50 of the BEST patios in Dayton for outdoor drinks and dining

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 8:06 PM

This past weekend, Daytonians joined Dayton Beer company for its 6th year anniversary on Saturday, May 12 with special release beers, live music, food, fun and more. Photos by Tom Gilliam.
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This past weekend, Daytonians joined Dayton Beer company for its 6th year anniversary on Saturday, May 12 with special release beers, live music, food, fun and more. Photos by Tom Gilliam.(Tom Gilliam)

Now is the perfect time to celebrate dining or drinking al fresco with good weather slipping through the cracks.

A good patio is a terrible thing to waste, after all.

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Here is a lengthy list of some of Dayton’s most spectacular patios to consider visiting for dinner, snacks, a beer or cocktails the next time you walk out the door and are happy with the air that greets you.

Bar Louie at The Greene.(Maria Norman for Dayton.com)

BAR LOUIE

4492 Glengarry Drive, Beavercreek | www.barlouie.com

Why it rates: Martinis, microbrews, a large menu and plenty of happy-hour deals are best enjoyed on a patio with a perfect view of all the action at The Greene.

BARGOS

588 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville | www.bargosgrill.com

Why it rates: The patio features an outside connection to the bar so you can stay outside in the sunshine.

The waterfront patio at Basil's On Market is a great place to soak up some sun and watch the people go by.(Connie Post)

BASIL’S ON MARKET DAYTON

312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | basilsonmarket.com

Why it rates: Few things are better than beautiful, delicious drinks and food overlooking the Great Miami River and the Riverscape fountains all summer long.

The patio at Brio was packed on a recent Sunday with diners enjoying the weather and the food. CONTRIBUTED/ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE

The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, Beavercreek | www.brioitalian.com

Why it rates: This is the best patio at The Greene when it comes to a perfect view of Towne Square and the fountains. Sip on some wine and enjoy some bites or a hearty Italian meal while soaking up all of the action.

Blind Bob's in Dayton's Oregon District, has an outdoor patio. LISA POWELL / STAFF

BLIND BOB’S

430 E. 5th St., Dayton | www.blindbobs.com

Why it rates: This patio is very laid-back and chill and a prime people-watching spot in Dayton’s Oregon District. Enjoy that people watching with a nice cold beer and a famous Bob’s burger.

CARILLON BREWING COMPANY

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton | carillonbrewingco.org

Why it rates: This spacious patio overlooks the gorgeous Carillon Historical Park. It overlooks the park. it’s spacious. Enjoy a peaceful evening with some really old-school brews.

CARMEL’S SOUTHWEST GRILL

1025 Shroyer Road, Dayton | www.carmelsgrill.com

Why it rates: The best part of Carmel’s is its patio, if you ask us. Unwind with a cool refreshing margarita and Tex-Mex eats on this casual patio that makes everyone feel instantly welcome and relaxed.

Brunch on The Caroline's patio may just make Mom's day.(Jim Ingram/Contributed)

THE CAROLINE

5 S. Market St., Troy | thecarolineonthesquare.com

Why it rates: Enjoy the perfect view of Troy’s fountain and picturesque public square while sipping a scrumptious craft cocktail or enjoying a fine meal. This patio is small but mighty.

CARVER’S STEAKS & CHOPS

1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville | carversdayton.com

Why it rates: A casual place to enjoy a fine meal. Pro tip: Carver’s hosts parking lot and patio parties that are always a huge hit.

The patio at Chuy’s at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. (MICHELLE FONG / STAFF)(MICHELLE FONG/STAFF)

CHUY’S (AUSTIN LANDING)

Austin Landing, 10445 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg | www.chuys.com/locations/ohio/dayton

Why it rates: The perfect margarita is best enjoyed on the perfect patio that overlooks the beautiful Park at Austin Landing.

Coco’s Bistro (CONTRIBUTED)

COCO’S BISTRO

250 Warren St., Dayton | www.228coco.com

Why it rates: Those in search of a little romance need not look further than Coco’s cool, inviting covered patio. It’s perfect for date night.

Source: Corner Kitchen/Facebook(Corner Kitchen)

CORNER KITCHEN

613 E. 5th St., Dayton | www.afinerdiner.com

Why it rates: The corner view at Fifth and Wayne offers a spectacular view of Dayton’s nightlife.

This past weekend, Daytonians joined Dayton Beer company for its 6th year anniversary on Saturday, May 12 with special release beers, live music, food, fun and more. Photos by Tom Gilliam.(Tom Gilliam)

DAYTON BEER COMPANY

41 Madison St., Dayton | Website

Why it rates: A variety of games, locally-crafted brews and the buzz of the city make this spot a patio favorite. 

