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 Sweet Potato Fries $3

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

Chicken Nachos $9
Pulled chicken served with queso with a kick, pico de gallo, sliced jalapeños, on house-made tortilla chips, served with a side of cilantro sour cream


Upgrade your salad: Chicken +$5, Crab Cakes (2) +$8, Salmon +$8, or Portobello +$3

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

Wintergarden Salad $6/$11
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

Asian Salad $9
Mixed greens, red cabbage, fried wontons, carrots, red bell pepper, rice noodles, and sesame-soy dressing

Sicilian Ahi Tuna Salad $8
Fresh cooked ahi tossed with white and garbanzo beans, onion, and vinegar served on a bed of romaine leaves with cucumber slices, served with fresh fruit

Super Salad $11
Quinoa, spinach, blueberries, feta, and almonds, with honey lemon viniagrette


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

10 Ton Burger $12
Half-pound seasoned burger, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion served with 10 Ton spicy mustard on the side using Warped Wing 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout, served with french fries

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

Roasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Panini $10
Sliced turkey, brie, apples, and arugula, served on garlic herb bread with sweet potato chips

Citi-Steak Sandwich $13
Sliced filet mignon, house-made Boursin cheese, thinly sliced leeks and sweet red bell peppers, bibb lettuce served on a ciabatta roll with house-made chips

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

Portobello Mushroom Sandwich $10
Portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper, baby spinach, fresh mozzarella, and sundried tomato pesto, served on a bun with sweet potato chips

Fried Mozzarella BLT $10
Tomato jam, arugula, bacon, fried mozzarella, on sourdough, with roasted garlic aioli, with house-made chips

Chicken Salad on Croissant $9
Light chicken salad with sour cream, celery, and Parmesan, on a buttery croissant with lettuce and tomato, served with fresh fruit

Matinee Specialty Drinks

Sparkling house wine with orange juice

Red Wall
House sparkling wine with Chambord and a splash of cranberry juice

Citilites Spicy Bloody Mary
An eye-opening mix of Hell’s Belle Vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, hot sauce, and pepper

Berry Vodka Collins
CÎROC Red Berry Vodka, raspberries with house-made sour mix topped soda water and garnished with a Luxardo cherry

Swirl Martini
Buckeye Vodka, Godiva White and Dark Chocolate Liqueur, crème de cacao and cream served in a martini glass swirled with chocolate syrup

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.