My wife and I stopped by Wolley's Seafood Restaurant for dinner at 6:30pm on a Saturday to find its parking lot and the surrounding streets filled with parked cars. The place was filled with people buying fish from the market as well as others going to the restaurant. We drove around on and off the parking lot for quite some time until eventually we found an opening. Despite the parking crunch, the wait for a table was not that long. There was only one couple in front of us waiting to be seated and within 10 mins we were given a table.
This was our second time eating at Wolley's, but this was our first time eating indoors. The first time was on the patio which was very pleasant. The interior of Wolley's is fuctional - not fancy - but adequate to get the job done. As each new table opened up a waitress would rip off a large sheet of butcher paper and lay it out on the table as a table cloth. Inside the cooking station and the cooks are in plain view. So you have to endure all the chatter from the kitchen as well as the surrounding tables. On the walls is a large mural of boat on a rough sea with a lobster as well as other nautical themed objects and pictures.
The food here is good and the service - while not fast - is friendly. Shortly after seating we were given warm rolls and butter for the table. We placed our orders. At the recommendation of our waitress, I ordered the Wolley's Salmon which is salmon with goat cheese, artichoke and spinach next to a bed of rice and mixed vegetables. My wife ordered the fried trio – fried crab cakes, shrimp and flounder with cole slaw. Both our meals came with a small salad of fresh vegetables and a very light, but tasty, honey mustard dressing on the side. We both had ice tea to drink. Wooley's has now added wines from the Laurita winery in New Egypt to its menu in both the restaurant and the fish market if you like something stronger.
My salmon was soft, tasted fresh and was cooked just right; and was much larger than I thought it would be for the price. For $20, I could get two meals out of this, so took half of it home. As for my wife's fried trio the fried shrimp and flounder was delicious, but she did not like the fried crab cake because it was salty. I sampled her crab cake and the part I tasted was fine. The lumps of crab meat tasted fresh but there was breading and O' Bay seafood seasoning. The part she ate may have been over-seasoned.
Wolley's restaurant closes at 8pm. As time went on, by 7pm there were plenty of open tables in the restaurant and no line waiting at the door. The market next door closes at 7 pm. So on a Saturday night the parking crunch and wait for a table is probably over close to that time.
We had a great meal at Wooley's and while the inside restaurant was good, I would prefer the quiet and open air of their patio