Jolly Roger Seafood House

Review by: buffetbuster

The first time I drove past Jolly Roger Seafood House, I dismissed it. Maybe the name struck me as too corporate sounding. Or maybe it was the location, surrounded by hotels in a tourist-driven town. Fortunately, I was set straight by trustworthy Roadfooders Michael Hoffman and lleechef, who informed me that they happily drive a couple hours each way just to eat here. That zoomed Jolly Roger to the top of the “must visit” list.

We stopped in between typical lunch and dinner hours during the off season and they were still doing a brisk business. There is a big menu board next to the ordering window. Once you decide what you want and pay, they give you a number to help them find you. Seating includes plenty of booths and two outdoor patios. (Curbside pickup is available.) We appreciated the fact that it took a good 20 minutes for the food to arrive and you can actually watch it being made to order through a window into the kitchen.

With Lake Erie only a few hundred yards behind the restaurant, fish is what you want; and in this part of the world, that means lake perch or walleye. Four beautiful, long fillets come with the lake perch dinner. The fish tastes fresh and sweet, with a flaky texture and a crunchy outside that is not the least bit oily. Coming in irregular shapes and sizes with a sandier exterior the walleye is even better. Plenty of tartar sauce comes with the meals. Among the sides we tried, we liked the weighty, rugged onion rings and creamy coleslaw with a hint of spicy zing.

Directions & Hours

11am - 8pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

What To Eat

Perch Dinner

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Walleye & Chips

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Clam Chowder

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Jolly Roger Seafood House Recipes

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What do you think of Jolly Roger Seafood House?

2 Responses to “Jolly Roger Seafood House”

Paul DiCicco

October 3rd, 2021

A beautiful room, big parking and a view of the lake. The fish is fresh with a nice texture under an enormous layer of fried coating.
Always busy. Seems like everything is perfect until we sat down and looked around.
The fish is heavily breaded and fried, attracting a clientele of the obese and morbidly obese.
We took two bites, and headed out the door.
I can still taste the grease.

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Stephen Rheinstrom

October 8th, 2015

Don’t let the unappealing outside view of the Jolly Roger (or for that matter, the inside as well) deter you from visiting this palace of fried fish. It is clean, the servers pleasant and the fish is great. The Jolly Roger serves up the best fresh lake perch and walleyed pike fillets fried in a light batter after being freshly trimmed. Cooked just right, this is perfection.

I can’t tell you anything about fried shrimp, fried oysters or hush puppies as we didn’t have them. Other reviewers complained about the mustard tartar sauce, but I found it to be pleasant. The onion rings were a little disappointing, as the batter was falling off the rings, and the waffle cut fries needed to be cooked to a better degree of doneness, but all of that is not enough to cause you to miss this place. Worth going out of you way!

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