The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and the view of the campus and the Cornell clock tower is gorgeous if you are sitting by the window, especially at sunset.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Breakfast Buffet offered quite
Breakfast Buffet offered quite afew options....fruit, yogurt, cereal, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, mini muffins, etc. I thought $17 was alittle pricey though. Also, the Sunday brunch (which we couldn't get reservations for) started at 10 am. Our breakfast reservation was at 9:45. It got alittle chaotic since they were trying to set up the brunch buffet in the same area as the breakfast buffet!!!! Also a bit confusing as to what items went with which buffet!???
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Banfi's is the Best
This is my fourth time to Banfi's this year and it has always been fabulous! The food and the service are right on point :)
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delightful, efficient service.
Delightful, efficient service. Fine food Brilliant mixologist.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Even though I am a college
Even though I am a college student and lack the money to buy nice meals. I make sure to always save up in order to be able to go to Taverna Banfi at least once every other week. Their grilled salmon with steamed broccoli is to die for. I can't get enough of it.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good except
The food was very good except for dessert. We had to send ours back.
We came back for breakfast the next morning and the experience was wonderful. Fantastic food and great service.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect place for brunch with
Perfect place for brunch with big shrimps,fresh fruits and delicious desserts . Highly recommend this place
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first experience at Taverna
Our first experience at Taverna Banfi was an Easter Brunch which was absolutely amazing.
In addition we have celebrated 2 graduations here and both times we were very pleased with our choice. The first graduation we enjoyed a excellent dinner. The food was fantastic and service was great!
For our second graduation we enjoyed a wonderful brunch with many delicious dishes to chose from and a wonderful dessert bar. Service again was terrific!
We look forward to celebrating a third graduation in two years and will be certain to celebrate at Taverna Banfi!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Taverna Banfi Buffet the Best
You can't go wrong with the price of the buffet here. Not only can you obviously go up multiple times, but the food quality is spectacular and there is always some roast at the carving station. The service is always with a smile. We can't wait to go back!
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice option while visiting Cornell
This restaurant is run by students in Cornell's Hospitality Administration program. The food was very good, the service was fine though the students are still learning the ins and outs of top-notch service. I was very happy to have this fine dining option on a Sunday night during summer session.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful Father's Day
My wife takes me and our family to Banfi's every Father's Day and we always enjoy our time, food and conversation. My only question is why Banfi's does not promote a Father's Day brunch. I could not find any mention of Father's Day and when you arrive you are told that the buffet is the order of the day. Why not Father's Day Brunch?
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Business Lunch at Banfi's
Overall very good, although it does tend to get noisy. Coffee was not good, seemed very weak. I had the buffet, it was very good.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Brunch Spot
It's always a joy to have brunch at Banfis. A definite must do for any Cornellian.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
dining inside the fridge
Banfis food and service and always top notch. My only consistent complaint is that the space is over-air-conditioned.
Especially in the summer when people have left their sweaters at home! Hard to relax when you are
shivering. So - save the hotel some money, help the environment, and make your customers happier by turning down the air conditioning!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you appreciate old world dining with seamless service and fantastic food and wine in a casual atmosphere....go to Banfi's for Sunday brunch. It is a great way to spend a few hours with friends. It is not a place to gorge yourself. It is a place to try a little of everything over a glass of wine. I recently had a dissappointing visit with a friend, but everyone has an "off" day. I will go back.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Quite Experience & Good Food
Enjoyed our evening of good food, responsive service and a great atmosphere.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed the lunch
I really enjoyed the lunch buffet. There were three of us, including one vegetarian, and we each had the buffet. Everyone enjoyed the food and restaurant. There were plenty of veggie options and everything was delicious. I want to try the brunch. The only problem is I ate too much!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful experience as always
Great lunch for my hubby's birthday. Great cake and service, too.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent lunch buffet at Cornell
We came in with the idea of a lunch salad or sandwich, but after looking at the buffet, we decided to go with that since at $19/person it came out to be just a little more than a soup & sandwich or salad lunch. The items were fresh, well-prepared and presented. We especially liked the tortellini soup. The only dish that could have been better was the chicken which had a boiled texture. Deserts were excellent.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Typically great buffet at Banfi's
Always reliable for lunch buffet for entertaining.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hotel school tops for lunch
The food & service at Banfi's are excellent. The staff love pleasing people.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressive Buffet in Every Way
We had the buffet. It's always a great choice for those who can't make a decision or want everything. The proteins for the day were a roasted pork with chutney and a roast salmon. There were 5 people at my table who had to try both. We all agreed that both were perfectly cooked, but that the pork was the standout. It melted in your mouth. Given the great service and variety of choices we recommend it to experienced foodies as well as the newly experimenting.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice restaurant
Service was attentive and outstanding. The chairs were comfortable. The food was excellent and was available at many price ranges for dinner. The atmosphere was quiet and semi-formal which was perfect for my dinner with a friend who I hadn't seen in years. Their tiramisu is the best I've ever had.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
comfortable quiet & relaxing
comfortable quiet & relaxing with good food and outstanding service
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch out with colleagues
The lunch buffet is very nice, delicious, varied, and well presented. It is also possible to order from the menu. We had a group of six and my only complaint is that we were charged an extra fee because we had a "large" group. I don't consider six a large group, but i could understand the charge for a complicated evening meal. This was lunch. And, four of the six diners purchased the self-service buffet, only three of the six ordered an drink (in addition to the water served), and we put all the charges on one ticket. So I don't believe that the server was stressed and I feel overcharged.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
While searching for colleges, we stumbled upon this restaurant and hotel. It is a great find. Wish we had this restaurant in my "neck of the woods!"
