Bad Juan Margaritas at Elsa's.
Photo: Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees

5 places to find great margaritas in Dayton

In our book, it is always margarita time. 

A lot of places sell margaritas, but they are not all made equally.

>> Happy National Margarita Day! Here are Dayton’s best margarita deals happening

>> BEST OF DAYTON 2018 WINNERS: Best margarita

For fans of the salt, tequila, triple sec, ice and lime juice concoction, here is a quick rundown of some of the best margaritas in town.  

🍹ELSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 

Elsa's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is home of the "world famous" Bad Juan Margarita voted the best margarita in Dayton. staff photo by Jim Noelker
Photo: JIM NOELKER

It is called The Bad Juan, but Daytonians know this margarita is so good. Elsa’s has been serving the potent drink since 1979. The Bad Juan routinely tops best area margarita lists, including Best of Dayton 2017 and 2018

>> Complete list of 2018 Best of Dayton winners

>>RELATED: Elsa’s cantina-style Mexican restaurant “not your mother’s”

WANT TO GO?

Elsa’s South

3618 Linden Ave., Dayton | (937) 252-9635
Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Elsa’s East 

6318 Far Hills Ave.,Washington Twp.| (937) 439-3897
Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill

1216 E. Stroop Road., Kettering | (937) 938-7372
Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Elsa’s on the Border 

1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton | (937) 294-9210
Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Elsa’s Corner Cantina

6204 Wilmington Pike

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🍹 EL MESON RESTAURANT  

 El Meson celebrated its 40th  anniversary in 2018. CONTRIBUTED

El Meson Restaurant knows how to make a cocktail. Our readers voted it second place for Best Margaritas in the 2017 and 2018 Best of Dayton poll.

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The margarita is one of the tastiest treats at the restaurant that specializes in cuisine from Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Have one or two in the restaurant’s Congo Bar or in one of the dining rooms. The restaurant has an extensive tequila selection to boot.

WANT TO GO? 

903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton | WebsiteFacebook | (937) 859-8229

🍹 SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 

Get your Sunday Funday kicked off right with the Mexican buffet and a cold margarita at Salsas Mexican Restaurant.

How about a good margarita at a good price and with a little spice? Salsas has you covered. The restaurant offers 40 percent off of its domestic beers, margaritas and well drinks during happy hour, weekdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  They even have spicy margaritas.  

WANT TO GO?

4904 Airway Road in Riverside in the Airway Shopping Center

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🍹CHUY’S

Chuy’s Texas Tini
Photo: Chuy’s 

Chuy’s has a tasty assortment of hand-shaken margaritas for those looking for the different spin on the classic drink. 

That includes The Top-Shelf Skinny Rita and the Texas Tini that comes with a shaker and martini glass with a jalapeno olives.

WANT TO GO?  

Chuy’s in Beavercreek 

2717 Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek  near the Mall of Fairfield Commons |  (937) 320-4419

Chuy’s in Austin Landing 

10445 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg | (937) 247-5450

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🍹 EL TORO MEXICAN BAR AND GRILL 

This local restaurant chain mixes a mean margarita, which is why it won third place for Best Margarita in both the 2017 and 2018  Best of Dayton poll. 

WANT TO GO?

Beavercreek

4448 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek | (937) 427-8420

1375 N Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | (937) 427-4199

Riverside

2915 Harshman Road, Riverside | (937) 236-8411

Huber Heights

8321 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights | (937) 235-6244

Bellbrook 

4421 State Route 725, Bellbrook | (937) 848-4565

Washington Twp. 

2335 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miamisburg | (937) 291-5544

Englewood

9190 N. Main St., Englewood | (937) 832-4490

Centerville

894 S. Main St., Centerville | (937) 999-5101

Springboro

710 Gardner Road, Springboro | (937) 748-2950

Butler Twp. 

6770 Miller Lane, Butler Twp., Montgomery County | (937) 415-0940

Vandalia

794 Northwoods Boulevard, Vandalia | (937) 898-6238

Springfield 

2017 N. Bechtle Ave. | (937) 342-9015

2100 S. Limestone Street | Springfield| (937) 325-7898

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