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Feb 23, 2009 06:03 AM

Been to Jacob & Co recently?

Going tonight for my second visit tonight and wondering if anyone has been to this temple of beef recently...

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  1. Looks nice, but way too expensive for me

    I am jealous, though

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        1. re: duckdown

          Sorry that made no sense! I was originally trying to reply to the OP to tell him to watch out for a sweet jazz pianist whom I'm friends with!

    1. yeah, i was there a couple months ago, for the first time, excellent steaks, i had the bone-on ribeye med-rare. plus, the caesar salad is very good, especially since they make it at your table. it is a bit pricey though. . . .

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      1. re: doubledown

        Thought I would follow up with a review of last night...

        First of all what amazing service. One of our party neglected to bring his reading glasses and after a quick mention of that our server appeared practically instantaneously and asked what his prescription was; and then produced a box of glasses for him to select.

        This level of service was evident throughout the evening. Just impeccable...

        The food was wonderful. Tableside made ceasar was sublime; side dishes and appetizers excellent all around and the steaks themselves were wonderful. I had a Bavatte cut served perfectly medium rare...meltingly delicious.

        Yes, it is expensive. But worth it for the special occasion...

        1. re: stephen

          a restaurant having selection of reading glasses?! is it just me or is that highly unusual?

          1. re: auberginegal

            I have seen that happen in the US. They have a box of reading glasses with about 10 or 15 pairs of glasses. It was a very high-end restaurant though.

            1. re: cecilia

              Many restaurants in Toronto have this, and they are not all high end places.

              1. re: Non Doctor

                How was the wine selection and service?

                I would imagine that the very skilled Robert does a great job at Jacobs?

                1. re: Non Doctor

                  There was one page of suggested wines...and we ordered a Cab from South America that was excellent, and at $45 not that expensive.

      2. I had the good fortune of going there for a Valentine's Day dinner. I was looking forward to the table-side Caesar salad, but it appeared to be off the menu. (It wasn't described as being prepared table-side on the menu, and the diners next to us ordered it and just a plain old bowl of pre-prepared salad.). Otherwise everything else was great. Excellent service that never over-reached but was always attentive and informative. We got a shrimp cocktail and oysters rockefeller to start. The oysters were great, and though the pricey ($19?) shrimp cocktail only came with 3 jumbo shrimps, they were extremely tasty with a great cocktail sauce that truly zipped. Steaks were also great with excellent side sauces, as were the duck-fat fries. Overall, worth the visit.

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        1. re: lasardo

          I hate that
          re: shrimp cocktail only 3 in your order

          Why dont restaurants put at least 4?
          to get you to order TWO apps?


          1. re: NoFixedAddress

            The reason I don't go to Steak Houses on my own nickle is this.
            I have been cooking steak over charcoal for about 35 years, I can make a very good Caesar (Julia Child's version - the real one), I can whip up a very good cocktail sauce and can buy an excellent Burgundy and/or a Chateauneuf.

            So dinner for 2:
            Steak $30 ( 20-24 oz for a top rib or strip)
            Shrimp $8 ( about 8 large)
            Salad $3
            Wine $60 ( 2 bottles)
            Total about $100

            At a Steak House this would be $400-500 all in plus driving and parking.
            And avoiding the R.I.D.E. program ---- priceless!

            1. re: garlicandwingnut

              I agree in principle, garlicandwingnut. I also 'cue up a mean steak done a perfect blue and have some nice choices of wine at home. However I will still occasionally go to a steak house to enjoy the old world elegance. Breathing in the atmosphere and the syrah can do wonders for the psyche.

        2. I"ve been to Jacob's Co. several times and I have to recommend it. The service standards are always high and I love the food. I was there on Valentine's day as well and I was informed (much to my disappointment) that tableside Caesar's were suspended that day due to the sheer volume of guests. Regarding getting three shrimp per serving, you can just ask your server to add one more, problem solved! Me and my SO like to eat out weekly/bi-weekly and we'll definately be back!