Moosewood

4.2
563 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vegetarian

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open since 1973, serving vegan and vegetarian fare, as well as fish and shrimp, and featuring house-made desserts and cocktails, local wines and beers
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vegetarian, International, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Summer Hours: Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm Everyday
Brunch: Sunday's 10:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays until 9:00pm
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Phone number
(607) 273-9610
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Seneca
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Entertainment
Sunday lunch live music
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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3.9
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I were thrilled with food options and incredible service! I bought the most recent cookbook and can’t wait to try some of the recipes!!

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LB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delicious healthy meal always to be had here. Very creative with ingredients.

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Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I use many of the Moosewood cookbooks, and was excited to have the opportunity to dine at the mother ship. It was a big disappointment. The restaurant was shabby, (think tears in the vinyl on the booth benches),the service indifferent, and the food was poorly executed. I had one of the daily specials, shrimp with red cabbage slaw served with polenta cakes. The cakes were dry and cold, the slaw as slimy and limp and the shrimp were mushy. I ordered house made ice cream for desert, and though the flavor was good the ice cream was very icy and crunchy.

Don't waste your time here. Cook at home from the cookbooks instead.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in town for a concert at the Theatre down the street. Great location. Very good service. Food was good. Nice if small wine selection.

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted to go to this vegetarian restaurant for years. Finally went while on a road trip. It did not disappoint in any way. The creative menu is sure to please anyone, nice wine and great beer selection. Very nice environment in a great location in Ithaca. The cookbooks and other memorabilia are available too.

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This visit got off to a rocky start when we were seated at a table outside the open waiters' station with a nasty draft. Since we'd made a reservation weeks in advance for our anniversary dinner, I asked to be moved. At first I was told no other tables were available (it was 6pm and half the tables were open), but after some discussion, the restaurant relented and found a warmer, more intimate table. Once settled, we enjoyed the food, the huge salads that accompany them, a fair bottle of rioja and dessert. Dessert, even the iconic brownie that has been served since the 70s, was a disappointment, but dinner was decent if not spectacular. With so many restaurants concentrating on locally sourced and vegetable options, it might be time for Moosewood to step up its game.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Moosewood is the Ithaca restaurant with a national reputation. Decades ago I used to eat lunch there most days. Now Moosewood has become one of Ithaca's pricier eateries. The food is excellent. The salad (I always go with the house dressing) that accompanies each entree is as good as ever. My adult son, who tends to order vegan, asked for brown rice to complete his not-substantial-enough vegetarian entree. The service was excellent. The waitperson was very friendly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to the Moosewood in 20 years, and it still does not disappoint. Excellent vegetarian options, tasty desserts too. If we lived in Ithaca, we would be regulars.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top shelf food with a plethora of veggie and vegan options.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food... it had been thirty years since my last visit. Worth the wait....

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful! My meat and potatoes husband loved the catfish. The house dressing was perfect so I had to have the recipe. We are never disappointed. A great place to eat healthy. Thanks so much!!

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AR
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The tofu quiche was vegan and amazing. We loved the brunch variety that was so atypical of usual brunches. The drink variety for the season was great also.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We were in beautiful Ithaca for a concert. Made reservations for a Saturday night with another couple. We were early so we went to the bar. The only bartender on at that moment was busy with service tickets and didn't even bother to acknowledge us by saying hello or anything. We were completely ignored until the hostess came to seat us. We enjoyed each other's company for dinner or it would have been a total let down. My salmon entree was over cooked and overpriced, not to mention void of flavor. With all the cookbooks they have... I never would have expected such an unsatisfactory meal. I will return to Ithaca for sure but I will not be returning to the moosewood!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous find. I've used the cookbook for years and never had the pleasure of dining in. What a treat. Food full of flavor. Soup was hot when it arrived which is key. Salad fresh and main entree wonderful.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad I searched the dining options in the hotel hand-out. In their top ten picks. Surprised to see Moosewood. Enjoyed the dinner. I am on a vegan diet so could eat most items on the menu. Great service. Its a low-key environment, and was none too busy when I was there on a Thursday night. My wife was not able to come ☹️. We have one of the original yellow paper back cookbooks with all the hand drawings from 1977. which my wife loves- binding broke in half, no cover, loose pages, etc. Definitely visit Moosewood for a great dining experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Moosewood needs an overhaul. (1) Service: servers seem to think their role is taking an order, delivering it and providing a check. Nothing more. No accommodation is made to help provide a "dining experience." When our two servings of blueberry sorbet went uneaten, at no time did that signal the server to come visit the table to see what was wrong. This indifferent service is typical of the current level of service at Moosewood. (2) Bar: the bar is an afterthought. When a cocktail is delivered is totally random. Never does a server follow up to see if you'd like a glass of wine with dinner. I ordered a bourbon on the rocks and it came with a tiny, melting shard of an ice cube, similar to what one would expect in a third world country where ice was scarce. My once beloved favorite restaurant has become a disappointment.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian fare with 2 seafood dishes available. Reservations required for evening meals.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Moosewood is a classic and it's a great restaurant for vegetarians. The dishes we ordered were all tasty. Pricing seems fair and service was great. I'm not familiar with the town but Moosewood has a nice outdoor patio which I did not notice in Ithaca's commons area.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, especially the appetizer and dessert!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I have long heard of the famous moosewood cookbook and restaurant, so I was really looking forward to eating here. But wow, it was so terrible!!! We made a reservation but when we showed up, we waited about half an hour to be seated. After half an hour, we went up to ask about our table and it turns out it was ready the whole time- the extremely distracted hostess had forgotten about us! When we finally got our meal, the food was epically bland, the pasta was mushy, and everything was very disappointing. There are a plethora of options for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free diets available, but unfortunately they are all disgusting. Would not reccomend.

