Dining Options On/Near UD Campus
Kennedy Union Food Court $
Located on the University of Dayton campus, the Kennedy Union Food Court features a variety of meals, served throughout the day, and available for dine-in or take-out.
The Galley $
Also in the Kennedy Union, first floor, the Galley features snacks, sweets, and coffee to-go.
Pine Club $$$$
1926 Brown Street, Dayton, OH 45409
One of the oldest restaurants in Dayton, the Pine Club offers fabulous steaks, chops, sandwiches, and seafood just footsteps away from the UD campus. Come for cocktail hour and stay for an incredible meal! Cash or personal check only, take-out available.
Milano's Atlantic City Subs $$
1834 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409
Specialty cheesesteaks, pizza, and calzones available for dine-in, take-out, and limited delivery.
Butter Cafe $$
1106 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409
Featuring locally grown produce, dairy, and meats, Butter Cafe is a very popular breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot just one block from the UD campus. Vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Specials change daily.
Coco's Bistro $$$
250 Warren Street, Dayton OH 45402
Fantastic cocktails, an ever-changing menu, and homemade desserts make Coco's the perfect spot for an special evening of fine dining in the afternoon or evening. Reservations highly encouraged for dinner.
Dewey's Pizza $$
131 Jasper St, Dayton, OH 45409
Relax in this casual pizza parlor that serves award-winning pizza, calzones, seasonal salads, and a rotating beer selection. Great for small or larger parties, take-out available.
1200 Brown St #125, Dayton, OH 45409
Fresh, fast sushi made your way. A must-visit destination for an engaging sushi experience. Many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.
Jimmy's Ladder 11 $$
936 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409
A restored firehouse (complete with fireman's pole!) houses this bar and grill, which features an extensive list of specialty sandwiches, pizzas, and bar favorites. Upstairs party room available for larger groups.
The UD Campus and vicinity also offers a range of quick stops for dining, refreshments, or a pick-me-up. Popular options include:
- Starbucks - University of Dayton/Brown Street
- Panera Bread, Brown Street
- Saxby's Coffee, University of Dayton
- Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, Brown Street
- Smashburger, University of Dayton
- Cold Stone Creamery, University of Dayton/Brown Street
- Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop
Dining Options in Downtown Dayton
Downtown Dayton boasts world-class restaurants, fine dining, and a thriving nightlife sure to please any palate. We recommend walking the streets of Dayton's historic Oregon District, where there are plenty of dining options, from vegan-friendly spots to modern Italian and classic Thai. Some of our favorites include:
400 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
Peruvian fusion cuisine borrows flavors from South America, West Africa, and East Asia. The cocktails, made with all in-house mixers, are not to be missed! Reservations highly encouraged for dinner.
Thai 9 $$
11 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45402
Dayton's premiere Thai restaurant features an extensive menu of specialities, including house-made curries and an impressive sushi menu. Vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Reservations encouraged.
Lily's Bistro $$
329 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
A quaint spot for lunch or dinner, Lily's Bistro features an ever-changing seasonal menu sourcing the finest local ingredients. Portions vary from snack-size, to sharable plates, and full course entrees. Sunday brunch at Lily's is a fantastic treat! Try the daily deviled egg special!
Roost: Modern Italian $$$
524 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
An intimate atmosphere welcomes visitors to an unforgettable Italian dining experience. From seasonal pasta dishes, homemade soups and farm-fresh salads to the sweetest Italian desserts, Roost's updated approach to Italian is as mouthwatering as it is hip. Reservations highly encouraged.
Dublin Pub $$
300 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410
Relax and unwind in this traditional Irish pub, featuring Ohio's largest selection of Irish whiskey. Traditional pub fare, burgers, and seafood offer guests a wide selection of easy options for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late-night dining. Featuring live music on weekends!
Olive, an Urban Dive $$
416 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402
Olive, a vegan, paleo, vegetarian-friendly spot located in the reclaimed Wympee Burgers building, offers fresh, free-range, locally sourced options for the eco-conscious foodie. Reservations required for dinner. Bring Your Own Beer & Wine.
Wheat Penny $$
515 Wayne Ave, Dayton,OH 45410
California-style pizza with house-made mozzarella, ricotta, meats and locally sourced veggies. Try a house specialty pie or create your own! Refreshing, unique cocktails complement the cool, artistic atmosphere. Reservations requested for parties of 5 or more.
Jay's Seafood $$$
225 E 6th St, Dayton, OH 45402
Ohio's premiere seafood restaurant, Jay's offers exquisite selections sourced four times per week from the east coast (Massachusetts & Florida), west coast (Oregon) and Lake Erie. Each selection is perfectly paired with one of Jay's monthly featured wines. An unforgettable dining experience! Reservations encouraged.
View 162 $$$
33 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
Located on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza, Dayton, View 162 offers delicious dining with spectacular rooftop views of the city. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night fare, patrons enjoy a fine selection of steaks, chops, and seafood along with fine-crafted cocktails.
The nightlife in Downtown Dayton makes it an immensely popular destination for visitors to the area. Below are some of places to visit for a drink or two, some live music, or a turn around the dance floor:
- Century Bar 10 S Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402: All Bourbon, all the time.
- Blind Bob's 430 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402: Laid-back tavern with live music.
- Trolley Stop 530 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402: Excellent beer selection and live music.
- The Wine Gallery 5 W Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402: Art-themed Wine Bar & Shop.
- Masque 34 N Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402: Dancing and drag shows nightly.
- MJ's Cafe 119 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402: Gay owned bar - karaoke and dancing nightly.
- Therapy Cafe 452 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402: Salsa, Urban, Soul, and EDM - great dancing with an extensive cocktail menu.
Dining Options in South Dayton (Dayton Mall Area)
A large retail area occupies South Dayton, which features a number of well-known restaurant chains suitable for causal dining or take-out. Some recommendations include:
The Chop House $$$
7727 Washington Village Dr, Dayton, OH 45459
P.F. Chang's $$
2626 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
Bravo! Cucina Italiana $$
2770 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd, Centerville, OH 45459
Bonefish Grlll $$
2818 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459