“No, it was never a barn,” as many guests have questioned over their 35 years in North Dayton. With rich leather benches and chairs, deep mahogany tables, soft lighting, and cream fortifications, The Barnsider Restaurant exemplifies an era. Designed to create a warm, inviting atmosphere where one wants to linger after dinner, The Barnsider was opened in February 1975 by Mary Seto Miller and business partner Eddie Lee of Toledo.

Immigrating to Canada from Hong Kong at the age of 12, Miller became intrigued by the industry as she worked in various aspects of the restaurant business. When the moment came for her to name the restaurant that is positioned in the former location of Pappy’s Kitchen Klub, she recalled a restaurant she much respected in Canada.

Steaks, Chops, and Seafood represented the core of the menu much as it still does today. The ambition of the restaurant is to offer the finest in foods and in drinks, expertly prepared and impeccably served in a relaxing environment where warmth and friendliness make dining an experience in itself.

The enduring quality of the food preparation perpetuates with Ray Jean, Miller’s brother and business associate. By hand-cutting all of their beef and seafood, making salad dressings, garnishing sauces and marinades, to creating and distributing the renowned  Chef Ray’s Extra Spicy Cocktail Sauce, The Barnsider remains true to presenting a quality end product. 


Maintaining focus solely on The Barnsider from 1975 to 1998, Miller expanded herself by opening The Wellington Grille in Beavercreek and then in September 2005, Harrison’s in Tipp City. With each of Miller’s restaurants, she has created a unique atmosphere with differing menu items and concepts.

While on The Barnsider’s menu you may still order the same quality steaks, chops, and seafood that have been present since inception, General Manager Lori B. Curtner in conjunction with Chef Larry E. Saxton, have been driven to make The Barnsider ever more distinguishable. Offering intriguing new menu options such as their Horseradish Crusted Salmon and Crabmeat Stuffed Chicken and designing inventive nightly specials, The Barnsider is ever developing while embodying its fundamental values.

Perfect for special occasions and everyday evenings; join The Barnsider Restaurant for dinner tonight.