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JK
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought the mushroom soup needed more cream and less filler. Otherwise, it was all good. Ratatouille was excellent. The shrimp with risotto was good. The risotto lemony flavor was pleasant.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the server (sorry I can't remember her name) was great. The maple walnut ice cream for dessert was perfect. I even bought the Moosewood Favorites cookbook for the salad dressing recipes. Overall a wonderful experience and will be back soon. I live about an hour away and had friends visiting from out of state. They were very impressed as well.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! Healthy, tasty, large portions. No problem getting a table on a Monday night. We lingered over our drinks til after closing but they did not make us feel rushed to leave.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We went here 30 years ago. I remembered dumpy tables and diner type atmosphere. This time it was a dining space with gold and green tones. Also beautiful golden wood tables and chairs. We went there for lunch.We ordered a garden salad with baked tofu as a Add on. And split pea soup with bread The second ordered an artichoke melt . The split pea soup was good but a bit thin for my taste. The salad was nicely presented and the ingredients were fresh. We could not decide on the dressing so we choose two ginger miso and garlic both were excellent. The waiter forgot to order the tofu but it was rectified and he admitted his mistake. The bread with the soup was thick, fresh delicious and multi grained. The bread on the melt was thin and crispy. We split a piece of berry upside down . We were told it was raspberry and blackberry but the piece we got had only raspberries and was a square cake with berries in it, not what we expected but good non the less. Decaf coffee and tea were excellent. This is a great place for gluten-free and vegan individuals.

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TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu was really fun! The food had lots of flavor and colors too. MUST try the dessert, they were so unique.

My ratings aren't particularly high because I asked for no runny eggs, and I got a super funny egg. Not a big deal, but would of rated this place closer to a 5 then!

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LH
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been making recipes out of the Moosewood Cookbook since I became a vegetarian over 30 years ago so I was a little disappointed that they served a couple of meat dishes. Call me a purist. Also, there's not even the faintest hint of patchouli in the air and the political messages are staged in the foyer, so except for the blonde wood throughout, the hippie vibe I was expecting seems to have been exorcised. Nevertheless, the food was delicious and reasonably priced. The beers on tap weren't entirely hoppy (I prefer the darker ones). And the wait staff was appropriately alternative looking yet friendly and efficient. I will go back every time I'm in Ithaca!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've heard about read about the Moosewood Cafe for ages. When we visited Ithaca it was one of the places we really wanted to see. So we were really looking forward to having dinner there. The Moose wood delivered. It was everything I'd imagined and more. Service, food, drinks, ambiance -all was wonderful. Thanks a lot. We appreciated being there and we can't wait to come back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent healthy food with great service. This is a must-visit place for us whenever in Ithaca.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

They said that there was no available reservations when we walked in but was able to get reservations via OpenTable

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have Molly Katzen cookbooks from the 70's and I'm so glad I finally got to eat there! I was not disappointed.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at the Moosewood has always been great and remains so. I appreciate being able to make reservations through Open Table. The food was as amazing as ever. Polenta Poundcake - where else could you get that? Just wish there had still been some of the Roasted Plum with Sage Cobbler left to try. The chefs are so creative here. Eating at the Moosewood is always a delight.

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c
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Interestingly different. Note: on Seneca not Cayuga.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an iconic restaurant for vegetarian/ vegan food. The recipes are creative and delicious. They are very generous with sharing the recipes as well. It is clean and friendly, with excellent service. It is a definite must when in Ithaca NY.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and wine were excellent. The best vegetarian food we have ever had at a restaurant. Service was very good. The restaurant was a little noisy. The dining room was rather bland and sort of like a cafeteria. We would definitely return and probably be regulars if we lived nearby.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good visit to an old friend. Moose wood is a pioneer in quality healthy food. Good cookbooks for home application. Great service from an enthusiastic server. My corn meal covered catfish was the delicious. A creamy tomato soup enhanced the fish and mashed sweet potatoes we finished the meal with a rich flavorful chocolate cake!

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MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been more than 20 years since we were last at moosewood, wonderful still. I have at three of the cookbooks, enjoy them all.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience ... and dessert was amazing!

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New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were visiting Ithaca to look at colleges, and the Moosewood Restaurant was a fun stop. Service and ambiance were casual (too casual to make this a "fine dining" experience) but friendly and adequate. The food was the standout and what we came for in the first place. Everything from appetizer through main course tasty and thoughtfully put together. Moosewood's strengths are its kitchen and its ability to source top quality ingredients. We ordered a range of things and both of us were highly pleased with everything. All in all we enjoyed a very pleasant, low-key meal at a price that was appropriate for the food quality/ambiance/service. Moosewood makes me hope that my daughter will decide to go to school in Ithaca.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it!

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make a point to have dinner at Moosewood when we are visiting Ithaca for their one of a kind entrees.

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