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About 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!

2555 Shiloh Springs Rd
Dayton, OH 45426
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Cajun, American, Southern

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)

Cross Street:
Salem Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(937) 854-7060

Website:
http://www.daytontaste.com/

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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Taste Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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food

3.9

service

3.9

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4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 2, 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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 14, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 9, 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.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 7, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 2, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 25, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 12, 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 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!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 10, 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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 26, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2013

So glad to have this gem in our neighborhood. Food is delicious and creative. Staff is always attentive and welcoming.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 9, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 23, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 14, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 12, 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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on February 22, 2013

Menus changed and "Taste" not as nuanced! Pun intended.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 19, 2012

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 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

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2012

LOVED the blend of down-home dishes with elevated touches: truffled fries, mac and cheese with smoked gouda and three others, crispy on the outside catfish that literally melted in the mouth, and gumbo with a dark, dark roux and just the right amount of smoky heat in the back of the throat! I am ready to try more dishes.

I did not enjoy the exaggerated use of simple syrup at the bar, though. Will remember to order basic and classic next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2012

The menu was great and the ambiance is wonderful. I remember when the place used to be an Applebee's and it hardly looks like what it used to be. The set up is nice and warm and very upscale looking. This was only my second time there, the first time the meal was excellent but this last night on the 6th though the service was excellent and most of the food was great, I had steak this time and it was kind of tough. It was pan seared and I'm no chef, but I know it's hard to cook a steak on top of the stove. I will most definitely go back, the bar and bartender were very professional and catering. They make a great martini too!! Best ever. I see now that this will be a place I will continue to frequent on date night.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 14, 2012

Everyone in our party enjoyed themselves. My colleagues and I wanted a nice restaurant, with good food to meet and discuss work related issues. The prize went to the Chicken and Waffles entree', but the Greek salad and salmon was pretty tasty as well. Overall it was a Great evening and we (8 in all) agree Taste will definitely be added to the top of our list of favorite restaurants to dine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 8, 2012

The Firecracker Shrimp were the real deal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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