Keeping your seafood fresh
BayLobsters Café & Fish Market serves a variety of seafood from across the globe
BayLobsters Café & Fish Market is located at 3423 Cleveland Ave. in Wooster. Photo by TERRY BRLAS
WOOSTER – You might be surprised to hear that Wooster is one of the best locations in the nation for fresh seafood from across the globe. It’s actually one particular business that provides customers with a variety of fish from the four corners of the world.

BayLobsters Café & Fish Market on Cleveland Avenue brings world freshness to northeast Ohio each and every week.

John Dziorney and his wife, Cindy, bring more than 30 years of experience to their café and retail market. They recently celebrated the business’ third anniversary.

New England, Florida, Argentina, Iceland and beyond

Halibut, swordfish, tuna, salmon, snapper, grouper and shrimp are but a few of the items that come fresh from the sea.

Black pearl salmon, which is free of GMOs (genetically modified organism), is one of the most popular items. The Dziorneys sell about 150 pounds per week.

“The salmon is all-natural. There are no colors or additives. It’s from the United Kingdom,” John said.

The "no chemical" aspect extends to many additional items.

“Our scallops are fresh with no chemicals,” John said.

An arctic char from Iceland is another popular item. How about wild Argentina shrimp? John says it tastes like lobster. Speaking of lobster, you might want to try the South African tails.

“They’re the sweetest lobster tails in the world,” John said. “I try to educate the customer and bring in a different fish that other places don’t have. I will cook a sample for customers and let them try it. I’ll even take them in the back and show them how to grill it.”

King crab legs sold at Bay Lobsters Café & Fish Market come from Russia.

“I buy from Russia because they’re sweeter and better than the Alaskan crab legs,” John said.

Soups, like the lobster bisque and clam chowder, are homemade. John makes his own tartar and cocktail sauces, along with various other items.

Customer reviews

People come from all over the region to sample Bay Lobsters' seafood.

Rev. Jack Gessic, of Faith United Methodist Church in Burbank, and his wife, Rainy, were dining at BayLobsters Café and Fish Market for the first time. It’s safe to say they will be back.

“Their clam chowder is better than Legal Sea Foods in Boston. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” Jack said. “I got the medium, which is like a large.”

“The swordfish is unbelievable,” Rainy said.

Ron Francisco has dined here on numerous occasions. The lobster bisque is his favorite.

“I’ve also had the black pearl salmon, which is very good,” he said.

Cook at home or dine in

Entering BayLobsters Café & Fish Market is like entering a seaside fish market.

The café is tastefully adorned with various seafaring works of art. A large chalkboard menu is displayed behind the counter. Anyone could dine here every day for three months and not duplicate the same meal.

The display case, which Cindy spends two hours each day to make it look bright and neat, contains the freshest seafood ready for home cooks who want to experiment. If you aren't ready to experiment, John or Cindy will offer surefire tips and recipes for that next seafood meal. John related one particular tip during his interview.

“The internal temperature should be 145 degrees and you’ll never overcook it. That goes for any seafood,” he said. “Whether you’re baking, broiling or cooking on the grill you’ll never go wrong.”

If you want to dine in, John offers to cook anything to a guest’s personal taste. He also cooks tried-and-true favorites that keep customers coming back time and again.

“When we first came to Wooster people weren’t really sure and had to check us out. Word of mouth is everywhere. They love us,” John said.

BayLobsters Café & Fish Market is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Sunday is the Lord’s day. We’re honest, believe in God and try to do things the right way,” John said. “We also play Christian music. A lot of people thank me for it.”

The business is located at 3423 Cleveland Road in Wooster. Call 330-601-1200 or visit for more information.