You can get a SNEAK PEEK to Summer Restaurant Week tonight

When summer ushers in warmer weather there are several things in the world of food that you can count on — seasonal produce and dishes being at the top of the list.

A close second is the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion, which this year runs July 22-29 offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18.

The traditional “sneak peek” that happens before the promotion kicks off will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Steam Plant.

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Tickets are $20.18, which covers one drink and tastes from more than a dozen restaurants including Amber Rose, Basil’s, Brio, Bravo’s, Coco’s Bistro, Dewberry 1850, The Dock, El Meson, The Famous Restaurant, JD Legends, Roost, Watermark and Wheat Penny.

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The restaurant week promotion was established more than a decade ago as a way to generate traffic to local restaurants and help give diners a chance to explore the menu at a more affordable price point. The kick-off event offers a nice preview of what’s in store at the restaurants that are on hand. Many restaurants do a really nice job of showing off some of those special seasonal flavors that summer ushers in.

Roost is one of the participants in the “sneak peek” event for the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

“The first restaurant week was in 2005 with about 15 restaurants participating. It has grown over the years to an event that people call and ask when summer restaurant week is so they can plan their vacations around it. Now that’s pretty cool. It’s also just great for the restaurants and the community. People get excited about trying a different restaurant and it’s just fun,” said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.

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This year Zahora says Brigid’s Path and the MVRA Scholarship Fund will receive a donation from restaurant week meals that are sold.

Due to the popularity of both, Zahora suggests making reservations in advance and purchasing sneak peek tickets now.

“I think it’s so popular because people get to try new places or places they wouldn’t normally try at a really good price. You can beat $20.18 or $25.18 for a three-course meal,” said Zamora. “Some of these restaurants will do over 400 Summer Restaurant Week meals, which is a huge boost. And this doesn’t include drinks, so it definitely helps the restaurants during the week when it is typically slower.”


The following is a list of the businesses scheduled to participate in the 2018 Miami Valley Restaurant Associations’ Summer Restaurant Week taking place July 22-29.

Please note — this list of participating restaurants is subject to change and reservations may be required from some participating locations. Calling ahead is recommended, for details, hours and reservations. For the most up-to-date list and information visit



Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., (937) 228-2511

Basil’s on Market, 312, N. Patterson Blvd., (937) 818-4390

Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., (937) 228-2626

Dewberry 1850, Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., (937) 223-1000

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Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., (937) 224-7822

Franco’s Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. Fifth St., (937) 222-0204

Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., (937) 222-2892

Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., (937) 723-7637

Roost Modern Italian, 524 E. 5th St., (937) 222-3100

Wheat Penny, 515 Wayne Ave., (937) 496-5268


Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Meeker Road, (937) 890-3261


Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, (937) 299-0089

Figlio, 424 E. Stroop Road in the Town & Country shopping center, (937) 534-0494

McGillicutty’s Pub, 1980 E. Whipp Road, (937) 436-0057


Bravo at Dayton Mall, 2770 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 439-1294

Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 433-7099

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Chappy’s Social House, 7880 Washington Village Drive, (937) 439-9200

Kabuki, 848 S. Main St., (937) 435-9500

Nelly’s 79 S. Main St., (937) 859-5555

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar and Grill, 28 W. Franklin St., (937) 291-3474


The Chop House, 7727 Washington Village Drive, (937) 291-1661

Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., (937) 434-4750

The Melting Pot, 453 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 567-8888


ele Bistro and Wine Bar, 3680 Rigby Road, (937) 384-2253

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 3500 Rigby Road, (937) 865-9355

Watermark Restaurant, 20 S. First St., (937) 802-0891


El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, (937) 859-8229


Bunker’s Sports Bar & Grill, 893 E. National Road, (937) 890-8899

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Basils on Market, 18 N. Market St., (937) 875-2068

The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., (937) 552-7676

Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant, 439 N. Elm St., (937) 335-3837


Hickory River Smokehouse, 135 S. Garber Drive, (937) 669-2271



Brio Tuscan Grill at The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, (937) 429-7792

Bravo at Fairfield Mall, 2731 Fairfield Commons, (937) 431-5460

This Bravo location opened at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on Jan. 28, 2016. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., (937) 320-9548

Pasha Grill, 72 Plum St., The Greene, (937) 429-9000

The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive, (937) 956-5216

Wellington Grille, 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road, (937) 426-4600


Packy’s Sports Bar and Grill, 10823 Chidlaw Road, (937) 879-2696

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Mills Park Hotel, 321 Xenia Ave., (937) 319-0400

Sunrise Cafe, 259 Xenia Ave., (937) 767-7211

The Winds Cafe and Bakery, 215 Xenia Ave., (937) 767-1144


Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., (937) 372-3202



The Dock, 250 W. Main St., (937) 864-5011


Season’s Bistro & Grille, 28 S. Limestone St., (937) 521-1200

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