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Monks on the Commons, Ithaca, NY
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Monks on the Commons

3.8
3.8
97 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Here at Monks on the Commons, we embrace the communal spirit and strive to promote the best the region has to offer. We consider it our calling to create thoughtful food and drink in a space you can share with other good and like-minded people. We hope you make it your calling to check us out and find some respite from the pace of modern life.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (607) 272-2222 ext. 0

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Felicia Barrett

  • Neighborhood

    Ithaca

  • Parking details

    Our parking garage is located at 120 East Green street. There are elevators that will bring you into the Hotel Lobby area.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 97 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central New York

    Good for Groups

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

  • Central New York

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Good food; took an hour to even get appetizers. Very poor experience on balance even though the food is ok
  2. T

    Theatergoer

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We spend many weekends in Ithaca and have stayed at the Marriott many times but have never eaten at Monk’s so we decided to give it a try. We were very surprised and disappointed at the quality of our meal. 2 in our party got the Nashville chicken sandwich and when it arrived were taken aback by how small the piece of chicken was - it was dwarfed by the standard sized bun. They said it was tasty but it was definitely chintzy on the chicken. My husband ordered the steak, rare, and received it completely over cooked. He sent it back (the server completely agreed that it was not rare) and when his new steak arrived it was better but still not cooked correctly. I had a salad which was fine but nothing special, I could get a salad like this anywhere. All this to say, there are so many choices of restaurant on the commons in Ithaca, so we would recommend skipping this option. It is nice that it takes reservations where others don’t, but trust me, you’re better off waiting to be seated at another venue. I will say that the bar at Monks is great and the cocktails we had were delicious. Also the pretzel app was very good. If you are going to visit, stick to pre-dinner cocktails and snacks at the bar!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was really good. We had Caesar salad, lamb chops and pasta. All well done and delicious. Our server was very personable and attentive. Cocktails were yum.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere on the patio, and great food!
  5. m

    monica

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Daughters birthday
  6. C

    Cosmo4

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Crab cakes salty, prices high for graduation . $135 for a bottle of champagne. V disappointing
  7. KS

    KristenS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was delicious. However, the service was lacking. I noticed a manager talking to another table that was going to leave without getting their food because they had waited so long with a hungry toddler. My husband and I ordered an appetizer that arrived at our table approximately 50 minutes after we were seated. Our dinner came to the table a couple of minutes after, so, we all of a sudden we had everything all at once. I ordered a drink refill when our dinner arrived and still hadn’t received it 30 minutes later. It came after we paid the bill. Our waiter apologized saying that they were terribly busy and they were. We were disappointed in our experience.
  8. A

    Ardy

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cocktails were excellent. Service was attentive and pleasant. Food came out at a nice warm temp but tended to be salty which obscured any other seasoning.
  9. F

    Fish

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I went to dinner at 5 and there was no noise until 6 when the car got crowded.
  10. D

    Dorothy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was exceptional with a nice variety of options, service was great, and space between tables was adequate. Waitstaff didn’t rush us. The whole place was clean and neat.
  11. ML

    MarilynL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband, I and our daughter enjoyed dinner here in a Friday night. The food was very good and service was friendly and efficient. We’d definitely go there again.
  12. SJ

    SameerJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The waiter seemed to find it funny that I was a vegetarian, referring to me as Mr Vegetarian .. had a kind of brassy know it all attitude and seemed to find it funny that there very very few vegetarian options on the menu.
  13. HA

    HelenAnnB

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and a fun server.
  14. JY

    JonY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was great! Went to Monks for date night, and was well-served by a charismatic and thoughtful front of house. Food was good too!
  15. JJ

    JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    245 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    245 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, good menu, good food, interesting cocktails. Worth the trip.
  16. AL

    AlanL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very kind and welcoming! The food was delicious.
  17. p

    pjofnh

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our waitress Catelin was wonderful and gave us attentive and personable service. She ensured our every desire was met quickly and with such a professional flair...she was a real pleasure. We ordered the Lamb, loaded Baked Potato, and Roasted Carrots. The Baked Potato was perfect...the skin was lightly crispy and the potato fluffy and filled with cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream...YUM. The Roasted Carrots were perfectly cooked and covered with candied pecans, and goat cheese...pretty, and sooo delicious! But the Lamb was a true triumph! The lamb had a coffee rub that bubbled up on the surface creating a light crust that infused every bite with a burst of unexpected flavor that lingered on your tongue. The lamb was perfectly cooked...hot, juicy, and lightly pink in the center, and with half a rack... more than you need to satiate your hunger. The food was PERFECT, every bite so wonderful it made you roll your eyes. The kicker? The Chef...Martin...was in the kitchen alone with 2 team members unexpectedly out that day. I am fussy and rarely have a perfect meal anywhere...but this...well, I wanted to kiss the cook!
  18. JR

    JuliannaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were wonderful and attentive. Food was very good and quick! Very pleased with my visit, definitely returning and recommending to friends :)
  19. TC

    TimC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was good...not great. The servers were hustling. Like most establishments, they seemed understaffed. Overall, it wasn't a terrible experience, I just feel there are better options in Ithaca. I'd eat there again, but only in a pinch.
  20. FI

    FIFTYBABE

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Very disappointing. We arrived for our reservation on time and they did not have a table for us. They did offer us a seat at the bar to have our meal but we told them that we had just traveled 4 hours and wanted to have a pleasant dinner at a table. After twenty minutes they offered us the couch. We also declined that. We really wanted our meal at a table not eat our meal at a couch. After thirty minutes they asked us again about the couch or take out. My husband was not happy. We were finally seated after forty minutes at a table with no place setting and told the server would be right over. After another twenty minutes the server went to the table next to us that had been seated after us and I was livid and spoke us. She apologized and said she had not been informed that we had been seated. She took our order and also the table next to us and said she would let the manager know. We were not approached by the manager. We were finally served our appetizer with no utensils. She walked away so quickly that we had to go to the host to inform him we needed some. She then brought our meal and again we had to ask for utensils. When we were done with our meal I had to ask twice for a container to take my meal home. Since we were served so late I couldn’t eat all my meal. Our reservation was at 7:30. We were seated at 8:10. Our order was finally taken at 8:40. This is unacceptable. As far as the food goes, the appetizer was acceptable. We ordered the Brats in a Blanket. We would have enjoyed them more if we had more time. Our entrees were Steak Stir Fry and Shrimp Provençal which were nothing to write home about. I would not recommend this restaurant to friends or family.
  21. C

    Ciccic

    Salt Lake City

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great ambiance and takes reservations! Good service and food, accommodated large party
  22. CK

    ChristineK

    Richmond

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service by our wonderful server and the food was prepared perfectly and was absolutely delicious! Every time we visit Ithaca, we make reservations at Monks! It is the best dining experience in Ithaca!
  23. MA

    MartaA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Beautiful place at the Hotel lobby. It was sheer lack of luck for us and the actual conditions nowadays that made our experience not great. First, we got lucky to have made a reservation, otherwise we wouldn't have being able to enter. Second, inside was very noisy and they're quite short staffed. We waited for ages to have our orders taken and served. The Staff is great and very polite, by the way, but still... the waiting is a set off. Third: the unluck part - there was a fire in the kitchen and everybody had to leave their stuff and the building, for what seemed like ages, but must have been about 15 to 20min. And it was quite a cold night. After that, when we returned, the food (which stood at the table) was already cold and the spirits ruined. The food taste is great (price is ok) and people are very nice, but I'll be waiting for some time before going back.
  24. TO

    TalO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great night. The steak was delicious. The baked potato was super good. The pesto fries were great. Thank you
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just the right restaurant to date
  26. CV

    CVH2016

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Location on Commons good people watching Service friendly and professional Beet and goat cheese salad fresh and full of good items ice wine vinaigrette was delicious Only problem was annoying bees outside
  27. CK

    ChristineK

    Richmond

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding, delicious food! This is our second time eating here, when dropping our son off at college, and the food quality, taste, and preparation cannot be beat! Our server was wonderful and attentive and refilled our drinks frequently. We had a great table by the window where we could people watch and again, the entire experience was just fantastic! Cannot wait to dine here again!
  28. M

