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

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: 3 incredibly delicious steaks

Calling all carnivores!

When you’re in the mood for thick, juicy, flavorful steak, you are in luck.

Dayton has some steak that has received national praise for years, including shout-outs on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel.

We asked the community to vote for their favorite steak in town, and once again classic Dayton gems topped the list.

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


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>> 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

No big surprise here. The bone-in ribeye is world famous, after all.

>> Pine Club sold

>> 5 things to know about The Pine Club

>> PHOTOS: The Pine Club through the years

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

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

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 has a steak that is even better than the Pine Club.

The Oakwood Club, a staple since 1962, has been a big Best of Dayton winner through the years.

The steak there is a customer favorite. But it’s not all about the steaks at the Oakwood Club. Its 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 

🥉THIRD PLACE: The Florentine 

The Florentine Restaurant serves steaks, fish and chops. Pictured: Dry aged New York Strip.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

The historic eatery at 21 W. Market St. traces its history back to 1816 and is Ohio’s second-oldest inn.

The restaurant’s history is impressive, but so is its food. 

The steak is tender, juicy and comes topped with a deliciously garlicky compound butter.

>> Sink your teeth into this really old restaurant’s steak

21 W. Market St., Germantown | 937-855-7759 | WebsiteFacebook