Dayton might be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean our local restaurants don’t know how to do seafood right.
There are still plenty of local options when you get that craving for a taste of the sea.
You voted in our Best of Dayton 2017 and told us these are the top 3 places for seafood in the area.
1.) Jay’s Seafood Restaurant
Would you believe that when Jay's Seafood Restaurant opened over 40 years ago on Feb. 26, 1976, it was a gamble?!
Since then, Jay’s has managed to establish itself as a staple of the downtown Dayton dining scene by staying consistent over the years and retaining many of its favorite menu items.
It’s located in a former grist mill in the Oregon District , which features a majestic 32-foot mahogany bar commissioned by James Ritty, the Daytonian who invented the first cash register. Some have even called it the oldest bar in Dayton.
Some dishes worth trying are the bourbon salmon, steamed whole lobster or calamari strips. To get the full retro feeling, order “the wedge,” an iceberg lettuce salad. Wash everything down with a perfect martini and save room for the flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.
Want to go?
What: Jay’s Seafood Restaurant
Where: 225 E. 6th St., Dayton
Hours: Every day from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Info: Website or call 937-222-2892
2.) Bonefish Grill
This American casual chain specializing in seafood keeps things simple, but delicious.
Their menu is focused on fresh dishes, including seasonal fresh fish and indulgent appetizers like diner favorite “Bang Bang Shrimp.”
Want to go?
What: Bonefish Grill
Where: 2818 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton
Hours: 4-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-11:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
3.) Sweeney’s Seafood
Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill in the heart of Centerville launched in 1994 and it was later sold in 2012 keeping the same name and a similar approach with a seafood focus.
Some notable menu items worth trying are the classic oysters Rockefeller, seared ahi tuna and the crab-stuffed mushrooms.
Sweeney’s recently just unveiled its new fall menu with items including lobster queso, jumbo wings, fall spinach salad and a seafood fettucine.
Want to go?
What: Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill
Where: 28 W. Franklin St., Dayton
Hours: 4–9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4–10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4–8:30 p.m. Sundays.
More info: 937-291-3474 or sweeneysseafood.com
HONORABLE MENTION: Sea Jax
The nautical-themed restaurant and “Margeritaville-ish” pub at 5900 Bigger Road in Kettering is not the sort of place you want to go to on a full stomach.
The laid back “neighborhood joint actually owned by the neighbors” belongs to Ron and Christy Sweeney, the founders and former owners of Sweeney’s Seafood Restaurant. That restaurant is now Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill and owned by Larry and Holley Thompson of Springboro.
>>MORE INFO: Cheap Eats at Sea Jax in Kettering
Sea Jax's doesn’t actually specialize in seafood. Their uncomplicated menu is packed with bar nibbles, burgers, sandwiches and house takes on New Orleans as well as seafood classics.
When you are craving that taste of the sea, some menu items that’ll do you right are the boom boom shrimp, oysters, fish tacos and shrimp creole.
Want to go?
What: Sea Jax Tavern,
Where: 5900 Bigger Road, Kettering
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11:30a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
NOTE: The bar stays open 30 minutes longer than the restaurant.
More info: Website | 937-439-1664