4548 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 937-7810
Fax: (206) 937-7810
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Steakhouse, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Above Average
Good for Kids: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
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09/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
WOW! I checked on the review on this place. And its great. huge portions, small feel, good service. I went for our anniversary it was lovely, we sat in a nice booth. I had the shiskabobs with ribeye and filet. It was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Topped with this cheese. Wonderful! I would go back and recommend to anyone! My hubby loved his too!
03/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We go out to dinner just about every weekend and we try to go to a different place each time. Jak's Grill might be the best steak we have ever had in Seattle. My husband ordered the 40oz porterhouse and I had the petite filet. Both were excellent and cooked to perfection. The appetizers and sides were also AMAZING. The only ""con"" would be that the bread that they give you is not that great, but who cares...everything else was A+. I had a couple of lemon drop martinis and they were incredible and very reasonably priced! Everything was so delicious we had to order dessert and the desserts did not disappoint. I found the staff to be very friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxed, not pretentious at all. We will definitely return very soon.
10/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
In the past month I have had (3) brunches and a lunch and loved it until this past Monday. My 85 yr old mother in law went in at 4:45pm to meet my wife, son and his girlfriend. She was told she couldn't sit down, couldn't get a table, they would not speak to her when she asked a question. My wife came at 5:05 pm and was told they couldn't get a table for (4), had to eat in the bar where there was no space with the exception of a table for four. After conversations, the table was set and they agreed (2) would have happy hour and when the other two arrived pay full price. Well, they waited and when they finally gave their drink order they were told they couldn't be served. Quietly they both rose and said to hostess and server, ""with the state of the economy I would think customer service would be first and foremost"" and left. They went next door to the Matador, were greeted warmly, seated, drink order take and food order as well. Excellent meal and we've vowed not to go back until the Manager is apprised of the situation.
08/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I took my boyfriend to Jak's Grill for his birthday because we had both been wanting to try it. Overall the experience was very nice. The hostess was very accomodating - moving us to another booth at our request when we were first seated. Our server was gracious as well - she explained the differences in the cuts of steak and was quick to ask us if we'd like more drinks when they were getting low. The bread did taste stale, which was a shame but not a huge deal. My boyfriend loved his steak, the chef prepared it to a perfect medium rare. My Salmon entree, on the other hand, which I asked to be prepared Medium Rare as well, came out Well done. It had close to no moistness and very little flavor - which is what happens when you overcook fish. The only other thing that was not enjoyable was the vegetable - some huge pieces of broccoli and carrot with little to no flavor - quite unappetizing. On a good note, we both loved the spinach salads and our wine was teriffic as well.
06/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Living a couple blocks away from Jak's Grill, I've had the pleasure of enjoying my carnivorous side at JaK's Grill in West Seattle. While they've raised their prices over the years, they have still remained one of the best steakhouses in the greater Seattle area and certain, I think, the best steakhouse, dollar for dollar. JaK's supposedly gets their midwestern beef from the same suppliers as El Goucho's and other fine steakhouses. True or not, I've never met a piece of beef there I've never liked.
The service is friendly and the atmosphere is great. You can come causual or dressed to the nines and you'll feel at home. Very nice wine selection as well.
About the only negative thing I can say about JaK's is that they simply do not take reservations. Fridays and Saturdays, you should plan to get their early or plan to wait. Worth the wait? Simply put. YES. The other negative thing is that while they server an awesome Rib Eye, they do not have prime rib itself, which is usually my go to cut of meat.
They're meals are just that, not the Ala Carte style found in the uber high end steakhouses. So you'll get a nice salad, vegies and your choice of rice, baker load up or what is becoming my favorite, potato pancake.
They have three locations and while I've not tried the other two, the West Seattle locale is a keeper for me.
06/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Got sick the last time I ate there. Terrible wait and bad service. The hostess was hostile and did not care about the long wait. We have had good experiences before and the food was good. This last time, it was crowded and the service was bad. I would not go in a large group or after 6:30. The wait can be up to 2 hours. We will not return.
04/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The Laurel Hurst location My original review was typed over, or, may have been deleted. But I will say it again. In taking friends to JaK's in Laurelhurst, my girls' brother went to the bathroom, and found himself chattering it up with one of the line cooks/supervisor Ron or Ronny whatever.
Well, this person didn't wash their hands upon leaving the bathroom, after handeling himself using the urinal. I'd approached the hostess to let her know to tell one of the management staff what had just happened. She shrugged and said Oh they wash their hands in the kitchen!!!! GROSS!!!!! ALL THAT SWAM AROUND IN MY HEAD, WAS THE CHILDREN, and that they would be severely ill. If this kitchen supervisor didn't wash in the bathroom, you know he didn't in the kitchen. Coming in contact with thr kitchen doors, countertops, plates, his apron, UTENSILS.....MY GOD!!!!WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!! When having an establishment that caters food and beverages to the public you commit yourself to high standards of sanitation, so food borne illness can be controlled, but keep in mind that children and the elderly are more prone to becoming fatally ill, causing death. There have been countless cases of contageons when hands are not cleaned, nor surfaces sanitized within the criteria of the Dept. of Health . Steve and I dropped by for a beer after the job, creatures of habit, we gave JaK's a chance. Before the bartender walks the length of the bar, we look up.......and there is the guy, the same guy,.... which told a bigger story. Seeing as how we never received the courtesy of a manager coming to our table the night of the discovery in the bathroom,.. he's still working here, needless to say, we left. I can not let this go! I have to say how sickening it is for something like this not to have been attended to. If anyone asks me about dining at JaK's, I will be nothing but forth coming. This particilar location is not safe, are the other two??
