Jack's Gourmet Restaurant

  • Mon. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tue. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thu. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Fri. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sat. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sun. Closed
  • Celebrating its 40th year in 2013, this Columbia establishment prides itself on its signature red booths and elegant atmosphere. It's perfect for a quiet date night.

  • The Basics
  • Amenities
    • Outdoor seating: No
    • Has a bar: Yes
    • Serves alcohol: Yes
    • Smoking:* No
    • Free soft drink refills: Yes
    • Serves food late: No
    • Kid's menu: Yes
    • Booster seats: Yes
    • Number of vegetarian dishes: 2
    • Handicap access: Yes
    • Parking: Parking lot
    • Drink specials: Happy hour on Tuedays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Payment Information
    • Payment options: American Express, Cash, Check, Debit, Discover, MasterCard, VISA
    • Split the tab: Yes
  • Entertainment Options
    • Number of pool tables: 0
    • Number of dart boards: 0
    • Number of TVs: 1
    • WiFi access: None
  • Services
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Get it to go: Yes
    • Delivers: Yes
    • Caters: Yes
    • Private dining room: Yes
    • Meeting room: Yes
    • Banquet room: Yes
    • Delivery info: Only catering orders are delivered.
  • *As of January 9, 2007, smoking is banned inside all Columbia restaurants. However, smoking is allowed in Columbia on outdoor patios meeting certain criteria, as well as in restaurants outside the Columbia city limits.

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Last updated May 02, 2013


Comments about this restaurant

food starstar
atmosphere starstar
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Growing up on the east coast, I'm used to paying a lot for a good meal. Sometimes prices comparable to Jack's, occasionally much higher. The difference is that back east, you always get what you pay for. I know this isn't New York of Philadelphia, but when I'm paying as if I were eating in one of those cities, I still expect the great service and great food I've grown to love.

Having little experience with awful premium restaurants, I tend to judge a dining experience before I arrive based on the menu prices; after my experience at Jack’s, I won't be doing that again.

The food was ok, not great, not terrible, just ok. But the service, now that's a different story. While I was dining with a fairly large party, it was 30+ minutes before our drink order was taken, 1 hr., 15 mins. before our dinner order was taken (this process took nearly 30 mins.), almost 2 hrs. before our soup came - TWO HOURS! Based on that alone, this restaurant would last a week on the east coast... maybe. Once we finished eating, I had to ask the waiter multiple times to bring our check, and that finally came another hour later. By then, the restaurant wasn't even busy; in fact, it was completely empty with the exception of our party. All in all this was a three and a half hour dining experience, and by the time we were ready to leave, everyone was cursing out the restaurant. I left a 10% tip – I’ve never done anything like that before!

Now the food wasn’t anything to write home about – the presentation was ok, and it tasted alright. They ran out of the pompano, and during the 1 hr. + I had to contemplate my dinner selection, I have to admit, I had grown rather attached to that pompano. I settled for the trout, and requested that my dish be served without red and green peppers – the waiter confirmed, but I wasn’t expecting much by then. I’m glad I hadn’t gotten too set on enjoying my dish; of course it had the peppers. They prepared some entrees and desserts right at the table, but it’s clear the waiters are not chefs – my friend’s bananas foster was burnt on the sides, and it seemed that the waiter tried to cover it up with chocolate syrup. He made no effort to mention or apologize for the burnt dish – and it was still served.

Would I eat here again? No.
Would I recommend this restaurant to a friend? Definitely not.
Would I specifically tell my friends not to eat here? Already have.


Posted by Zach Honig on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:03 a.m. (Report Comment)

food starstarstar
atmosphere starstar
value star
service starstarstarstar
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I haven't had the time nor the opportunity to dine at Jack's Gourmet until last night. I have eaten at many 'gourmet' restaurants and exclusive clubs in cities around the world. I can tell you should not assign the name 'gourmet' to your restaurant if it is not just that.
Let start here: GOURMET: is a cultural ideal associated with the culinary arts of fine food and drink, or haute cuisine, which is characterised by elaborate preparations and presentations of large meals of small, often quite rich courses.
The term and its associated practices are usually used positively to describe people of refined taste and passion.
I have no problem paying the kind of prices assigned to the menu at Jack's IF I get 'gourmet' but sorry folks that is not what you get a Jack's. Oh...and by the way.. if I ask for Steak Diane and my waiter cooks it at the table referring to a set of instructions several times...well that's not Gourmet either...the result was acceptable...but not by any stretch of the imagination Goumet. I don't really know what went wrong...I didn't see heavy cream..and don't know if they had veal stock. But the result was not the experience Steak Diane should be. Don't even bother sticking a little potatoe on my plate just to be served nearly cold. The vegetables accompanying the meal were lackluster (and cooled off). I made the mistake of ordering Irish Coffee. I think they used a decent expresso..and the waiter informed me they did use Jameson but it was not sugared (preferrably brown sugar) and I would have expected fresh heavy cream ...not some imitation bottle sprayed cream. Not a Mmmmmm drink I expected and consequently rejected. I was struck by the un-ironed white tableclothes...knives and forks etc at many tables mis aligned and messy looking. A collection of 'crackers' in plastic wrapping on the table (what in gods name for??). My bread plate was taken away with the appetizer...and not replace when the bread arrives. The bread looked like and tasted like a mass produced roll from Gerbes.
Not going there again.

Posted by juliet schultz on Mar 10, 2011 at 9:54 a.m. (Report Comment)