Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Dayton and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at C'est Tout Bistro thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mama Disalvo's Ristorante, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 First Watch
Located in the Kettering area, this popular restaurant serves an excellent breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily. Whether you are a health-conscious diner or someone who enjoys a satisfying meal without counting calories, there is something on the extensive menu for you. Specialties include homemade pancakes, sugar and cinnamon apples, and vegetable rollups. First Watch is a great place to begin any day. (937-643-4077)

9 Millrace Restaurant
Found at the site of the nation's largest working gristmill, the Millrace Restaurant is best known for its all-day breakfast menu. The pancakes served here are truly special, as they are made from flour that was ground by the mill. Other specialty items include blueberry oatmeal, fried cornmeal mush, and at lunch, the ostrich burger and spinach squares are good bets. After a delightful dining experience, guests can relax in a rocking chair on the porch and admire the surrounding scenery. Shorter hours in December are due to the Legendary Lights show starting at 5pm every day at the mill. (937-767-5501)

8 Christopher's Restaurant & Catering
Modern-day down-home cooking may seem like an oxymoron until you actually experience a meal at Christopher's. Omelets, burgers and lasagna all have their place on the menu, as do a variety of vegetarian specialties, including vegetarian burgers, garden popovers, and eggplant Parmesan. Excellent desserts such as carrot cake and cheesecake provide the perfect ending to an enjoyable meal. (937-299-0089)

7 Café Boulevard
Let the intimate Parisian ambience and traditional European-French cuisine excite your imagination in this esteemed dining establishment. Crisp white tablecloths contrast with the soft mauve color scheme and contribute to the sophisticated atmosphere. Menu selections include salmon and sole roulade stuffed with curry infused rock shrimp mousse and sesame chili oil, seafood risotto, and lamb medallions with a tapenade and tomato thyme mousse. Rich desserts and coffee specialties provide a great ending to a satisfying meal. Al fresco dining is available when weather permits. (937-824-2722)

6 El Meson
For over a decade, this popular restaurant has been serving a diverse menu of Spanish, Mediterranean, and Caribbean dishes. Diners are wowed by the establishment's authentic Latin ambience and its regularly changing menu, which offers a new theme each month. Every Thursday night is paella night, when chef-owner Herman Castro shares his Colombian culture and culinary talents with customers. On Wednesdays, a ceviche bar is prominent. Other options include a list of tapas and entrees like Chilean salmon or pan-fried tilapia. (937-859-8229)

5 Bravo! Cucina Italiana
Relaxed atmosphere and reasonable prices make this restaurant a great place to bring the whole family. Authentic Italian atmosphere comes in artistic representations of Roman ruins, and an extensive menu includes homemade ravioli, crispy fried calamari, and wood-fired pizzas. The inviting lounge is a great place to enjoy cocktails beforehand. (937-439-1294)

4 Bullwinkle's Top Hat Bistro
From the young to the young-at-heart, this establishment caters to a diverse clientele. Bullwinkle's is a popular after-work stop among the professional crowd, and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed. The extensive menu selection includes pastas, ribs, sandwiches, steaks, and burgers. And should you feel a bit adventurous, you can "even grill your own!" (937-859-7677)

3 Elinor's Amber Rose
Found in the historic district of North Dayton, this popular establishment provides Eastern European cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Bread pudding, pancakes, beer cheese dip, and pork schnitzel are among the favorites, but the chicken paprikash has plenty of fans, as well. (937-228-2511)

2 The Dairy Store
The working farm where this shop is located offers a wealth of fun activities, and it's a sure bet that you and your kids will have a blast. At the store itself, you can sample divine homemade ice cream, baked goodies straight out of the oven, and a variety of tasty sandwiches and burgers. An extensive breakfast menu is also available. When Young's claims that their food is made with ingredients fresh from the farm, they're not kidding! (937-325-0629, 937-325-7009)

1 Central Perc
A traditional English tea in Dayton? Yes, indeed, at much-loved Central Perc, whose British expat owners have brought a little bit of their homeland to Ohio with great success. A steaming hot cuppa is yours for the asking, custom blended and properly steeped, even served in a china teapot. Full afternoon tea includes lovely little sandwiches — Branston pickle with cheddar is highly recommended — plus freshly baked scones and pastries. Mid-morning pick-me-ups and noontime lunches are also worth seeking out, whether you're looking for a quick snack or something more filling. (937-299-5282)


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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: KETTERING
COST: $
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Millrace Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: CLIFTON
COST: $
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Christopher's Restaurant & Catering 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Catering, Take Out
Neighborhood: KETTERING
COST: $
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Café Boulevard 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: HISTORIC DISTRICT
COST: $$
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El Meson 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Caribbean, European, Mediterranean, Spanish
Neighborhood: WEST CARROLLTON
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Bravo! Cucina Italiana 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: CENTERVILLE
COST: $$
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Bullwinkle's Top Hat Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: MIAMISBURG
COST: $$
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Elinor's Amber Rose 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Austrian, Continental, European, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DAYTON-RIVERSIDE
COST: $$
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The Dairy Store 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Ice Cream
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: YELLOW SPRINGS
COST: $
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Central Perc 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: British, European
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible
Neighborhood: OAKWOOD
COST: $
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