Citilites at Schuster Performing Arts Center

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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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YS
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and outstanding menu. It gets better and better with every visit. Heading back this Thursday for another great adventure

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b
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Brussel sprouts appetizer is fantastic. And definitely enough for 2-3 people to share. Portions of the entrees are sufficient. My side of salad served with my meal tasted like the greens hadn’t been washed. Think this may have been a one-time oversight as they have always been fine in past dinners there. The waiter was very responsive and noted he would let the kitchen know of the problem.

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JM
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was meeting a business acquaintance w/ a walker for lunch. Accessibility is crucial. Citilites is extremely very accessible. The staff was very attentive and helpful.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great way to relax before a show with a wonderful meal!

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JJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice experience. Love the opportunity to eat well and experience the theater.

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Citilites! We enjoyed the fresh daisies on the table. Our waitress was friendly and did a nice job taking care of us. The food was amazing!

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e
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The tomato bisque, wintergarten salad, osso bucco, and the wine. We could not have had a better waiter.

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

I wish she would update your menu

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wish the food selection was more like other restaurants in choice and price.

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CK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the wintergarden salad. I have had it several times in the past but this visit I added the grilled chicken and it was very good. I think a good bread would be a nice addition
I would like to see the return of a half sandwich paired with the salad or soup.
I would be remiss not to mention the excellent service we received from our server Daria. Big kudos to her for making are dining enjoyable.

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LC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't imagine a better place to enjoy a meal before a performance or anytime, actually. We love dining there. The staff and food is wonderful.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was excellent, service a little slow, but got us out in plenty of time for show. Definitely will go back.

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M
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was surprisingly good. Service was mediocre at best

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PH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each selection chosen at our table was delicious. The service was very attentive. We never felt rushed. It was a delightful dining experience

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The drinks were great.

The appetizer.. cod special was horrible. Tasted like it just came out of a box

Ordered a mushroom Swiss burger and it had no flavor. Chips were good

Ordered Brie pasta. It was spaghetti noodles with a runny cheese sauce. Cost ... $19.... not worth the cost of this dish.

Service was slow. We had many times that we saw the waitress but she didn’t stop. She would come to one table and walk away and then come back out and go to another table and walk back.

Overall not a good experience. We will not be returning to this venue for dinner.

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MG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The last few times we've been to Citilites we have experienced slow and inattentive service. The food is delicious but the limited menu has not changed for months. We have always enjoyed eating there before a performance in the past but will probably eat somewhere else before the next show.

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JT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have had several enjoyable meals at Citilites, but this unfortunately wasn't one of them. We arrived at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm reservation and was seated promptly. The drinks and one of our appetizers was delivered within 10 minutes of our seating. But our second order of appetizers never arrived and our entries were not delivered until 7:30 pm, leaving very little time before the 8:00 pm show. One of our guest had the filet, which they very much enjoyed. But myself and another guest had the Alfredo with chicken, which neither of us particularly cared for. The noodles and sauce were fine, but the chicken was very bland and tasteless. It saddens me to leave a negative response after so many wonderful visits.

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PK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We have eaten here many times & had a wonderful experience. Unfortunately this was the worst experience ever. Our reservations were for 6:30 pm. We did not get our food until 7:40 pm. My order was not correct. It's not difficult to fix a vegie burger with chips & cheeseburger with chips. The performance was at 8 pm so we did not have time to eat our entire meal & be able to get to our seats prior to the performance. The server kept apologizing. The manager FINALLY came to us as we were trying to wolf down our meal. No discount on our meal was offered, he offered us a free dessert. If we don't have time to eat our meal, what good is a dessert? Especially since we could not take it with us into the performace. EXTREMELY frustrating to see people that have come in long after us finish their meals when we hadn't even gotten ours and see them enjoy their free dessert when we can't even finish our meal.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the evening with a friend and the service which was efficient since we were due at the concert.

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CA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious; however, the service was not up to par. We ordered wine but didn't get it. The waiter came to see if everything was okay and we had water only. He quickly rectified the problem but we waited quite a while.

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J
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryan was a fantastic server. Knowledgeable recommendations. Attentive. Great sense of humor!!
Chicken entree was so good. Moist, flavorful and plentiful.
Love dining here

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RE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Citilites is always a wonderful place to eat before a Dayton Philharmonic event.

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FK
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Perfect pre- concert dinner.

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RN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was great. Love the new menu items...especially the blueberry fondue and eggplant entree.

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F
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Waitress was very slow and inattentive. She knew we on a lunch hour and didn’t seem to care. We had to wait for the checks and also for change. We also asked for things and she forgot them. Don’t go if you are on a time crunch.

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YS
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trivia Night Rocks

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CV
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
29 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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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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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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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
7 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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