Paul Kennel and Marty Brown, owners of Timothy's bar, 1818 Brown St., says they have invested some $800,000 into the venue in the past two years to update it, make it more comfortable and to create the new Double 18 Lounge upstairs.(Dayton Daily News)

DOUBLE 18 LOUNGE

1818 Brown Street above Timothy’s Bar | timothys-bar-grill.myshopify.com/

Why it rates: Timothy’s Bar near UD has a hidden treasure: a rooftop patio that’s part of the Double 18 Lounge located above Timothy’s.

The patio at Dublin Pub is a great place to kick back for a casual dinner or pint. STAFF/FILE(CONNIE POST/CONNIE POST)

DUBLIN PUB

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | dubpub.com

Why it rates: This is one of the most chill patios in the city. Sit under an umbrella and order a pint and a side of ooey-gooey Pub fries.

The indoor patio at El Meson.(Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)

EL MESON

903 E. Dixie Drive, Dayton | www.elmeson.net

Why it rates: Escape with a little help from El Meson, its delicious drinks and tapas and its famous patios. Yes, patios plural.

ELE CAKE BISTRO & WINE BAR

3680 Rigby Road, Miamisburg | www.elecakeco.com/category/bistro

Why it rates: This intimate bistro and wine bar at Austin Landing offers the perfect setting for wine al fresco with a perfect view of Austin Landing.

A sneak preview of the patio at the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER)

ELSA’S CORNER CANTINA

6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza | elsas.net

Why it rates: This breezy covered patio that also features an outdoor bar includes five TVs perfect for game day. The only thing that will make it better is a Bad Juan.

ELSA’S KETTERING SPORTS GRILL

1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | elsas.net

Why it rates: This covered patio is lively, huge and a popular destination on game day, with TVs outside. Again, Bad Juans are required.

Fifth Street BrewPub (CONTRIBUTED)

FIFTH STREET BREWPUB

1600 E. 5th St., Dayton | www.fifthstreet.coop

Why it rates: Think of this as a beer garden with homegrown brews and tasty eats in a casual, picnic-table setting.

The patio at Flyboys Deli made a list of the “14 best restaurant patios in Ohio.” FILE(Staff Writer)

FLYBOYS OAKWOOD

2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | flyboysdeli.com

Why it rates: Head up the stairs of the deli and find yourself on a balcony with tables and umbrellas overlooking Far Hills Avenue.

FRANCO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO

824 E. 5th St., Dayton | www.francos-italiano.com

Why it rates: This patio offers great ambiance and is perfect for date night. While you’re there, drink some wine and enjoy some of Franco’s World Famoso Spaghetti.

Jimmie's Ladder 11 in Dayton will celebrate 7 years with dinner and drink specials, special events and more. CONTRIBUTED

JIMMIE’S LADDER 11

936 Brown St., Dayton | www.jladder11.com

Why it rates: Potted plants help set the mood on this beautifully decorated and relaxed patio near UD. There is plenty of room for the entire gang.

La Fiesta in Troy. Staff photo by Steve Baker

LA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

836 W. Main St., Troy | lafiestatroyoh.com

Why it rates: La Fiesta always draws a crowd and one of the reasons why is its adorable rooftop patio. Grab a giant margarita, frozen, and some fajita nachos and you’re set for a fun night with friends.

Lily’s Bistro (CONTRIBUTED)

LILY’S BISTRO

329 E. 5th St., Dayton | lilysbistro.com

Why it rates: Lily’s has three patios with personality, including two that face Fifth Street. The restaurant’s beautifully landscaped back patio is a not-so-secret oasis that can accommodate up to 500 people.

The patio at Little York Tavern in Vandalia was voted Best of Dayton 2018. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

LITTLE YORK TAVERN

4120 Little York Road, Vandalia | www.littleyorktavern.net

Why it rates: The spacious outdoor area features charming archways for you to sit beneath as you enjoy pizza and brews. There’s a reason this patio is usually a Best of Dayton winner.

A Dayton-based craft beer festival returned on Saturday, June 23 after a five-year hiatus to spotlight 17 specialty beers provided by more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries. The Cask AleFest took place along East Second Street between Jefferson and St. Clair Streets in front of Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Mark Fisher)

MUDLICK TAP HOUSE

135 E. Second St., Dayton | mudlicktaphouse.com

Why it rates: This cozy little patio offers a great view of the downtown scene and a nice intimate spot to enjoy a cold fancy brew and a pretzel with bier cheese.

Old Scratch Pizza is looking to share its building at 800 S. Patterson Blvd. just south of downtown Dayton. TABATHA WHARTON/STAFF(Staff Writer)

OLD SCRATCH PIZZA

812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | www.oldscratchpizza.com

Why it rates: Old Scratch has quickly grown a loyal following for its Neapolitan-style pizzas and its communal hall seating. Step outside to the spacious patio and you’ll find your new happy place.

THE OREGON EXPRESS

336 E. Fifth St., Dayton | www.oregonexpressdayton.com

Why it rates: The patio may not no-frills, but you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Oregon District that is best enjoyed with delicious pizza.

Patio of Pasha Grill at the Greene in Beavercreek. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

PASHA GRILL

The Greene, 72 Plum St., Beavercreek | www.pashagrill.com

Why it rates: This gorgeous covered patio overlooks The Greene. Try some authentic Turkish cuisine including hummus, baba ganoush, falafel and feta cheese rolls.

Peach’s Bar and Grill (CONTRIBUTED)

PEACH’S BAR AND GRILL

104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | www.peachsgrill.com

Why it rates: Chill out with good food, good beer and people watching with a visit to this Yellow Springs covered patio.

When a restaurant serves great pizza, they don't have to have a great patio. But in the case of Ron's Pizza in Miamisburg, they compliment each other quite nicely.(Lauren Rinehart for Dayton.com)

RON’S PIZZA TAVERN

1 S. Main St., Miamisburg | ronspizza.com

Why it rates: This patio is a great place to relax with friends with good pizza, good company, good beer and good music on Wednesdays.

SOUTH PARK TAVERN

1301 Wayne Ave., Dayton | southparktavern.com

Why it rates: Some of Dayton’s best pizza should be enjoyed in a cozy, friendly setting.

A view of the patio at Table 33 in downtown Dayton. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

TABLE 33

130 W. Second St., Dayton | www.table33dayton.com

Why it rates: This is the perfect downtown gathering place for friends to enjoy Dayton craft beer and craft cocktails, delicious coffee and easily shareable small plates.

THAI 9

11 Brown St., Dayton | www.thai9restaurant.com

Why it rates: Sushi and Thai noodles and fried rice are the stars of the menu. But one of the best parts about Thai 9 is that it offers casual outdoor seating and is open for lunch and dinner.

TJ Chumps, 7050 Executive Blvd. in Huber Heights, has a large outdoor patio. LISA POWELL / STAFF

TJ CHUMPS

1100 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn

12 E. Linden Ave., Miamisburg

559 S. Main St., Englewood

7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

www.tjchumps.com

Why it rates: One of the best features of this family-friendly sports restaurant chain is its covered patio and bar, TVs and fans.

THE PUB BEAVERCREEK

The Greene, 39 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek | experiencethepub.com

Why it rates: With two patios to choose from, this is a great spot to hit before the weather cools — or after — for its European-inspired bar and delicious English grub.

THE TAVERNETTE

111 W. Main St., Medway | www.thetavernette.com

Why it rates: This restaurant combines old-school charm with a colorful menu including “sticky” burgers, pizza and tots with peanut butter, jalapeno jelly and bacon. The casual deck patio is a perfect escape surrounded by trees.

Give peace (of mind) a chance at The Trolley Stop patio. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

THE TROLLEY STOP

530 E. 5th St., Dayton | www.trolleystopdayton.com

Why it rates: It is a hidden garden in the middle of the city where you can read a book over lunch, a chill place to catch up with friends or a place to be seen by anyone who wants to look. It’s the reigning champ for best patio in Best of Dayton for good reason.

RAY’S WINE SPIRITS GRILL

8268 N. Main St., Clayton | www.rayswinespiritsgrill.com

Why it rates: This retail wine shop also doubles as a restaurant with a patio. It’s worth getting on the radar.

Rip Rap Roadhouse will have Bike Nights on Wednesdays. It’s one of the largest in Ohio and takes place over 4-5 hours. Bikers start rolling in at 4 p.m., a limited menu is available for order, live music kicks on at around 6:30 p.m. and by 8 p.m. more than 1,000 motorcycles will have filled up the parking lot and field. ALEXIS LARSEN, CONTRIBUTED

RIP RAP ROADHOUSE

6024 Rip Rap Road, Dayton | www.ripraproadhouse.com

Why it rates: This biker bar is a great place to enjoy outdoor live music on a spacious bar/patio.

ROOST MODERN ITALIAN

524 E. 5th St., Dayton | www.roostdayton.com

Why it rates: This patio is more of a four-season dining room with an open-air feel that’s perfect for date night or a night out with friends.

SMITHS’ BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT

439 N. Elm St., Troy | smithsboathouse.com

Why it rates: Seafood is meant to be enjoyed outdoors with a river view. That’s what you get at this restaurant.

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., now offers a full summer patio. Photo source: Facebook

WHEAT PENNY OVEN AND BAR

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | www.wheatpennydayton.com

Why it rates: Nothing goes better with vino and pizza than outdoors. The covered patio is great for groups, too.

The updated patio area at The Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

THE WINDS

215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | www.windscafe.com

Why it rates: This patio combined with the amazing food will make you feel like you’re at a European bistro.

The patio at Ye Olde Trail Tavern. CONTRIBUTED

YE OLDE TRAIL TAVERN

228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | www.thetrailtavern.com

Why it rates: You get a front-row seat to people watch in the heart of downtown Yellow Springs