"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 are no longer able to accommodate reservations; seating is available on first come, first serve basis. A call ahead list is available by ringing the restaurant at 937-723-7637 within a few hours of arrival time. Contactless curbside carryout is also available by giving us a ring.

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

The Menu

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Thank you for your interest in hosting an event with us! Due to covid19, we are still trying to figure out how we can maintain the best possible public health and safety of our guests and staff, as well as maintain enough sales to support our business and staff. As of now, we can accommodate a small number of groups of 10-30 with the following policies in place:


-tables will be 10 people max and will be split accordingly

-a credit card must be provided, and a $50-100 cancellation will be charged without 72 hours notice of cancellation depending on party size and/or special menus

-guests are to provide a final head count 24 hours before the event +/- 2 guests 

-Space is provided for 120 minutes from the start time 

-Groups up to 10 will be sat at our family table

-Groups of 12-30 will be in our main dining room. 

-A rental fee may be added depending on date and time of the event and will be agreed upon before booking


329 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 723-7637




Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm- 9pm

Friday and Saturday: 5pm-10pm

Sunday: 5pm-9:30pm


Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 2pm

Closed Mondays