10 Romantic Restaurants in Dayton, Ohio (2024)

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Want to know all the best romantic restaurants in Dayton, Ohio? We’ve got you covered with all of our date night favorites!

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, or maybe even a first date, there are so many romantic restaurants in Dayton and the surrounding area to choose from.

From classics that have been around for several generations to the latest hotspots, these are the top 10 that we most recommend.

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Romantic Restaurants in Dayton, Ohio

These restaurants are not listed in any particular and they include suburbs of Dayton.

1. The Pine Club

Location: 1926 Brown Street, Dayton, Ohio 45409

The Pine Club is a classic and has been serving up steakhouse favorites in Dayton since 1947.

The dark pinewood paneling and dimmed lighting make this the perfect spot for a date night.

I highly recommend trying one of their Pine Club private label wines.

They have a wide variety of wines like Merlot, Pinot Noir (JP’s favorite), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.

2. Oakwood Club

Location: 2414 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45419

The Oakwood Club is another classic steakhouse in Dayton.

They’ve been around since 1962.

In addition to the traditional steakhouse favorites, they have a selection of 7 specialty dishes like Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Garlic Chive Wine Sauce, served over a bed of fettuccine pasta and Garlic Shrimp and Linguine with Twin Filet Mignons.

3. J. Alexander’s

Location: 7970 Washington Village Dr. Dayton, Ohio 45459

J. Alexander’s is a modern, upscale restaurant.

While they’re not on the current menu, we had cheeseburger egg rolls at the location near Philadelphia a couple years ago that were the perfect appetizer.

cheesesteak egg rolls from J Alexander's

For dinner, I highly recommend their filet mignon with béarnaise that also comes with a loaded baked potato.

filet mignon and loaded baked potato from J Alexander's

Portions are always so huge at restaurants that we like to share a couple different things rather than each of us getting an entrée.

Add a side of the not your ordinary mac n cheese to round out your meal.

mac n cheese from J Alexander's

For dessert, if they have it when you’re there, I recommend their key lime pie.

key lime pie from J Alexander's

4. Club Oceano

Location: 4429 Cedar Park Drive, Beavercreek, Ohio 45440 (The Greene)

Club Oceano is a seafood restaurant and bar at The Greene in Beavercreek.

They have all of our go-to appetizers like lobster bisque, clam chowder, and crab cakes.

If you haven’t tried very much seafood, you can’t go wrong with Chilean sea bass or the shrimp and grits.

They serve a handful of steaks and pastas too like filet mignon, lobster mac n cheese, and pasta carbonara.

5. The Melting Pot

Location: 453 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459

The Melting Pot is a national chain with only 4 locations throughout Ohio.

It’s a fondue restaurant, so you’ll have a bit more of an interactive dining experience at this place.

They currently offer a 5 course VIP experience that is perfect for a romantic date night or anniversary celebration.

You’ll get your choice of a bouquet of flowers you’ll get to keep and dessert will be the popular Chocolate Explosion Fondue.

6. Carvers

Location: 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459

Carvers is another classic steakhouse that has been around since 1996.

They do special menus for celebrations like Valentine’s Day and other popular date nights throughout the year.

You can pre-game your dinner at the Carvers Martini Lounge.

For the prime rib lovers, this is the place to go (currently only available Thursdays through Sundays).

7. Meadowlark Restaurant

Location: 5531 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45429

Meadowlark is a chef owned, contemporary, American restaurant.

The exposed brick gives the restaurant a romantic ambiance.

Each dish is beautifully designed and presented.

It’s truly not like any other restaurant in the area.

So if you’re looking for a unique date night or to try some new things, this is the place for you.

8. The Chop House

Location: 7727 Washington Village Drive, Washington Township, Ohio 45459

The Chop House is a small chain in Tennessee and Georgia, except for this one location in Dayton.

It’s another classic steakhouse that serves all the traditional meats and sides.

They also some of our favorite appetizers like mozzarella sticks, deviled eggs, and onion rings.

There are also a ton of sides and seafood options to choose from too.

9. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant

Location: 225 E 6th Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Jay’s Seafood has been voted the best seafood restaurant in Dayton.

They’ve been in the historic Oregon District since 1976.

While it’s a little more casual than the other places on this list, the historic setting and the type of food served make it a great place for a romantic night out.

I recommend trying the Greek Style Swordfish or the Spiced Bourbon Salmon.

There are also some seafood platters to choose from that would be great for sharing.

Save room for the Four Yums dessert which includes slices of Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake, Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

10. Fleming’s

Location: 4432 Walnut Street, Dayton, Ohio 45440 (The Greene)

Fleming’s is a popular, national chain that only has two locations in Ohio.

It’s one of our favorites to go sit up at the bar and enjoy the happy hour menu.

But being a top rated steakhouse, it’s the perfect date night spot.

They do special menus for Valentine’s Day and other popular date nights throughout the year.

Fleming's burger and fries

More Fun Things To Do In Dayton, Ohio

For more restaurant ideas, check out our list of best restaurants in Dayton.

If you’re reading this before April 8th, be sure to find the best place to watch the total solar eclipse that is passing directly over Dayton.

It won’t be seen again anywhere in the US until 2044!

Additionally, depending on the time of year, there are a variety of festivals, special events, and fun things to do:

We’ve also compiled all of our favorite day trips to take from Dayton like visiting the Ohio Caverns or antique shopping in Wilmington.

Lastly, check out our guide to the ultimate Ohio bucket list.

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Conclusion: Romantic Restaurants in Dayton, Ohio

Whether you’re going out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, a first date, or any milestone with your significant other, there are a ton of romantic restaurants in Dayton.

From the classic steakhouses to the modern, upscale restaurants, and everything in-between, there’s a romantic restaurant for everybody!