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"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 combines Lily's favorites like our local, free-range 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 $3.00! 

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. Contactless curbside carryout and delivery up to 5 miles is also available online at

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


The Menu

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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.


please book reservations at

(no reservations via email)

mail: 329 E. 5th street

dayton, OH 45402


day & Sunday: 10am - 3pm


Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11am - 2pm


Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 4:30pm - 9:00pm

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

Weeknight Happy Hour

Wednesday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm


Weekday Specials

Wednesday is "Winesday!" Select bottles of wine are half price every during lunch AND dinner service! At dinner, the kitchen makes a special snack duo to go with our wine selections!

 Thursday is Punch Day and Vegan Thursday! The bar crafts a new punch weekly for $6/each or $24/carafe during lunch and dinner service. For Dinner, our kitchen makes a Vegan special!

Friday LUNCH we offer special $1 beignets. It's the only lunch service with beignets (typically

$6/3 piece order Saturday and Sunday brunch)


Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

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