Our favorite old-school restaurants

Like everything else in life, restaurants come and go. Thank goodness some of our very favorite dining institutions have withstood the test of time!

When we have a hankering to dress up and make dinner the evening’s main event, here are seven of our favorite old-school restaurants. 

Jay's Seafood Restaurant in Dayton's Oregon District.


Located in a former grist mill in the Oregon District is Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, which features a majestic 32-foot mahogany bar commissioned by James Ritty, the Daytonian who invented the first cash register. You’ll relish the bourbon salmon, steamed whole lobster or calamari strips. To get the full retro feeling, order “the wedge,” an iceberg lettuce salad. Wash everything down with a perfect martini and save room for the flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.

WHAT: Jay’s Seafood Restaurant

WHERE: 225 E. 6th St., Dayton

INFO: http://www.jays.com/ or 937-222-2892

The Oakwood Club has offered almost 70 years of fine dining. Here, food and restaurant writer Connie Post enjoys the halibut.


”Posh” may be the best word to describe The Oakwood Club. Established in 1962, it remains one of the premier restaurants in the Dayton area. The lighting is soft, the atmosphere, relaxing. If you want a fine dining experience, order the escargots in a glorious warm bath of butter, then try a New York strip, lobster tails or any of their other fish entrees, which are exceptional! And be sure to save room for crème brulee! 

WHAT: Oakwood Club 

WHERE: 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 

INFO: http://www.theoakwoodclub.com/ or 937-293-6973. 

The Pine Club offers a wide variety of steaks.


The Pine Club’s been around since 1947, and during that time has garnered countless awards for doing steaks right. Just last year the Food Network ranked it No. 2 of the “Top 5 Steaks in America.” The Pine Club offers an extensive selection of steaks, including “double” strip loins and porterhouses, and “extra heavy” filet mignons. An order of the signature creamed spinach is a must. Bring a check or lots of cash because The Pine Club doesn’t take credit cards. 

WHAT: The Pine Club 

WHERE: 1926 Brown St., Dayton 

INFO: http://www.thepineclub.com/ or 937-228-7463 


>> Pine Club named one of 5 top steakhouses in America

The Golden Lamb in Lebanon has entertained 12 U.S. presidents.


The historic Golden Lamb hotel and restaurant in Lebanon dates back to 1803, when it became “a house of Public Entertainment.” It has hosted a dozen United States presidents as well as a long list of famous figures, including Neil Armstrong, Annie Oakley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. You can also become part of its dining history by consuming a plate of something wonderful, such as Ohio-raised fried chicken, hickory roasted prime rib or braised lamb shank. 

WHAT: Golden Lamb 

WHERE: 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon 

INFO: http://www.goldenlamb.com/restaurant/ or 513-932-5065  


>>The Golden Lamb, then and now 

>> Golden Lamb photo gallery


Established in 1978, The Paragon Supper Club offers elegant dining, including pan-fried rainbow trout, French-fried shrimp and a pair of center-cut pork chops served with applesauce. Whatever you order, there’s an exhaustive wine list that will have a perfect pairing for your meal. 

WHAT: The Paragon Supper Club 

WHERE: 797 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp. 

INFO: http://www.theparagonsupperclub.com/welcome.nxg or 937-433-1234 

Treasure Island Supper Club's Seafood Platter includes a deviled crab in the shell, two fried shrimp, two frog legs, three fried scaloops and one piece of cod. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)


Established in 1961, the Treasure Island Supper Club remains one of our old-school favorites. Whether you go just  to enjoy a drink or two at the luscious bar with padded chairs or full out for a succulent dinner of Alaskan king crab legs, fresh Canadian salmon or jumbo fried shrimp, you’re in for a fun and memorable experience. If you don’t like seafood, there’s plenty else to choose. Whatever you get, we highly recommend the potato boat as a side. Plan to arrive hungry. 

WHAT: Treasure Island 

WHERE: 4250 Chief Woods Lane, Moraine 

INFO: http://treasureislanddayton.com/ or 937-299-6161 

The French onion soup at the Buckhorn Tavern is lusciously yummy.


Established in 1943, the Buckhorn Tavern has an ambiance all its own. The food and service is upscale, and the décor is designed to make you feel like you’ve arrived at a “rustic hideaway.” Besides the steaks galore, possibilities include home-style favorites like cabbage rolls or the Kentucky hot brown. For starters or an extra light dinner, the French onion soup is to die for.

WHAT: The Buckhorn Tavern 

WHERE: 8800 Meeker Road, Dayton 

INFO: http://www.buckhorntavern.biz/index.html or 937-890-3261