Best steak in Seattle. The skewers are to die for. They cook a little on the rare side at this place, but they usually warn you before you order. The potatoe pancakes are a work of art. I dream about them!
You won't be sad that you had a special dinner at Jaks with a loved one. Or spent the money for the delectable treats they offer.
Great wine menu too, with excellent customer service. The only drawback is the lack of reservations. Be prepared to wait a long time for a table. Also, sometimes the host can be a little cold and uninviting. This is the only issue I have encountered with the staff, however,
THE FOOD AND SERVICE AT JAKS IS GREAT! THE ONLY THING THAT RUINS THE NIGHT IS LISTENING TO THE TALL CHEF WITH THE CELL PHONE IN HIS EAR YELLING AT THE SERVERS! FOR THE PRICES THEY ASK AT JAKS IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE CHEF WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE WILLING TO MAKE SPECIAL REQUESTS. ( MY WIFE IS A LITTLE FUSSY). HE JUST MAKES THE PLACE LESS COMFORTABLE THAN IT SHOULD BE. WHEN HE GOES...WE WILL BE BACK!
THANK YOU TO OUR SERVER FOR ALL SHE DOES TO MAKE PEOPLE AT HOME WHILE AT JAKS! GREAT SERVER!
03/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had a wonderful dinner the other night. Sat at the bar with a couple friends. Had the pork medallions. The bartender was cool, i think her name is Leslie. The only thing i found weird was the open kitchen. Where i am into the open kitchen as an idea i was distracted by the tall chef with the ear piece yelling alot. Why so angry dude. Other than that is was awesome...i know it's a steak house but try the pork medallions. Yum.
02/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I have only recently moved to the West Seattle neighborhood and one of the first places we were told to go was Jak's. We loved our dinner experience, both getting fab steaks, wine and dessert for less than what we would spend on drinks and appetizers downtown... when we were there we were told about the newly started brunch so we decided to check it out. We were both very impressed... my husband had a fillet & Bearnaise Benedict on those potato cakes they are know for and i had the biscuits and gravy- yummy! Our lively yet attentive curly haired server really took good care of us, making sure our couple buck bloody mary's
were never empty:) we both will be going back to for both the food and the service.
11/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We go out all the time..... I dont care what a place has on the menu . Most times I get whats good there anyway. I Hate Bad service! Who dosen't?! Well I was up in the air about Jaks in west seattle . I now have a favorite! Jaks!! --- So after the same great steak I've had so many time s , My food was on time and I loved our server! Her name was Annie! We had just the best ""upgrade experience"" I say that because there was a problem with my wife s wine -problem solved, before it started. she exchanged our glass and left both a great wine and, taste in our mouths! I fyou Ever get the chance , look for a gal with brown?red hair chin lenghth. Our favorite server there! thanks !
10/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have been in about 4 times, everytime i get seated very fast. Even when it's busy! The Chefs have really got the cooking of the food down to an art. The only thing I dont like is the salad Dressing. Small complaint it is very lacking in taste. But, Steaks are always cooked to perfection.....Will recommend and be back!!
10/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Interesting. My wife and I went out on a date night from the kids and had a great meal and overall experience at JaKs (W. Seattle) as anticipated. Upon coming to the CitySearch site to post my compliments to the JaKs family, I found it very interesting about a couple of the reviews from others who felt their experience was sub par. In one case, a person and his wife went out to dinner at a time when the kitchen would be closing and yet feel their service was not satisfactory? From what I understand, JaKs was formed with the objective of being a neighborhood place where every guest is treated equally and are exposed to a meal and atmosphere all with a value that is easily the best in town. I am continually impressed that while JaKs continues to expand its menu, offer more creative specials, and now operating 3 locations that their food, service and value is STILL the best.. Maybe these posers who want the world to stop at their feet can go downtown and rub noses with the other big timers and leave our our secret (JaKs) to those of us who appreciate it.
I recommend this to anyone - any time!
08/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I have been going to Jak's for several years now. In the past the service has always been great - we were greeted with a smile, most everyone knew our name and/or order, and the food was not just a great value but always cooked to perfection. In the past year or so this place has gone down hill quickly. Not only has the old familiar staff been replaced by a group that is rude and incompetent, but the food is inconsistent and the prices have all but doubled. We recently decided to give Jak's one last chance and went in a few days ago for our anniversary. Granted we arrived a bit later in the evening, but we still had to wait and we were completely ignored by the bartender. When we finally were seated our server seemed to be rushing us to order and we barely got a chance to review the menu or specials for all the recent changes. Our food then came out so quickly we were not done with our salads when the steaks arrived at the table. We quickly discovered that our steaks were severely undercooked, but were told the kitchen was closed for the evening when we asked that they be sent back and cooked as we asked. In disgust we decided to box our food and take it home to try and fix it ourselves. When I went to get the car, I came back to discover the door had been locked with my wife still inside! I knocked for several minutes until the manager finally came and let me in. She apologized profusely but the apology was clouded over by the fact that she had clearly been drinking and really was nothing more than obnoxious. I have no idea what happened to this once quaint neighborhood staple! After a recent dining experience to another local steak house, we have decided it's worth the drive and money to get the quality and service that we USED to get at Jak's.
08/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I have been to Jak's before, but I am not sure we will ever go again. We went last weekend and had the worst, most inattentive, service ever. Our server Christina kept disappearing and we had to go downstairs to locate her TWICE! The first time the bartender helped us and the second time the hostess found our check, and get this our server WAS SITTING DOWN TALKING THE WHOLE TIME! The food was great, and the service is usally good here, but not this night. After all this she was pretty rude ABOUT THE FACT WE ASKED THE HOSTESS FOR OUR CHECK! WE won't be going back for awhile.