Jack’s Seafood Shack

4.5
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209 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to Jack's Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar
Maine lobster is such a delicacy, it's delicious, simple - the best seafood anywhere in many people's view. And Maine lobster is the best of the best. Its the first thing on peoples' list when they visit Maine-eat a fresh Maine lobster.

BUT YOU CAN'T VACATION IN MAINE EVERY DAY!

-so we decided to bring it to you in Montclair, New Jersey.
Come and pick your own live lobster, let us prepare it for you.
We are BYOB (Beer and Wine only)!
If you are satisfied with your experience , kindly leave a five star review on Open table! we would appreciate it!
hope to see you soon!
What 209 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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4.3
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C
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife really wanted to go here for her birthday, as she is a huge seafood fan. This place did not disappoint! Service was wonderful, the choices were plentiful, and I feel like the food was reasonably priced. The ambiance is super cute, too. I imagine we will be back for another birthday celebration!

P
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Craved a Connecticut style lobster roll and what better place to go. Delicious and those home made potato chips are to die for!

w
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed my first experience here at Jack's but I will return and I hope soon. Was able to park right across the street in the museum lot which is a huge plus. The gent at the front was very helpful and added to the evening as he welcomed us. The food was delicious and the portions were great. The place was hopping on a Saturday evening which is great because that means the the place is here to stay!

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Grouper sandwich ever!
Wait staff very friendly
Only wish I lived a bit closer!

d
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Not by the ocean but quality seafood, well prepared and tasty. Really enjoyed the New England clam chowder.

h
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Good portions wonderful service. Mussels and clams were delicious. Definitely will return for the food.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Service was great. We arrived at the restaurant about 8:50 pm and it was pretty empty but got a bit busier during our dinner. The menu is extensive and we were excited to try all the entrees. We started with fried calamari which was just okay. Then we ordered Mac and cheese, lobster tails, a lobster roll and shrimp tacos. The food was nothing special - just okay and expensive for what we got.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you for the review! we hope next time you have a better experience with us! looking forward to see you again!

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MB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy eating here. Great place. Feel like you are down at the shore. Great value. Great food and the service is always great

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Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great portions and great service! Parking at the museum a major plus!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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JM
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

love this place, its not the Ritz but great food and service and a good price. A very relaxed atmosphere leads to a lot of fun

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was good as usual!!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

2nd time and it was just as amazing as the first time. Food- two thumbs up and the staff so friendly.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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PE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

When my special needs nephew wanted ice cream for dessert and the kitchen didn't have any, one of the servers ( maybe owner ) went to buy it! Then the wait staff added a candle and sang happy birthday. Nice to know there's still some kindness in this crazy world.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic on all levels - my favorite restaurant in town, and that’s saying a lot!!!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

woow thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We wanted to like Jack’s Seafood Shack. I mean, we liked the food, except the super salty lobster bisque (apparently, the chef said that’s how they cook it when asked if we wanted it fixed). The service was painfully slow on a Sunday past lunch rush hour (2pm reservation). It took forever to get our menus, and they forgot my order. By the time it came out, everyone was done with their lunch.

If they fix the bisque and the slow service, maybe we’ll go back. Their lobster fettuccini Alfredo was delicious after all.

LD
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Consistently Good Food, Nice local seafood restaurant. Nothing fancy just good quality, service is very attentive, nice that you can bring your own liquor.

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Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon! hope we can get better rating next time!

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RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday diner for my son here. I had reservations for 6 and my friend wanted to join. I called and they were happy to make it for 7. We arrived early and was greeted so warmly. The hosts set us up outside as we waited for our table with the beer and Pressecco we brought while we waited for our table. Food was great! Service great. This place is amazing. I highly recommend it.

LW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The lobster bisque and crab chowder were perfect. The server was kind. Nice Sunday lunch with my beau.

GT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A true Cape Cod, Maine classic, here in Montclair. As good a seafood house as you'll find away from the water.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place food is delicious definitely worth it free parking BYOB

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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VN
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am from Boston. It has hard to find lobster rolls and chowder that are reasonably priced and comparable to "home". Jacks fits the bill! Excellent service. Loved the outside seating. We will be back!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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DW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good seafood with an "on the shore" feel and friendly service

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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RG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service, both, were amazing!! It was so good we’re sitting at their table to eat again (while I’m writing this review).

D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Better Lobster Rolls than the Jersey Shore. Awesome home made potato chips.
Good value for what you get.. and tasty.
Only thing I questioned was their lemonade. They say its fresh and homemade, but it had a powder/artificial taste to it and no pulp.. so maybe not quite home made.

