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J R Hooks Cafe

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American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
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115 Watt St, Circleville, OH 43113-1746
+1 740-474-2158
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Circleville, Ohio
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Upscale with excellent choices never expected to find in a small town or rural county setting. The owner has always made the difference. This restaurant is no longer JR Hooks Café, as it has been sold and reopened under different venue.

Thank judgeteacher4life
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Been coming here for over 5 years. Made reservations, had to wait 45 minutes post reservation time being told it would just be another moment. No place to sit with a party in the meantime. No offers on a drink, a seat at the bar, anything. Service since the re-branding has gone downhill. When the food doesn't come out cold... More 

Thank Alex S
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128 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

only been have three times, hamburger and pizza was good, service was a little slow, but not bad. over all this is a good place to eat .i will go back if around there

Thank Larry S
Circleville, Ohio
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This place is amazing! ! The chef's and staff know what they are doing. You will get full service. And there are banquet rooms.

Thank tinkerbellsred
Circleville, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

It was a really nice atmosphere. The service was excellent. We were greeted immediately, which is an improvement over Hook's. We were disappointed in the food. My husband's red beans and rice were dry, the sausage cooked to leather-like hardness. My salad was good, but you would think a dinner salad would have fresh greens, not dumped from a bag.... More 

Thank Joyce O
Westerville, Ohio
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157 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

I'm told this used to be called J R Hooks, so maybe tripadvisor should look into adding Watt Street Tavern. J R Hooks is closed. This place had great, affordable food. I'm not from the area, but would definitely stop again if I was passing through town. They had a very big menu. We had a nightly special--BBQ Chicken flat... More 

Thank TraceyC719
Columbus, Ohio
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244 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Stopped in with 20 for dinner on a recent trip. Had reservations, but one table never got up so we were squeezed into smaller tables and not seated together. They had good food specials and people seemed to enjoy what they ordered. I had the gran marnier chicken with potatoes and vegetables and liked. Full bar available with 8 beers... More 

Thank Craig H
Mansfield, Ohio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

the name of this place has changed to watt street tavern. good food and a lot of food. the service was not the best.

Thank sandy t
Chillicothe, Ohio
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132 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Jr hooks has been one of our favorite places to eat for years. We especially like the corn chowder and I the bucktown carbonara is my favorite dish!!! It's a nice atmosphere not to fancy but a nice sit down place with friendly service and great food.

Thank cnhbowles
Columbus, Ohio
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260 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed a meal two weekends ago at the Tavern, also known as JR Hooks Cafe because they haven't taken down the sign. My guy and I decided to check the place out after seeing it in an Ohio food book, not realizing it was under new management and a new name. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was wonderful.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Watt St, Circleville, OH 43113-1746
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Circleville
  • Phone Number: +1 740-474-2158

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?