Jack’s Seafood Shack

4.5
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219 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!

Offers

Lobster Dinner Special

Starting Sep 17, 2019·Mon-Thu 11:00-20:45

Enjoy steamed 1 1/2lb Maine Lobster, with corn and coleslaw only for $25 Monday through Thursday all day long! hope to see you soon!

What 219 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RogerB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We went here for our first time after seeing an article about it in the West Essex magazine. There were 3 of us, I do not eat seafood but my wife loves it and she gets it in the summer time when we go to long island. We ordered the clam bellies which I am told were very good. I had the wedge salad which is was also very good. She had a lobster roll and I had the chicken sandwich. Both were very good, she would have liked to seen more lobster in in the roll and we asked about that and were told we could just ask for another portion next time. The lobster roll is 17 dollars which is very good and we pay more but usually get a little more, no big deal but we know better for next time. Overall it was very good. It was not crowded as it was a Sunday night and everything went smooth. The server was very nice and helped us order. We will go again.

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allisonz
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great spot for seafood. Ambiance isn’t special but value is good.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The lobster bomb was excellent. 8oz of lobster meat in a sourdough bowl, with bisque on it. The bisque gets soaked by the bread making it delicious. A must have.
The crab cakes were nice, but it wasn't jumbo lump meat, and it's fried not baked. It sits on a tomato salsa like thing that's way way too sour. Give the crab cakes a pass.
There's plenty of free parking (even on a Saturday night) at the museum parking lot opposite.
They charge you $4 if you BYO which is a bummer coz it's a BYO place. Either serve wine, or let me drink my own without your surcharge.

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vipFrenchFaire
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Seating is not my favorite; elbow to elbow. The shrimp tasted really fresh - prepared in a garlic sauce that was a little too oily and the lobster fritters were too mushy... However, the lobster tail was perfectly prepared, excellent in fact..

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TawanaR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The lobster roll was AMAZING! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾The dessert... not so much. 😩

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and the food was amazing !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hesitate to give this place a good review - not because they don’t deserve it - because nobody seems to know about it, and I kinda want to keep it that way, LoL! If you imagine yourself eating seafood in a New England restaurant known only to locals, Jack’s is exactly like that - but without the 3-hour drive. It’s not dressy, but is great for small groups and celebrations. BYOB.

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vipTommyC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was tasteful!
Surf and turf was awesome!

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vipRobDnj
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This spot is always great! Besides the food the staff is extremely friendly and efficient.

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vipComfortador
New York Area
40 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!

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vipPattycake
New York Area
31 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!

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vipwpeternnj
New York Area
32 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!

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on January 3, 2020

thank you soo much ! hope to see you again soon! happy new year! I appreciate you taking the time to write a great review!

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vipjt914
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on January 3, 2020

thank you soo much ! hope to see you again soon! happy new year! I appreciate you taking the time to write a review!

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dinearound
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.

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on January 3, 2020

thank you so much ! hope to see you again soon! happy new year!

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viphatecheapfood
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

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

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you so much! hope to see you again soon! happy new year!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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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vipMikeB
New York Area
15 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

Jack’s Seafood Shack
Responded on November 15, 2019

thank you so much hope to see you again soon!

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MaryJ
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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vipJMaz
New York Area
59 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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Foodie07470
New York Area
10 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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OpenTable Diner
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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PhyllisE
New York Area
4 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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vipBlondie19
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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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipLouD
New York Area
52 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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RoseP
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.

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vipLeonaW
New York Area
9 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.

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GodsTrialAtty
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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TheresaG
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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VickiN
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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DavidW
New York Area
9 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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RebeccaG
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).

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vipDede
New York Area
24 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.

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NOTKFC
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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CorinneO
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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OpenTable Diner
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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OpenTable Diner
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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KathrynR
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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EMPNYC
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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ChuckD
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

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Jack’s Seafood Shack does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Jack’s Seafood Shack also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 893-5283.

Jack’s Seafood Shack is rated 4.5 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

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