A Toledo Tradition: Eddie Lee’s Restaurant

Eddie Lee’s Restaurant is three restaurants in one. The dining room has cloth linens on the widely spaced tables and the quiet buzz of patrons enjoying time tested and well-made cocktails and menu selections.  To get to the dining room, and just inside the door, patrons must pass through the “booth area,” which is a bit noisier caused by access to the kitchen.  And, discreetly housed in the back of the building, is a very comfortable, sometimes rowdy bar.

Consistently good food
The same great food is served in all areas of the restaurant.  And I expect that steaks and seafood entrees are served more often in the “linen” area with sandwiches more often on the plates of those seated in the “booth” area.  The bar must be the best place to find the burger eaters as Eddie Lee’s big, juicy burgers are less expensive in the bar!  

The food is consistently good. The kitchen gets the menu standards right, using quality ingredients and experienced servers who know just how each plate should look and be served. Owner Willie Lee, always present, is constantly monitoring the dining areas, watching and assisting.  

Lee Family tradition
The Lee family has owned and operated Eddie Lee’s for over 40 years, with no signs of slowing down. Willie is the son of Eddie Lee who operated the popular Colony Restaurant in one of Toledo’s first shopping centers at Monroe and Central in West Toledo.  Reservations are accepted and if you are not yet ready to go inside, Eddie Lee’s will gladly deliver your selections curbside. 

Appetizers Include homemade, very crispy onion rings, shrimp cocktail, fried mushrooms along with soups (the French onion is a favorite) and salads.

A favored menu item is the prime rib, which is excellent – many say it is the best. It is not unusual for everyone at a table to order the prime rib! Meals are served with potato, vegetable and salad.

The whitefish is delicious.  Expertly pan seared and served with a drizzle of lemon-caper sauce. Shrimp, scallops and lobster complete the seafood entrees. Also offered are a few chicken dishes (try the bourbon chicken), beautiful pork chops and sandwiches. 

Occasionally, Eddie Lee’s offers specials, depending on availability.  If you are visiting when perch is on the menu, order it. Give this Toledo tradition a try.  You will be happy with their food, ambiance and prices.

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