NO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went to Jack's in part because we had to cancel a Maine vacation. It is not Maine but did not disappoint. Had the brunch special of lobster roll, chowda and added a gigantic and terrific salad. (Connecticut lobster roll was a bit over cooked ... Would try Maine version next time.) Excellent Key lime pie for dessert. Will return but won't be a regular.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a r review for us! I really appreciate it! we hope to earn 5 stars next time, we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was so good!! Nice little quiet place to get seafood.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Good food and courteous servers. Took too long for food to come out. Came in ahead of many but got served last! Losbter tails were good for the price we paid. Mussels for appetizer is a great starter. Lobster bisque is one of the best ones i have tasted but a liitle too salty. Parking can be a challenge especially on a weekend

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I really appreciate it! parking is free at the museum parking lot for our guests at any time. sorry that you had to wait for your food, next time I hope you'll have a better experience and we earn the extra star . we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good food! But make sure to make reservation during the peak times because it does get busy.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The Crab was outstanding, Dungeness, Snow and King, we had all 3 and all were superb. I recommend the Crab Pot so you get to try all 3 and a few clams, mussels and shrimp. The fried calamari app was very good.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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EM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

First time at Jack’s. Went with friends. We’re all town locals so wanted to finally try dinner there. Website mentions 2 different seating options but doesn’t explain so we noted on open table we wanted good dining experience so we were placed ‘upper level’...slightly easier table configuration. Server was exceptional, sorry don’t recall her name but she was wonderful, engaging, attentive but didn’t hover...great at her job! Food was ok to good. My lobster tails were large and tasty, somewhat over cooked but ok. Shrimp dish diner felt shrimp was frozen and small size. Salmon eaters enjoyed their meal. The acoustics are bad - loud, no sound absorbing material on ceiling so the decibel difficult - dislike not hearing person sitting across from me! Cost was high, for no alcohol, no table bread basket, small shrimp and loudness. Understand overall dining costs in Montclair are high....therefore, I would go again and give it another go, see if some of these annoyances are eliminated at different day/time.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I really appreciate it! i hope next time you will have a better experience and we earn the 5th star, we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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CD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service and food was excellent came out quickly. Service was very good we were seated early than our reservation

WF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Pretty fun place. Had the 2 pound lobster and my wife had the clam belly platter. Hers were slightly over cooked but fully enjoyable and my Lobster was spot on. The lobster is cracked in advance just before arrival so eating it was a snap! Corn on the cob and cole slaw hit the spot. Would go back in a second.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I really appreciate it! hope next time you have a better experience and we get to earn the extra star! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Super Fresh. Very clean. No fishy smell

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I was there with my hubby for later dinner. We’ve been to Edgewater and we’re disappointed. The place wasn’t comfortable, too loud and very hot and humid. But we like the one in Montclair. The place is nice, clean, and not noisy. The customer service is so much better than the one in Edgewater. Our waiter is excellent, but little disappointed with the food. Food is good but it could have been better. I think you should add more seasoning to taste.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a reviewI really appreciate it! we hope next time you have a much better experience and we get to earn the 5th star! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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CC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cute little place to get really good , fresh seafood. Very casual.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you!! hope we earn 5 stars on your next visit! thank you!

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Service was not good. We had to grab several different people to get a soda. Waitress rarely came to our table to ask if we needed anything. There was another couple near by who was also complaining about her. She was a very nice person she just needs to be trained better. I also ordered a soup to go and it took forever. 2 lobster tails were super small and overcooked. Oysters were a little iffy. Lobster bisque was delicious.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

Hi Joni! sorry to hear that you didn't have the best experience with us! hope you give us another chance! alot has improved and I promise you will have a much better experience with us!

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W
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just back from Cape Cod and can honestly say the steamers and lobsters that I ate here were better at Jacks then they were there! Excellent service and ambience. sorry it took us so long to get there but I assure you I’ll be back soon!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We just love this place. Fresh seafood is simply prepared. Portions are generous enough for sharing but not over the top. Very well-priced for the quality- it doesn’t have to be a “special occasion “ restaurant - we choose Jack’s often!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much for taking the time to write a 5 star review for us! I really appreciate it! we are looking forward to see you again! best regards- Krikor

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

For my first visit, it was very good! I love that they allow BYOB. The Lobster Bisque soup was delicious along with there crab cake. All the food was great!!

W
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Pleasant surprise ! Really good food. Cute picnic tables outside casual inside. All our dishes came out at same time and we all loved our meals. Very good neighborhood spot if your in the mood for lobster and seafood

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on September 10, 2019

thank you so much Stacey! glad to know you enjoyed everything! hope we earn the 5th star next time you dine in with us! thank you! - Krikor

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