--try the $5 salmon cakes & $6 peel 'n eat shrimp. From what I can tell, it's probably also a good spot to hang out if your Mom's been pressuring you to marry a doctor or lawyer.
A sad state of affairs – Once my favorite but no more. Somethings need to change and evolve but Jake's.....no way....no how and yet you've become just a shadow of your old self.
Your food is at best mediocre....servers still wear their smiles but seem distant or worse yet "Play acting" just to keep that big tip....phony isn't the word...they just seem to be going through the motions when once one felt they actually cared.
And the 5 PM bartenders----please----and I've been there 3 times in the last two weeks....enjoying a glass or two of choice brew before taking my table only to be further disappointed----those wonderful bartenders of yore and fond pleasant memories...gone like my youth to be replaced by uncaring, unsmiling snarly sorts.....
And maybe in the years ahead I will return...ever hopeful lthe Jakes I used to cherish will have as well....but for now and the foreseeable future....no way...no how and farewell........
Once a loyal and loving friend
Clam Chowder – 5-stars for the clam chowder. I was a bit dissapointed that McCormick and Schmick's did not have the clam chowder on their menu (reallly, a seafood restaraunt without clam chowder!). Luckily this outpost is a few blocks away and serves delecious clam chowder. Also look for the framed letter from about the guy who got his tie cut off - funny stuff.
Outstanding Happy Hour and More – If you know Stumptown you know about Jakes. The lunches and dinners are still excellent after all these years. Even more so their Happy Hour will make anyone happy, and if your hungry, you're in luck - the HH food is superb and the pricing is a bargain. I have been to Jakes 2-3 times a year for 25+ plus years and it never disappoints. Recently, four of us sat outside and the wait staff was timely and helpful. The drinks top notch with the house margarita still a standard to measure others by. Food items from $1.95 to $4.95 all served as if it was an entree. Calamari, gumbo, cajun chicken, sweet potato fries, mussels, fish taco's, humus, or the burger, all very good. The team at Jake's truly "gets it" and I recommend you get some too!
The BEST – I have been going to Jakes since I was a child and have great memories. Have done a lot of traveling and have not found a better restaurant. Service is fantastic and the food is excellent. A great value for the food and service
Best service – We went two times the week of Christmas. I thought we would get bad service because they were so busy but boy was I wrong. I think we had the best service at Jakes than we have had in a whole year anywhere else.
And the crab was delicious!
OK... I could never figure out the hype. – Jakes is a Portland institution but I am not sure why, maybe because it was established when there wasn't much compation? It always has good solid service and good solid food but that is the problem they are happy with good and therefore never go beyond good. There are so many places in Portland that try harder and are sincere in their efforts, they often go well beyond good, why not support one of them? I have eaten at Jakes a dozen times now and have never had anything that was great come out of the kitchen (never anything bad either), I am sure I will be going back with some group of friends, but I hope not.
wonderful seafood – We stumbled upon this place quite by accident and were impressed by a very complete menu of fresh seafood that was well prepared and presented. Excellent service by Mike our waiter. We cannot wait to go back.
Gotta be one of the best Happy Hour Spots in PDX – Love Jakes for the consistent ly great happy hour. Amazing food for cheap!
Treat myself to a blowout at Jakes every couple years – I love the buzz whenever I go to Jakes. Menus and decor can be emulated, but that certain bit excitement that some places is unique. I always feel like I'm at the top of the world once I walk in. The drinks are made the way they should be, waiters look classy, and the food is outstanding. Plan on a long evening and make some new friends while hanging out in the bars.
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