Claim Jumper

1111 J St

Sacramento, CA 95814

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Located in busy downtown near the convention center, Claim Jumper occupies the spot that used to be McCormick & Schmick’s. As Claim Jumper is another Landry’s restaurant, if you are a member of the Landry’s Select Club, you will get priority seating, free birthday offer, and point accumulation. Our group did not have a reservation, but as a Landry’s Select member, we were bumped up to the top of the wait-list. Unfortunately, the restaurant was extremely packed for a Saturday night since there was a convention that weekend. There have been multiple groups with reservations one to one and a half hours past due who were getting seated before us. Our group still ended up having to wait around an hour before getting seated. The hostess sat us at a fairly small round table for our group, but it managed to fit our dishes. Our server was very informative and animated, willing to answer any questions.

Today, we decided to order the crab cake appetizer, Parmesan chicken, and a side Cesar salad. The side Cesar salad arrived first, and came as part of the entree at no additional cost. The lettuce seemed fresh and there was an adequate amount of crunchy croutons, but the entire salad was overdressed. The crab cake appetizer was a fulfilling size and had a bit of heat due to some chopped peppers along with chopped onions, tomatoes, and a lot of crab. After eating a few bites, we noticed that the dish was overly salty, but the crab did seem fresh. The outsides of the cakes were crispy with its panko bread crumbs. The Parmesan chicken came on top of a bed of thin spaghetti. The sauce was creamy, but did not have much of any flavor or salt. The crust on the chicken was soggy and was not crispy at all. The chicken was juicy and the chunks of tomato on top added flavor, but not enough to complete the dish.

Overall, Claim Jumper failed to deliver fast service or provide enough communication during the busy period and the food was mediocre. Service by the server and related waitstaff was great, but prices were on the high side for what you get. Service may be inconsistent since another table who was seated right before us did not even get their food by the time our group was leaving. If you have other choices for American food, I suggest you go there because Claim Jumper did not do well tonight.

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