The most romantic restaurants in Dayton

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3:37 p.m Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 Restaurants

Have you ever wondered where to go for a romantic meal? We've got a list of the region's best -- each of these spots has an intimate atmosphere, high-quality food, great service and well-made drinks.

The best part is that you don't have to just do this on Valentine's Day -- you can enjoy a cozy, seductive experience year-round.

Here's a dozen of some of the most romantic restaurants in the Miami Valley, in alphabetical order. We recommend calling ahead to check availability and make reservations early.

The Caroline

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Coco's Bistro

Close-up of a Maple duck dish at Coco’s Bistro.

Coldwater Café

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Scallops with butternut squash risotto, fried leeks, balsamic reduction and brown butter, on the menu at Coldwater Cafe & Catering. Photo from Coldwater Cafe Facebook page

Jay's Restaurant

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Lily’s Bistro

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Lily’s Bistro in Dayton served this marsala chicken pasta with local, free-range roasted chicken, egg noodles, spinach, and mushrooms in creamy marsala sauce during a past Restaurant Week. (Submitted)


Meadowlark’s chopped salad with tofu. Contributed Photo by Alexis Larsen

Melting Pot

Enjoy a delicious combination of ruby salad, 40-award-winning cheese fondue and surf and turf, then sip through the decades with The Melting Pot's 3-course dinner menu from now until Nov. 17. (Source: The Melting Pot Facebook page)


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Eric and Maria Walusis are preparing to open Watermark restaurant in Miamisburg.

Roost American

Park City Club, a new restaurant by Roost Modern Italian chef/owner Dana Downs, is more than an excuse to visit Lincoln Park Boulevard in or out of Fraze season: it's a downright requirement. A soft opening featuring a limited menu occurred over Thanksgiving weekend, where new patrons indulged in savory dishes like a pickled shrimp cocktail, corned bread and "maque choux," and several varieties of delicious pizza. Park City Club, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering, opens for dinner service Dec. 1. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

Shen's Szechuan & Sushi

Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi Miso Sake roll ($12.95) features spicy salmon, cucumber and Japanese mint leaf topped with a seared salmon, hot miso sauce and scallion. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Salar Restaurant & Lounge

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Salar's Chicken Chicharrone and chicken thigh strips marinated and deep fried, served with a lime, cilantro, yellow Peruvian chili pepper sauce. The dish is little like American fried chicken, but brightened with citrus, herbs and a pepper sauce that commands authority -- be forewarned that those chili peppers are indeed spicy.

Roost Modern Italian

Roost Modern Italian's Spaghetti e Polpette (Source: Yelp user Darren L.)

Wellington Grille

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Mary Miller has quietly owned and operated Miami Valley restaurants that are very diverse in their concepts and geography: The Barnsider in Harrison Twp., the Wellington Grille in Beavercreek, Harrison’s in Tipp City, and recently became co-founder of an Asian restaurant, Ginger & Spice, on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. This is a woman in her ’70s who tried to retire once and couldn’t do it, choosing to come back and work seven days a week in her restaurants.

Other romantic restaurant options

If none of the options above struck your fancy, give one of these a whirl, or, if your favorite doesn't appear here, suggest it by leaving a comment on the taste blog, because I know I must be missing some good ones:

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