Taverna Banfi
Taverna Banfi

Taverna Banfi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavernabanfi.com/
  • Phone: 6072542565x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday and Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am, Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Dinner Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Eric Szymczak, Chef de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties of 5 people or more, please call the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales Department 6072542678x
  • Special Events: Call 607-254-2624 for reservations

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 130 Statler Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking is complimentary
A word from Taverna Banfi
Taverna Banfi is proud to be the region’s premiere Tuscan-inspired restaurant, featuring local ingredients from over twenty regional farms and an award-winning wine list. Taverna Banfi has two private dining rooms for celebrating special events or conducting business functions. For your convenience, we offer complimentary valet parking for all guest dining at Taverna Banfi. We look forward to your visit and thank you for your patronage.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Taverna Banfi reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)scenic view (25)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (23)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (21)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (13)romantic (10)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Training Issues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was served with no silverware. Salad with dressing on the side was served without the dressing at all. The meaning of "sides" for the Banfi Burger was miscommunicated. She had to come back to explain that we could have french fries but not what we chose listed in the the menu. (In a fine dining establishment, I'd expect a senior dining staff person to solve this miscommunication by providing the customer's choice, perhaps as a smaller serving. (What could it matter to Banfi's at their prices what potato actually came out of the kitchen?) The fries that eventually arrived were way too salty without catsup. When requested, came in a plastic bottle. The caesar salad side was old and wilted with soggy croutons.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • celebrate at Taverna Banfi
    perfect4celebrations
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was so glad have discovered Taverna Banfi just in time to celebrate my son's his wedding announcement. The experience was a perfect delight and surprise for them. The food was luscious, esthetically delicious, healthy, artful in all ways. The servers were very pleasant and professional, the decor simple and of great taste. The valet parking made the experience classy. We felt transported in a Shangrila of Ithaca. I discovered you through the Plantations. Glad I did. Will recommend you around town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful restaurant! Service and food--always outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Dining
    Jentomsch
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food and service at Taverna Banfi was wonderful, as expected. The wine list was also quite impressive with several local Finger Lakes wines.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Lunch Buffet
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went here for lunch with a law school classmate. Great selection of cold/salad items. The hot entrees included maple glazed carrots (WOW!), fingerling potatoes, lobster pasta, seafood cakes, and carved roast beef. The seafood cakes and roast beed were both a little on the cold side which was disappointing, however the Italian Wedding soup was amazing and my favorite dish! There was also a great selection of desserts including mini creme brûlée, pot de cocoa, liqueur truffles, mini bread pudding etc. The price tag was $20 per person, which I found to be reasonable. If you happen to find yourself on Cornell's campus at lunch time, Taverna's buffet is a solid choice. GO GATORS!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tired Friday night
    noname11
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    6:45 pm reservation, restaurant too cold, no 6:30 start time available despite only 1/3 tables in use. Service painfully slow only redeemed by, as usual, outstanding cooking!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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  • 3rd best Ithaca has to offer
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    If you are looking for a very nice meal head to The Heights 1st, and John Thomas 2nd. I have come here several times for group dinners. There is nothing to complain about food wise or service wise at this establishment, but it does at times lack a sophistication you might find at the Heights or John Thomas. I say this because all the servers are undergraduate students at Cornell's Hotel School. The students are somewhat knowledgable about the menu and wine list, but they simply have not mastered it yet and many times need to ask "someone else" if you have a question. That being said, the students are attentive and polite…lacking in a little speed though. Highly recommend the scallops! GO GATORS!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Really great food
    RayOVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The place was hopping and the view was very nice of the university. Our food was fantastic, service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great with a slight problem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was very good, especially the desserts! The only problem was we didn't check the bill until we were home and then noticed that they had overcharged us on two of our entrees. They were a higher price than what was on the menus we were given, perhaps they were old menus? It's our fault for not checking the bill at the time, but we knew it was going to be expensive and it was - so be careful and check your bill !
