Citilites at Schuster Performing Arts Center

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745 reviews
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Citilites Restaurant & Bar is a casual dining restaurant located in the Kettering Wintergarden of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, serving lunch Monday through Friday and lunch or dinner prior to performances in the Mead Theatre and some performances at the Victoria Theatre.
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Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trivia Night Rocks

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CV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes were in need of some kind of sauce. They were a bit dry for my taste. The crime brûlée was excellent!
the waitstaff was attentive and pleasant. You had a full house so I know they were busy, but they were everything we could have needed for our group.

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NG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like Citilites for a pre-show dinner. We can park in the garage and enjoy a relaxed dinner. The service was appropriately attentive. The food was delicious. As it was St. Patrick's Day weekend, we did feel the wait staff should have been allowed to wear green ties.

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EE
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at reasonable prices along with outstanding service. This was our first reservation but it won’t be our last.

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r
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual the food was unique and very good. Service was first class. The Wintergarden is a unique place to eat. Scratchy

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CG
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, the service is great and the atmosphere is relaxing.

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LY
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was decent for the price. Waiter I had (Joseph was his name I think) was not very attentive. Took forever to get our drinks, water came much later. We never got rolls initially and waiter never came back over, had to wave over the hostess to ask for the rolls finally. I don't necessarily think he represents the staff as a whole, but brought the whole experience down

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G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been to Citilites many times but the only reason we go is because it is convenient before a show at the Schuster Center. The food is over priced and selection is minimal. Quite honestly if this restaurant was in a different location I would never go.

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LM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, tasty food served in a cafe setting. What’s not to love??

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Love the location and the menu. However, the cocktails are often not well-crafted or balanced.

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LC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to have a great meal before a performance. And the staff is delightful!

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pre show dinner. Food was good but not great. I had crab cakes that were just okay.

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R
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and drinks before a show. Easy reservations, friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as always. I love the Brussel sprouts. Ambiance, service and the convenience factor are also important reasons why I love to dine here before any show at the Schuster.

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HA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, proportions were also excellent.

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r
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat inside. It seemed a little more crowded and a lot noisier. Food was very good a usual, and the service was very good as well. I still think it's a little pricey.

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LO
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location and food, very busy. We enjoyed new foods!

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h
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent. Halibut is not something on most restaurant"s menu.
Prior to main phillamonic performance, children performed celtic dances and we had the best seats.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

It is convenient in bad weather when attending a show at the Schuster. We waited 1 hour for our main meal & mine was cold. The menu is pricy & VERY limited. The Brie pasta was very thick & gummy-- better after being warmed up ,but would never order again. Tomato soup was also just luke warm. Rolls looked like out of a store package & just thrown in a basket cold. Our poor waitress had a whole line of tables plus a crowded, full bar to take care of. What do you expect of 1 person!! We arrived at 6 & missed seeing the Irish dancers, since we waited so long for our meal. There were very few people when we arrived, so we should have had our food sooner. I would only return in rain or snow for convenience.

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M
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is great to eat here before performances
I wish the menu had a few more choices.
Also there were Celtic dancers performing and it was too loud for us to have a conversation.

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MB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I would rate my overall experience as good. As expected, with the restaurant located adjacent to a main entrance and gathering area at the Schuster Theater it was rather noisy. I would rate the food as good, but our server was excellent. Our table was very wobbly, something the staff should have been aware of when setting up for the evening dinner service.

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R
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelly was an outstanding server and the food was amazing. The Warped Wing IPA was cold and refreshing. Perfect place before a show or the symphony. Highly recommend.

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MH
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy dining here before a Super Pops concert!!

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CN
Cincinnati
167 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had dinner at Citilites before a show. We were very pleased with the service, the breadth of the menu and the wine selection/prices. We ordered the Osso Bucco and the Brie pasta. Both dishes were a bit bland but otherwise OK.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tastes delicious and our server was awesome! Thank you!

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QB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent, but service was very slow. I rec'd something other than what I ordered, but ate it anyway as any further delays would have caused us to be late for the show.

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d
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoy everything about Citilites. I often go for an excellent meal and some really wonderful wine and cocktails before show at the Schuster, Loft and Victoria.

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CG
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter-in-law for lunch before the performance of The King & I. She had never been to Citilites before. She is a vegetarian and ordered the tomato bisque soup (as did I) and the vegan walnut taco salad (I ordered my favorite Wintergarden salad). She was very impressed with the entire experience and said she can't wait to return, as I am also taking her to see Waitress. You never cease to impress with the service and the food.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

Made reservation via Open Table several weeks prior to event. We were seated next to kitchen - loud noisy and not calming. Could hardly hear each other - We arrived at 6:20, server was excellent however our entree did not arrive until 7:30 - had to rush eating meal for curtain time at 8:00. No time for coffee and dessert.

Very disappointed in the lateness of food arrival (although our drinks and tomato bisque were timely) and our seating location was awful

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We got there and were seated and ordered after a little bit. The waiter asked us if we wanted bread and we said yes. 15 minutes went by and we were not checked on or given anything. We flagged down the waiter and asked him for our bread and to check on our order. He left and came in and out of the kitchen a few more times over the next 5 minutes helping other people but never came to our table again with any bread or information on our order. We left and went across the street to Uno's.

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B
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered Hamburger "Medium". It was cooked almost "raw". No time to wait for a "re-cook".

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CG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We always eat here when we have a show, I wish there was a bigger variety of food

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TG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Fried Brussels sprouts were burnt with an acidic taste to them. When sent back the manager loudly told the cook that “this lady says your sprouts are burnt”. The second order was fine. Then waited over 45 minutes for fettuccine. Saw the steak in the window for approximately 30 minutes of the wait. No explanation or visit from management. Rather disappointing visit.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group all had an enjoyable lunch before a matinee. The food was good, service attentive, and all in all it was a good experience. The only negative, out of the control of Citilites is that we were cold.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food & service were just fine. We did not like sitting in the lobby.
Will never go here again.

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KW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding waitress. Especially enjoyed appetizer wraps with peanut sauce

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RY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent setting for dinner or a light meal before a show. A little pricey, but food was excellent and service very good. Good wine selection available.

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J
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great spot to have a wonderful meal just before the show. The menu is small but mighty.

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b
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was with my wife for a show that night, so the experience was enjoyable. The brussel sprouts appetizer was plentiful and very good. However, there were a number of menu items already unavailable, yet we had a 6PM dinner reservation. My wife enjoyed her steak, while I felt the double burger meal had an odd flavor to the meat. Not necessarily a pleasant taste either. I attempted to smother the flavor with ketchup, but when requesting some additional, it never showed up. Thus, I chose not to finish.

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JW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Steak was overcooked, bread was underbaked and not their usual variety which is quite good.

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