Jack Astor's - Kingston

3.8
90 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Fun
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
Welcome to Jack’s Kingston – where even the Chamber of Commerce thinks we’re awesome! Winner of the 2017 Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce: Tourism and Hospitality award.

Our mission? Great people helping other great people totally have a blast while enjoying amazing food. Wow, that was a mouthful. But can you blame us? We’re a restaurant. One that specializes in delicious food and great times. Our goal is to make you laugh. And depending on your hot sauce tolerance, cry.

In all seriousness, we take real pride in our food. Try our Cluckin’ Fresh Chicken Fingers, made and seasoned with fresh, never frozen chicken tenders. This isn’t run-of-the-mill pub grub.

But outside of the kitchen, we find it hard to take ourselves seriously. We have an Elvis booth. For no particular reason. Folks, that really does say it all. We’re sports fanatics, music nuts and love a good joke. If you’re into at least one of those things, we should hang out.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian
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Hours of Operation

Sunday - Thursday: 1:00am - 12:00am

Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
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Phone number
(613) 549-1207
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
between Princess and Brock
What 90 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.6
Food
3.9
Service
3.7
Ambience
3.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Em (our waitress) made a great experience out of our visit, food was great with a lovely ambience and awesome service

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We were there on the Sunday night of the long week end. I expected it to be busy. But there was definitely not enough staff on duty to properly accommodate the guests on hand. Little attention paid to us.....a lot of waiting to be looked after....there was a key ingredient missing from one of our plates. By the time our server did a check back, our meals were almost done. She offered to bring the missing avocado, but what were we going to do with it then? Meal was almost over. A discount or a complimentary dessert would have been appropriate.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service was fantastic! Adult meals were great, kids meals were just meh. Overall, great place.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

One of the best place in Kingston...
Highly recommended...

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Great time on the rooftop with good food and service to finish off the night. The Meso sesame tuna bowl was a hit (for a light dinner) as was the Mexican salad bowl (which can feed 2 people). A good selection of fun night-out drinks including wine, cocktail, and beers. Would go again and would recommend to others passing through.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was great! Love the wings. Service wasn’t great...lots of young kids. Music was loud and not very good. Incredible rooftop patio and great view.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

It was great! Service was fast and friendly!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Everything was good except that the soup I had ordered was sold out. I have recently had surgery and that was one of the few options on the menu that I was able to eat. I had some Caesar salad as well, but I think may have been capers in it and wasn't a fan. Everyone else at the table enjoyed their food and service was good

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We were attending a show downtown. Reservations for 5:30 and still had no food at 7:10. Left without eating or would have missed the show. Handled very poorly by all involved. Will never go back.

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2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We had a dinner reservation for 5 people at 4:30p July 5th & were directed to the patio - which we'd requested. Long story, one of us finally talked to the patio manager - we moved THREE times when there was plenty of alternate seating options available BEFORE we were seated the first time. The staff were not giving us consistent answers - NO, we can only seat FOUR/table but as we observed a minute later, there were FIVE seated at a table. Our final table move came just as our food arrived - more shuffling around. Two at our table had never been to Jack Astor's previously & we'd raved about the food and ambiance prior to arriving. Not a great dinner experience for any of us.

The "misting" affect great idea but it sure wasn't landing on or near anything on the patio.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Enjoyed our evening with friends. We were tucked in a cozy corner so noise level wasn't too bad but generally restaurant was too noisy. Otherwise everything was great-server/ good/wait time etc.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We specifically reserved the patio overlooking the water and didn’t find out until arrival that you don’t take reservations for the patio and we couldn’t get water view - very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

This is the best Jack Astor’s I’ve ever been to...made reservations throughout open table for 6:15 on Wednesday June 20 2018 had no clue about ROOF TOP PATIO... we arrived at 6:10 was greeted by a young lady that asked my name..told her my name and that we had reservations for 6:15 ...she said I can seat u right now or wait 20 minutes for patio ... I’m like where’s the patio I just walked up and didn’t see a patio? She says it’s up the elevator to the roof !!! I’m like We’ll wait at the bar and have a delightful SANGRIA and wait !!! 15 minutes later received a txt table is ready... Wow what a great choice we had free chicken sliders free samples of beer fantastic live music and the service was fantastic!!! What a pleasant surprise the roof top patio was food was on point as at any Jack Astor’s... the ATMOSPHERE here was the best I’ve experienced can’t wait to return on another hot summer day!!! Highly recommend spending a Sunny summer afternoon dinner here !!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I love the place, but from my latest experience I must admit that the live music was a bot too loud; and the food I ordered, although delicious, was considerably cold.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Had a 5pm reservation. It was basically an empty restaurant when we arrived(and left). Made the reservation because it was Father’s Day and we had 6 people. We were stuffed in a corner, no view of a tv or anything. In and out quickly would have likely lingered with some drinks but lack of atmosphere in literally what felt like the Harry Potter closet drove us out quickly.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Just need a little more shade and maybe turn the music down just a tad for Sunday lunch. Otherwise, lovely and great view!

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Terrible. Waited 25 min before server came to get drink order/first visit to table. Another 20 min for drinks to arrive. Ordered appetizers and after 40 min of waiting and no food we left as had a show to catch at K-rock centre which we had told our server when we ordered food.

Will not be back as is same view of others in party and have shared this terrible experience with many friends already. I have worked in service industry and never in my days as a server or guest have I experienced such unacceptable service.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We recently celebrated a special occasion here and it was awful! They seemed to run out of everything and they were very unorganized. Also it took forever to get drinks

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great service. Great views

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had 2 wheelchairs and had a nice quiet spot on second floor. It was a bit tight for 2 wheelchairs but it was fun for my parents. We love the roof top but the high tables dont work for the wheelchairs

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We dined at 7:30 PM. Great time to go. The meal and service was great. The place was crazy busy when we arrived and we were warned our meals would be delayed 35-40 minutes. However the 4 of us were there to dine not to eat and run. Our server Katie was attentive and friendly. 3 out of 4 had the The Smiling Budda. It was delicious and a large serving, we would all recommend it and order it again. Comos are tasty and a good portion. The music on the roof top patio was very good. Hometown Music festival. Great view up there too. It was a great evening. Patio was not that crowded although bring a sweater.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My friend and I needed a healthy evening meal pre-10km run in the morning. I had the Smokin' Salmon and she had the breast of chicken. The server substituted out the rice for extra vegetables and avocado. Nice glass of red wine, beautiful view. A bit cool as the sun went down. Heaters along the perimeter would be nice in addition to the ones at the bar. The stools seem a bit too big for people to move freely about getting in and out of their seats. Having said that, that won't stop us from returning. Food was EXCELLENT.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Reservation for 5:30 no appetizer until 7:20 we were told the kitchen was busy but they kept shoveling more people in, we left very disappointed and will not recommend this place to anyone.We also drove an hour each way to get there, seems like greed was the reason for this problem especially when we booked a reservation.

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1.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Have already sent my dissappointed review on the jack astors website.
Booked a reservation a week before requesting a high chair and called to confirm. When we got there the gave us a table without a high chair. Went to give us a booth next, i asked for a high chair, they said they couldnt put a high chair at a booth. Then WHY offer a booth🤦🏽‍♀️

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our waiter Nolan was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional- our meal was excellent- ( pad Thai, and burger and fries)

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Had dinner with my kids before a show at the K-Rock Centre, had a great time!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We were promptly seated and also our waitress greeted us very quickly.
Both we very pleasant
Our food and drinks arrived in a timely manner
I also asked for a glass of water that did not arrive
Perhaps serving water or at least asking if guest want water would be a nice touch.
Overall happy with our visit

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were eating out to celebrate two family birthdays. When we sat down, I mentioned to the server why we were there. Not that I expected any kind of fanfare, but some small recognition would have been nice. We got no recognition whatsoever. My classic burger came with cheese by mistake, which wasn't a big deal, but my step-daughter's gluten free salad came with croutons and had to be sent back. The only gluten free dessert was ice cream, and a very modest sized bowl of ice cream with sauce came with a $5.50 price tag (3 a la mode scoops at $1.50 each plus another $1.00 for the sauce). Pretty steep, we thought, especially since it was the birthday girl's dessert. The pop at over $4.00 per drink also seemed pretty expensive. The server was not overly attentive but okay. The food was fine, but overall, I was pretty disappointed in the experience and the value and don't think we'll be visiting again soon. This has been a go-to place for many years so this is kind of disappointing for us.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Ambiance and service were hood but food was not at the Jack astor's standard. Plates were half empty and food very average

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service was not ideal our waitress seemed more interested in big tables so walked by us several times and took a very long time to respond to our needs. Did not have the appetizers we wanted which was very disappointing

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Our server cat was outstanding, always filling up drinks and making sure the table was set with the necessities. She was very friendly and outgoing.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Awful! Maybe they were overwhelmed/understaffed during our visit (my first and I live in Kingston), but I won’t be back based on this experience.

There were just two of us and we were seated for our reservation at 6:00. Then waited 10 minutes before anyone came to the table. We ordered drinks (should have ordered food then too) and the waitress left again. 15 minutes before we see her again, ordered two items and actually asked if these would work because we were going to a show at The Grand at 7:30 and had time restraints (hoped to leave by 7). After being assured timing would be fine we then waited for over 30 minutes, no sign of food or waitress. We found someone else who started looking for waitress, she arrived not long after 7 with our food. We were disappointed, asked for bill immediately because we had to go and started eating. I had Chicken Parmigiana, it was cold along the edges, had clearly been sitting in the kitchen for a while. Other person had Steak Frites and their steak was also cold. I never touched my noodles that came with the Chicken. Manager had already been alerted by other staff that there was a problem. Our meal provided at no charge and we left. Sadly I won’t return...too many good options in this city to deal with that. Worst dining experience in Kingston. Sorry. D-

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great night out, fun atmosphere and delicious food.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Hostess made a comment about havingredients to seat us in the bar because there were no specifications on the table request. A) this was rude, B) a need to do so was not clear on the booking form. Why would you have to use bar seating as default?

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The table we had was very close to the door and very drafty. Our server was nice enough but not present when we needed her. One person in our party ordered a burger with only ketchup and got his smothered in mayo. They told us to make a new one would take time and boy did it ever. Everyone was finished he did not even have his. We were very surprised since the restaurant was not at all busy. Not our best visit and glad we weren't in a rush.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Years Eve diner before going to the movies it wasn’t our first choice but it good food and good start for our evening. Same sports bar kinda food and ambiance. Will go back for a casual diner.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

The chicken for one of our meals was a bit under cooked so they gave us a new plate right away and dessert for our whole party of and 10, on the house!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent staff service, wonderful decor, outstanding cuisine! Menu is truly special. Great downtown location for a meal, or bite to eat, before or after theatre, movie, hockey. Such an inviting and warm ambiance!

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Little bit irritated that i made reservation and the hostess sat us in the bar. Food was barely lukewarm i hade the tuna which was delicious and my sister had the Pad Thai both were on the verge of being cold. Server was amazing but very busy.

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