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We liked it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We'll come back! The variety of foods on the buffet made it very hard to choose! Everything was carefully prepared and beautifully presented. All the staff members were helpful, and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great for lunch----had the buffet and there was a wonderful selection of both lunch main dishes and desserts
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit or miss
    2alumni
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The scallops were prepared perfectly and were served with fresh succotash. However the other two entrees were dissapointing. The salmon was over cooked and lost any moistness that was once there and way too much balsamic vinegar reduction on the plate. The chicken chop entree was also dried out but had an interesting flavor. If cooked to retain some moistness it would have been quite good. We ordered risotto balls that had wonderful flavor that were over cooked and crab cakes that were actually quite good. We have been to other hotel schools, Paul Smith's, Penn State and expected our Alma Mater to rise above both of those. Sadly to say, it did not. :-(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • harryVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    secret find on Cornell University in the Statler hotel!!! Have to stop there again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Bigbillproductions
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful service!! Very accommodating of a special diet!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion dining
    FLPhotochick
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our office most always uses Banfi's as our go-to place for special occasions whether we reserve a private room or sit in the general dining area. The staff is super and always knowledgeable and accessible. Love the lunch buffet and the chance to be adventurous and try new dishes. Of course the dessert bar is a wonderful ending to a good meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    leac
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The service was excellent. We weren't expecting for there to be only a brunch buffet and no menu on Sunday, but the food was still delicious and we loved it. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turn off the music
    DressesForDinner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was good, talking to the waitstaff was fun - all students at Cornell - but the atmosphere was not as nice as I remembered: no tablecloths, looked less like a fine dining restaurant and more like a Howard Johnson's and played the worst music I've heard in a restaurant in a long time. We were told that it could not be turned off, changed, it was the owner's favorite; could be but it was a turn off for us. Given the overall atmosphere, not sure that I'd return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Taverna Banfi is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to! The entire staff - from the manager and chef to the server - embodied a passion for customer service. Our server, Kelly, was extremely attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. We were very happy to be approached by the manager (I believe his name was Chris), and the chef, who both wanted to make sure everything was up to standards! Overall, this was one of the best meals of my life and I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Students Shine
    DelawareFoodLover
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    On our third visit, the Taverna Banfi shows how well a student restaurant can be. Outstanding food and professional service. Never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and wine
    SabrinaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went to Ithaca for a class at Cornell and stayed at the Stadler. The food here was great! We all had very different entrees- the Shrimp Pasta was big enough for at least two people and much to my surprise- the ceasar salad was possibly the best we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Banfi
    eataround
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The locals tell us that the restaurant is iffy- sometimes good, and sometimes not. This was our second visit, and it was one of those iffys. We would certainly come back, and perhaps for brunch or lunch instead of an expensive dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muy bien
    IthacaNative
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Llevé a mi familia para celebrar el cumpleaños de mi madre. La comida fue muy rica y sabrosa. Los precios fueran respetables y nuestra camarera sabía mucho de los vinos. Soy de Ithaca y éste fue la primera vez. Quiero volver con mi novia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cornell University's Restaurant
    NYCDiner53VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I expected much more. Much better. Not at all as described. No white table cloth. Quite an ordinary place that was no different than your standard place in a hotel. And I've been to far better ones. Convenient though. Waitress was not familiar with menu. Didn't even know the amount of crab cakes in an order. She said 4. It was 2. Burger was good. Pasta with sausage was fair at best. Should be better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Treat
    pegblooms
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Last minute plans led us to this restaurant. We were lucky to get a reservation during the busy reunion weekend at Cornell. What an excellent dining experience it was. The food was fresh, healthy, and flavorful. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome for dining, not for lunch
    may787
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Unfortunately, the food was cold, they ran out of desserts and roast beef while I was having lunch with my family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dessert
    Rigel
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food is mediocre but Dessert is absolutely fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!!
    Sammy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We selected Banfi because of its association with the Statler Hotel and hospitality program at Cornell University. The food was very fresh and most locally sourced. The menu had a great variety but not so much as to suggest an overstressed chef and kitchen. The wine list was varied and deep. You could find a great wine for a casual wine drinker but also find that very special, unique wine for the enthusiast. Food preparation and service was of high quality and in our instance all three dinners were perfectly prepared. Timing between courses was perfect. Server and manager were very quick to respond to a question we had about a locally sourced ingredient and where to purchase it, since we liked it so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair is a more than generous rating
    Clcl
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Daughter spent 4 years at Cornell, this was our first experience dining at the Statler, as a special occasion for graduation. Food was excellent, but service was abysmal. Our primary server was obviously in training and didn't have a clue of how to take drink or dinner orders. The person training her was not much better. Choosing to train someone at the beginning of graduation weekend was a poor choice by the restaurant management. We were very disappointed, and will never go back. This is one of Ithaca's pricier restaurants, and they should be able to do much better. p.s. Restaurant was FREEZING, and requests by us and other diners did not result in any change. Completely ruined what was left of the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 471 reviews are from the Taverna Banfi reviews archive.
