About Saint Jacques French Cuisine
A French heaven in this hospitable south, Saint Jacques serves authentic and traditional French cuisine, discreet and polished service, and elegant atmosphere. Fine dining at its best."Voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table Diners - since 2009" "Voted one of the top 100 in service in the U.S. by Open Table Diners -since 2009", "Voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table Diners - 2009", Voted "Best overall restaurant in Triangle by Open Table Diners - 2008" "Voted best French Restaurant in the triangle - Citysearch 2006". "Voted best French Restaurant 2007 & 2008- Metro Magazine".
**Because of the calm and serene environment we at Saint Jacques are proud to promote and offer our guest, we may not be a suitable venue for children under the age of 8**
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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Private Party Facilities:
Saint Jacques does offer a private room setting up to 40 guests. The entire restaurant can be reserved for private party and can accommodate up to 80 (sit down dinner).
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Saint Jacques French Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
All around, a great experience! The meal ...
All around, a great experience! The meal was excellent and service is the best in Raleigh. The chef spends a lot of time visiting patrons in the dining room. He is a sweet and charming man, a little difficult to understand at times, due to his French accented English. I recommend St. Jacques for any special occasion.
now that he's free from the restrictions ...
now that he's free from the restrictions of the previous store at 518 W, i can see why serge is an amazin' chef! i consider st jacques to be a boutique restaurant - one that i feel caters to an affluent guest who is more interested in food quality, the experience and service than price. to that end, it's great for all who want to shock their palette with a delight i've not experienced anywhere on the planet!
the service is even a step up from the barn who in my view is premiere esp when u consider the number of ppl they serve on a regular basis. i will add that margaux's is another with superb service but st jacques takes it to a new level!
for me, this is the restaurant in the triangle. yes, there are fancier, as in cosmetics, stores that do well but this store is one that MUST be experienced.
We have always considered this one of ou ...
We have always considered this one of our top restaurants. this time my duck had a lot of gristle and was a little tough. the rest of the meal was exceptional as always. the creme brulee is always near the top of our favorite list and I appreciated the chef making a special pre appetizer for me when I could not eat the scallops one.
Our out-of-town guests were first-time v ...
Our out-of-town guests were first-time visitors to Saint Jacques, and they loved it. As always, everything about our meal from start to finish was outstanding. Whether for lunch or dinner, St Jacques is the perfect place to go for a wonderful meal!
Five stars is not enough!! Seven, at le ...
Five stars is not enough!! Seven, at least!! Pricy? Yes. Worth it? YES! If you're like us, occasionally spending a lot on a special occasion is nice. And fun. As long as we feel that the experience was worth the cost. Spending a bucket-load of money on a ho-hum meal leaves one feeling angry on wasting the money. Spending a large sum of money and getting MORE than you ever expected... WORTH IT! All in the perspective.
St. Jacques staff will pamper you. The chef will send out an "amuse bouche" to stimulate your taste buds. And he will come to visit you at your table to be sure you're happy.
The service is leisurely, neither rushed or overly prolonged. The wine list has something for everyone.
I could describe the items we ordered from the menu, but really... whatever you order will be great! Of course, you have to understand French cuisine. The portions are not huge, but they're not skimpy, either. We had the amuse bouche (which is really just about two bites); we shared 3 appetizers (because we couldn't decide); and bread, of course (awesome); then a sorbet "palate cleanser"; our main course; coffee and dessert. We were pleasantly sated, neither hungry or over-stuffed.
And you know the best part? We cannot wait to get back there!! Really!! Perfect!
Our party of 4 enjoyed the lunch meal gr ...
Our party of 4 enjoyed the lunch meal greatly. We had the watermelon gazpacho and salad. The main courses were very tasty and appropriately light for lunch (quiche, crepe St Jacques, salmon). The chocolate and sabayon desserts were super.
Chef Serge was very friendly!
The main problem was that it was very quiet during the midweek lunch hour - great for a friends' get-together, but somewhat lacking in ambience.
I hope that the great food overcomes what should be a temporary 'low' season at lunchtimes.
Third visit over several years; I knew m ...
Third visit over several years; I knew my wife liked it as she'd mentioned it a few times. It's in a shopping center but don't let that fool you. Silver lining: plenty of parking spaces, but then it was a Wednesday night. Interior is not overly formal but is well done in quiet and subdued themes. As much as we usually have to slow the staff down in most restaurants using various strategies, we were pleasantly surprised when we found that even we were moving just a little bit too fast. Please do not come to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. Or cannot find a babysitter. This is not an inexpensive restaurant except for the wine list. Of course there were expensive bottles but there was an expansive range of reasonably priced bottles. Small but very good selection by the glass. The cheese plate appetizer is a good choice to share if you just want something to nibble on. The night's special was trout which was incredible. Served on mixed greens with a vinegarette dressing and a side of a kind of casserole with squash and cheese. The other main dish tried were the scallops from the menu (see online). Incredible. Perfect Creme Brulee. For a special occasion, let the staff know when you make the reservation.
