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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Dayton

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Dayton? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Silas Creative Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (393)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Versailles
About the restaurant
Fresh + Unexpected Dining
Serving up an eclectic mix of globally inspired cocktails, wine and chef-driven cuisine, one would never guess that the key ingredients to Silas's success are sourced from a farm just down the road.

A bright sunlit space by day and a cozy candlelit venue by night, our main dining room makes an impact with contemporary decor and comfortable seating that’s swanky and sophisticated yet approachable to all.
Top review
EatingMyWayThruPortland
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
This place is outstanding. Farm to table done right! Our server was George and he did an excellent job but he was also surrounded by a whole team that made the experience incredible. It’s hard to find good food when traveling. But good food and creative food is a plus. Highly recommend.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Beavercreek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (250)
$30 and under
American
Dayton
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food. Great atmosphere and even greater service!
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4816)
$30 and under
American
Centerville
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
KathleenC
Dined 3 days ago
We went for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Our waitress was great. The food was excellent. I particularly like the abundance of booths. We even received a free dessert for the big day!
A photo of Coco's Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2162)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dayton
About the restaurant
You'll always feel welcome at Coco's.

We're a Dayton Original, an independent restaurant where you can have your power lunch, a rehearsal dinner, a fun night, or a place to propose. You'll enjoy contemporary American food, always with amazing service, and reasonable prices for wine and spirits. Thank you Dayton - we love you as much as you love us.
Top review
WillieR
Dined 2 days ago
Loved the experience. Meal and service were great.
A photo of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Miamisburg restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2881)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Centerville
About the restaurant
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is an American Restaurant and Steakhouse serving authentic wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails and select wines. Join us for Happy Hour at the FIREBAR® or on the patio for drink specials and bar bites. We offer top-notch service and upscale dining at a modest price. Reserve Your Table with us today.
Top review
DanielleWvip
Dined 6 days ago
Our meal was much better than expected. The salmon was crisp on the outside and flaky and flavorful on the inside. The ancient grains pilaf was moist and tasty with a little sweetness from the dried cranberries. The steak filet was juicy and delicious with a hint of salt which made it perfect. The adult beverages were awesome with a generous pour for both the Tanqueray and tonic and the margarita. Our server, Will. I, was great. He came around just enough to ensure that we were having a great experience. No hovering. I hope that he serves us again.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Dayton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (326)
$30 and under
American
Dayton
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
DanielleWvip
Dined 5 days ago
We really enjoyed our dinner. The jambalaya was very memorable with its spices and tender meats and vegetables. They were able to kick up the spice as requested. This will be ordered again. The pork chop was very tender and moist and will definitely order it again. The only blah item was the garlic roasted vegetables. They were firmer than expected and not much flavor. Jim, our server was great to talk to and knowledgeable about the menu. I'd like him to serve us again.
A photo of Corner Kitchen - Dayton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (419)
$30 and under
American
Dayton
About the restaurant
The grand reopening of Corner Kitchen was Friday, February 18th, 2022! We can't wait to surprise and delight you with our modern take on steak and seafood immersed in our newly renovated bistro space. Experience a new aesthetic and taste the eclectic with the incredible flavors of our chef-driven menu.

Dinner service is offered Tuesday through Sunday. Weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Reservations available now.

Chef Gavin has provided great specials like Tapas (small plates) every Tuesday through Thursday. Be on the lookout for more of Gavin's creative food specials every week.
Top review
RobK
Dined 5 days ago
The seafood bucatini was fantastic. We had a terrific dinner on Saturday night.
A photo of Black Rock - Beaver Creek - PRIORITY SEATING restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1373)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Beavercreek
About the restaurant
Black Rock Bar & Grill, an award winning steakhouse specializing in certified angus beef steaks served on a sizzling stone. Due to our high volume and traffic, we cannot hold tables for parties like a reservation system. We have a system called Priority Seating. This system secures a table within our restaurant, however, it does not guarantee an exact seat by time. Priority is placed on your party, and if we are on a wait, your party is placed on top of the wait list as a priority. We will seat you as fast as possible, but cannot guarantee an exact time. If the restaurant is not busy, we will seat the party upon arrival.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Our steaks were absolutely mouth watering! We love it there. The service is not great but they do take call ahead seating. Its pretty smoky in there sometimes. Our hostess dropped off menus and silverware all in a stack and didn’teven bother handing them to our group. Our waiternever offered drink refills. But yet they expect a 20 percent tip. The value for food is great but the service is not worth 20percent.
A photo of The Foundry restaurant
4.4
4.4 (329)
$30 and under
American
Dayton
About the restaurant
The Foundry Rooftop restaurant is located on the sixth floor of the AC Hotel in downtown Dayton. Inspired by the fire within foundries, the factories that produce metal castings, this wood-fired kitchen embraces the flame. Devour new takes on internally-inspired cuisine with our Loaded Potato Pizza and Ingot Crab Crakes, or our signature Foundry Reuben and Charred Meatballs. Hearty, midwestern favorites from Chef's David Belknap and Jason Findley anchor our menu like our Crispy Pork Belly and 24-Hour Chicken. And with a combination of smoked whiskeys, classic cocktails, and local beers, you’ll always have the perfect pairing of spirits to enhance the heat of your meal. Made for Dayton locals, or those local for the day, we invite you to join us on our open-air rooftop patio for dinner, drinks and celebrating your most special occasions with a private event.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Our very first time here and the standard was very high which is very refreshing. After covid most restaurants lack in cleanliness, service and quality of meals. I had the poutine: steak was cooked to perfection and the steak fries were on another level with fancy gravy and pink peppercorn. I just didn't care for the vegetable which was an entire stalk of broccoli. Mom had the burger which she found delicious and my dad had the meatballs with pappardelle and he almost licked the plate clean. Zoë our server was a delight, she was knowledgeable and fun and took great care of us. And the location can't be beat. Highly recommend this restaurant. Even if only for a rooftop cocktail. They have valet parking for 13 dollars.
A photo of The Troll Pub at the Wheel House restaurant
3.8
3.8 (235)
$30 and under
American
Dayton
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Troll Pub - Dayton!

The Troll Pub is a unique dining experience that features a Gastro-pub style menu with a wide selection of great tasting food items, craft beer, and an atmosphere like no other.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was very nice and fast service. We had a play to go to after dinner and we had plenty of time
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