ROXBOROUGH >> A warm atmosphere and good seafood at reasonable prices draw in customers to Roxborough Seafood House from the neighborhood and several surrounding ones, too.
The bar/restaurant at the corner of Jamestown Street and Henry Avenue is a cozy space with cheerful and kitschy under-the-sea-themed murals adorning its walls. It’s a place to relax with friends or watch the game while enjoying a cocktail and a favorite seafood dish.
Some of the most popular menu items are the colossal butterfly shrimp (available in a variety of quantities) and the colossal snow crab clusters. Other options include the shrimp feast, which includes 36 steamed shrimp for $19, and the seafood tower for two — a sampling of fish, fried shrimp, mussels, clams, steamed shrimp, french fries, corn on the cob and two snow crab clusters — for $49.
The restaurant is geared toward lovers of fish and shellfish, as the menu is made up almost entirely of seafood, save for the New York strip steak and, for kids, the chicken tenders.
Roxborough Seafood House was opened nearly four years ago by owner Charles Wiener, who also owns Clock Bar Seafood on Germantown Avenue in Hunting Park.
The building, located at 601 Jamestown Ave., a block from the Walnut Lane Golf Course, was previously occupied by the 19th Hole. When that closed several years ago, Wiener bought the restaurant, fixed up the space and reopened it with the aim of bringing a seafood bar/restaurant to the Roxborough area.
The restaurant sees a lot of regular and repeat customers, said Joe Johnson, a Roxborough native who has managed the restaurant since it opened in 2014.
“It’s a cozy environment,” he said. “The staff is very warm and polite and make you feel welcome. We do the best we can to keep everyone happy.”
Fair prices help draw in customers, too, Johnson said, noting that the $22 price of the snow crab clusters is considerably lower than that of competing restaurants.
“For food value, we’re right on the money,” he said.
Happy hour is every day, 4 to 7 p.m., and includes $4.95 martinis. The drink menu boasts 25 different varieties — creations of the restaurant’s own creative bartenders, said Johnson.
Though it can be tough to find a parking spot near the restaurant, Johnson noted that there is open, free parking available in a lot one block away near Walnut Lane.
Outdoor seating is available during warmer months. The restaurant also offers catering for large groups, as well as gift cards.
Reservations are accepted. For takeout, call 267-437-2524.
Roxborough Seafood House
601 Jamestown Ave., Roxborough
Hours; Sunday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.