What is Roost Modern Italian?

Voted “Dayton’s Best Chef” in 2012, Dana Downs’s first restaurant, Roost Modern Italian, is the culmination of her years of working in Dayton’s finest culinary establishments. Roost takes traditional Italian foods and utilizes modern techniques and ingredients, developing unique flavors to create what Dana calls “Modern Italian.” The dinner-only restaurant just completed a renovation — turning the courtyard into a four-season room, with rolling garage doors that open when weather permits, and adding more tables to her mecca of food in the Historic Oregon District.

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Catering for the discerning Daytonian

Dana is exceptionally skilled in catering, being called upon by many to provide their special events the best experience that can be offered, not only regarding food, but supplying professionalism and stunning visual displays as well. From small events and private parties at Roost, to major functions anywhere in the Dayton area, our catering experience brings you an occasion to remember. Whether a graduation, retirement party, reception, reunion, or shower, let us make sure your event goes smoothly and worry free. Please call to discuss planning your event: (937) 222-3100

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524 East 5th Street Dayton, OH 45402


Monday Closed

Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm

Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm

Sunday 5pm-9pm