"You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together." -Anthony Bourdain  

Lily's Dayton is the 2020, Covid-era re-imagining of independent restaurant Lily's Bistro (2013-2020). We are a tropical-inspired, budget conscious, inclusive, warm, and welcoming eatery & drinkery in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. 

With our three outdoor patios and an updated interior incorporating lush botanical elements, our goal at Lily's is to transport people out of their daily lives to somewhere else, to escape the struggles around us all and and instead to kick back and relax, to enjoy life and be able to step for a brief time into a sort of vacation-mood with good food and tasty cocktails (often garnished with an umbrella!)

Our menu created by Executive Chef Don Warfe combines Lily's favorites like our fried chicken, shrimp & grits, deviled eggs, and other American Southern dishes with eclectic Polynesian and tropical flavors like bao buns, pork belly or vegetarian ramen, and bahn mi/po boy sandwiches designed to pair with our tiki-inspired craft cocktail program. In addition to cool wines and local craft beers, we also always have our house beer on tap for $2.50! 

We welcome walk in guests as we are a casual setting, but are now also accepting a small amount of reservations as well. Due to Covid, seating is limited, so *please* let us know if your plans change. A call ahead list is available by phoning the restaurant at 937-723-7637 within a few hours of arrival time. Contactless curbside carryout is also available online at https://www.toasttab.com/lilysdayton/v3

We hope to see you soon! -The Mendenhall family and the Lily's Crew

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Reservations Now Available via TOCK:


While we take reservations as a courtesy, we are a casual eatery and drinkery and not formal dining by any means. We aim to seat you as close to your reservation time as possible, but sometimes there will be an additional wait, especially if you would like a specific area inside or outside. We allot about 1.5 hours per table. Parties of 6 or more require a $5 deposit per person that applies to the bill. Deposits will be refunded if cancellation is provided 24-hours in advance.

It's been hard for all of us a for a long period, including our business and our staff who have worked with the public the entire time. We are stoked to welcome you and provide some good food and tasty cocktails out, and expect to be treated kindly in return <3




Special events and large parties are determined on a case by case basis, as we have needed to focus on rebuilding after drastically changing

our business during Covid19.

The best way to contact the restaurant is via phone at 937-723-7637.

email: emily@lilysdayton.com

please book reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/lilys

(no reservations via email)

mail: 329 E. 5th street

dayton, OH 45402




Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm- 9:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm-10:00pm

Sunday: 4:30pm-9:00pm

Weeknight Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday 430pm-630pm


Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 2pm

Closed Mondays