The food is superb and all the food revi ...
The food is superb and all the food reviews are on point under the oversight of a new chef. Alert - this is a first world problem review. The front management and servers are not comparable to the food. It must be improved if the ratings are to remain high. We had a server who was clearly over her head, in part due to lack of oversight and training by the front house manager. Who, upon the conclusion of expression of concern and why the evening was spoiled by the service failure, stated "Thank you for your input." Really? Disappointing to say the least...
The staff made every effort to take care ...
The staff made every effort to take care of our every need. We were invited to taste the wine selections that were recommended. I was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of gluten-free options. The chief chef came to our table to figure out a way to make my meal interesting and satisfying. The shredded duck distributed generously throughout a delicious polenta was outstanding. The tuna special with mushrooms, strawberries and risotto was also a hit. The chair I sat on was too hard to sit on for the duration of a leisurely meal, but other than that we were pleased with our dining experience and would definitely return on another occasion. We appreciated the excellent service. The chef even came by our table to thank us for coming and wish us a good evening.
We are regular patrons, and this visit e ...
We are regular patrons, and this visit exceeded our already high expectations. The cuisine continues to be superb, as are the wines and the service. We are firmly convinced that Saint Jacques is the best restaurant in the Triangle area!
We went here for our 31st anniversary! E ...
We went here for our 31st anniversary! Everything was perfect! Been wanting to dine here for some time now. Made our anniversary special! Can't wait to go back again! Telling all our friends what a special place this truly is! Highly recommended!!
This is without any doubt one of the bes ...
This is without any doubt one of the best restaurants we have visited in the US. We have been to Saint Jacques on numerous occasions and the quality of food and service have always been top notch. The new Executive Chef Serge Falcoz-Vigne is very visible and enjoys interacting with his clientele. A very big plus (and in line with old school European tradition)!
We haven't been to this restaurant in ab ...
We haven't been to this restaurant in about 5 years -- and I am happy to say that little has changed. It is like going to France -- except without the jet lag and having to exchange currencies. The chef is from Grenoble - and the food is very authentic. One of the few quiet restaurants left.
Our table of three had salads, escargot, ...
Our table of three had salads, escargot, rack of lamb, scallops x 2 and dessert. Everything except the dessert was excellent. The waitstaff was very good and the chef took time to meet each of the patrons. It's pricey, so for me is only fit for a special occasion. The only disappointment was one of the desserts -- it was chocolate mousse -- very small portion, nothing special, $11.
We went for our anniversary lunch and we ...
We went for our anniversary lunch and were thoroughly impressed - the food and service were great. Somehow in nearly 30 years of living in North Raleigh we'd never been to Saint Jacques - a mistake we've rectified and won't repeat. Have told several couples we play tennis with about it who have likewise heard of the restaurant but never been, and they're eager to try it.
I would definitely recommend Saint Jacques - outstanding food, service, and atmosphere for a reasonable price.
St. Jacques is one of the few French res ...
St. Jacques is one of the few French restaurants in the Raleigh/Durham area and they do a very good job with the quality and presentment of their food. It's been a few years since my last visit and it did not disappoint. The chef had visited our table twice and is a very friendly and gracious host. Now, this is not the equivalent of a Michelin Star restaurant in Paris, but it is very good. With 3 bottles of wine and apps and entree's for 4 people, our bill came to about $500 before gratuity.
This restaurant has been one of our favo ...
This restaurant has been one of our favorites for intimate dinners. When Chef Lil left, I was concerned that it would be the end of a special spot, but my fears were allayed by a lovely dining experience. The food was thoughtfully and carefully prepared, the staff was attentive, and we enjoyed a relaxing, unhurried meal. It remains a favorite.
A delightful meal of classic French offe ...
A delightful meal of classic French offerings simply prepared (including a very special choux fleurs amuse bouche), a friendly young chef from Grenoble, agreeably discreet service and an appealing wine list though generally on the young side.
Eight year patron and never disappointed
We searched the computer in 2008 to find a restaurant for our son's college graduation celebration. We struck Gold! The restaurant is small and unassuming. It is located in a strip shopping center. We had our doubts going in.
We were greeted graciously and seated in a small side room (8 people in the group). The food was outstanding from the main course to dessert. The wine list was extensive and, fortunately, the owner very helpful with his recommendations. We enjoyed an unhurried two hour meal and celebration.
Over the years, my wife and I have returned on several occasions to celebrate special occasions with family and friends. We have never been disappointed. (We live in Charlotte.)
Great French Restaurant
I started with the mussels in a cream sauce and they were superb. Wife had the seafood chowder and it was very good also. For a main, I had the rack of lamb while wife had the filet mignon. Both were cooked perfectly and were excellent. Finished with the profiteroles and wife had the rêve en chocolat. While the profiteroles were very good, I'll give the edge to the dark chocolate in warm puff pastry with crème Anglaise. Service is outstanding as everyone attends to you needs, not just your waiter. There are not many restaurants in Raleigh area that equal the food and service here. Kinda pricey, but well worth the splurge.
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