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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Dayton

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Beavercreek restaurant
4.8
4.8 (247)
$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
Dianevip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and had a few glasses of wine. Nice selection.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4781)
$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
LMC1
Dined 2 days ago
Great place to spend time with friends celebrating large and small things over food and drinks. Best Manhattans around. ❤️
A photo of Rusty Bucket - Dayton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (236)
$30 and under
American
Dayton
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
Delicious food and great service. Their happy hour offers great value. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of Black Rock - Beaver Creek - PRIORITY SEATING restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1368)
$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 May 14, 2024
Great food and a great experience! One of the best steaks I have ever had.
A photo of Mode X Tequila Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (63)
$30 and under
Mexican
Beavercreek
About the restaurant
A sophisticated twist on the Tequila bistro style of informal eating and drinking.........Welcome to Mode X Tequila Bistro, a place that praises the vibrancy of Mexico. Here you will find a fun and casual dining experience. At Mode X, we emphasize on using quality ingredients, from fresh-pressed tortillas to housemade sauce.

Top review
DanMvip
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful food and cocktails. Comfortable attractive surroundings and excellent service. The best place to go in the Beavercreek area.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Dayton restaurant
4.4
4.4 (323)
$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
KatBvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great food and service. Bjs is a long time favorite. Jen and crew did a great job ensuring everything was perfect.
A photo of Primo Italian Steakhouse restaurant
4.3
4.3 (187)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Middletown
About the restaurant
Five simple words comprise Primo Italian mission statement.
Promise to our guest the best experience with our
Responsible team, we promise to
Improvise and make sure we create
Memories on every single
Occasion. PRIMO.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Wonderful atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable servers, tasty food.
A photo of The Foundry restaurant
4.3
4.3 (315)
$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 2 days ago
Very staffed, and very professional. Food was quick and delicious. Large selection of good drink options. Crab crakes were delicious. Great fire stone pizza and entrees! And of course, the ambience was everything with a great view of the Gem City!
A photo of The Troll Pub at the Wheel House restaurant
3.9
3.9 (233)
$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 on May 16, 2024
Only issue was the table we were at. There was a big open spot and I scooted my drink and it leaned into the open spot and fell and landed all on my friend and the floor. However, food, service was excellent.
A photo of Brio Italian Grille - Beaver Creek - The Green restaurant
3.3
3.3 (1125)
$30 and under
Italian
Beavercreek
About the restaurant
Brio The Greene is a premier Tuscan-inspired restaurant destination serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine, luxury wines & cocktails-our specialties include premium quality steaks, chops, seafood, made-to-order pasta and flatbreads.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
I go to almost every restaurant in Dayton on weekends because I live close to downtown. There are some incredible places to eat for couples and you can spend between $1 -$200 depending. I was taking my entire family of 10 out to eat. Brio is the absolute best quality food, atmosphere and service for the price. A large variety of appetizers and main courses and the drinks are excellent. If you are a party of two or up, I highly recommend.
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