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Monks on the Commons, Ithaca, NY
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Monks on the Commons

4.1
4.1
128 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

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:45 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    07-272 6654 ext. 0
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jay Smart
  • 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

Experiences

  • Cornell Graduation Weekend

    May 24 - May 26, 2024
    Join us at Monks on the Commons for Cornell's Graduation weekend. We will have special menu options available. Please let us know if you have any questions and are looking forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.
  • Ithaca College Graduation Weekend

    May 17 - May 18, 2024
    Join us at Monks on the Commons for Ithaca College Graduation weekend. We will have special menu options available. Please let us know if you have any questions and are looking forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.

What 128 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southern Tier

    Most Booked

128 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The menu available online was NOT the menu that they gave us. Our server said the online menu was super outdated but that menu is what we based our decision on to go to that restaurant. The burger was good, juicy & flavorful. The chicken tenders were good but basic they cover them in the sauce you choose instead of giving you it on the side. The friends are shoestring, not my favorite but crispy. It did take a while for our food to come. The waiter was great, super nice & very prompt. I can’t say I’d recommend going here or go back.

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  2. Steve

    Ottawa

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great (I had the lamb chops), cooked perfectly and great presentation. And the service was excellent

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  3. JodyG

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We made our reservation for seven a little over a week before our scheduled dinner date based, in large part, to the other OpenTable reviews. Excited for a nice celebratory dinner, we arrived to be seated at a series of three bar-height outdoor tables that had been brought inside and pushed together in the corner by the door. When we inquired with the hostess if we could be seated at a different table we were approached by a woman named Anisa who claimed to be the manager. She informed us that they were fully booked for the night and this was the only table they had for us, despite the restaurant being nearly empty. In fact, there was an empty table for six not three feet from our "table" and when we asked if they could simply push a chair up to the end to accommodate us there, we were told that they could not. Incidentally, they added another chair to that same table when the other group arrived. When we reiterated our disappointment about the table, she said simply that next time we make a reservation for this restaurant on OpenTable, we should specify that we don't want to be seated at a table comprised of outdoor furniture. Against our better judgement (and having no other comparable options), we decided to stay. Our cocktail order took more than 20 minutes to receive, and our entrees took twice that. When they were finally delivered, the entrees were barely warm. We ate our unremarkable meals in relative silence and when we were finished, we once again asked to speak with the manager. Anisa again came to the table and when we expressed our disappointment, she was so rude (repeatedly interrupting and raising her voice at us as if we were children) that some of our party simply walked out in utter disbelief. I've been to many restaurants and I have never seen behavior this reprehensible, particularly by someone claiming to be the manager. I will never again set foot in this restaurant and I would not recommend this restaurant to my worst enemy.

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  4. Isabel

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The the service and overall care were incredible, would recommend.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent breakfast and dinner at Monk's during our stay and even returned for late-evening cocktails and dessert. Our servers were very attentive and welcoming, particularly Abby, who has been our waitress on previous visits to Monks as well. The food at Monks was fantastic, from the Eggs Benedict at breakfast to the Salmon and risotto - perfectly prepared. The holiday decor was a nice touch too. If there is one thing where Monk's could improve, it would be on keeping things in stock. Each time we've been there, something has been out of stock. 3 weeks ago, it was mashed potatoes and one of the desserts. This trip it was 18 Karat cocktail ingredients. But each time, our waitress made great suggestions for substitutions, so, not really a complaint.

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  6. LindaT

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food, good service. A bit too much hotel lobby ambience.

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  7. DanC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had been there for breakfast before and enjoyed it. This was our first time there for dinner and it was even better. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared and presented. Despite the hotel-lobby ambiance, still managed to seem somewhat upscale. Our waitress, Abby, was very helpful, communicative, quick, attentive, and made the entire experience of dining at Monk's even better. I highly recommend Monk's as one of the best dining experiences I've had in Ithaca with my family.

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  8. Joan

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Monk's. I had two picky young guys (12 y.o.) with me and they loved their meals and the lemonades. The waiter was superb - just the right friendly and competent.

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  9. ErinS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor service, limited menu, and prices too high, wouldn’t recommend.

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  10. Airgee7

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was honestly a great dinner. Waitress was good and kept our drinks filled. Even caught my glass and saved my last sip from spilling!

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FAQs

Monks on the Commons offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 07-272 6654 ext. 0.

Monks on the Commons is rated 4.1 stars by 128 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:45 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jay Smart
  • 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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