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The best places to dine on Valentine's Day in Dayton

Looking to treat your significant other to a romantic dinner out on the town this Valentine’s Day?

Here is a roundup of Dayton-area Valentine's Day special dining events and menus: 

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🍴💗Spend Valentine’s at The Caroline

The Caroline is pulling out all of the stops this Valentine’s Day. There will be a beer tasting tonight, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Craft brews will be paired with chocolate and food. The event is $18 per person and includes light appetizers. R.S.V.P. at (937) 552-7676 or by email at

A very special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu will be served including premium sides and special entrees like Thai Vegetarian Saute, Chicken Francese and Jumbo Sea Scallop Fettuccine. 

Photo: The Caroline


WHEN: (Beer Tasting) 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb., 13

WHERE: The Caroline, Troy

COST: Varies by menu item

INFO: Facebook

🍴💗Carvers Valentine’s Day Weekend

Carvers Steaks & Chops confidently invites guests to enjoy “the Best Steak in Dayton” this Valentine’s Day weekend. The “weekend” Valentine’s Day dinners begin on Thursday and reservations are strongly recommended by calling 937-433-7099. 

Photo: Carvers' Facebook


WHEN: Thursday- Sunday, Feb. 14- 17, 2019

WHERE: Carvers, 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

INFO: Website

🍴💗Celebrate Your Valentine at Lily’s Bistro

As Lily’s does on most special occasions, the Oregon District restaurant has prepared a mouthwatering menu for sweethearts. Reservations should be made by calling 937-723-7637. The restaurant is offering a 6-course prix fixe menu for $59 per person plus tax and tip. View the entire menu here.

Lily's Bistro has been a chic fixture in the Oregon District since 2013.
Photo: Sarah Franks


WHEN: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: $59 per person

INFO: Facebook

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🍴💗 Espresso + Chocolate celebration at Ghostlight Coffee

Even Dayton’s favorite coffeehouse is feeling the love. Ghostlight Coffee is serving a special menu on Valentine’s Day.

Ghostlight Coffee is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a limited edition, cacao-focused drink menu and romantic desserts made by the talented Ghostlight bakers. Special menu will feature five luscious hot cacao based drinks, each features dark organic cocoa powder & steamed milk, lightly sweetened in it's own unique way. Guests can add a double shot of espresso for a chic new take on the traditional mocha.

In addition to mochas and hot cocoa, the Ghostlight Bakery will feature chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes for two or four. 

Photo: Ghostlight Coffeehouse


WHEN: All day, Thursday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Ghostlight Coffee, 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton

COST: Varies per item

INFO: Website

🍴💗 El Meson’s ‘Madly in Love With Margaritas’

Photo: El Meson

“Whether you’re celebrating with your significant other or just hanging out with friends or family, I think everyone can agree we’re ‘Madly in Love with Margaritas!’” according to an El Meson Facebook post. The evening, which requires a ticket purchased in advanced, includes three different styles of margaritas paired perfectly with three gourmet street tacos


WHEN: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

COST: $45

INFO: Facebook 

🍴💗A Loosey Goosey Valentine’s Day

Photo: El Meson

Anyone wanting a more laid-back Valentine’s Day celebration will be happy to hear that El Meson has got you covered. Signature margaritas, mojitos and select tapas are priced at $5 each. 


WHEN: 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

INFO: Facebook

🍴💗Valentine’s Day Weekend at El Meson

Concluding the celebration of their 40th anniversary this year, El Meson is excited to host their annual Chocolate & Champagne event on Dec. 18. Guests are treated to a selection of sparkling wines, paired with decadent chocolate and chocolate themed tapas. CONTRIBUTED

“Treat your special someone to an unforgettable evening of dinner, drinks and time spent together! We're accepting reservations now for Valentine's Day Weekend with a very special menu. Seating is limited, so make your reservation today by calling 937-859-8229. View the entire menu online here, but a few highlights:

Asado Grill 

Beef medallion, chorizo, chicken breast, and jumbo shrimp all served with a Colombian green onion aji sauce on a sizzling hot plate with choice of side item. $32 

Paella Valencia 

Spanish rice dish with chicken, pork, chorizo, fish, shrimp, scallops, mussels and rice. $32 

Butterscotch Pumpkin Bar 

With smoked maple and bourbon ice cream. $7 

*both featured menu entrees include a soup or salad and a champagne toast


WHEN: 3 DATES: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16, 2019

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

COST: Prices vary per dish

INFO: Facebook

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🍴💗Valentine’s Dinner at View 162

One of Dayton’s restaurants with the most fabulous dining view is helping its guests celebrate with a special Valentine’s menu. 

Photo: View 162
Photo: View 162


Where: Crowne Plaza Dayton, 33 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: Valentine’s Day until Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

Cost: Varies per item

More info: 937-224-0800

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Star City Brewing will be hosting Sweet & Sour Valentines on Wednesday, February 14 from 7-10pm. CONTRIBUTED

🍴💗Valentine’s Day Dinner at Rip Rap Roadhouse

Chicken, wings and burgers are among the stars on the menu at Rip Rap Tavern. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

Rip Rap is now taking reservations for a dinner for two on Valentine’s Day evening. For $40, you and your date will get:

-An appetizer to share 

-Salad and bread 

-Your choice of two entrees, including two sides 

-A shared dessert 

-Add a bottle of wine for $10. 

Every couple will also receive two raffle tickets for a special drawing at 8 p.m. 

Anyone wanting to go must reserve your spot at 937-236-4329. 

Want to go? 

WHEN: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

WHERE: Rip Rap Roadhouse, 6024 Rip Rap Road, Huber Heights

COST: $40

INFO:  Facebook 

🍴💗 Valentine Wine Dinner

>> RELATED: Beloved downtown restaurant devastated by fire

Salar restaurant, located at 400 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District, reopened in the fall of 2018 after a devastating fire this time last year. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

Last year, Salar was unable to pull out all the stops for Valentine’s Day because of a devastating fire that left the restaurant closed until fall. The Oregon District establishment is making up for it this year with a five-course Valentine Wine Dinner featuring five hand-selected wines with unique, French & Peruvian fusion dishes to pair with each. You can see the whole menu at


What: Valentine Wine Dinner

Where: Salar Restaurant & Lounge, 400 E. 5th St., Dayton

WHEN: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Cost: $69 excluding tax and gratuity

More info: Website