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Jay's Seafood Restaurant

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225 E 6th St, Dayton, OH 45402-2836
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Love the stuffed olives the amazing bartender made just for me. Salmon en croute was to die for! was there for a special Friday evening dinner and now know why it's a Dayton institution.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dayton, Ohio
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Business meetings
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Troy, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Atmosphere was cozy and the staff couldn't have been more friendly. Have been there many times and have never been disappointed.

Thank ingrids606
Dayton, Ohio
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the stuffed olives the amazing bartender made just for me. Salmon en croute was to die for! was there for a special Friday evening dinner and now know why it's a Dayton institution.

Thank tlugay
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We eat here frequently. It's a little pricey but we like to treat ourselves sometimes. Some of the best escargot in town and the oysters are great. they have the BEST trout around.

Thank Lloyd L
Dayton, Ohio
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to jay's for over 30 years. Family owned and operated, it is housed in dyaton's Oregon district. It was once the local livery and features turn of the century decor, brick walls, and a gorgeous hand carved mahogany bar. Seafood is always fresh and a favorite is Thursday night's crab and lobster specials. Dress can be... More 

Thank Judy M
Toledo, Ohio
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

While traveling to Cincy with a co-worker, I raved about Jay's so much that she agreed to stop there for dinner before we arrived in Cincy. I shouldn't have praised so highly. It had been about 4 years since I had last been there, but had been probably 7 times before that ...and those times were great. However, it is... More 

Thank suchaprincess
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Had tickets for a show at the Schuster Center and wanted to have dinner before somewhere close. We didn't know too much about places in downtown Dayton so I searched Tripadvisor. Jay's seafood got good reviews so we tried it. It was better than we could have ever expected! I had the fried shrimp and my husband has the filet.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Both appetizers and entrees well prepared and tasty. Meeting site for many of Dayton's friendly and popular residents. As a former resident I had many chances to recall happy times there. Seafood was special, walleye for me and crab for my wife. I'll return for more.

Thank muledog
Ohio City, Ohio
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The food was wonderful, and service was great. My daughter really enjoyed herself, they allowed me to bring in cupcakes for birthday, our server was able to enjoy some cake also

Thank Cindylu1861
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

My husband and I were traveling through Dayton and found this restaurant through Trip Advisor. It is tucked back is a charming small section of downtown. We weren't too sure when we drove up, but we are glad we tried it out. The seafood was great and the service was so friendly. We had a very nice evening.

Thank Pam D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Ate on a Wednesday evening...from the outside the place looked deserted, inside it was hopping. Restaurant area itself is atmospheric if a little cavernous...food was good (once my correct entree was served) but by no means outstanding and left a little to be desired given the (I'm sure) well earned reputation of this place. Had far better cooked salmon last... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 E 6th St, Dayton, OH 45402-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Dayton
  • Phone Number: 937-222-2892

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?