Welcome to Olde Jaol Restaurant

Vintage jail-turned-restaurant, offering a classic steakhouse menu & more casual tavern fare.

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About Us

A few words about us

Let us introduce ourselves

The original Wayne County Jail was built in 1865, and was claimed to be the finest law enforcement facility of its kind. For over 100 years the site housed the police department, and criminal population of Wayne County. The building is also recorded for being the very last site for a public hanging in the state of Ohio. In 1977, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department was relocated across the street to a new facility, leaving more than 100 years of stories behind.

In 1980 the building was registered as a historical landmark and in 1995 was purchased by a private business owner. The Olde Jaol Steakhouse & Tavern was then given life. We pride ourselves on our reputable hospitality and service, and a unique atmospheric experience you won’t find anywhere else!

A place to wine, a place to dine

How it all came to be…

Come for a romantic evening in the cell rooms (the very place the inmates once spent time), or enjoy a casual meeting with friends in the tavern. Our covered patio is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail after a long day. Or perhaps you’re planning a party? We have several event rooms that seat up to thirty guests comfortably with a courteous and professionally trained event staff.

The Prohibition room on the second floor of the original circa-1865 Wayne County jail opened Monday, June 18, 2018 and features a full menu of bourbons, whiskeys, scotches and craft beers. The room was crafted from the former banquet room. The Prohibition Room has small tables, along with a few ornate pool tables, with dart boards stashed in a corner. A special Tavern style food menu is provided, but the room is set primarily for a casual drink — all under the watchful eye of a life-size statue of Jack Daniels, who greets customers at the top of the stairs.


  • Shrimp Cocktail
    3 Jumbo shrimp served with cocktail sauce and lemon.
  • Mussels
    One pound of steamed mussels, in a buttery broth of; white wine, clam stock, tomatoes, bacon, lemon and spinach served with grilled French bread.
  • Bruschetta Bread
    4 classic tomato Bruschetta, served with petit salad and drizzled with balsamic honey reduction.
  • Clams
    1 pound little neck Clams, white wine butter sauce, roasted tomatoes, garlic, bacon and spinach.
  • AHI Tuna
    Sesame seed crusted rare AHI Tuna, seaweed salad, pickled ginger, and wasabi.


For dinner portion add $2
Add Shrimp $10
Add Chicken $6

  • House
    Greens, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers and croutons served with choice of dressing.
  • Caesar
    Caesar salad, romaine, croutons and shaved Reggiano Parmigiano
  • Harvest
    Mixed greens, dried cranberries, cashews, apples and shredded Swiss, tossed in our house made Red Wine poppy seed dressing.
  • Wedge
    Wedge salad, iceberg, bacon, onion, tomato, cucumber and egg served with house-made blue cheese.

Chef’s Specialties

  • Coriander Crusted Lamb
    Coriander crusted LAMB rack, cranberry glaze, mashed potatoes, and wilted spinach.
  • Fried Lake Perch
    Fried lake perch, remoulade and Wisconsin white cheddar mac’n’cheese and green beans.
  • Marinated Caribbean Grilled Chicken
    Marinated Caribbean grilled chicken, served with mashed potatoes, broccoli, and mango salsa.
  • Atlantic Bourbon Glazed Salmon
    Atlantic bourbon-glazed Salmon, over risotto and fresh green beans
  • Pan-Seared Grouper
  • Alfredo
  • Pork Chop


(All steaks come with mashed or baked potato, and a seasonal vegetable garnish)

  • *Certified Angus Beef N.Y. Strip Steak
    14oz. Lean, tender and full flavored.
  • *Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon
    7oz Center cut tenderloin, lean and succulent with buttery texture and subtle flavor.
  • *Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib
    $26 - $35
    Slow roasted beef loin, seasoned to perfection. 10oz. $26 / 14oz. $35
  • 10oz House Sirloin
    A strip cut sirloin lean, flavorful, and moderately tender steak. 10oz
  • 16oz Ribeye

Steak Accompaniments

  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Jumbo Shrimp Scampi
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
  • Onion Straws