7 great bar, restaurant patios in the Dayton area

There are few things better on a warm day than a cold beverage on a cool patio.

Lily’s Bistro Manager Todd White said a great patio allows diners to experience a restaurant’s atmosphere outside.

The American fare eatery at 329 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District has three patios.

The two patios that face Fifth Street are open.

White said the Mendenhall family owned restaurant is making minor seating and lighting improvements to the main back patio.

“We just wanted it a little brighter,” White said.

A door is being added to make it easier for servers to get from the kitchen to the patio.

The patio with a “secret oasis” feel can accommodate up to 500 people and will soon reopen, White said.

With the temperatures on the rise and the weekend's arrival, here is a list of some of my favorite patios:

ExploreTrolley Stop Bar

Why? The Trolley Stop patio is a number of things depending on the day and time you visit. 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.


Where is it? 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 461-1101

When is it open? Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

El Meson Restaurant

Why: Thanks to food and cocktails that transport you to Central America, South America and/or the Caribbean, festive decorations, heaters and weather panels (they will be down this weekend) it always feels like the tropics on El Meson's main patio — even in the winter. You are not in the Buckeye State when you are on it or the eatery's other patio.


Where is it? 903 E. Dixie Drive,West Carrollton, (937) 859-8229

When is it open? Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.; dinner 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and dinner 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

ExploreBrio Tuscan Grille

Why: The restaurant's sophisticated patio is the perfect place to watch entertainment happening in The Greene' Town Center with munchies on your fork and wine in your glass.


Where is it? 4459 Cedar Park Drive at The Greene in Beavercreek, (937) 429-7792

When is it open? Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill

Why? Three words: Bad Juan’s outside. The big screen TVs are nice, too.


Where is it? 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering , (937) 294-9210

When is it open? Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Peach’s Bar and Grill

Why? Peach’s is a great spot to put back on those pounds you took off on the nearby Greene County bike path. Good food, people watching and beer also helps.


Where is it? 104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, (937) 767-4850

When is it open? Daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Jimmy’s Ladder 11

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

Where is it? 936 Brown St., Dayton, (937) 424-1784

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When is it open? Daily 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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