    Medray

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We wanted outdoor seating during COVID-19 surge, and Monks was great for this. Covered table, well-spaced, serving really tasty food! Nice selection of local beer, cider, and wine. Greek flatbread was an outstanding starter shared by 5 adults. Beet salads with locally sourced goat cheese (with and without blackened salmon) were sumptuous and satisfying; shrimp Provençal was similarly tasty and huge. Service was good. Road noise wasn't bad. It's attached to a Marriott with the pluses (outstanding food quality & safety) and minuses (less charm than a locally owned place). Overall, what we grown ups needed on a Saturday evening.
  29. KI

    KIRKR

    Richmond

    44 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Inside seating is in the lobby of the hotel and outside seating is at a picnic table on a small patio in the corner of the building. Service was slow as it took one and a half hours to receive our entrees after ordering. Food was below average, NY strip had no flavor and the flatbread tasted like a frozen pizza. At the end of the meal we were directed to the waitress stand at the end of the bar where we processed our bill … on the wait staff register. Do not recommend this restaurant.
  30. RB

    RobertB

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice restaurant attached to the Marriott in Ithaca, NY. Food good, service exceptional.
  31. ML

    MargaretL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Our is mint, out of draft beer, out of all high noon flavors but one, out of mild sauce….there is a Wegmans close by? We got the monk rolls and left without ordering dinner.
  32. EN

    EricN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening, outstanding service! Will definitely return.
  33. BH

    BenjaminH

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    $12Caesar salad: anchovies?? NOPE appetizer 1/2 rack of lamb and entree 1/2 rack of lamb: NOT same size Menu: Does Marriot have a spell-checker?? Read the menu for multiple gaffes Lamb was delicious but overall experience was harrowing because of noise and menu problems (see above). Also appetizer arrived well after entree: cook had overcooked the 1st lamb! Expected more from this highly rated restaurant!
  34. C

    Chris

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Food was decent, but service was not good. Draft beer system was down the night we visited, and several other canned/ bottled selections from the menu were unavailable.
  35. SS

    StaceyS

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were underwhelmed with this restaurant. It took about 40 min to receive the appetizer and over an hour to receive the meals. The food was inconsistent in preparation. The steak stir fry had little flavor with partly crunchy rice that did not appear to be the jasmine rise promised and the broccoli seemed to be an after thought add on that hadn’t been sautéed. The stuffed salmon was very well done but the Brussels sprouts side was barely cooked. Our daughter ordered side dishes: her stuffed baked potato was yummy but not really “stuffed” - some sour cream and onions. And her Brussels sprouts were forgotten and brought out 10 minutes after the rest of the meal, but they were cooked slightly more than the side from the salmon dish. The server was not really apologetic about the wait - and seemed unconcerned that things just were so-so. We wanted to like the meal more than we did, but with the combination of everything would not recommend and will not return.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2021

    overall1food3service4ambience1
    Had a reservation for inside dining which they did not honor and forced us to eat outside at picnic tables next to busy street plus it was windy and cold. Will not go back again!
  37. k

    katiek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    monks is SO SO GOOD. THE lamb chops were to DIE for, the server was so so kind and understanding and fun!
  38. RN

    RebeccaN

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve enjoyed drinks and apps at Monks in the past, and this we went for our daughter’s graduation. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable!
  39. O

    Outoftowner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I haven’t been to Monk’s for dinner since before the pandemic, but went this week. They handled Covid precautions well, but the wait for food was over an hour, the food was cold and generally bad when it arrived. Service was modest at best. Overall, this was one of the worst and more expensive food experiences I’ve had in a long time. I used to enjoy Monks and visited frequently but they will have to improve dramatically before I ever visit again. I’m sad to say that but it’s the truth.
  40. M

    Melou

    New England

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Pleasant dining early but then it got crowded and noisy. Mediocre martini, good wings. Excellent server

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Monks on the Commons offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (607) 272-2222 ext. 0.

Monks on the Commons is rated 3.8 stars by 97 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Monks on the Commons

120 S. Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ithaca

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Our parking garage is located at 120 East Green street. There are elevators that will bring you into the Hotel Lobby area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Felicia Barrett

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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