Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced 50 free summer concerts downtown for its second season.

INSIDER’S GUIDE: Best places to eat and drink near Dayton’s Levitt Pavilion 

Few things go better with great music than fantastic grub and libations.

It’s a good thing there are so many great places to eat and drink near Levitt Pavilion Dayton in Dave Hall Plaza. 

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Concertgoers are able to bring their own food and beverages (alcohol and otherwise) to concerts at the state-of-the-art outdoor venue, but some of us would rather someone else do the cooking and pouring for us.

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Jessica Bertolo and Chris Drake enjoy pizza and beer at the Oregon Express.
Photo: Staff photo by Jim Noelker

Below are just a few of our favorites restaurants and taverns in downtown Dayton and the Oregon District within walking distance.

There are far more just a little farther, but we had to cut it off somewhere. 

The venue will offer 50 free concerts Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, Sept. 21, by a list of musicians known locally, nationally and internationally for playing a range of music that includes jazz, rock, Celtic, blues, folk, R&B, choral, country, pop, hip-hop, gospel, world, bluegrass, classical and children’s music. 

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The restaurant and cocktail lounge is located on the roof level of the Crowne Plaza hotel, right next to the Pavilion. 

It offers great views of downtown Dayton and live music Thursday to Saturday. 

WHERE: 33 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402
CONNECT: 937-229-9853| Facebook  |  Website 
HOURS: 6:30 a.m.-midnight daily; Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m

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Located near the Reibold Building garage,  the restaurant plans to sell single serving $5 plastic bulbs of wine and carry-and-go picnic packages to those heading to the concerts.

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The picnic packs will include wine, sandwich wraps and other goodies for $10 each.

The inside of Third Perk and its patio will be open on most concert nights. Juanita Darden-Jones, Third Perk’s owner,  said there will be live music on Fridays.  

LOCATION: 46 E. Fifth St., Dayton

CONNECT:  937-223-7375| FacebookTwitter| Instagram 

HOURS:  The wine and coffee bar opens 7:30 a.m. Monday to Friday. It will close at 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.    

Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours will be noon to 5 a.m.  


One of Dayton’s most innovative breweries, Warped Wing is just a stone’s throw away from Levitt. 

Staples like Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale; Trotwood Lager; Gamma Bomb; 10 Ton stout and Flyer Red Lager keep regulars coming back for more and more.  But Warped Wing is always shaking things up with new beers. 

Thanks to Spent Grain Grill,  you can also grab dinner during your visit to Warped Wing. 

Spent Grain offers everything from cheese curds and pizza to antipasta salad and loose meat sandwiches. 

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LOCATION: 46 E. Fifth St., Dayton

CONNECT: 937-222-7003| Website FacebookTwitter| Instagram 

HOURS:  5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 3 p.m. to midnight Fridays; noon to midnight Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. 


Now: Exterior of Ludlow Place & Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Dayton, November 14, 2016. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam

A mainstay in downtown Dayton, Spaghetti Warehouse is a good place to take the entire family. There is an assortment of Italian food and you can’t miss the restaurant’s eat-in trolley. 

The restaurant offers fast, reliable service. 

LOCATION: 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton

CONNECT: 937-461-7412   Website FacebookInstagram 

HOURS:  11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.



The eclectic eatery is one of the first restaurants you reach after entering the Oregon District from downtown. 

Lily’s food is  fresh, fun  and inventive. The bar cranks out some of the best drinks in town and those patios (particularly the two in the front) are perfect for people watching. 

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LOCATION: 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

CONNECT: 937-723-7637 Website Facebook | Instagram 

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays; 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. 

🍴🍺🍷🍸 THAI 9

Thai 9 Special (Amelia Robinson)

The Oregon District restaurant has something yummy for you whether your spice level is 1 or 9. 

Thai 9 offers an assortment of appetizers (papaya salad, fish cakes, coco shrimp, etc.); stir fries (cashew nut, holy basil, ginger, etc.); curries, sushi, noodles (pad sea ewe, lard na, pad thai, etc) and a list of house specials that includes seafood clay pot; duck basil and beef in oyster sauce. 

The eatery also has some of best beer on tap around. 

LOCATION: 11 Brown St., Dayton 

CONNECT: 937-222-3235| Website |  Facebook 

HOURS: lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  

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Seared Tuna appetizer, with white wine at jay's Seafood, 225 E. Sixth St. Photo by Jim Witmer
Photo: Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News

One of Dayton’s oldest upscale restaurants, Jay’s has fed generations of local families since opening its doors Feb. 26, 1976. 

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Besides an assortment of great seafood that includes grilled rare tuna, calamari and bourbon salmon, Jay’s has a great wine list and cocktails are topnotch. Ask Bob to make you a Manhattan. 

Jay’s bar even has personality that dates back to 1882. James Ritty, the inventor of the first cash register, had the 32-foot-long bar constructed for the Pony House Restaurant. 

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LOCATION: 1225 E. Sixth St., Dayton 

CONTACT: 937-222-2892| Website |  Facebook 

HOURS:  Opens daily at 5 p.m. The restaurant closes at 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. Sundays. 


An Oregon Express waitress delivers pizza on in this file photo.
Photo: Staff photo by Jim Noelker

The owners of the OE have been serving up some of Dayton’s best square-cut pizza for nearly 35 years. 

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Favorites include the Reuben Pizza, the O.E. Special, the Hot Hawaiian and the Sriracha Pizza. The restaurant offers a gluten-free crust option for $2 more per pizza.

Try something cool from the tap or a top-shelf Long Island ice tea if you are extra frisky.   

The jumbo pretzels with Swiss cheese are a special treat. 

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Like many of the Oregon District’s restaurants, the OE offers carryout if you’d rather eat your grub at Levitt or take it home after the show. 

LOCATION: 336 E. 5th St., Dayton 

CONTACT: 937-223-9205| Website |  Facebook 

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Friday and 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday. 

🍴416 DINER

Opening night at the Oregon District's newest restaurant, 416 Diner. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

With burgers, hoagies and a variety of breakfast options, 416 Diner has you covered after the show. 

There is even a walk-up window on many weekend nights. 

Try one of owner Guy Fragmin’s West Virginia-style pepperoni rolls or go for a cheese steak hoagie with potato twists. 

The diner does not serve alcohol, but there are plenty of bars and taverns around it that do. 

LOCATION: 416 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

CONTACT:  937-461-0416  WebsiteFacebook 

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Fridays and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. 

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