23 E Central Ave.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Small-town Miamisburg harbors a real treat and a surprise in the Blue Note Bistro. Opened in a reclaimed space right along the main stretch of the southwest Ohio small town, it’s quickly lined up acts and local artists as a dive where you can go to enjoy some quality music downtown. Dayton doesn’t have a ton of places specifically for jazz and blues music these days. To see a spot such as this, and with its blue-themed decor and bit of dressing up, no less, is really pleasant.
The bar is about the music — but it’s still a bar. It’s got a nice ample patio if the weather is good, and if you’re doing something with a bigger group, there is an upstairs speakeasy event space you’ll want to enjoy. Some of the things I liked on the menu:
- Chicken Marsala: The Italian dish of linguine and grilled chicken in a mushroom and wine sauce. This one is on the heavier end, but it’s nice not to have too much of the sauce or to have it be too sweet.
- Salmon cakes: A heaping salmon-filled cake lightly fried and drizzled with a savory sauce, then served alongside cripsy potatoes and veggies. This dish is great if you’re up for something with a distinct crunch but still don’t want to walk away too full.
- Charcuterie: A spread of cheeses, meats, veggies and an artisan bread. This is good as a light appetizer if you don’t have much of an appetite, and it’s a nice starter to the evening.
It’s really the atmosphere of the place that you have to really appreciate. Live music is on the calendar just about every night, and the suave, blue-toned bar has a low-key vibe that evokes a club in a much bigger city. It’s a delightful surprise to see it up and running in a place like Miamisburg, itself a city full of really great low-key restaurants, bars and other things.
The bar offers an above-grade experience in an unexpected place. It’s surprising and very pleasant. This might make a good date night spot or a place to take a few folks who really appreciate the music, with a calendar of acts posted online. All told, Blue Note Bistro makes for the kind of place where there’s a lot to love. It is definitely worth a try.
- If you’re going for one of those evening performances, consider dressing up. This is a nicer place.
- The menu is a bit upscale as well, price points a bit higher, so I would suggest this as a place to consider bringing a date.
- A bigger group might enjoy the upstairs speakeasy space. It’s good for a crowd up to a few dozen, I’d say.