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Phone: (937) 291-1046

Fax Number: (937) 291-1046

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Located right in the heart of Centerville on St. Rt. 725 at 28 West Franklin Street

Sweeney's Seafood Restaurant

Sweeneys Seafood Hse Of Dayton

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Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Take Out, Steakhouse, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Awesome Food and Service

Went to Sweeney' s for the first time to celebrate my man's birthday. Wanted to try someplace different and googled restaurants serving fried oysters. Out of th he list, we choose Sweeney' s. Great choice!! The variety of seafood is far better than any in the area. The atmosphere and ambiance make you feel welcome. The great service and awesome food make you want to come back. No more franchise seafood restaurants for us!! This place has them beat!!


Sweeney’s Seafood Walt Di...

Sweeney’s Seafood

Walt Disney’s Finding Nemo isn’t the only place that clown fish find themselves in dangerous waters; Sweeney’s Seafood has an aquarium where their puffer fish keep Nemo on his toes every day. Speaking of fresh fish, back in 1994 original owner Ron Sweeney noticed that you couldn’t find any in the south Dayton area, so he opened Sweeney’s Seafood in downtown Centerville. Ever since then, guests have looked forward to bringing family and friends here. Whether you’re just looking for casual dining or are celebrating a special event, Sweeney’s is where you’ll want to dine.

In April of this year, Sweeney sold the restaurant to Scott & Candy Anderson and Lisa Long. This new ownership kept the Sweeney name, but felt like a change was needed. They recently remodeled the inside to make it feel like you’re on a beach in Florida instead of here in Dayton. All new glassware, silverware, dishes and (YES) larger wine glasses enhance the feeling of elegance. New menu items are also on the horizon during the month of September!

I asked Lisa what made her decide to make the switch from country club manager to Sweeney’s and she said “The country club was a job, Sweeney’s isn’t a job…it is my passion.” Lisa’s self-professed specialization is anticipating patron’s needs, and has worked hard to insure that all of them feel as if they’re her “personal guests.” She has developed a team that operates as one unit. The front (servers) and the back (kitchen) both strive for the exact same thing. They are fishing (no pun intended) for a very specific compliment… that Sweeney’s provides the “Entire Package” when it comes to a dining experience.

I asked Lisa what we could we expect to be featured in the future as far as new tastes, and she was quick to point out that “Barramundi” have been a big hit this month. These fish come from Australia and are more buttery tasting than Chilean Sea Bass. The fact that they contain more Omega 3 is a bonus! She promises to continually look for new dishes in order to keep patrons happy.

My mom specifically requested Sweeney’s for her birthday dinner, so my wife Stacey and I are taking her there Friday evening 9-14-12. If you are there, make sure you tap me on the shoulder and say “hi.” If you go any other time, make sure you tell Lisa that Greg Fay sent ya ;)


Provided by Citysearch - 
A formerly excellent seafood restaurant gone downhill

The service was very slow. And then I was served the wrong meal. When I got my correct meal, my scallops were the smallest I had ever been served in a restaurant. I almost asked the waitress if they had come from a TV dinner. And they were tasteless. My grandson's crab legs were over-cooked and soggy. The crab shells were very soft. The clam chowder we could not eat. It was awful. The restaurant must have changed owners. The food quality is a far cry from what used to be served.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor service and Seafood

Experience the first time was poor so we thought we would give it another chance. Still poor. Main Course was served while we were still eating our salad. It was served on a cold plate. The tomatoes were right out of a can and were at room temperature. Fried Oysters were cold and very greasy. Deep Fryer must be defective or warmed up from frozen. Comparing the fried oysters to other restaurants--- .""Jays"" is far better and even ""Treasure Island"" has great fried oysters. So no more visits from us. This is NOT a place for good seafood.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Awesome seafood!

Sweeney's is fantastic. My family and I have been going there for years. We've never had a bad experience. If you like fresh seafood and excellent service this is the place for you. It's family run and you always see the same faces. It's tucked away in downtown Centerville so it may be overlooked by some. However, every time we're there it's a full restaurant (but we've never waited more than 10 mins). The menu is filled with a great variety of seafood for the seafood pro and the occasional seafood fan. They also offer specials which are hard to pass up! Sweeney's is highly recommended.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Proof food scene in Dayton is dead.

The seafood is mostly frozen then deep fried.

The menu selection is lacking.

What really blows my mind, though, is how the restaurant hasn't been remodeled since the 1970's.

The dining room is decorated with dingy, old and tacky disco era crap... very, very unappetizing.

At least the decor matches the food.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Exceptionaly Good Sea Food

OK, the parking is confusing but in that old part of town, it's expected. Service could be better. Kept looking for the guy in the pirate's hat. LOL But let me tell you their Crabcakes, I personally have never had any better. I love crabcakes and generaly sample at almost every reasturant that serves crabcakes. Carver's, J Alexanders, Stoney River Legandary Stake House. I've tried them all from Maine to Florida this little hole in the wall has the best bar nune.


Provided by Citysearch - 

I do not know what Mr. Merlot was think! I love Sweenys! They have the best seafood in the whole town. I mean SO much better than Red Lobster or Long Johns. Go here, or at least try it once. I recommend the Clam Cowder. It has a great taste, plus they put celery in it. Its a great version of a classic soup.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Service - Very good food - Great Prices - Not huge portions

We were recommended to Sweeney's and had a large group of ten with us when we visited on a Friday night. Service was good - not great. Food was excellant, although portions were not large. Matter of fact, of all the entree's the scallops seemed to be the smallest order. But I guess its better than everyone paying for huge portions and having too much food as most restaurants have today. There is money left over for appetizers or dessert. We ordered appetizers of lobster tails, crab cakes, etc that were all great. The bisque was to die for and I would recommended it to all. They also offer the option to add four shrimp (which were very large for $3.95) or other options such as lobster tail to an entree and I would recommend that big eaters do so. Not much atmosphere, but food was very good.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Can't be a Restaurant When There's No Food

My Fiancee and I decided to try Sweeney's even after hearing mixed reviews from our friends and relatives. Unfortunately we had a hard time siding with those who had positive reviews. Our service was rather non-existant, everything we ordered they were out of, and the food we finally were served was quite under par. The food was very plain, however, if we had ordered the fried fish (which the menu seemed plentiful of), we may have had a more positive experience. All in all a very disappointing experience.

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