Seafood and waterfront dining are a natural pair, and so it's not surprising that for their second restaurant in Jack London Square, Bocanova's Rick Hackett and Meredith Melville decided to open a classic fish shack. The result: Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House, debuting tonight. With a modern look and stunning bay views on offer, it's going to be a popular spot to go to town on some oysters, especially when nice weather hits the front patio.
Hackett created the menu with Peter Villegas (Campton Place, La Mar), who's running the kitchen; in addition to oysters (12 kinds, mostly from the West Coast), it offers all the raw-bar standards (clams, mussels, peel-and-eat shrimp, and chilled Maine lobster), as well as a $90 "seafood bucket" for two containing all of the above. Lobster rolls, clam chowder, fish and chips, and cioppino are also present and accounted for, as well as some more unusual creations, like squid-ink carbonara with bone marrow and charred octopus with piquillo pepper. Seafoodphobes can have a burger or a steak. Here's the full food menu.
On the drinks side of things, there's a full bar, beer and wine on tap, and a sizable sparkling-wine selection. GM Lori Theis and bar manager Antoine Nixon have developed a fairly approachable cocktail offering, with drinks like a cucumber tequila Collins and an apple and bison-grass vodka flip. The Michael Guthrie and Ann Rockwell-designed space is 100 seats (with 20 at the raw bar), with a soothing gray, blue, and brown palette and some vintage light fixtures. The standout is the wheatpaste art by Becky Carter and Michael de La Torre, with lots of textured layers forming sea creatures and Oakland landmarks. Hours are daily, 11 am-10 pm.