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Roost Modern Italian

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524 E Fifth Street, Dayton, OH
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Troy, Ohio
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been wanting to check out Roost for a while. Our meal was very good. My husband had the filet and it was cooked perfectly. I had the fried chicken breast with a cream pesto linguini and everything was delicious. We had scallops and meatballs for apps. The scallops again cooked perfectly and the meatballs were very tasty. The... More 

Thank JOhio1999
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Certainly, this is one of the best restaurants in Dayton. The staff are friendly and the owner is friendly.we enjoy the bar and chit chatting with regulars. The food is delicious.

Thank Katie s
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

On of two restaurants owned and operated by Chef Dana. Good Italian food and good service. I have tried both of her restaurants and really have few complaints.

Thank Mortgageman9000
Dayton, Ohio
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124 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We went out for my birthday and I was generally pleased, though I felt like the service could have been a bit more personal. Be aware that this is a small space and that your being seated in the patio area even in January (enclosed and they willingly turned up the heat when we requested them to do so) is... More 

Thank Parisajamais
Centerville, Ohio
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Aaron was our server and was on top of his game. Our food arrived as it should, not too long between courses and not rushed. Our drinks did not go empty and we were checked on often without being overboard. The chef came out to see if we enjoyed our meals - which always speaks volumes to me. The salads... More 

Thank Laura F
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

I visited Roost a while back and was unimpressed. I promised a friend that I would give it another try. We had a reservation for Saturday before seeing a show at the Schuster Center. I had the chicken saltimbocca with linguine marinara. Although the chicken was very moist and tasty, the pasta wasn't fantastic. I believe the area where we... More 

Thank Kristy B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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144 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

Family, friends, and I eat here this evening. It was my first time there. The restaurant was recommended by a friend. We were seated quickly. Our wait staff was attentive and worked closely with my spouse's dietary restrictions, and another's need for gluten free food. The food was prepared nicely, and cooked to order. I was dismayed at a couple... More 

Thank Sherlock6142
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited as a family for Valentines Day dinner. The service was fine but not note worthy. Now for the food... We had the Parmesan Fries for our appetizer and they were very good, two of the three dipping sauces were good. The third, truffle aioli, not so much. Truffles themselves are delicious but truffle oil, which is what I'm... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

We visited for the first time during Restaurant Week and had an outstanding meal. The arancini was one of the best I've had and the veal cutlet was wonderful. Great service and an excellent bar.

Thank Cr W
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

it was delicious with a smaller, more intimate setting. My only complaint is, because it is small with high ceilings, the noise level is such that you have to speak loudly to be heard or to hear. If that doesn't bother you, the atmosphere is lovely and Dana is a kind and generous host.

Thank Bonnie H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 E Fifth Street, Dayton, OH
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Dayton
  • Phone Number: 937-222-3100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?