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not what one would expect
Not what one would expect to find on a college campus, except of course at Cornell's Hotel School. Great student staff. Wonderful food.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food always
Taverna Banfi consistently delivers delicious, quality food. The short ribs should be on the menu year round! The service is fantastic and you are never rushed. I have dined with large and small parties and the experience is always top notch. We will always return back to Taverna Banfi.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice but pricey for the area
Very nice Italian restaurant in the cornell
School. Not crowded at all for a Saturday not
On move in weekend. A bit surprised. Maybe because
It was abut pricey but good. My shrimp and pasta dish was a very
Small portion but very tasty. They put so little pasta
In the dish that it was strange they couldn't put more.
Literally a view strands of pasta. Didn't make sense.
But the device and atmosphere is very nice.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great foor and AMAZING staff
This was our first time here and was a surprise brunch for my significant other. The food was better than I expected. We both had some of everything and our favorites were the crepes, roast beef at the carving station, smoked salmon, and turkey sausage. The fresh fruit was also amazing! Throughout the meal the staff was punctual and we always had a full glass of water. . On top of all of this, the manage on sight was amazing. He welcomed us in and asked if we had been there before. Know we were new, he gave us some welcomed advice and suggestions so we knew how the brunch ran. After our meal he checked in and chatted with us for a minuet. He was very friendly, had great stories, and made the brunch even more enjoyable. Thank you!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a very nice breakfast with great service!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine at Cornell
On the second floor of the Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University, this handsome, spacious restaurant serves wonderful meals, including a sumptuous Sunday brunch buffet. There are lovely views out the windows of the beautiful campus. We have enjoyed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and brunches here, whether staying in the hotel or not, and we love to keep coming back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Firs time dining at the famed Taverna on Cornell campus - I definitely would bring any out of town guests here. Excellent food and service. I was still thinking about the braised short ribs the next day!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
An old favorite with a new menu
Taverna Banfi is a gem. Whenever we return to the Cornell campus, we always dine at Taverna Banfi. They have a new menu with lots of variety. Great wine list.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the lobster mac and
I had the lobster mac and cheese and the duck breast wich were both very good. The lobster mac and cheese had a tasty creamy sauce to it like bisque while the duck breast was tender and juicy. I skipped dessert though since i'm not really a dessert person. Service was excellent.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taverna Banfi Delights
Taverna Banfi served delightful meals to four sixty-something Townies celebrating a birthday on a recent Tuesday evening. We found the restaurant active and the student staff most gracious and attentive in their hosting and serving roles. The tasty appetizers and entrees were prepared with attention to detail and presentation. We selected local (Finger Lakes) wines to pair with our meals resulting in a most pleasant experience of seafoods and pastas. We would recommend Taverna Banfi to others interested in a comfortable evening out in the heart of the Cornell University campus.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
what a find!!
We had a party of 6 , everybody ordered something different and everyone raved about their meals! Eugene, our server was professional yet very down to earth. we were not rushed but the food did come in a timely fashion. delicious desserts were shared and passed around the table - prices were not sky high and suited the meals served. We all left still talking about the food and the service. Next time in Ithaca we will return!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Very Fine Restaurant
One can have a great meal in a lovely room overlooking the beautiful Cornell campus. Very good wine selections.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Atmosphere
We liked the variety of breakfast and lunch items to choose from. In particular, I enjoyed the selection of fruits, salads, and desserts. Also liked jumbo shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, bacon, sausage and waffles.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!
I ate here three nights while my daughter was touring Cornell. What a gem!
The food was inventive, beautifully plated and well-executed.
The olive oil on the table was the best I've ever had - and I live in Northern California.
Service was excellent - all young people from the School of Hotel Administration who are super-earnest.
I did not check the wine list recommendation only because I am not a wine lover, I have to leave that for others to judge.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went with some ladies for a birhday celebration. I have been to many brunches and this
was the best. Wonderful appetizers. Great service, especially from some Cortland
servers that remembered us from the past..
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch Buffet is Fantastic!
This is the best lunch buffet in Ithaca. It isn't cheap, but it's good.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although the restaurant was
Although the restaurant was not particularly busy, it must have been short on staff. Our dishes were not quickly removed. I had to chase down a waiter to refill coffee. Having been to the restaurant numerous times, this was an unusual experience. Overall, the brunches have a nice variety of good food.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only (minor) complaint was
Only (minor) complaint was that I ordered the filet medium rare, but it was more medium or medium well. Still tasty, so I didn't think it was worth sending it back since you can't un-cook it, but for future reference. The rest of the food was great, as was the service.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Perfect place to connect!
I was visiting my daughter at Cornell and while there are many wonderful dinning options in Ithaca we were able to make a reservation on Open Table for Taverna the same day we dined...no waiting which was perfect! The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! Thank you Greg for amazing service and friendly conversation!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cornell Campus Gem
Had a wonderful post concert dinner at Taverna Banfi. Our student/waiter Cole and others couldn't have been more attentive. The food was pitch perfect. Convenient location across from the Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus makes it a perfect post concert dinner spot. Campus visitors or if you are staying at the Hotel Statler should try this great find.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very attentive server. We
Very attentive server. We were well taken care of. The wine bar man was exceptional!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service was not at it's best, but the food was delicious! Brunch buffet with an incredible selection and variety
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I always take my relatives here when they come to visit. It has excellent food and a wonderful atmosphere.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I ordered the lunch buffet
I ordered the lunch buffet for $20 and was very disappointed that the promised salmon was not available when I went to the buffet line at 12:30. I waited a bit but had to get back to the table to join my guests. When I went back for dessert, the salmon was back. Really should try not to run out and not have something immediately available at the peak time.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM