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Gola Osteria, Ithaca, NY

Gola Osteria

4.7
4.7
1047 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!

Please keep in mind we treat our terrace as a first come first serve basis. You may request to sit outside but we may not be able to accommodate your request.

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.
We are happy to provide champagne toasts or specialty cakes for your celebration!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 1,047 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Good for special occasions

  • Southern Tier

    Most Booked

1,047 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, authentic, creative Italian food. Gola is one of the very best restaurants in the region.

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  2. PatrickW

    Hawaii

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want some creative Italian cooking which also tastes super great Gola Osteria is for you. Friendly, efficient, prompt - they know how to take the order and deliver to perfection. Can't wait to go back.

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  3. RichardG

    Upstate NY

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    both the Grilled octopus appetizer and the arugula salad were very good. Linguine w clam sauce was delicious;however, the clams were very tiny with no flavor service was excellent we will return to try other entrees

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hard to find, no signage. In a120 yr old building once a hospital, now apartments. Look for the art-deco fish sculpture and parkin adjacent building spaces. Disregatd towaway signs, the restaurant is a tennant. Excellent once you get there.

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  5. Ardy

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated promptly, and service was attentive, prompt and helpful throughout our dining. Our cocktails, appetizer, entrees, dessert and coffee were all wonderfully prepared, served, and delicious. Nice selection of wines by the glass with generous pours.

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  6. tinaL

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, we had a lovely, quiet table in the back. We were able to converse and enjoy each other’s company without a lot of background noise. Great food!

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  7. VANESSAW

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delicious, special meal. My partner and I told the hostess that we just bought a business and she brought out complementary champagne that was just delish! The crostini with brands was surprisingly light and decadent at the same time. The pappardelle with mushrooms was to die for and the cacio e pepe was also also wonderful. Gola is definitely one of the best restaurants in upstate New York, a true gem.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was delicious and the service was timely. Will definitely return!

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  9. BinghamtonResidents

    Phoenix

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about Gola is always a wonderful dining experience. Our compliments to the chef and his staff!

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  10. PamHS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant. Everything about it is wonderful!

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  11. Petros

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and fair price. Wish service was a bit more attentive

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  12. Sean

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All food was top notch and service was excellent. A top 3 Ithaca restaurant.

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  13. RowlandL

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply a wonderf evening. Wait staff was very attentive, offered explanations and suggestions about the menu items. Our food choices included an arugula salad with mushrooms and shaved parmigiano, linguine alle vongole, and Swordfish with caponata, with a ricotta cake for dessert. All were delicious.

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  14. VitoC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were exceptional - made our Anniversary a special one

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  15. ChadD

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great hidden away place for an amazing meal. Highly recommend

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  16. LisaD

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was excellent! Justin was our server and he did not disappoint, excellent service, timely and attentive all with a smile! We had the meatballs to start, a must have, followed by chicken parm (out of this world) and chicken saltimbocca.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. AndyB

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in a restaurant recently

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  18. tinaL

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Steve was a great server. We’ll be back!

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  19. Coachmom

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I went to celebrate their birthdays, but also our friendship. The food was amazing, the waitstaff was very unobtrusiuve, but ready and waiting if we needed anything. The atmosphere was very welcoming, not overly loud or overcrowded. There were a few new things on the menu and they were definitely worth trying.

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  20. Ashley

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing birthday dinner at Gola. Our waitress Caitlin was amazing! Very attentive and answered all the questions we had. Suggested a wonderful wine and she was very pleasant to be around. Definitely made our visit to gola even more wonderful.

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  21. LindaC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is consistently delicious. Just love the homemade pastas and Sunday sauce. Perfect place for special occasions.

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  22. danielled

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Black spaghetti was dry and had no sauce, bland taste. It was over cooked and rubbery. The gnocchi was ok, but sauce was very greasy. Very hard to find, no signs. Not great for the money we paid.

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  23. DeniseC

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had been trying to get a reservation at Gola for months. We’re glad we finally had the chance to try it out. They catered our daughter’s very small wedding during COVID. The only negative was difficulty finding the restaurant (lack of signage), parking confusion and having to walk through an apartment building past apartment doors to find the restaurant. The atmosphere, food and service were all great!

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  24. MarkC

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant does not live up to its pretensions.

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  25. DianaD

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to for any special occasion. Upscale but welcoming and comfortable. The ceilings are high and the furniture large beautiful mission oak and still it feels cozy. The spacing of tables and general acoustics make it easy to have quiet conversations. The wait staff are consistently professional and helpful. The food is fresh and delicious. I’m not a big cocktail drinker but their special drinks are creative and delightful so I always try something new.

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  26. LeslieM

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really outstanding meal and experience the night after a serious disappointment somewhere else. It was a special dinner because my daughter was home for the holidays. Thanks Gola!

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  27. LauraR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gola is one of our favorite Italian restaurants- the dishes are authentic and full of flavor. Sam is an excellent chef who ensures that his staff are always there to provide five star service.

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  28. Elir

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it ..every time we visit Ithaca we come here ..

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  29. IreneK

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam is an amazing chef and his staff is also amazing. Thank you Sam, Justin & Zola for a wonderful evening.

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  30. JodyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible find for us . Only two small issues 1. The music seemed incongruent with the overall vibe you seemed to be going for 2. The girl at the front handling tables looked like she rolled out of bed in her sloppy clothes and grooming while everyone else was very appropriate .

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  31. FrankD

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing dinner with a professional and amazing staff. We took a couple of friends that never been there and they raved about their meal.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We waited over 30 minutes for our table to be ready despite having a reservation, it was another 15 before our server even stopped by the table, the food was okay overall but came out painfully slow, no one ever checked on us or asked if we wanted a second round of drinks despite empty glasses. The buser with the water pitcher was very attentive though. Do not recommend this experience for anyone.

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  33. DonnaA

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! All is homemade and very very fresh. The service and hospitality, from the young man who poured water and bussed tables to the waiter who waited on us, we had a relaxing experience. The rooms could use a little upgrade, not the most attractive setting but the rest of the experience was exceptional!

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  34. Penelope

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classy but comfortable; friendly and professional staff; delicious food that you can't get just anywhere. Highly recommended; we enjoy our special occasions here.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our servers and the kitchen were very accommodating to our short window for dinner (a shame, given the many tempting offerings on the menu), suggested what could be done quickly (the pasta dishes), and got it to us in minutes. It was the bright spot in a harrowing evening of driving through blinding fog from home 30 minutes away. A glass of Barbera D'Asti and the tension just melted away.

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  36. Salty

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food seems inconsistent. Although the flavours were delicious and the use of ingredients were skillful the gnocchi were undercooked and the bread was cheap. The atmosphere didn't fit the elegance of the menu with harsh overhead track lighting, cheesy photos of food and for some reason classic rock on the speakers. We felt rushed to order and rushed to eat. That said, the staff was kind (especially the ladies filling the water glasses and making coffees) and we left full.

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  37. KristinT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of our food choices from appetizer to main dishes were delicious. The server was excellent and gave us great recommendations.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible flavors, cozy atmosphere, and very friendly staff. Definitely will be back!

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  39. Ravinder

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always amazing at Gola. Service is friendly and professional. The prices are a bit high (maybe $3-4 too expensive). We love the atmosphere and how it feels like a secret hide away. I would like to see some fun n/a cocktails on the beverage list.

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  40. JosephD

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is located in the back of an apartment building and it is not initially apparent where you can park and how to get in the front door. The food is delicious and the service was good.

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FAQs

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

Gola Osteria is rated 4.7 stars by 1047 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 7 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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