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Olde Jaol Restaurant and Tavern

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American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Hamburgers, Pub
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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice lunch

The Pine Tree is only open for lunch. It's a nice setting and many people like to sit out on the porch. It was a gorgeous day when we visited but we opted not to sit on the porch, 1. Because there was a wait to sit on the porch and 2. Because the lake was covered with brown algae... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
RvMissAdventures
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Carmel, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Carmel, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The Pine Tree is only open for lunch. It's a nice setting and many people like to sit out on the porch. It was a gorgeous day when we visited but we opted not to sit on the porch, 1. Because there was a wait to sit on the porch and 2. Because the lake was covered with brown algae... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Not a good choice. Poor service and bad food. I am not picky and do not like to give a negative review.

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Ohio
Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We recently dined at this two-part restaurant. We chose the less formal, al fresco dining, tavern component. We experienced none of the service problems noted by some other TA reviewers. In fact, our server could not have been any better -- she was prompt, helpful and responsive to our requests - and did all that while being appropriately cordial. We... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The unique small plate offerings made our meals a pleasure. Order the eggplant if you can. However, there was a mediocre wine by the glass selection. When I asked about the Sauvignin Blanc choices, our server said they were both wonderful. In fact, they were disappointing.

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Massillon, Ohio
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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, Pub

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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