Coltivare - Ithaca

4.5
884 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located just a block from The Commons, Coltivare is the downtown Ithaca culinary center, event venue, and farm-to-table restaurant of Tompkins Cortland Community College. Our professionally staffed restaurant supports four related degree programs as well as sourcing much of its produce from the college’s TC3 Farm in Dryden. Serving seasonal New American fare locally sourced and inventively prepared, we let the flavors of the Finger Lakes shine through. We also feature a full selection of craft cocktails, regional wines, and New York State beer.

Open for Dinner nightly Tuesday-Sunday, we offer Happy Hour specials at the bar during the week and a special Sunday Brunch. Our modern, rustic, and inviting atmosphere serves as the perfect backdrop for our farm-to-table mission.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Most of the food and cocktails were over flavored and herbed. Not bad, but did not hit expectations based on the open table rating of 4.4. Would give it a 3.5

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SusanM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interest and innovative menu. Charcuterie was very nicely done and included lovely baby greens. Soup was outstanding. Server, George, was informative and attentive without hovering. We will return

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Kristine
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks were good. One in our party got the "color-changing" margarita which was fun.

The buffalo cauliflower was great - the tempura fry and flavoring were done perfectly. Also got the Nola bbq shrimp appetizer, this was tasty but a little on the sweet side. I didn't know what to make of the sauce the shrimp were swimming in - were we supposed to eat all of this like a soup? It was a little too thick and too sweet for that. We needed way more carb in that dish to put the sauce to good use.

The burger and the Short rib were enjoyed. The roasted chicken with cajun rice was OK. Description said "korea bbq demiglace" but it tasted exactly the same as the Nola Shrimp sauce, so that was disappointing.

Overall a good meal but still room for improvement.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and great portion! Waiter was super nice and friendly. You gotta try their new cheese and charcuterie board, such amazing dish. But please bring back the free focaccia bread!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Server was sub par and food was served cold. Salmon was slightly over cooked which can be acceptable, but pasta was too over cooked. Would not return.

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RickB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

FOOD CHOICES AND PRESENTATION WERE VERY GOOD. EVERYTHING THAT WE ORDERED WAS DELICIOUS!

SERVER WAS NOT OVERLY ATTENTATIVE, DID NOT PRESENT THE WINE THAT WAS ORDERED NOR DID THEY OFFER TO POUR THE FIRST GLASS.

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None
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

One of dishes, short ribs. Was ok. Meat fine, mashed potatoes runny, vegetables dull. The other, the cauliflower dish, was not good. The cauliflower was rubbery. Probably old. The other veggies had no taste. It was meant yo be a birthday dinner and was very disappointing. We went to a much better place for desert.

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Mere
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! Great drinks. Definitely will be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and wonderful service. We were able to sit outside and everything was fantastic.

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rosemary
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious!
Nice atmosphere
Service was attentive but not intrusive
Enjoyed our experience!
Parking was close by in the attached garage 🚙

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RonaldP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with an interesting menu of tasty dishes. Definitely going back.

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed on the food quality and experience. Highly recommend.

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vipDanielle
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Short rib was extremely fatty. Mac n cheese disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitstaff was attentive, knowledgeable and warm. Menu and specials were interesting, focused on seasonally available local produce.

Dishes were beautiful executed, delicious and offered a great deal of value.

Will definitely go back!

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HappyGrandma
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service & ambiance were impeccable! Food was so delicious - only small drawback was the pasta dish was not hot. But otherwise, our dinner was perfect!

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RobertB
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting pairing if familiar foods with tasty seasonings an sauces. Fresh. Excellent service from Todd!

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KIRKR
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service were average. Was looking forward to the handmade fresh pasta listed in the menu on open table just to find out when asking the waitress that the pasta was not fresh or handmade. The rib was very good but the meatball and pasta was just average.

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MatthewN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and decor

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cajun rice was great! So was the chicken! The service was super! Love our dining experience there

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DANIELM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place, interesting food choices, limited but good wine selection and pleasant service.

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Seasonsman
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a 7pm reservation. Liked that we were seated at least three tables apart from other diners. Started with the meatball appetizer that was awesome which led to me to order the meatball pasta. Probably the best pasta sauce and meatballs I have encountered. My partner had the cavatelli with vegetables which she loved. Service by Lily was excellent! Although we were not impressed with Ithaca, we loved Caltivare!

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DavidB
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. Super menu items, well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was great except they would not split the bill up for us.

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JaneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

They messed up my order. I ordered a jalapeño burger well done , instead I got a medium rare one with apple slices , no jalapeños. By the time they got me another one it was cold and dry and everyone else on the table was done eating. The table was wobbly and we had to fold a paper and put it under the leg. I think this was something the server should have done for us. Also the hostess should smile a little and not treat customers like nuisance

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LloydT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The appetizers (burrata, flatbread and gumbo) and entrees (e.g., cauliflower, chicken, shrimp and grits) were excellent and the portions were generous. The waitress was friendly and attentive.

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vipLeah
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, awesome service and lovey atmosphere

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HeatherG
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at Coltivare! Everything was perfect from the burata salad to the short ribs. It was definitely the best meal we had in Ithaca!

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GBYP
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant was very busy and didn’t seem to have adequate staff. Our server did his best and he was very professional; however, we could tell he had a lot to do and wanted to move us along.

Menu selection limited and food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipDonna
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the tasty food, relaxed service and generous portions! Would definitely recommend the Buffalo cauliflower-yum-so well seasoned!!

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MichaelH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was on point

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleasantly surprised by how good this restaurant was. The service was good - we didn't feel rushed and were able to enjoy a leisurely dinner. Nice sized portions and very tasty food. Although the menu isn't huge, it did offer enough of a variety to meet both mine and my husband's needs (meat and potatoes versus predominantly vegetarian). We definitely plan to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was not super great, took a long time to come out, multiple issues. Service did their best to remedy.

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Texacan
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Expensive for what you get. Nothing special given the price point.

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JosieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining experience - highly recommend the lamb, the creme brulee, and the creative drinks!

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Rick
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 15 family members reuniting for a memorial. We had a dining room to ourselves. Their was universal praise for the food and applause for our principal server to was, in fact, masterful. A most enjoyable evening.

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Arnie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were a group of 4 adults, and we ordered 4 different main courses. We were all pleased with the preparation and the presentation of the food. Some of the “kids” serving were a little shaky, but the service was acceptable. A couple of critiques:
•the youngster with us asked for lemonade. What he was served (we tasted to confirm) was terrible….. actually undrinkable.
.charging $6.00 for a little basket of cubes of focaccia when bread was requested to accompany 4 salads/appetizers is pathetic. It cheapens the experience. This is not our first visit to Coltovare, as we are frequent visitors to Ithaca, and I am sure that we will come to eat here again. We are supporters of culinary education and frequent the restaurants and various open to the public culinary and wine and at the CIA in Hyde Park, just a few minutes from where we live.

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KathleenK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful first experience. Will definitely be back and recommend

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KeirstenL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grabbed a Burrata salad at the bar and my guests got the Buffalo cauliflower. Both options were incredible. The Buffalo cauliflower was better than typical chicken wings! I had a gin cocktail on the menu that was very well made with lots of flavor and not too sweet. I highly recommend this place.

FAQs

Coltivare - Ithaca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (607) 882-2333.

Coltivare - Ithaca is rated 4.5 stars by 884 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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