"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

The Menu

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Reservations Now Available via TOCK:


Thank you for joining us for a meal!

Please note that while we aim to seat you as close to your reservation time as possible, that we take the COVID safety guidelines very seriously which sometimes can lead to an additional wait. At dinner, we allot about 90 minutes per table up to 4 in order to allow us to rebook our 60% reduced capacity. 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.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, & support as we are doing our best to make it through these strange times!

If you have a specific seating request (ie inside or outside), please note in previsit questions and we'll do our best to make it happen!




Thank you for your interest in hosting an event with us! Due to covid19 and changing best practices and regulations, we are not currently able to accommodate large groups outside of private weekday or weeknight events.


Time sensitive questions (ie reservations, food questions, etc) are best answered by calling us at 937-723-7637. No reservations are accepted via email.

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