Dayton steakhouse wins Best Steak, Best Fine Dining and Best Classic Restaurant contests.

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: Best places to go for a FINE dining experience

When it comes to fine dining in Dayton, it’s hard to compete with the classics.

The fine people of Dayton weighed in on the best fine dining in town, and once again two Dayton institutions topped the list. 

These are the winners in’s Best of 2018 poll, Best Fine Dining:


>> Food & Dining winners

>> Bars, Beer & Nightlife winners

>> Arts, Music & Entertainment winners

>> Shopping & Services winners

>> Fitness, Outdoors & Recreation winners

>> People & Places winners

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club 

The Pine Club meal, including its signature onion rings. 2008 staff file photo by Lisa Powell
Photo: Lisa Powell

The iconic steakhouse that opened in 1947 swept three key categories in the Best of Dayton 2018, capturing first place for Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Classic Restaurant and Best Steak.

>> Meet the owner of Dayton’s world-famous Pine Club

The Pine Club also placed second (to Marion’s Piazza) in the “Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner” category and scored a third-place finish for “Best Onion Rings” (behind Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and The Root Beer Stande).

>> The Pine Club flexes its muscles against competitors in Best of Dayton 2018

The Pine Club is famous for a few things: its tender, juicy ribeye, its salad dressing, its onion rings and its stewed tomatoes, not to mention its dark and cozy atmosphere

The Pine Club, serving Dayton for more than seven decades, is no stranger to national — and even international —recognition.

The restaurant was featured in January on the Cooking Channel program “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

>> Pine Club gets shout-out from the Cooking Channel’s ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’

In June 2015, the Pine Club was included in an episode of the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants.” In December 2013, it was included in a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by a writer for T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, joining restaurants in Paris, London, and New York City.

It’s so good, even a president ate there.

>> Dayton woman ate at Pine Club with her Aunt Barbara and Uncle George

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | FacebookWebsite

🥈SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club 

The Oakwood Club's Garlic Shrimp and Linguine with Twin Filet Mignons. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED

The Oakwood Club’s most loyal customers say it’s even better than the Pine Club but without the national publicity. The Oakwood Club, a staple since 1962, has been a big Best of Dayton winner through the years. It’s not all about the steaks at the OC — try the potato-encrusted Chilean Sea Bass for a real treat.

>> Meet the owner of The Oakwood Club

>> 5 things to try at The Oakwood Club

2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-293-6973 | WebsiteFacebook 

🏆Best of Dayton 2016 winner | 🏆Best of Dayton 2015 winner

🥉THIRD PLACE: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 

Grilled steak with grilled potatoes and vegetables (Image provided by Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar)

This chain Fleming’s operates a restaurant at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. Founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen, the first Fleming's opened in California. The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on hospitality, an inviting and romantic atmosphere, the finest aged USDA Prime beef and top-notch wine pairings. 

4432 Walnut St., The Greene, Beavercreek | 937-320-9548 | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best of Dayton 2017 winners

WINNER: Watermark

2nd Place: The Oakwood Club

3rd Place: The Pine Club

🏆Best of Dayton 2016 winners

WINNER: The Oakwood Club

2nd Place: Coco’s Bistro

3rd Place: The Pine Club

🏆Best of Dayton 2015 winners

WINNER: The Oakwood Club

2nd Place: The Pine Club

3rd Place: Rue Dumaine