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Olde Jaol Restaurant and Tavern

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American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Hamburgers
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215 North Walnut Street, Wooster, OH 44691
330.262.3333
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: The Olde Jaol facility was built in 1865, and was claimed to be the finest...
The Olde Jaol facility was built in 1865, and was claimed to be the finest sheriff facility of its kind. In 1977 the Wayne county sheriffs department was relocated across the street to a new facility. Subsequently, the old jail was registered as a historical landmark in 1980 and in 1995 The Olde Jaol Steakhouse / Tavern was given life. We have an excellent reputation for quality and service.Today, the Olde Jaol houses the finest in food and hospitality. We recommend our Certified Angus Beef® steak entrées. Only 8 percent of beef is tasty enough to meet the brand’s high standards. It’s simply the tastiest, juiciest, most tender beef you’ll ever have.
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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Two Different Choices

We stopped for lunch at their "sports bar" section. They also have a fine dining area in the evenings where you can actually dine in a real jail cell. They do not lock you in. The food was good and the service was good. We plan to make reservations for the other area in the near future.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Massillon, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Massillon, Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stopped for lunch at their "sports bar" section. They also have a fine dining area in the evenings where you can actually dine in a real jail cell. They do not lock you in. The food was good and the service was good. We plan to make reservations for the other area in the near future.

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Wooster, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This place is stuffy to me... And I get "hangry" when I have to wait for any food, let alone mediocre food.... The waiter flirted with my husband, which is never a good fit for a couple that gets to go on a date night twice a year.... I wouldn't volunteer to go back. There are plenty of great places... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I went into the tavern on a Tuesday afternoon (St. Patty's day) around 2 pm. Sat down at the bar hoping to get a burger and drink. We waited for almost 10 minutes, not finding a single employee in sight. Observing the scene there was a man sitting at the bar with a beer, and another couple sitting at a... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I have visited this restaurant a few times since living in Wooster and I have always been disappointed with the service. I want to start by saying that the food is incredible. The chefs are fantastic and produce an excellent meal, but the wait staff leaves much to be desired. The last time that I was there I had made... More 

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Wooster, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Wish we "could have" experienced this fine dining restaurant, however... We had a reservation. There were only a few tables filled at 5:30 p.m., but they took us to a table in the bar back by the kitchen. We requested the other area where we "had" a reservation. Hostess sat us down and said it would be a while. Well,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I travel a lot for work and like to try local restaurants as much as possible. This one was very good. We ate in the tavern side of it. Our service and meals were both outstanding.

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Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My most recent visit to the Olde Jaol will, unfortunately, probably be my last. The new chef changed the menu and I can understand the need to refresh the offerings sometimes but there was no indication that any change had occurred (the salad that was once a meal was now not even an appetizer) and we were severely disappointed to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Restaurant is located in the basement of a historical building that was once used as a jail. Our party of 9 had a private room and we found the service to be attentive, along with menu prices that were very reasonable for the quality of food we enjoyed.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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478 reviews 478 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Every trip to Wooster included a dinner at the Old Jaol. Great service with excellent steaks, salads, and service. Great menu.

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Loudonville, OH
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was our first time going here. Excellent all the way around! Good wine, great drafts and amazing food. I had the mustard crusted lamb ribs and it was awesome. My husband had a steak and it was cooked perfectly. The atmosphere was romantic and the decor was very interesting seeing this is an old jailhouse. Loved the history of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 North Walnut Street, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Wooster
  • Phone Number: 330.262.3333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Hamburgers

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

The Olde Jaol facility was built in 1865, and was claimed to be the finest sheriff facility of its kind. In 1977 the Wayne county sheriffs department was relocated across the street to a new facility. Subsequently, the old jail was registered as a historical landmark in 1980 and in 1995 The Olde Jaol Steakhouse / Tavern was given life. We have an excellent reputation for quality and service.Today, the Olde Jaol houses the finest in food and hospitality. We recommend our Certified Angus Beef® steak entrées. Only 8 percent of beef is tasty enough to meet the brand’s high standards. It’s simply the tastiest, juiciest, most tender beef you’ll ever have.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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