  • Just some little things..
    iheartfood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was great and servers were nice, but small things such as not getting coffee refills and a lengthy time for our food (salmon and salad) took away from an otherwise satisfying experience. Also, a man right next to us engaged in a lengthy phone call despite the no cell phones request on the menu and no one seemed to enforce this despite having tables right next to him.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at Cornell
    cornellstudent54574
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Taverna Banfi offers excellent Italian cuisine at appropriate prices. I have had many professional meetings there and have once met in the back room with a group of 15, and every time the food and service is excellent. Portions are on the small end, but the quality is excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining on Cornell Campus
    appiya
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    It's a pity we locals don't treat Banfis as a dinner option often enough. It's a great choice for foodies. As a lunch stop on a working day it's an elegant option to cafeteria fare. The food quality and menu choices position it way above the mid-range lunch buffet. It is not accurate to describe it as an establishment run entirely by hotel students. It employs professional staff who are warm and attentive. Say "hello" to the restaurant manager, Mohan Nair (of international repute) for testimony to this fact.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Desert is where it's at!
    noname11
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Always a good buffet lunch, with a carved to order meat, but the real highlight is desert buffet: at least 5-6 choices in small portions to encourage tasting 2-3. All high quality. Overall, a nice deal for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sisters' Celebration
    pulilover
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have lived in Ithaca for many years. We have tried most of the restaurants but come back to Banfi's for the special event experience. As Cornell alums we enjoy speaking with the waitstaff about their hopes and dreams after graduation. Excellent service. Great food. Adult atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • banfi
    ijendo
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It's located in hotel 2nd floor. Enterance is a little funny. We had buffet course during noon time. All food was fresh and tasted very original. The steak was excellent. Desert was nice. it was one of family trip restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The college town campus was scheduled to be very crowded that day. So, I planned a couple days ahead for a noon reservation. Waiting in line for the maître d', the groups behind us were asking if a reservation was needed and commenting that I had done well to plan ahead. When we got to the reservation desk, our Opentable reservation had been lost. Luckily, the maître d' quickly sat us at the first open table. It was awkward, but worked out. If I had had to wait a fair amount of time, this review would have a much different tone. Will I still get the scheduled 100 dining points for this reservation? The buffet food was fine, but the kitchen staff struggled to keep items continually available.
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  • Great restaurant when parents visit
    SURendipity
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    As usual, my experience at Banfi's is always splendid! My mom was visiting Cornell, and so she took me and some of my friends out to dinner at Banfi's! The food and service are always excellent and I enjoy seeing some familiar faces as my waiters! I think the Hotel School is a wonderful establishment and a place that I hope to spend a lot of time in when I come back to visit Cornell! :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A SPECIAL PLACE
    Mika
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We had heard abouth the restaurant on our visit to Cornell and being foodies from NYC was curious how good it would be. We were very impressed; delicious food and wonderful views. We loved being served by the students.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food/Impeccable Service!
    CollieFlowerGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Beautifully situated on Cornell's breathtaking campus. My husband enjoyed the Rigatoni Butera, past cooked perfectly al dente & seasoned to perfection. I tried the grilled eggplant on our servers recommendation...sinfully rich & a vegetarian delight! We topped our dinner off with the semi-freddo. It was a chocolate, banana & caramel masterpiece and an architectural marvel! The Statler & Taverna Banfi will not disappoint!! We returned to the Regent Lounge for late night drinks, first sitting at the bar where the bartenders were fun & friendly. They answered all our questions & helped us choose THE best drinks! Later we moved to a comfy couch & enjoyed another drink with friends. It was a great place to chill & a perfect end to our day!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service.
    Jimmy
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Outstanding food and service. And very clean. If you are staying at Cornell, the Statler is the only place to stay and the Taverna Banfi is the best place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    michellecornell
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    It is always a pleasure to return to my alma mater to dine. The ambiance is energetic, with a helpful staff and delicious, freshly prepared and custom-tailored offerings (if you make a request) for any diet or palate. Although I've had several menu items, you can't fail with the dazzling buffet that offers a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, pasta dishes, cold salads and a numerous array of delectable desserts. Meat eaters will delight in the carving station that offers turkey, pork or beef. Make sure to try the root vegetables that are cooked to perfection. I particularly enjoyed the perfectly-cooked trout with the avocado mousse. Mohan Nair, Taverna Banfis manager is legendary for service, management and remembering his customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic