Portland >Food & Dining > Jimmy Mak's
221 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.524800 -122.681291
Monday To Wednesday From 05:00 PM To 01:00 AM Thursday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Pearl
Wonderful Time – Having never been to Jimmy Maks. I had read some reviews. Expected from the reviews to have poor service. We wanted to see Intervision so bad, we thought it would be worth the poor service. So we made the reservations and went to Jimmy Maks for the first time. I dont know why these other reviewers gave them such a poor review. But it was a Friday night and I found the service, the music, and all around atmosphere absolutly wonderful! One thing I look at, as service is my water glass never being empty. It never was. I believe a big part of our experience was the fact that we made reservations. The reason I only gave them 4 stars, was simply that the food was good, but it was not as good as I had hoped it would be. So to the other reviewers quit your whinning. And to those wanting to go, make reservations, and have a wonderful time.
Great jazz, Great atmosphere, Good Service – I've been going to Jimmy Mak's for about 7 years now, and am always impressed. The weekday acts are great local talents including Dan Balmer on Mondays and various Mel Brown groups on Tuesday through Thursday.
Weekends can get pretty busy, so it pays to have a reservation to avoid standing. But, this is really no fault of the venue - it's just a popular place!
The waitstaff is very nice - I strongly disagree with the negative reviews here. They can have a difficult time when it gets especially busy as the floor layout is tough to navigate when there are too many people standing. But, that benefits the musicians since they're getting more cover charges. It's worth noting that Jimmy Mak's has some of the best jazz in town because they pay musicians well in a town where it can be tough to get a reasonable paying gig.
Definitely worth a stop by. Try it on a weekday first - read the descriptions of the groups on their website first to see which night fits your preference. Many people are diehard Tuesday fans, whereas others are Monday regulars. Then, once you know the vibe, try it for a weekend show.
Don't miss this place!
Don't expect service Friday or Saturday nights; sound needs help – I love jazz, and Jimmy Mak's has been THE spot for jazz in Portland for years. But it is no longer a place I take a friend for a night on the town or even go by myself unless I want to stand at the back and drink water. The musicians are top-notch, but the sound can be overamplified to the oint of shrill distortion. Avoid the tables under the overhanging balcony.
Besides the sound problems, there is no service to speak of. After ordering dinner tonight (a Saturiday night; their worst for service, though none are good) and waiting 45 minutes, I canceled the dinner order and asked for the dessert menu. I had taken a friend to introduce her to the place, but the experience left a poor impression. I've been to Jimmy Mak's probably 15 times in the new location, and it isn't getting any better.
It's a fine place to go to hang out in the back and hear great caliber musicians. But dont expect ambiance or service, Best to go on a weeknight. when the music is less likely to be drowned out by the endless chatter of those who think jazz should be background noise, like muzak at the dentist office.
Best service EVER – I am impressed and satisfied with all the hard-working waitress at Jimmy Mak's. I don't even know how they manage hundreds of customers everyday while I can find only 4 waitresses or sometimes less! I enjoyed the excellent customer service, wine list, and an authentic jazz.
Not the Best Place for a Birthday – My boyfriend made reservations for us here on my 21st birthday. He told them it was my birthday and everything. I was so excited to go because I love jazz and have heard great thing about the regular house band. The music was great, however the service was not. Our waitress was un friendly, my salmon was overcooked and they didn't even mention anything about it being my birthday. Then I saw them bring out somekind of birthday desert. I got all excited thinking it was for me but then the took it to someone two tables down.They sat us in the corner, by the window which was not that great. My boyfreind didn't leave a tip becuase he specifically told them it was my birthday and our waitress was less than satisfactory. Then they over charged his card for our entry fee and they also added their own tip, which is illegal. I wont be going back.
Great music, atmosphere, and servers. Kitchen needs improvement. – Looking at past reviews, the wait staff has definitely improved, they are really sweet and try hard. But there still seems to be a problem with the kitchen. We waited an hour and a half for our food recently, and I was given fries instead of onion rings saying they were out of onion rings. The next time I was there they were also out of onion rings. Every time I order a burger it tastes burnt. They gyro sandwiches have that processed meat in them, and miniscule amounts of lettuce and tomatoes. The Greek salad is mostly lettuce, not a lot of the other items you look forward to. And I think the wine is too expensive. I miss the old Jimmy Maks where they gave you the yummy pita and olive oil with stuff in it when you sat down. Food was a lot better then. But I still give it 4 stars because the music and atmostphere are so good, and the servers do try. The kitchen needs a lot of improvement. But I still go there.
Good Music and venue / Ridiculously bad customer service – I've been to the club several times with friends, work and family and each time has been mostly enjoyable, save for one. Recently my family and I went to the club and our reservations were lost. We were eventually seated separately with no explaination or apology.
Our experience that night went from frustrating to absolutely aggravating when it took almost a half hour to get a beer, and when our food arrived, it arrived cold. The bartender talked about how much she hated busy nights like that particular Saturday and made me wonder why I was paying money to an establishment that made me feel like I had to compensate for their negativity, disorganization and rude behavior. I don't think that this kind of thing happens all the time here, but after being really forgiving towards this establishment for awhile, I don't think any of our group will be back.
Good Music Isn?t Everything – Jimmy Mak?s offers a smoke free atmosphere, great jazz, and little else. The food was overpriced, over salted, over peppered, and minimalist (to say the least), the waitress was disaffected and apparently irritated by my assumption that she would bring me my food (and my drink!), and even though they charged me the full cover price and assured me they were open until 2:00, last call was made at 11:15.
The music was lovely but it didn?t compensate for the wait staff?s inability to hide their loathing for the patrons of Jimmy Mak?s. Nor did it compensate for the feeling that what they served me had been pulled out of the back of the refrigerator and topped with a decent amount of mediocre cheese.
GREAT MUSIC poor service – Eric said that he had been to Jimmy Mak's years ago...I love Jazz The night was going good so far. parking aawww not to far from the club (on the street). Cover charge no problem. The seating ????? We stood and tried to find a seat. We were against the wall ok good a seat opened up (drafty by the front door)... The drinks W A Y expensive. I smoked outside, I actually didn't see anyone else smoking inside or any ashtrays. That was no big deal. The group/ the music was the reason that we were there... the sound, his voice, the music couldn't ask for any better....except for the 6 people standing right in front of us...we couldn't see the group, and they didn't want to move. I did get to see the group when I left each time to get my own drinks the cocktail waitress never seemed to come around??? If you plan for NO extra frills...and want to hear great music Jimmy Mak's is it !!!!
Snotty waitstaff, great music – My husband and I went to Jimmy Mak's after dinner to watch some music on 5/19. The interior of the club is tastefully decorated with small tables and red velvet curtains behind the stage. When we arrived, the club was already full of people. We stood to watch the show and tried to find a place to stand where we would not be in the way of traffic (there isn't alot of room to stand and watch). A waitress on her way to the bar huffed and rolled her eyes as she had to maneuver around us and other people. My husband and I got the message and moved to another area of the club. Later, seeing that a table had been vacated and had remained empty for 20 minutes, my husband and I grabbed it. His chair was slightly in the walkway as a different waitress came by. She stopped and snarled at him, "I don't mind that you took this table but you need to MOVE YOUR CHAIR". You "DON'T MIND" that we took this table after it sat empty for a half hour??? We ordered drinks, enjoyed the music and said nothing. Unfortunately we will not be back. So if you want a side of nasty attitude to go with your music and drinks, make sure to go to Jimmy Mak's.
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