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Taste Restaurant
Taste Restaurant

Taste Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.daytontaste.com
  • Phone: (937) 854-7060
  • Hours of Operation:

    Mondays: Closed
    Tues-Thurs: 4:00pm-9:00pm

    Friday-Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
    Sunday Brunch: 1:00pm - 4:00pm ( Every first Sunday of every month)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Cajun, American, Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Throughout the week enjoy live Jazz, R&B and Blues entertainment while indulging

    Friday-Saturday entertainment starts at 8pm. Also for our Sunday Brunch
    ( Every first Sunday) our entertainment starts at 2pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Salem Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Taste Restaurant
Located in the heart of Trotwood, OH, we specialize in gourmet Soul Food, Cajun and Creole cuisine. Our menus are original and unique, prepared by our very own Executive Chef.

Throughout the week enjoy live Jazz, R&B and Blues entertainment while indulging in handmade specialty cocktails.

Our open and cozy environment creates a relaxed fine dining experience perfect for any gathering. As a family owned establishment, we are certain our unique menu and excellent customer service will keep you coming back!
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Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant looks beautiful and the food was great! It seems like this would be a wonderful choice if you wanted to share an appetizer with a friend and enjoy some music. We were there pretty early. The restaurant opens at 4pm and not the hours listed on this website. It took ridiculously long to get our outrageously priced meals. The soup was the best I have ever known. I was very disappointed that the performer scheduled to play that night was not there. They had a little dance floor in front of the band area that seems to make for a good night out, if they actually have musicians. All things considered, I really do appreciate seeing an upscale type of restaurant in that part of town. A few changes and I know this place will last."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "On our way to Taste(which was more than 1 hour from our home) I received a phone call informing me they did not open until 4:00pm. Our reservation was 2:00 pm. We were more than halt way there. I cannot honestly comment since I was never there. Disappointing."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The band was fantastic!! Our food was great . The service was the only disappointment, I had my drink spilled on me by our waitress while me & my wife were enjoying the music & each other on our 1 yr anniversity. This is where I purposed to my wife at, but this was a disaster."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Was surprised at the buffet selection on Mother's Day; extremely slow service when ordered an additional item from the menu (waffle). It doesn't take 20 minutes for one waffle. Not impressive to the family."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and seemed very fresh.. The ambiance and the feel of the restaurant was awesome and out waitress was very nice and attentive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I am a native Daytonian and, sadly, North Dayton has been on the decline for decades. However, I was pleasantly surprised that there existed a good, "non-chain" restaurant. Taste is an upscale soul-food, southern cuisine experience. I had the Creole Catfish which was well-seasoned, greens, and mac and cheese. The presentation was good and the taste was satisfying. I currently live in the Washington, DC area. So, by comparison, this was not an exceptional experience. But, while in Dayton, I recommend Taste because it is a change from the chain restaurants that have taken over Miller Lane and south of town."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Heard mixed reviews about food and service. Our experience Friday 2/28/14 was memorable! We had a great time. The food was unique and very good. The service was excellent!! There was a band from Cincinatti (NP) playing that was very good. Music was a little louder than vocals but it could of been our placement/seating (we sat behind stage area). The menu prices were (beverages, appetizers, entrees) were very reasonable for the quality of the goods. It was a warm,friendly community environment. There isn't anything like the Taste experience in this community and we welcome it here. We look forward to our next experience and the many more to come!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is a restaurant in Dayton?! That was my first reaction. What a beautiful place, first of all, with nice little hideaways for a romantic night. They had a jazz trio the night we were there and that was the cherry on top of great service by all (our waitress as well as the bartender and others who brought our drinks directly to our table). And the food. So mouth watering. Nice sized portions, so flavorful and original. We couldn't get enough. We had drinks, appetizers, soup, main course, coffee and dessert -- all for less than what we'd have paid at a chain restaurant. A dining experience to remember. We'll return (often!)."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was great, music an added plus. Manager took care of a small problem that we had"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Would go back just for the chicken and waffles. Everything was really good. Everyone at the table raved about the food."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great service from the waitress. Food excellent & nice music from the band. The male singer was off key & needed to have someone who could sing especially since it's a holiday Eve celebration. His singing took away from the band."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My wife and I hosted a friend and his wife over the holiday break. It was 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. Clean, sharp, and impressive on the inside. We were the only patrons in the restaurant at that time. Waiter was very professional. It was impressive how he took all of our orders without writing any of it down - but we changed our minds about that when he had to come back and confirm portions of our order. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time; although, my friend that traveled from California and came to the Taste on my recommendation, got his food 10 minutes after us - and didn't like it. My macaroni and cheese was very hard like it was microwaved in the bowl. All waiter offered was more mac & cheese. He seemed indifferent."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Music was the best of all!!! People very Friendly! Will come back again with a big group!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I was in the area for the weekend and found Taste on the internet and decided to give it a try. The food was great especially the collard green rolls. Drinks were good not watered down. The ambience is causual/upscale jazz club. The musicians were great singing all of my favorite R&B slow groves from the Isley Brothers- Jill Scott. We had a great time. My only issue was they did not have mashed potatoes which I think to run out of mashed potatoes an hour into the dinner hours is odd. They made a substitution of sweet potatoes without asking me but it worked out. They could do with a quick lesson in customer service but they were all pleasent and I would reccommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We came in for early dining. We will definitely return for the live music. Food was wonderful. A nice, relaxing ambiance."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The restaurant had a nice atmosphere and good food. Some items were fairly priced while may have been a little overpriced for the portions served. With that said food was good and staff was polite."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Our first visit to Taste in late August amazing ..this time NOT. We were seated at a table about 6 feet from the band who had several amplifiers, drums, base and sax and spent the entire evening screaming at each other trying to have a conversation. The service was absolutely abominable. We waited almost 30 minutes for the appetizers. We had to ask three times for silverware and plates even though our appetizers had been served and sitting in front of us. All four of us had a different entree and all four were just plain bad -- greasy, burnt, cold. The ONLY bright spot was Aaron, who was NOT even our server, jumped in and got us silverware, water, & drinks and straightened out a true mess with one of our meals. We won't be back..."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great place for drinks with friends.First time visit.... can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Taste impressed us as a place devoted to upscale members of our African-American community. As they filled up on a Friday, I saw only about four white people, including us. I'm not fond of segregation, maybe the rest of Dayton needs to get to know this place; we were well-served and the food was fine. Taste changes during the day, from lunch to happy hour to dinner to jazz club, with a different menu for each. We had none of those, but rather the Restaurant Week specials. Calabrian crab chili was addictive but I felt the crab was lost in it. The chicken carbonara pleased my wife, and I thought the lamb chops were rave-worthy; big portion in a peppery brown gravy. The Cajun theme of the food is not too aggressive. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "This is a nice addition to North Dayton where there are so many chain restaurants. The food was very good. We had the Taste parmesan fries and they were delicious. I had the creole catfish which came with collard greens and macaroni cheese. It was very tasty and there was a lot of it. My husband had the short ribs. The ribs were good, but disappointed that it said that it came with yams and root vegetables and I think that there was one yam and one carrot. The service was very slow. It was not busy and our glasses were left empty for long periods of time. It took a long time to get our food as well. Overall it was okay and I would probably give it a second chance."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "The Taste has a automatic reserve your table link on its website. I had wanted to surprise my friend and have all her girlfriends meet there for a causal Sunday afternoon brunch/birthday party. I went and reserved the table as requested the, portal gave me their suggested time based off of the party number and the reservation was confirmed. When arriving at 1:45 pm to the restaurant I immediately notice that there was not a single car at the restaurant. Just to be sure I didn't miss anything I double checked the time on the doors that stated the restaurant would be open from 1 to 4pm. Again there was no one there. So the surprise was ruined and we took our business else where."
    Dined on 6/9/2013
  • "I think the Gumbo is the best I've had in years. The Barbeque Shrimp on Grits is amazing. And then to top it off The Vibe Five music is incredible. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "My party of 4, one had an emergency and could not make it) thoroughly enjoyed the Gospel Brunch at The Taste Restaurant on Sunday, Jue 2. This was my fourth time at The Taste Restaurant and I had no complaints. The chef made the best omelet that I have ever had. Their sweet potato waffles were delicious as well. Our reservation worked out perfectly. Our table was ready and waiting and we were shown to our table immediately. I truly appreciated the Open Table reeservation. My group plans to return the first Sunday in July for the next Gospel Brunch."
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "Everything turned out great! i invited a few friends to share some dinner and to listen to a musical showcase. The show was awesome! Our dinner was great. Everything on the menu is very tasty. We tried the crabcakes and soul rolls for appetizers. The drinks were made perfectly. Great night overall!"
