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Gola Osteria, Ithaca, NY
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Gola Osteria

4.6
4.6
883 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Gola Osteria is tucked inside the Historic Quarry Arms Building, providing an atmosphere of old world charm that features antique Stickley style furniture. Our signage in and around the building is limited due to landmark regulations. Don't hesitate to call us for directions and parking instructions!

Gola serves modern Italian cuisine that highlights imported Italian ingredients along with proudly supporting local farms and wineries. The menu, created by Chef Sam Epps, is meant to give new experiences driven by passion and tradition. The seasonally inspired menu (updated weekly) is accompanied by a well-curated Italian and Finger Lakes wine list as well as a rotating selection of both inventive and classic cocktails.

Please call or e-mail us with special requests. We are happy to provide champagne toasts or specialty cakes for your celebration! Our administrative officer is available via e-mail, golaosteriaevents@gmail.com for private event and catering information.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (607) 273-0333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sam Epps

  • Catering

    We have a full, unique catering menu available for special occasions, meetings, parties, weddings, and more. Catering is pick-up and delivery. Now featuring full service off-site catering! Call for more details today.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer restaurant or terrace (in the spring and summer) rentals for private parties and special events! Join us in our semi-private backroom that seats up to 18 guests. It is a very welcoming layout where two tables with 5 guests each surround one long table with 8 guests. Another layout features one long table of up to 10 guests for a cozier private affair. We also have an adjacent dining room that features our bar. This room accommodates up to 12 guests (2 tables with 6 guests each). We are happy to host cocktail hours in that room as well; up to 20 guests with comfortable standing room.

  • Private party contact

    Lovisa Johanson: (607) 273-0333

  • Neighborhood

    Ithaca

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Parking details

    We share parking with the residents of the building, and are considered residents ourselves. Guests can park in any of the open air parking spots around the building where there is a Residents [or] Tenants Only sign. (This excludes the covered garage.)

  • Public transit

    Routes 30 and 32 operate on the corner of East State Street and South Quarry St. Transit stop is called #34;State at Quarry St.#34;

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 883 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central New York

    Hot Spot

  • Central New York

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Central New York

    Notable Wine List

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  1. SC

    SusanC

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gola Osteria is a fabulous restaurant. Chef Sam is an incredible chef and his food is fantastic. I have had almost everything on the menu and every time it is delicious. This time there were squash blossom appetizers that were exquisite. The staff all are so helpful and kind. This is one of my all time favorite restaurants!
  2. I

    Irnd

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We’ll come again.
  3. NY

    rkkNYC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The terrace is a charming space. The service was wonderful, and the food was very good, needs a little upgrade on the flavors, the meal was kinda bland. Don’t let that stop you. It’s my taste, but be sure to try Gola.
  4. HH

    HeatherH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite place, food is always amazing!
  5. RM

    RosalynM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Not being from Ithaca, or familiar with Cornell we had a little difficulty finding the restaurant. It is located in what seems to be student housing which I found a little odd. A sign outside would have. been helpful. That said, the pasta was really good and the portions are huge.
  6. R

    karynR

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful server, Michelle, who made our dinner such a nice experience! The food is the best! We all had different pasta dishes and mussels for an appetizer to share, just perfect!! (One misstep was the grilled octopus appetizer, so just skip that as it was overdone, not much flavor).
  7. HM

    HedyM

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant in town, menu wise and setting. The service is always good and the specials are amazing. The eggplant appetizer a must. Repeat customer.
  8. DS

    DanielaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Best Italian in Ithaca I’ve tried so far. I like the isolation of the restaurant. Food was just so good - a perfect hideaway.
  9. s

    sherryg

    West Virginia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Return Visit ~ the seasonal appetizers stuffed squash blossoms & grilled octopus were perfectly prepared! Homemade pasta with fresh corn and smoked bacon was so delicious. Our service was excellent! We look forward to our next visit.
  10. a

    adoniram1

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pasta serving was too large for one person
  11. TB

    TeresaB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and atmosphere was lovely for a date night or dinner with friends. Our server was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend!
  12. q

    quests

    Phoenix

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful creative cuisine. We travel an hour to Gola and it’s always worth the drive We highly recommend Gola
  13. G

    Grace

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Food is overpriced for the location. Cured meat used in carbonara smells off and tastes weird. But service is outstanding.
  14. AS

    AnnS

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great food and service! Only drawback is it was extremely warm in the restaurant and it was in the low 80’s outside. Decor is a bit drab but we definitely would go back again
  15. T

    Terry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing! The house made pasta was delicious!
  16. L

    Lulu

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Gola is by far one of my favorite local restaurants if not THE favorite. Highly recommend for authentically Italian fare.
  17. CL

    ChristopherL

    Hong Kong

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A lovely dining experience and one of the better restaurants in Ithaca. Good, friendly service in a nice setting. Food taste, quality and portioning was good. Salad was slightly over saturated with dressing. The entire meal was a little longer than anticipated and pacing of courses could be faster. Wine by the glass was a generous pour which was great ! Overall very nice and we will return.
  18. GM

    GeorgeM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants ever. The oxtail bolognese was superb, pasta is homemade and an excellent short wine list.
  19. JZ

    JudyZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The eggplant rotini were delicious: cheesy, crispy eggplant, yummy tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella with notes of fresh basil and oregano. Octopus wonderful too. Service attentive and helpful. Best food in Ithaca.
  20. MD

    MikeD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Service was great .
  21. CB

    ClaudiaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    It is difficult to find this establishment, and once you do, they don’t make it easy to let you in. You need to be buzzed in, but it is not immediately clear when the buzzer is on, and they are quite unhelpful about it. The unhelpfulness unfortunately seems to be a theme. Service was atrocious. No one cared about informing us of specials or even asking if we wanted a drink for the first 20 minutes that we were seated, and did so only after we got up to ask. While our server was apologetic and tried hard for the next 20 minutes, the helpfulness did not extend much beyond that. Our food took forever, during which we weren’t even approached for additional drink requests. The food was delicious, but I would dine here only if you have a lot of patience and time to spare.
  22. H

    Hoai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant is located inside an apartment, and there is no signage outside so it was confusing. But the food was amazing! I woould return. Highly recommended.
  23. W

    Westside

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Portions were large, quality ingredients, everything perfect. Parking easy on a Friday night. We really enjoyed the restaurant!
  24. I

    Irnd

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, amazing food and great service. I love that restaurant.
  25. LB

    LindaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is delicious and well-presented. Service is friendly and prompt.
  26. B

    Babycakes

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything thing was fresh and delicious, service was on point .Shld i return to Ithaca i will definitely return here
  27. N

    Neil

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    The food was hit and miss the octopus entree was little bit too charred and the linguine with pesto was the best one but the shrimp piccata lacked taste. The main killer was that the restaurant didn't have any air conditioner It was sweaty inside, It was like you're sitting inside the kitchen and eating the food. It wasn't that busy but the waiting staff wasn't very responsive. When you're paying like more than $30 for an entree I think I expect a little bit more, At least the air conditioner to be working.
  28. I

    Irnd

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous, the service was was outstanding. I love this restaurant.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    I ate here with my parents for Mother’s Day. The food was good, but the service was awful. I don’t write reviews often, but I feel compelled to write this because this place has good reviews and the service I reviewed was so unacceptable. The food was good, no complaints there. But the waitress was not. When we ordered, I asked if we could get the bread appetizer w/ mozzarella, but without the prosciutto, since my parents are vegetarian. She said no, which is fine, and said we would get bread and butter with our dinner. Also fine. And I thanked her. That sounded perfect. No bread came. When our dinner arrived, there will still no bread so I asked a nearby staff member for some bread and butter. About five minutes later, our waitress was nearby and I waved and caught her eye. She said, “I’ll be with you momentarily.” She walked away and ignored us - no acknowledgement about the bread (which the staff member had reminded her about) or to even check back with us in case it was something else we wanted. Eventually she came with bread (20 minutes after our dinners arrived) and said, “you don’t have to waive at me, sir” with a rude attitude and left. There was no butter. She had forgotten that. We didn’t bother to flag her down again since she already “warned” us not to. And she never came back. After we finished our plates, a staff member came and removed them, and she finally came and gave us the check. She never asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. Never thanked us. Never asked if we liked our food. We paid and left. My mom is 82 and my dad is 90. I live in NYC and they live in Ithaca. I’ve been to countless restaurants and I’ve never experienced such hateful, rude service. And for no reason. We were kind to her and thankful, throughout. I hope your experience at this restaurant is better than mine.
  30. n

    northforker

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Earnest service, very good Italian food. Not easy to find the location, however, as there wasn’t a street sign that we could see. You might want to call ahead for directions.
  31. B

    Bfrancesca

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  32. FF

    FreevilleFoodie

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! Chef Sam and his team (especially our waitperson Steve) always make us feel so welcomed upon arrival. Dinner was spectacular, from the savory mussels in tomato and garlic sauce appetizer, to the creamy and luscious tiramisu dessert. Our favorite restaurant since they’ve been open, and we have never been disappointed!
  33. q

    quests

    Phoenix

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE Gola and travel over an hour to get there. The food and staff are OUTSTANDING!
  34. MS

    MaryS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Have been wanting to try for years but couldn’t organize everyone. So glad we did.
  35. TB

    TBonMtnAve

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Big anniversary looking for a special night out and was not disappointed. Terrific experience. We will definitely go back.
  36. RH

    RichardH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great meal. Side door opening frequently caused cold air which was unpleasant.
  37. SB

    ShannonB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, staff was attentive and knowledgeable.
  38. L

    Lesley

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous! Our server expertly guided us through the selections. Excellent recommendations. Delicious food. Memorable evening.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening, outstanding food and service
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gola Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (607) 273-0333.

Gola Osteria is rated 4.6 stars by 883 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gola Osteria

115 South Quarry Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Neighborhood

    Ithaca

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We share parking with the residents of the building, and are considered residents ourselves. Guests can park in any of the open air parking spots around the building where there is a Residents [or] Tenants Only sign. (This excludes the covered garage.)

  • Public transit

    Routes 30 and 32 operate on the corner of East State Street and South Quarry St. Transit stop is called #34;State at Quarry St.#34;

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sam Epps

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (607) 273-0333

  • Catering

    We have a full, unique catering menu available for special occasions, meetings, parties, weddings, and more. Catering is pick-up and delivery. Now featuring full service off-site catering! Call for more details today.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer restaurant or terrace (in the spring and summer) rentals for private parties and special events! Join us in our semi-private backroom that seats up to 18 guests. It is a very welcoming layout where two tables with 5 guests each surround one long table with 8 guests. Another layout features one long table of up to 10 guests for a cozier private affair. We also have an adjacent dining room that features our bar. This room accommodates up to 12 guests (2 tables with 6 guests each). We are happy to host cocktail hours in that room as well; up to 20 guests with comfortable standing room.

  • Private party contact

    Lovisa Johanson: (607) 273-0333

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