100 S. Hamilton St.
Saginaw Michigan 48602United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Jake's may be Saginaw's only high-end steakhouse, but its reputation for well-prepared food, great service and stylish cocktails is deserved.
While most diners were digging into the steaks ($17-$32), Jake's menu features other options as well, such as chicken, chops, fish, pasta and sandwiches. We found the pan-seared walleye (in season) to be perfectly cooked with a light breading that didn't overpower the delicate fish, but the pasta carbonara was a gooey disappointment. The overcooked noodles were smothered with a sauce that was more pesto than carbonara, but with shrimp that were cooked to the right crispiness. Jake's pours a decent martini, has a well-priced wine list and offers a nice selection of microbrew beers, including many from the surrounding area (which made the beer snob at the table really, really happy). Service was polished -- the entrees didn't arrive until salads were finished, empty plates were taken away at the same time and inquiries during dinner were timed so as not to be intrusive. The restaurant is a cornerstone in the ongoing revitalization of the Old Town area and makes good use of its historic environs with hardwood floors, brick walls, and large windows looking out on the street. Dinner entrees hover around $20 and include soup or salad (we preferred the Caesar over the garden). Jake's is also open for lunch.