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "This was my 4th visit to Taste, but my first Brunch. My sisters and I took my mom to the Mothers Day Brunch and everyone loved the food, the atmosphere, the jazz, and the customer service! I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "I took my Mother to Taste for the Mother's Day Buffet Brunch. While the food was good (although I did not see a couple of items the restaurant had advertised); the service was spotty at best. Although we were told that our table was being set up, when we were seated we found we did not have silverware or napkins. After waiting for several minutes, I took them from an empty table in the back. Other issues occurred throughout. A 20% gratuity was added to the bill for our party of 2! I no longer live in Dayton and now live in a much more expensive city. However, I have never been automatically charged a 20% tip for a party 2; much less for a buffet where we had to get our own food!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Like many buffets it is difficult to maintain good food quality and temperature. As a result, some very tasty "warm" items. $15.95 per adult was on the high side for this quality meal but the shocker was the auto 20% service charge (not listed as tip) for the meal. When the bill comes, there is still a spot to give a tip. We saw our server twice, once for drink order and then we caught him to give us the check. The waiter should have indicated clearly that the tip was included but "why?"this is a great deal for him. How many people would simply add 15% onto the bill and not even notice it? I almost did. I want to try this restaurant again but don't feel I can support this deceptive pricing. When did a tip go to 20%? Shame on you!!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "WafflesThisThis Restaurant Has Amazing Food That Has Something For Everyone. ThIs Time We Went For The Brunch And The Variety Was Great For A Smaller Restaurant. Fried Chicken And Wallfles! French Toast That Is Killer, Hearty Biscuit Gravy. The Only Downside Is The Price For Kids. Our 3 Year Old Who Ate Part Of One Plate Of Food Still Cost The Full $11. They Also Have Great Dinners And Live Music."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Server was either brand-new or incredibly bad. Forgot our soup, never asked how we wanted the steaks done. Steaks were tough, fish was overcooked. Food overall very bland. We won't be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "Can't say enough about "Taste". Great atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, dinners were great. Met the owner and he has a great passion and commitment for providing a top-notch experience. This is my new favorite restaurant in Dayton. Late Friday they added a jazz/soul/funk band and they were great, too."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "So glad to have this gem in our neighborhood. Food is delicious and creative. Staff is always attentive and welcoming."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "Good was delicious. I got the short ribs. Yum! It is a upscale soul food restaurant. I ordered too much food so couldn't eat it all. My husbands catfish was a smaller portion than he expected so of course he finished off my short rib. The black eyes pea soup was best I ever had. My husband doesn't like black eyed peas. He tried to eat all mine up-he loved the way they prepared theirs. It's great. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "The menu is a bit limited for my taste. Pastas and cream sauces, grits. I had the cajun shrimp pasta that had a heart symbol next to it signifying heart healthy. Even though it was cajun, I could detect very little spice. Also, the sauce was very creamy and I wondered why it was heart healthy. The restaurant is very nice inside and we had a good waitress who was very attentive. I was with 8 other people and I don't know how they all felt about their food. I know a few were not excited but cannot speak for all."
    Dined on 4/9/2013
  • "Our first time at this O.T. Find. The gumbo appetizer had a great, smoky flavor. The Taste salad had a light, flavorful dressing, complemented by sweet cornbread croutons. We enjoyed fish in a light but crunchy cornmeal coating. For dessert, we shared the sweet potato pecan pie, baked in a flaky crust. Our only disappointment was that we couldn't stay to hear the live band setting up for 8 pm."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "Great food. The chef is creative and imaginative in preparing variations on traditional southern cuisine. Highly recommend this for lovers of southern cuisine or anyone who wants to get beyond the standard meat and potatoes restaurant fare."
    Dined on 3/14/2013
  • "I went to taste for my wedding anniversary. We were not sure how bit was going to be, but the website and menu looked promising. At first glance the restraint looks very modern and the bar looks inviting. We were greeted at the door be the host and seated very quickly. My wife ordered a drink which she says was made very well. My wife ordered the chicken and waffle,and I ordered the short ribs. The food was spectacular. I was surprised to be eating this great of food in Dayton. We finished the meal off with one of the best strawberry cakes I gave had. The whole experience was amazing. I highly recommend eating here. We will be coming back soon!"
    Dined on 3/12/2013
  • "Menus changed and "Taste" not as nuanced! Pun intended."
    Dined on 2/22/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time and they have improved their service and menu. There menu was excellent when they first opened and then it went down hill and we hadn't been back in a long time. I gled we went back as we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and service. They were very gracious, helpful and present. The food was prepared perfectly and came out in a timely manner. We would highly suggest dining at Taste. We really want Taste to be successful as we need fine dining in Trotwood."
    Dined on 12/19/2012
  • "We came out to celebrate my mother's 65th Birthday and she/we had a ball. The live music was awesome, the server was great, the food was very tasty, the atmosphere wad very classy and fub! We had a great time. Thanks to the band member who sung to my mother and danced with her! That made her night! Looking forward to another celebration!"
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "We throughly enjoyed the experience. Food was tasty, however we really doubt that any items were heart healthy. They all seemed to be high fat and or high salt. By taste I think the gumbo probably had three days the rda of salt. The live band was also exceptional. After trying to find your place with GPS using your address, we finaly found you and entered from Salem Ave. We aren't familiar with the area since we drove in from Springfield. I hope you have real success. Tom Estep"
    Dined on 11/30/2012