About Citilites at Schuster Performing Arts Center
Dayton, OH 45402
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.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 2.5 hours before most Schuster performances
$30 and under
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Citilites at Schuster Performing Arts Center Ratings and Reviews
I dine here often before the Matinee sho ...
I dine here often before the Matinee show. It's so convenient and the service has always been great! On our last visit this past Sunday, my guest had to send back her tomato soup as it wasn't hot & she also commented that her grilled cheese wasn't warm either. My pumpkin coconut soup was bland but warm. I love the salad selection and I usually choose that as my luncheon option. I have also tried some of the sandwich items in the past and they have also been very good. I like the variety and the fact that some of them are unlike I would find anywhere else. Just love that it's in the Schuster!
Good meal and food but HORRIBLE bar serv ...
Good meal and food but HORRIBLE bar service. We went the night of a Broadway Show at the Schuster and they were full. As we were told, management made a decision to go from 2 bartenders to 1, but add a bar back (helper). Then they made the decision to give the bar back 6 tables in the bar area to serve, so guess what, he was swamped!! Of no use to the bartender. A bottle of wine and 2 glasses took 30 minutes to serve.
This restaurant goes from zero mph to 200 mph in about 30 minutes on show nights. There is a 2 1/2-3 hour window where they need to be "staffed to the nines", then close up and go home. C'mon CitiLites, think!!!!....let's not screw up this limited staffing timeframe.
Waitress was pleasant and well-meaning, ...
Waitress was pleasant and well-meaning, but service was poor...especially drinks from the bar. Our first round took over 30 minutes from ordering to delivery to the table. The waitress kept checking the bar on progress, but the bar was painfully slow. One steak was ordered 'medium, no pink', but was served 'very rare'. The waitress insisted on bringing a fresh plate, and that was served 'well done'.
We love the Brussel Sprouts! All else ...
We love the Brussel Sprouts! All else is pretty good, very easy when going to the theatre. Server forgot to bring bread to the table, my husband didn't mind however that is a big no no in my book. It's the little things that make a difference. When asking the server when paying the bill - she said she forgot. Shouldn't be forgotten when they only have one seating a night.
I had the filet mignon with mashed white ...
I had the filet mignon with mashed white sweet potatoes and asparagus. My wife had the barramundi. We both enjoyed our meals. Our server was attentive even though the restaurant was quite busy. We enjoy eating at Citilites before attending productions at the Schuster Center.
There is nothing bad to say about Citili ...
There is nothing bad to say about Citilies. I just love spending time with my daughter and we really enjoy the time at Citilites, the food is great, the service is great, and we love the music. We were there to see 42nd. Street. The show was amazing. Just a wonderful time all around.
We had a nice dinner before the music pe ...
We had a nice dinner before the music performance. My husband's dinner was slightly better with the risotto as my pork dinner was cooked too much. We have dined there before and I am beginning to think the appetizers might be the way to go but we had a nice time anyway. The staff is very nice and the restaurant is quite pleasing.
Elegant Dining Experience!! A friend and ...
Elegant Dining Experience!! A friend and our young-ish daughters dined before The Nutcracker. Fun and yummy! We shared appetizers all around. The girls loved their Chicken Nachos with homemade tortillas and we raved over the Brussels sprouts. Crab cakes had a sauce we weren't too keen on. Over all I highly recommend enjoying this place. Atmosphere is good, wish our table had a private heater.. a bit hard to make it warm in the rotunda so ask for a seat inside the restaurant proper.
Ambiance is the worst. No music playing ...
Ambiance is the worst. No music playing? The place is filthy. (Sit at your bar top and look up.) Bar tender was potentially fantastic but they were so understaffed she never stood a chance. Sandwiches from the lunch menu were well prepared and a decent price value.
I brought my 7 year old granddaughters t ...
I brought my 7 year old granddaughters to eat before the Nutcracker. Service was extremely slow. When the girls Grilled cheese & fries finally came out, my meal didn't come out for 10 more minutes. We were not asked if we wanted desert. We probably wouldn't have had time anyways. I had the lobster risotto. It was chewy & the claw meat was shredded. I will probably not be back. I wanted a special treat for the girls & it was disappointing.
Disappointing experience at Citilies. Ve ...
