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Gola Osteria, Ithaca, NY
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Gola Osteria

4.6
4.6
867 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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Booked 5 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 867 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central New York

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Central New York

    Notable Wine List

  • Central New York

    Special Occasion

  • Central New York

    Most Booked

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  1. L

    Lulu

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  2. CL

    ChristopherL

    Hong Kong

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. MD

    MikeD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Service was great .

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. I

    Irnd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. B

    Bfrancesca

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Mother’s Day

  16. FF

    FreevilleFoodie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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!

  17. q

    quests

    Phoenix

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely evening, outstanding food and service

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration

  25. LC

    LauraC

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic meal. The bolognese might have been the best I ever had.

  26. P

    Patrick

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was great, had a great time. Server seemed stressed but he was chill. Couldn’t understand a word on the menu honestly, folded under the pressure and ordered a chicken parm, was good.

  27. M

    Meddler23

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent menu and the food was delicious! A bit pricey, but worth it. Everybody in our party loved their meal and some even commented that it was the best —- that they ever had. Our waitress, Melissa, was very attentive and helpful. Strange location for a restaurant- but worth the trip. Will definitely return.

  28. DM

    DonnaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner at Gola Osteria was fabulous. Once we found the location - it's quite tricky, and the correct door to enter, we were immediately greeted and seated. Our server introduced herself and the Gola experience which included a brief history was very nice. The menu was explained, questions answered, suggestions made - and the rest took care of itself. All four of our meals were outstanding, of high quality, presentation, and taste. A definite keeper, and certainly a return visit will be made.

  29. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    We were disappointed. The food was far inferior to past meals that we have had at Gola Osteria.

  30. H

    Hopkinslax

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Wonderful meal. The room was quiet. Service was quick and polite Appetizers were very flavorful. The house made bucatini was perfectly cooked Al dente and the sauce was just spicy enough Desserts were great This was our second visit. There will be many more Alongside Taverna Banfi and Simeon’s, Gola is one of the top 3 restaurants in Ithaca

  31. LC

    LindaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious food. We had the chicken parm with spaghetti and it was out of this world. The service was also fantastic. Hands down one of the best places in Ithaca.

  32. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    "I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The sweet pea ravioli had a perfect springtime flavor and the fava bean salad complimented it very well. The table all loved the buffalo mozzarella cheese appetizer with oven dried tomatoes and capers in olive oil. Next time we will try the roasted artichokes. We also enjoyed a large portion of lasagna and the gnocci with oxtail sauce. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

  33. K

    Kris

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved this restaurant! The food was exceptional and the service was wonderful. We will definitely return!

  34. FF

    FreevilleFoodie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful time as always. Great food & service!

  35. RL

    RobertL

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    The bread we were served was no better than Wonder bread. The noise level was too great because full house + canned popular music = too much for older people. The rappini was undercooked and waaaay over-salted: the long strands were so stringy that they'd have required scissors to attack them. All four entrees were quite good.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had dinner to celebrate a birthday. The food tasted wonderful & the ambiance very pleasant.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Food was pretty good! Disappointed that nothing was done to celebrate our engagement m when I made the reservation and called to confirm the special occasion.

  38. JF

    JonathanF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was mostly very well done, but entrees were extremely salty. Service was excellent until the end, when the check was dropped without offering more wine, coffee or dessert, all of which we were hoping for. We felt dismissed, so opted not to ask the server for anything additional, thinking perhaps they needed to flip the table.

  39. V

    Vince

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My daughter’s birthday

  40. AP

    AmieP

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We had a delicious meal. My husband had the chicken parmesan, and it was perfect. I ordered the cacio de pepe, and it had the perfect balance of cheese and pepper. The suppli was also a delicious starter. Our waitress was amicable, but we sat forever before we were able to order drinks. I'm not sure if it was her fault, but it was getting irritating because so many staff had walked by us.

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 867 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 5 times today

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Takeout from OpenTableNew

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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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