Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House to Open on Tuesday, August 19 in Oakland’s Jack London Square
Opening Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House is the second restaurant concept of owners and industry veterans Rick Hackett and Meredith Melville of Bocanova restaurant, also in Jack London Square.
Combining the talents of Hackett and Executive Chef Peter Villegas, formerly of Campton Place and La Mar, the menu encompasses everything from an impressive raw bar featuring East & West Coast oysters to a wide array of fish-centric dishes, salads, sandwiches, and large and small bowls. Menu highlights include Clam Chowder with bacon, smoked potato and Thyme; Main Lobster Roll on a housemade pretzel bun and coleslaw; Squid Ink Carbonara with a slow cooked egg and pecorino; Halibut Fish n’ Chips with malt vinegar aioli; and Charred Octopus with piquillo pepper, potatoes, and oregano.
Bocanova’s and Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House’s General Manager Lori Theis and Bar Manager Antoine Nixon will oversee the restaurant’s beverage program featuring a selection of local wine and beer on tap as well as bottled sparkling wines from all over the world. The simple and straightforward hand-crafted cocktail menu includes an array of seafood-friendly refreshers such as the Dill-icious made with blanco tequila, lime juice, St. Germain, cucumber, dill and soda water and the Sunset Flip made with Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, Shrub & Co. Apple Shrub, lemon juice, simple syrup, a whole egg, and pilsner.
The 100-seat modern seafood restaurant, designed by architect Michael Guthrie and interior designer Ann Rockwell, features a 20-seat raw bar with handcrafted chairs by Berkeley-based Wooden Duck furniture. The bar is mirrored by sea foam green banquette seating that leads to a dining space that doubles as a semi-private dining area, seating up to 36. Guests of Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House can also enjoy outdoor seating featuring tables made from reclaimed wine casks with a view of the bay.
The restaurant is further complemented by overhead vintage light fixtures, a coastal themed color palette of grey, blue and brown and artwork inspired by both Oakland and the waterfront. Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House collaborated with local residents and designers Becky Carter and Michael de La Torre to create exclusive artwork for the space. A mural towards the back of the restaurant features a complex collage of paper layers depicting the dynamic intersection of Oakland’s environment, culture, and commerce. The two used the street art technique of wheat paste to create a landscape of illustrated patterns and whimsical drawings, interweaving the area’s environmental elements like waves and rolling hills with the local infrastructure of port cranes and deco-era buildings. Using the same decoupage technique as the corridor, the artists used graphic elements from the landscape to intricately piece together forms of a lobster, oyster, octopus, and halibut in the main dining room.
Located at 336 Water Street, Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish House will be open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made through Open Table for 5:30 p.m. seating at dinner only. At all other times, guests are seated on a first-come, first- served basis. Valet parking will be offered nightly for $10.00. For more information and updates, please visit http://jacksoakland.com/ or like Jack’s Oyster Bar and Fish house on Facebook.