Disappointing experience at Citilies. Very cold air coming in through Schuster center doors made is freezing. My $30+ entree of lobster "risotto" was just a plain piece of lobster on some regular white rice with little flavor, and it was not hot. Brussels sprouts appetizer was the highlight. Server was nice enough but ill-informed about how to serve a bottle of wine. Great location and so convenient before Nutcracker but will find another option next time.
I was to dine with a friend pre-theater, ...
I was to dine with a friend pre-theater, however friend was stuck in traffic behind shut-down highway for an accident. Waitress Sara was very attentive, kind, and understanding of the situation. After a very good cocktail paired with a very boring cheese board, I inquired about several entrée options that were of interest. She was kind to inform me that the chicken and pork were reporting as too dry, so I opted for lobster risotto. The lobster was tender, but cold. The risotto was hot and creamy. I left her a very generous tip for kindly waiting on one at a table reserved for two. This was my second experience at this restaurant, and am not impressed with the expensive price for so-so food.
Overall good experience. The Brussels Sp ...
Overall good experience.
The Brussels Sprouts had a good flavor but was way under cooked. We didn't complain but noticed two other tables that left the sprouts on the table barley touched. Guess I should have made a comment earlier! Although, we were asked many times if the food tasted good. So we had the opportunity to complain.
I enjoy the fact that I always find some ...
I enjoy the fact that I always find something new and creative on the menu that often is a modern twist on an old favorite. It also has dishes that are new to me and always, always a delight to consume. And the bartenders are aces! Such interesting cocktails to sample.
Citilites is very inviting for a meal pr ...
Citilites is very inviting for a meal prior to a Schuster Center event. We like it inside across from the bar where there is lots of activity and energy and not so formal as in the Wintergarden. Wait staff know us and it's nice to be treated well and have good service.
Imagine my surprise when I showed up at ...
Imagine my surprise when I showed up at my reservation time and was told that there was no reservation under my name. The fact that I received this followup email asking for a review, suggests that there is a problem with the open table reservation system. I will make sure a call my reservations in from now on to avoid further embarrassment and inconvenience.
First we were shown a table in the bar a ...
First we were shown a table in the bar area which was very warm and confined and noisy from the kitchen so we asked to be seated out front. Mistake--it was freezing cold. My main meal was cold and had to be re-heated (re-plated in a much smaller portion.) Our server, Mary, was excellent and really made it fun. Otherwise, the appetizer of samples was dried out and over-cooked (fried). and the main was rather garish with a lump of pork and one small brussel sprout sliced. Really!? Salad had too much spikey- weed type leaves. And it all got so cold so quickly because of the fans or air coming from above.
This is such a great place to eat prior ...
This is such a great place to eat prior to a concert or play or production of any kind at the Schuster Center. Service can vary a bit depending on the size of the crowd before an event since timing is of the essence. We like our vegetables a bit crunchy, as opposed to mushy, but I will admit that on this occasion our appetizer of very tasty roasted brussel sprouts, and the broccolini that came with my risotto, were a bit too crunchy even for me. And the broccolini had no flavor; clearly had not been touched with any seasoning or sauce or marinade of any kind. But this will not stop us from returning.
Enjoyed the meal and our wonderful serve ...
Enjoyed the meal and our wonderful server Mary. This is a regular stop for my wife and I, and we are rarely disappointed. My wife enjoyed the Ratpack Manhattan and Juicy Burger. I am a big fan of the kale salad, this time with salmon. Keep up the good work!
It is a perfect location when attending ...
It is a perfect location when attending a show at the Schuster, Victoria, or the Loft. The food is very good and served in an artistic manner. The menu has something to please everyone. We always enjoy our meal at Citilites.
I’m a season holder to the DPAA and enjo ...
I’m a season holder to the DPAA and enjoy eating at Citilites for its atmosphere and convenience of being at Schuster Center. However the food quality and temperature varies from time to time. Dinner price averages to be about $30-40 per person and if it’s a special event there a chance your food may be disappointing.
First our reservation was lost, second m ...
First our reservation was lost, second my food (Pork tenderloin) was cold, second serving was lukewarm, wife's food was also lukewarm. Service was better than previous visits. Like the idea of dining there before the DPO Performance, but just not worth the problems. We try the place once or twice a year and always problems!! If we are there only for small plates usually no issue.
I asked for a refill on my coffee, got it , but my wife's cup was ignored. Attention to detail is not a hallmark of this place, get you in, out and close.
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