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About establishment

Establishment at Statler is a refined casual dining restaurant that is operated by students in the School of Hotel Administration’s Restaurant Management course. Positioned as a classroom first and restaurant second, Establishment serves as a hands-on learning environment for students to synthesize foodservice concepts, business principles, and hospitality management theories. As a restaurant open to the public, our goal is to provide our patrons with a unique and fulfilling dining experience. The menu at Establishment has been engineered to reinforce students' knowledge of various cooking methods, tools, and equipment, while simultaneously providing guests with an enticing, eclectic mix of dishes inspired by a variety of different cuisines. Service at Establishment is intended to be comfortable and relaxed, yet polished and professional. Students are trained to anticipate guests' needs and to provide the level of service expected at a refined casual dining restaurant.

130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday 5:30 - 8:00 pm for the Spring 2017 school semester.

Cross Street:
Campus Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(607) 288-2895

Website:
http://establishmentstatler.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking is available after 5 pm every day in the Hoy Road Parking Garage.

Public Transit:
The restaurant is serviced by a number of TCAT buses including the 10, 30, 31, 32, 51, 81, 82 and 92.

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Wine

establishment Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Scenic View (7)
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Good for a Date (7)
Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Romantic (6)
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Casual (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Cozy (1)
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The salad was a little bit too simple and plan.
The pineapple stir fry rice was not a "stir fry rice", it was like a "porridge". The taste and smell felt like not made from fresh.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful dinner! Delicious specials! Impeccable service! We loved it all!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Well-prepared, tastey food options with a weekly rotating theme selected by students who staff and manage the restaurant (back and front of house), along with a standard menu of good choices that are available ongoing.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent food, and great specials. Service was slow, entire dining experience took about 2 hours. Service is better if you go later, but sometimes they run out of the specials. They also aren't able to make many substitutions or changes to the menu items.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Thank you for a memorable dining experience! It was our first visit to the Establishment and we will definitely return! The (Cuban) specials for the night were outstanding and we truly enjoyed the casual but attentive atmosphere - meaning we were not rushed or ignored. Servers seemed to be there just as we needed them. Cloth table coverings and napkins add a classy warmth to the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Friendly & attentive service. Delicious meal. Interesting flavors. Great atmosphere. Welcoming! Best grill cheese & soup. Absolute perfection

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was amazing but service was subpar. We were waiting for our entrees for a long time and then our desserts also took a long time. The meal took 2 hours which was far longer than we expected.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is the student-run restaurant for the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell. The food can be hit or miss (it was good the night I went), but overall it's a great value and the students really work hard to provide an enjoyable experience. The room is also beautiful, particularly if you can get one of the tables near the fireplace. I highly recommend it to anyone who is stopping by campus for a visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food was pretty good but service wasn't great and there was a lot of confusion between the front and back of the house in terms of what food items were actually available.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

It was my first time at the establishment and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this place-- the food, atmosphere, professionalism, service, just everything. The main dish was amazing and came in big portions, the truffle fries were to die for, and the desserts were heavenly. They even accommodated my special request for a message on the dessert, which I appreciated a lot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The Mediterranean theme night was great and the food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

I got the 'penne and the jets' and it was kind of an average pasta dish. The peppers and sauce were consistent, I felt the sausage could've been cooked more. The sausage felt like cheap grocery store hot dog style meat, would've been nicer to have a more authentic tasty sausage. If not for the sausage, it would have been a great dish.

My companion got the 'touchdown' chicken sandwich with goat cheese. I had two bites of it and it was superb. Wish I would've picked that, I'm just a bad orderer!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Took my family to celebrate my birthday. Food and service were amazing. I love the fact that it is part of a class. My food was delicious. My favorite thing was the milkshake sundae. Also having a mini birthday cake brought out was cool too.

