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“Fantastic Lunch”
Review of The Club Room

The Club Room
Ranked #38 of 304 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Alvarado & Del Monte
Description: The Club Room is located in the heart of downtown and inside the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. Start your morning off in a relaxing and cozy fireside dining room while enjoying a European-style breakfast buffet served with Peet’s Coffee® and bottomless mimosas. Open daily, The Club Room utilizes local and fresh ingredients to serve plates carefully crafted by our Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese and his culinary team. Offering a fresh, seasonal, buffet featuring made-to-order omelets, assorted house made pastries and muffins, sliced cold cuts, fine artisan cheeses, bottomless mimosas, and much more. Dine in the cozy fireside dining room, or breathe in the fresh coastal air on the outdoor, pet-friendly, heated patio.
Monterey, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic Lunch”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Went out to lunch with a buddy to a restaurant near my work. Jack's in the Portola Hotel was our choice. I have had lunch there on many occasions and have never been disappointed in the service , food or the decor. We both had the calamari sandwich and it was delicious. I usually have the salad bar and it is always consistantly good. I would recommend this to all who like good food and model ships.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Michael O
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Happy Hour Value”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

50% of wines and $5 cheese plates make the lounge a great value at Happy Hour. Great atmosphere, and a good wine list. Outside of those times, it is a little pricey (as all hotel lounges are).

Visited June 2014
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Sacramento, California
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good Pub Food”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We just had pub snacks. But the menu had some real variety and the choices - risotto and meatballs were two choices - were really quite good. I would definitely recommend stopping in for a nice rose and a few good pub eats.

Visited May 2014
Thank Itinerant2013
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Marina, CA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A great choice for a wedding rehearsal dinner!!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We recently (May 24) had our wedding rehearsal dinner at Jack’s in the Portola Hotel and were really pleased with the outcome. First, we were looking for a venue that could accommodate a group of about 35 people and possibly 40. Most of the guests were staying at the Portola and so we wanted a venue close by. After working with other local restaurants, Jack’s was definitely the winner.

Christian, the coordinator, was great to work with. Initially, she presented several menu options at a few price points as well as the whole menu to get an idea of what was possible. Of the choices, we had to accommodate vegetarians and those who keep kosherish (no pork, no shellfish, no mixing of milk and meat on the dish). We also wanted to make sure the food didn’t duplicate our wedding menu. We came up with a great solution at the right price point. In addition, Jack’s was a great venue able to accommodate everyone in an intimate setting—given the size and noise level of our group—Jack’s provided the feeling of being in a luxurious, private locale. With a full bar, people could order whatever drinks they wanted.

The menu we settled on was tea-smoked salmon with greens on crustini and fried risotto fritters with a marinara sauce, served family style. Both hors d’ouvres were a huge hit. One person said they could make a whole meal out of the fritters. Seriously, good starters!
We also got mixed greens salads with candied nuts and gorgonzola—also perfect. We wanted our out-of-town guests to enjoy some of the local harvest and the salad really showcased what is grown fresh right here. The dressing was light and complementary to the nuts and creamy, rich cheese. The portion was ample.

The entrees were either a vegetarian ravioli in a garlic cream sauce or a lemon rosemary chicken. I opted for the rosemary chicken—roasted perfectly with a luxurious flavoring over horseradish potatoes and steamed vegetables. Juicy chicken juices atop the pillowy potatoes with a punch were exactly what we were after for a rehearsal dinner. My fiancée (now wife) got the ravioli and really enjoyed them. She said that the cream sauce was light and didn’t overpower the flavor of the ravioli. In my taster bite of her plate, I agreed and wished I could get a 50/50 plate with both entrees.

The service was also impeccable. With had a curious infant with us, so there was bit of juggling around the baby and everyone wanting to hold her. Mac and Hailey introduced themselves as head servers and were awesomely attentive and accommodating to some of the more difficult guests. My 89-year-old grandma chose to ask for piece of everything “just to taste.” Another of the elderly vegetarians claimed he didn’t like something in the ravioli and was trying to find something else without listening to the smart recommendations of the server (The server recommended the vegetarian risotto—instead, he just wanted the mashed potatoes and steamed veggies from the other dish—his loss!). They also were attentive when one of our late comers arrived and quickly produced a meal for him—much appreciated.
As dinner winded down, people moved around to schmoozed. The servers continued on their tasks—clearing and later bringing dessert—making sure everyone was covered. The dessert was a strawberry sorbet with fresh strawberry coulis and fruit. Normally, after such a big meal, dessert would be hard to push—but, OMG. The sorbet was excellent! I’d had their sorbet before—but this one really showcased the strawberries’ freshness and sweetness—leaving us all with smiles.

My now wife and I were thrilled with Jacks. The atmosphere, the food, the service—all were really great. The support staff in the dining room and Jacks Lounge were great (we asked their names--Tuyet, Miguel, Omar, Shane, Tyler and Jonathan).

Our guests felt they had come to an occasion and the festivity carried over to the wedding the next day .

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank MontereyBayRob
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Redding, California
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Jacks is in the Portola Hotel, casual attire.”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Great Veggie sandwich, fast service, excellent wine selection, nice ambiance, best of all it was in the hotel, after a 6 hour drive and hungry, no need to leave the hotel. Perfect!

Visited May 2014
Thank drtdaniel
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