Matinee Lunch Menu

2 1/2 Hours Before Matinee Performances | 1 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 937-222-0623 or make reservations online.


Open for lunch 2 1/2 hours prior to most matinee performances at the Schuster Center.

Located only steps away from the Box Office and theatre, you can park, pick up your tickets, dine, and enjoy a fantastic performance — all in one stunning location. We’ll even bring you your tickets and a program while you dine!

Menus change seasonally, but Citilites always offers house-made soups, salad dressings, and desserts, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Soups & Starters

Basket of Chips $3

Side of Fruit $3

Basket of Fries (sweet potato, garlic butter, or french fries) $4

Tomato Bisque $3/$5
A Citilites favorite – rich and savory, served with crostini

Soup du Jour $3/$5
New each day, these seasonal soups feature farm-fresh ingredients, served with crostini – ask your server about today’s creation

Crab Cakes $13
A trio of crisp crab cakes topped with corn tartar sauce and lemon salad

Bang Bang Chicken Egg Rolls $9
Sushi rice, pulled chicken, celery, carrots, red pepper and peanut sauce in a wonton wrapper, served with napa cabbage tossed in a peanut sauce


Add Chicken +$5, Two Crab Cakes +$8, or Salmon +$8

Kale Caesar Salad $6/$11
Baby kale, garlic marble rye croutons, Parmesan cheese, and sweet potato chips, with a classic Caesar dressing

Wintergarden Salad $7/$13
A Citilites favorite – mixed greens, diced apples, bleu cheese, dried cranberries, spiced pecans, and carrots with a sweet-herb vinaigrette

Citilites House Salad $5
Mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomato, carrot, with choice of dressing

Vegan Walnut Taco Salad $11
Walnut “meat,” romaine lettuce, roasted red pepper and corn relish, diced tomatoes and avocado, black beans, with an avocado cilantro lime vinaigrette

Strawberry Almond $10
Mixed greens, balsamic marinated strawberries, toasted almonds, feta cheese, shredded carrots, served with a balsamic vinaigrette


Upgrade your side: French Fries +$1, Cup of Soup +$1, Citilites House Salad +$1, Small Wintergarden Salad +$2, Small Kale Caesar Salad +$2

Chef’s Double Smashed Burger $11
A double stack prime beef cheeseburger cooked to medium perfection with tomato, lettuce, and onion, served with our house-made chips

Citilites Vegetable Burger $9
This house favorite mixture of flaxseed, mixed vegetables, and fresh herbs is formed to a gluten-free vegan patty on a bun from Evans Original Bakery, topped with smoked Gouda cheese and aioli, served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and house-made sweet potato chips

Citilites Turkey Club $11
Turkey with a bacon aioli, arugula, sliced tomato, and provolone on sourdough, served with sweet potato fries

Buffalo Chicken Wrap $9
Fried chicken tossed in Buffalo sauce, with lettuce, tomato, and onion in a tortilla wrap, served with house-made chips

Classic Grilled Cheese $10
Cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheeses on sourdough, served with tomato bisque

Barbacoa $10
Slow cooked beef on 3 corn tortillas spread on a layer on refried beans, spicy avocado cream, pico de gallo and tortilla chip crumbles (This item does not come with a side.)

Open-Faced Fish $13
Fried beer-battered cod, toasted bread, tartar sauce, chopped romaine tossed with fresh tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncini, cucumber mixed with a light Italian dressing, served with garlic butter fries

Ancho Pepper Chicken Salad $11
Chicken salad, fresh tomato and micro greens on whole grain bread, served with fresh fruit

Roast Beef Muenster Melt $12
Slow roasted beef sliced thinly and stacked with melted Muenster cheese, rosemary Dijon sauce and roasted red pepper relish on a french roll, served with Citi chips

We are proud to feature Ohio Amish Chicken, sustainably farmed Scottish salmon, and to work with local vendors including Hydro-Growers, Hill Family Farms, Evans Bakery, Rhan’s Bakery, and Warped Wing Brewery.