Best restaurant in Ithaca!!!!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Vegan
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Wen't with friends and had a splendid time. Staff was great, and we were met very graciously. Would recommend 10/10.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We waited 30 minutes past our reservation and the food took 45 minutes to come. The waiters and hosts were friendly but the wait was uncomfortable and by the time we were finally seated, the food we wanted to order had just sold out. Food quality was ok but portion size was small; friends had complaints about their salad being soggy and sour.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Came with friend and we both really enjoyed it. Our waiter is very attentive and helpful. Ordered the chicken dish from the special menu, which is beyond expectation! My friend ordered salmon and liked it too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

They forgot to put Caesar dressing on the chicken caesar, so I salad was really dry. I had to ask for more dressing afterwards.
The waiter who's serving our table kept disappearing into the classroom, so we had to ask other waiter for things.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Student run restaurant. Inventive specials, excellent service.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2017

The special beef stew was a bit underwhelming. But the special pizza was better than expected!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great restaurant. I like the creativity the students and staff put into their dishses.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Amazing food, fantastic service overall wonderful time.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Had an amazing meal and a great dining experience. Great job by Charles, Nicholas and Austin!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

It was really great experience to eat there. Everything was really good! Only two things to recommend: lights were too bright, I wish it could be dimmed a little. It would match well to the atmosphere and feel of the place. Second, we constantly felt we've been monitored/observed by everyone serving there. While we are eating, we saw many times that the servants are intently looking and observing every move of the customers, us too. We felt a little uncomfortable. I understand that they need to be aware of the customers needs, but I wish it was not that obvious from the customer perspective.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

The overall dining experience was okay, but we weren't so satisfied for the fact that we waited for another 15 minutes after we got there at our reservation time. We thought that the point of having people making reservations is to make sure that people get there on time. We had meetings and plans afterwards and because of that, we had to eat in a hurry.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

It was a memorable experience with outstanding service, and great, perfect food selection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2017

The staff did a wonderful job organizing the event and making sure all customers were satisfied during the dinner. The wait staff was very attentive to our needs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The atmosphere was great, and the food was delicious. The seafood entree was very good. The desserts were very rich; I had to split the malted cookie with a friend. The service was also very good; it was a little slow at times, but the staff was very attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Excellent restaurant to eat, casual friendly atmosphere, great food and service was outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Organic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Our server was very nice and helpful. And my food was really good. Thanks establishment!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Quality of food and service were superb! I cannot recall enjoying a better meal in any Ithaca restaurant--and we have many good eateries in our area. Perhaps most surprising is that Establishment is run completely by Cornell University students in the Hotel School. It's one of the Best Kept Secrets in Ithaca. We'll be back often.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

It was the second time I was going to the establishment. The ambience was relaxing. My friends and I were immediately welcomed by Claire, who proceeded to serve us water before bringing the menu. My friend did not like the polenta that came with the ribs and Claire did not hesitate to swap the polenta with fries. Overall it was an amazing experience and would recommend the establishment to anyone. I look forward to going back!! Mind blown that everything is student run!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2016

It was a great fun get together with our friends. Loved the food and overall the entire dining experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Jazmin Black is amazing! :D Our waiter Sebastian was very professional and helpful as well.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Professor Wellstead and I came to support Margot Mangiarotti's group. We were impressed by the theme and the food. Loved the cabbage salad with the rama noodles. Rice was nicely seasoned and chicken kabobs were fine. We had the fondue also - certainly fits the college town theme. Both front of house and back of house flowed well and efficiently. This was an impressive night for its organization and efficiency. The level of music in the restaurant was good for conversation. I learned what mug cake was. Server was excellent as was management. Thanks for having us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Great place with a nice view. The food and service are always wonderful
Dr Alex Wood

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Excellent student run restaurant. The food was original and the presentation was well done. We both sampled the brussel sprouts appetizer and it was delicious...the best we ever had! Since you are not allowed to leave a tip here, it was a very reasonably priced dinner!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Wonderful restaurant management night - ball park food made possible by my talented hotelie friend Angel. Food was great, service was great and the ambience was wonderful. Would come again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2016

We heard about Estb. only through insider information - a Cornell student in the family. The Estb. is run by the students of Cornell's Hotel Management school. That novelty value is enough to put Estb. on your list of must dos while in Ithaca. The bonus is that the food and service is excellent and the prices are reasonable (lower than other restaurants in the area that serve the same or lower caliber food). It's also delightful to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students who are putting in their best to make sure that the restaurant experience for the guests is great.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2016

i went for the italian/sicily night. the service was good and attentive. the brussel sprouts were delicious but thought that grilled corn would be a much better compliment than the popcorn. for food improvements, the rib-eye was very well cooked and seasoned, but i wasn't expecting it to be fried and i wish that the meat itself was highlighted instead of covering it a fried coating. it would also be nice to have a vegetable or grain accompaniment in exchange for a smaller piece of meat. lastly, the cannoli filling was a little watery but had good taste. Overall, i enjoyed this experience and would come back again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2016

The specials and the appetizers were great! So was the service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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