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“Nice place”

Jay's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 772 Restaurants in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Jay's Seafood Restaurant has been family owned and operated for 41 years. Specializing in fresh seafood, steaks and fine wine at reasonable prices. Our story is rich in history. During the period ranging into the late 1800's, Dayton was one of the leading areas in the nation for flour milling. One of these mills, located on the Miami Erie Canal, was known as the Joseph Kratochwill Dayton Corn and Grist Mill. This building was constructed in the 1850's. Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight you are dining in the former Dayton Corn and Grist Mill.. In 1882, James Jacob Ritty opened the Pony House Restaurant. He commissioned wood carvers from Barney and Smith Car Works to turn 5,400 pounds of Honduras Mahogany into a bar. The fruit of their labors is the bar you now see standing in Jay's. Join us seven nights a week for a great dining experience
Reviewed March 30, 2014

There are lots of people will describe this place as the best but I'm not so sure. The venue certainly is excellent. An old Victorian style house with lots of oak and brick. I'd have to say the ambiance is by far better than most in the Dayton area. The wait staff was attentive and efficient while being friendly. The food is a little on the pricey side but I guess that is the case with most seafood menus anymore. You can expect to start your dinner at $30 per person. It goes up from there. Admittedly there are a lot of mediocre restaurants around and this one is definitely a notch or two above them. It's definitely worth the time in Dayton.

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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Jay's helped us plan for a great party for 24 people in their private room (under the green awning "Jay's Kitchen Door"). The dedicated service and food were exceptional. Our server made wonderful suggestions on two types of appetizers (mini crab cakes and jumbo shrimp) and wines to get the party started. Our server kept us informed of the timing for each course and everyone loved their food (both the fresh fish selection and beef fillet). Thanks Jays's for a great night!

1  Thank Todd S
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

This place is in a great location - the Oregon District of downtown Dayton - and the ambiance is quite nice. The glow of the wood interiors and the massive mahogany bar impart an old-world country club atmosphere. But beyond that, the place is expensive and somewhat stuffy. Expect to pay $8-10 for a drink, $15 for an appetizer and $30 for a meal. Or more. You can see how fast that adds up. Now it seems that Jay's was the only place in town to get really fresh seafood at one time, but that is no longer the case. Head over to McCormick and Schmick's at The Greene for happy hour and get the same experience for a fraction of the cost. Jay's may have the reputation of being a "tradition" in Dayton, but it may be a bit of a dinosaur now...

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

I always try to patronize the locally owned restaurants over the chains as well as root for their success. However Jay's still charges top dollar and the food isn't really great. The fish was tasteless and disappointing. I wish I could say something better, but Jay's really needs to focus on improving what they serve.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Locally owned and operated seafood restaurant located just outside the central business district. Old, interesting building with cobblestone streets. Plenty of parking on street and nearby. Decent, not too expensive, wine list. Good selection of beers. Lots of fish selections. The ahi tuna was great - fresh, perfectly seared, tender. The monkfish special was delicious, although a bit small. Planked salmon was very good. Service was good. Attentive, not intrusive, friendly. Server warned us about burnt tasting cauliflower soup and she was right. After tasting it we didn't order it. Desserts were very good. Comfortable seating and not noisy, although not very busy late on a Monday.

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