Coltivare - Ithaca

4.5
859 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, awesome service and lovey atmosphere

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HeatherG
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
31 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food here is fine, nothing memorable but the service is ridiculously slow. We had to wait almost 40 mins from first being seated before our cocktails arrived and almost an hour for our food, and they were not very busy either. Whether it is staff shortage caused by the pandemic or just lack of trained staff, it is causing a real problem. It looked like one waitress serving everyone the whole night, even though there seem to be others floating around. I hope they can sort things out soon.

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CarolV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

4 of us were there for a birthday dinner and all had a good time. The menu has a variety that would be good for most. Out of the 4 of us 2 thought their dinners were terrific and the other 2 - ho hum but the atmosphere is fun. We will definitely go back.

JR
JeffR
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the experience so much. The food was the best we have had while visiting Ithaca over the last 5 years. My wife asked the general manager to give the chef a hug. Will be back in our next visit.

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TimothyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

SO the food was awesome, the noise level was perfect, however it took a long time to get water to the table and the server only stopped back 2 times to check on us get our dessert order and give us the check.

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vipDiner7
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Specific kudos to the charcuterie plate (taste & presentation) & buffalo cauliflower (taste). Great atmosphere!

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vipSeanSmith
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job all around!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came to Coltivare for our anniversary dinner and everything was excellent! The service was very good, the drinks were really good, and the food was amazing!! We would definitely go back next time we’re in Ithaca.

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tinaL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meals and the service was very good

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GaryS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good was great, though pricey. Service friendly but uninspired.

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BrianS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed the buffalo cauliflower (excellent and hearty), caesar salad and creole encrusted lamb chops. Superb food and excellent service. We highly recommend!

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viptwofoodies
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Well prepared food in an open bright space. Good value and good values.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved the ambiance and the decor, beautiful inside. The food was wonderful, we had the cheese and charcuterie board to start, then we shared the shrimp and grits and short rib entrees. They were all very delicious. The service was ok, but when we asked questions about menu he didn’t really know, we had to ask what the special was for the day (usually a server should tell you) and when we asked what the cheese were on the plate he only knew one of them. He didn’t know the others. I don’t blame him for this, I blame the management, they need to train their servers, have them sample the cheeses and know what they are. Have them taste the menu so they can explain it better. The wine is overpriced too, but overall we did love everything and we would go back.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant with good food and a variety of spirits. Overall experience was great!

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SusanS
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent! Good, inventive menu.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! The salads were freshly picked from the farm. The chicken was charred perfectly and every bite was juicy. The pesto pasta, and the baked chicken was awesome. We loved the buffalo cauliflower. The weight staff could not be more helpful.
The food came our on a timely basis. We had a wonderful experience.

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HakimW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! The prime rib was especially good!

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Heather
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Kayla was the only hard working person there. She was picking up the slack for everyone else, she cleared her peers tables, cleaned them, and was wonderful...we wish she was our waitress. My friend and I sat for 25 minutes before anyone came to my table after I went to the hottest stand to let them know that no one had come over. Our waitress was not on her game. There was a private party but they wouldn't close the door to that room and they were very loud and taking off their clothes, whisling but nothing was done. My salmon was very over cooked but the mac and cheese my friend got wasgood. Cocktails were fun

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MarciaJ
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Take the glob of cheese out of fettucine/meatball dish. Meatballs very dry. Red sauce good.

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CatherineA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations during a very busy graduation weekend, and I have nothing but high praise for Coltivare.
The food was excellent, and the service was professional, polite and cheerful.

I look forward to going back on our next visit.

Catherine

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vipNJdiner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a variety of dishes from soups, bbq shrimp and pasta dishes.

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SeanY
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and prices. The portions here were exceptionally large for the cost. Our server, Lydia, was excellent. It was graduation weekend, so they were somewhat busy, but my partner and I were still able to have a nice, romantic, birthday dinner for her. I ran farm to table restaurants in Chicago for about ten years before moving to this area and I was really impressed by every aspect of what was going on here. I'm a stickler for service and always have my head on a pivot when I'm out dining care of my time in the industry, and I have to say that this restaurant is great in all aspects. Highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten-free folks. My only gripe was that two Sugar Ray songs played, and I've had one stuck in my head now for 20 hours. LOL. Seriously though, great experience and high fives and stage dives to Lydia.

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MeredithP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Service & food were of such good quality. Portions were very generous. We will definitely be back next time we visit Ithaca!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and impeccable service. Had to try like crazy to get the reservation but then the restaurant was 75% empty when we were there. Perhaps Covid related.

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KathyT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughter’s graduation and it was fabulous. Loved the mac and cheese and the cheese tray!

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 859 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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