Dayton is home to several interesting attractions ranging from vast open parks with historical sites and artifacts to several fascinating museums and galleries. Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to explore the history of flight from the early 1900s to the space age. Take the kids to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, which is home to several fascinating science exhibits and a small zoo, and stroll through the Carillon Historical Park, which is home to several beautifully preserved antique trains, 19th-century buildings, and a Wright Brothers plane. After a fun day of exploring, try one of these romantic restaurants to celebrate love. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Amber Rose Restaurant
© Amber Rose Restaurant
Amber Rose Restaurant specializes in homemade Eastern European cuisine, including Italian, German, Polish, Hungarian, Lithuanian, and Russian. A café-style dining room is beautifully decorated elegant décor and soft lighting, and bar made of imported Turkish marble serves a wide variety of hard-to-find European beverages, including global wines, imported craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails. The extensive menu takes diners on a journey through Eastern Europe with signature dishes like Lithuanian Cabbage Rolls, Beef Stroganoff, Warsaw Medley, Hungarian Chicken Paprika, and Hunter Schnitzel. Amber Rose Restaurant also offers catering services for private events, and special occasions, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday, and dinner only Saturday.
1400 Valley St, Dayton, OH 45404, Phone: 937-228-2511
© Bar Granada
Bar Granada is a popular craft tequila bar and casual eatery that serves authentic Latin American fare and hosts pan-cultural events. The bustling, vibrant bar specializes in handcrafted cocktails made with freshly pressed juices and top-shelf spirits, along with small plates of mouthwatering dishes such as empanadas, fried plantains, arepas, fresh yucca fries, tacos, and salads. The café and bar host local music, dance, and visual arts artists throughout the year, adding to the energetic ambiance, and the bar and café are open for dinner and entertainment, Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
5 W Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-221-8310
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3.Carvers Steaks & Chops
Carvers Steaks & Chops is a locally-owned and operated restaurant that serves prime steaks and fresh seafood in an elegant and refined atmosphere. The traditional steakhouse has plush décor, dark leather, and wood accents and low lighting, which creates an intimate and romantic ambiance and stylish martini lounge where guests can sip cocktails and other libations before or after dinner against a backdrop of soft live music. The menu is focused around hand-cut Midwestern, dry-aged steaks that are seared to perfection at 1800 degrees and served with several sides. In addition to a variety of steaks, the menu also offers expertly prepared seafood, fresh salads and vegetarian options, freshly baked bread, and specialty desserts. Carvers Steaks & Chops is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
1535 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459, Phone: 937-433-7099
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© Chop House
The Chop House is a popular steakhouse chain with a branch in the heart of Dayton that specializes in USDA prime steak, fresh seafood, and gourmet burgers. The upscale restaurant serves a comprehensive menu of traditional chophouse fare such as appetizers of chicken wings and fried calamari, entrées of perfectly seared steaks, fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, and crisp salads, and mouthwatering desserts. The full-service bar serves a wealth of libations, including a rotating selection of draft beers, an extensive wine list of renowned and rare labels, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. The Chop House is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
7727 Washington Village Dr, Dayton, OH 45459, Phone: 937-291-1661
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© Coco's Bistro
Coco’s Bistro is a casual family-friendly eatery with an airy and warm ambiance, comfortable dining spaces, and a charming patio with lovely city views. The culinary team produces a menu of seasonal, locally sourced cuisine with flavors from Italy, Greece, Spain, and the Middle East, such as sharing platters of mezze, wood-fired pizzas, and hearty roasts and stews. The restaurant focuses on slow-cooking and guests can dine in the cozy dining room or alfresco-style on the outdoor patio or enjoy several foodie-themed events throughout the year. The full-service bar serves a wealth of libations, including a rotating selection of draft beers, an extensive wine list of renowned and rare labels, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Coco’s Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
250 Warren St, Dayton, OH
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© Dublin Pub
The Dublin Pub is an authentic Irish pub and cozy watering hole in the heart of Dayton. Hailed as one of the best Irish pubs in the state, the warm and welcoming tavern is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, which draws a crowd. The restaurant serves a menu of light pub grub and sharing plates of cheese and charcuterie boards, chicken wings, calamari baskets, and hearty burgers, along with entrées of slow-roasted prime rib, Irish whiskey pork chops, fish and chips, and original Blarney stones. The full-service bar offers a rotating selection of draft beers, an extensive wine list of globally-inspired labels, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. The pub hosts live music and open-mike nights and is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
300 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, Phone: 937-224-7822
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© El Meson
El Mason is a classic Latin American restaurant that brings the rich tastes and flavors of Central and South America and Spain to the heart of Dayton. The welcoming eatery has bright décor, eclectic furnishings, and colorful artworks, and festive music plays in the background. Open for lunch and dinner; El Meson serves diverse menu of creative Latin American cuisine with dishes like Jamaican pork burritos, gourmet fajitas, Cuban grouper sandwiches, Mexican tortilla soup, smoked salmon wraps, and gourmet chorizo quesadillas. The full-service bar creates handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices and high-end spirits, several types of tequila, local and imported beers, and casual wines from around the world. El Mason is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only Saturday.
