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“Very eclectic menu, high quality food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Roost Modern Italian

Roost Modern Italian
524 E Fifth Street, Dayton, OH
937-222-3100
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Ranked #5 of 687 Restaurants in Dayton
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Southern Ohio
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67 restaurant reviews
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“Very eclectic menu, high quality food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Roost declares itself an italian restaurant, but is not italian in the traditional sense (no chicken parm or other similar options, no pizza). It does have a spaghetti and meatballs entree, but that is about it from a traditional perspective. However- what is offered is of very high quality, the chef certainly takes care in the food. The salads were very good- very fresh, the appetizers were also very well done. Check out the menu at the website to be sure it isn't too non-standard for you- but if you are a bit adventurous (for italian!) you will be happy. Roost has an outside patio for maybe 6 or 8 tables. No view (fence) but on a nice night it works nicely. Inside is pretty trendy, but very small. Overall- food is very well made, owners do a nice job (came around and said hello, saw them several times talking to folks), so I think it is worth your time.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Last Minute Birthday Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

I had seen the restaurant on a previous visit to the Oregon District and when my sister and brother-in-law came to town for a Sunday night it became a perfect spot to celebrate.
Wonderful attentive service, excellent wine list and great food. Love that it is small reminds of some of the best restaurants I have visited in Italy. Will be visiting again soon

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Nice Sunday Dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Had a nice Sunday afternoon dinner at Roost today. It's new to us. We had a great risotto appetizer, Italian entrees and side salads. Nice wine list at various prices. Great service. It's small, so be sure to make reservations on Friday and Saturday. We plan to go back for the Sunday brunch soon!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best place to eat in Dayton!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

I love the Oregon District and when I heard a new restaurant was coming, I was pretty excited. I did not expect it to be this good though. Roost brings new meaning to Italian food. From the fantastic salads to the lovely entrees, you really can't go wrong. The service is great, since it's not a very large restaurant and the atmosphere is trendy but also comforting. I personally love the Pumpkin Ravioli with Scallops, you have to try it!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great addition to the Oregon District”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

I had read and heard great thing and they were true. Food was excellent and very well presented. Chef was very much present and attending to details and making sure everyone there was having a good experience. Followed us all the way to the curb to express her appreciation. Can be a bit noisy given the small space. Only disappontment was the same one expressed by another reviewer. Brown and serve dinner rolls don't match the rest of the cuisine. Bartender was helpful and very good looking.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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