903 E Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45449, Phone: 937-859-8229
8.Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Located in The Greene, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is a high-end steakhouse chain with several locations around the state that serves a menu of aged prime beef dishes and hand-cut steaks, including the new Dry-Aged Prime New York Strip, fresh seafood and lobster tails, pork chops and classic pasta plates. Located on Foothill Boulevard just west of the 15 Freeway, the innovative menu of cuisine is accompanied by an extensive list of 100 wines by the glass and bottle, and guests can dine in an elegant, relaxed ambiance that exudes style and sophistication. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is open for dinner only Monday through Sunday.
4432 Walnut St, Beavercreek, OH 45440, Phone: 937-320-9548
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© Jay's Seafood
Jay’s Seafood is a seafood specialist in the heart of Dayton that promises an unrivaled dining experience. The restaurant’s dining room exudes a stately air with antique mahogany and red velvet accents, exposed brick walls, industrial-style lighting and a long bar that is lined with high-end spirits and other drinks. The seafood-centric menu features a variety of fresh fish, shellfish, and other seafood dishes such as Maine lobster, blue crab, smoked salmon, fish tacos, fried calamari strips, and Greek-style swordfish, along with non-seafood plates of prime steaks and chops, and organic salads and vegetarian options. Thursday night is crab and lobster night, and the bar hosts a variety of wine tasting events throughout the year. Jay’s Seafood is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
225 E 6th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-222-2892
© Lily's Bistro
Lily’s Bistro is a cozy, family-run eatery in Dayton’s historic Oregon District that serves seasonal and Southern-influenced farm-to-table fare in an elegant, yet laid-back setting. The culinary team sources ingredients and produce from local artisans, farmers, and growers to create an innovative menu of seasonal market-driven cuisine. Signature dishes include Smoked Duck Breast, Cognac Pheasant Sausage, Coppa Slow Aged Pork, Pan Seared Monkfish, and Saffron Chickpea Stew and the cuisine is accompanied by a seasonal selection of beer and wine and fresh craft cocktails. Lily’s Bistro serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, classic brunch Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. A local, free-range fried chicken dinner is served on Sunday nights.
329 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-723-7637
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© Meadowlark Restaurant
Located in the Lamplighter Square Shopping Center, Meadowlark Restaurant is a chef-owned and operated neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Dayton that serves contemporary New American cuisine infused with imaginative flavors. Seasonal menus feature high-quality ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers and producers such as fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, crisp salads and vegetarian options, and sides like homemade pickles, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and home-baked cornbread. An extensive bar program boasts an impressive variety of craft beers and brews, small-batch wines, top-shelf spirits, and freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices, along with handcrafted cocktails made by expert mixologists. Meadowlark Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday and dinner only on Sunday.
5531 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45429, Phone: 937-434-4750
© Oakwood Club
Established in 1962 by Ray and Margie Stewart, the Oakwood Club is an elegant restaurant and supper club that serves premium seafood and steaks in a plush, romantic atmosphere. Exuding an old school ambiance with leather banquette seating, white tableclothed tables, and dim lighting, the restaurant is ideal for an intimate celebration of love. The menu features 21-day, dry-aged certified Angus beef steaks, seared t perfection on a 1900-degree grill, fresh seafood that is flown in daily from the East, West and Florida coastlines, and house-made pasta and from-scratch sauces. Soups, stocks, sauces salad dressings, and decadent desserts are prepared inhouse, and the full-service bar creates handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices and high-end spirits, local and imported beers, and casual wines from around the world. The Oakwood Club is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
2414 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45419, Phone: 937-293-6973
© Pine Club
The Pine Club is a landmark supper club that has been providing highly acclaimed cuisine, fine wines and impeccable service for the past 72 years. Established in 1947, the renowned restaurant specializes in serving prime USDA steaks and chops, fresh seafood, and other delectable fare, which is prepared using locally sourced and artisanal ingredients and served with passion and flair. Stylish décor and a sophisticated ambiance create romantic appeal, and the full-service bar offers an extensive selection of fine wines, both local and rare, craft and imported beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with fresh juices and high-end spirits. The Pine Club is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
1926 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409, Phone: 937-228-7463
© Roost Italian
Roost Italian offers an intimate Mediterranean-style dining experience in a casual relaxed atmosphere. The upscale restaurant specializes in modern Italian cuisine with both favorites like spaghetti Bolognese and lasagna and creative takes like Chicken Saltimbocca, Grilled North Atlantic Swordfish, Tuscan Tomahawk Pork Chop on the menu. Set in the heart of the Historic Oregon District, the dinner-only restaurant has a comfortable dining room and a lovely four-season patio with rolling doors that can used in both summer and winter for alfresco dining. An extensive list of fine wines from around the globe, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails are available from the bar, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
524 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-222-3100
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15.Salar Restaurant and Lounge
© Salar Restaurant and Lounge
Located in Dayton's Historic Oregon District, Salar Restaurant and Lounge is a Green Certified Restaurant and brings the rich and diverse taste and flavors of the Mediterranean, France, and Peru to the tables of Dayton. The restaurant features a beautifully decorated main dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting views of the bustling Historic Oregon District, an intimate lounge space for relaxing over drinks, two full-service bars, and two charming outdoor patios for alfresco dining in the warmer months. The globally-inspired menu features dishes like yuca crab causa, Machu Picchu pork chops; red quinoa encrusted Chilean sea Bass and Northern Peruvian-style Braised Lamb Shank. The full-service bar creates handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices and high-end spirits, several types of tequila, local and imported beers, and casual wines from around the world. Salar Restaurant and Lounge is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
400 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-203-3999
© Spaghetti Warehouse
Spaghetti Warehouse is a family-friendly Italian restaurant chain that serves delicious, freshly prepared Italian and Mediterranean food in a festive and vibrant atmosphere. Boasting eight locations around the country, the popular eatery sees both locals and visitors flocking through the doors to enjoy heaving plates of spaghetti and meatballs, 15-layer lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and veal piccata. Other items on the menu include fresh salads, homemade soups, plenty of pasta and from-scratch sauces, gourmet sandwiches, hearty burgers, and mouthwatering desserts. An extensive selection of fine wines, both local and rare, craft and imported beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with fresh juices and high-end spirits accompany the cuisine, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
36 W 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-461-3913
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© Thai 9
Located in Dayton's Historic Oregon District, Thai 9 is a modern restaurant that specializes in authentic Thai and pan-Asian cuisine, along with a selection of craft beers and casual wines. The restaurant has stylish, minimalist décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance, and serves a variety of Far-Eastern-inspired dishes ranging from soups, salads, and handmade sushi to pad Thai, curries, rice and noodle dishes, satays, and fresh seafood platters. Signature plates include Coco Shrimp, Crab Rangoon, Thai 9’s Papaya Salad, Shrimp Shumai, and an array of fresh, handmade sushi and sashimi, and the cuisine is accompanied by a variety of libations, including craft and imported beers, casual wines and several spirits. Thai 9 is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
11 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45402, Phone: 937-222-3227
18.The Paragon Supper Club
© The Paragon Supper Club
Established in 1978, the Paragon Supper Club is a classic old-world restaurant that has been serving delectable cuisine, world-class wines, and superb service for the past four decades. The locally-owned and operated eatery serves a contemporary menu of New American cuisine and features a spacious dining room with stylish décor and a traditional bar. Seasonal menus feature farm-to-table dishes prepared with artisanal and locally sourced ingredients, including signature dishes of sauerbraten, tenderloin tips, pan-fried walleye, bison ribeye, and fried green tomatoes. The full-service bar offers a rotating selection of draft beers, an extensive wine list of globally-inspired labels, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. The Paragon Supper Club is open for dinner only Monday through Sunday.
797 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459, Phone: 937-433-1234
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19.Wheat Penny Oven and Bar
© Wheat Penny Oven and Bar
Situated just off of the East Fifth Street, Wheat Penny Oven and Bar is a rustic-chic eatery and bar that specializes in gourmet California-style pizzas and craft cocktails. The casual restaurant serves a market-driven menu of handcrafted cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, ranging from thin-crusted pizzas with delicious toppings to hearty burgers. The restaurant also offers a variety of lunch and dinner specials, weekend brunch, and a dessert menu to leave even the hardiest sweet tooth critic satisfied. The full-service bar creates handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices and high-end spirits, local and imported beers, and casual wines from Italy and around the world, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
515 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, Phone: 937-496-5268
20 Best Restaurants in Dayton, Ohio
- Amber Rose Restaurant, Photo: Amber Rose Restaurant
- Bar Granada, Photo: Bar Granada
- Carvers Steaks & Chops, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Chop House, Photo: Chop House
- Coco's Bistro, Photo: Coco's Bistro
- Dublin Pub, Photo: Dublin Pub
- El Meson, Photo: El Meson
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Jay's Seafood, Photo: Jay's Seafood
- Lily's Bistro, Photo: Lily's Bistro
- Meadowlark Restaurant, Photo: Meadowlark Restaurant
- Oakwood Club, Photo: Oakwood Club
- Pine Club, Photo: Pine Club
- Roost Italian, Photo: Roost Italian
- Salar Restaurant and Lounge, Photo: Salar Restaurant and Lounge
- Spaghetti Warehouse, Photo: Spaghetti Warehouse
- Thai 9, Photo: Thai 9
- The Paragon Supper Club, Photo: The Paragon Supper Club
- Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, Photo: Wheat Penny Oven and Bar
- Cover Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
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