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The Bistro at La Tourelle

4.2
4.2
120 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Bistro at La Tourelle, located in Ithaca, New York, serves regional American cuisine and specializes in providing a farm-to-table dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The Bistro at La Tourelle provides takeout and catering services for its customers convenience.

The restaurant offers vegetarian and gluten-free options for individuals with dietary restrictions.

Update 5/2/2021: The Bistro is now operating out of the farmhouse, formerly John Thomas Steakhouse, located directly in front of La Tourelle Hotel for dine in, take out, and covered outdoor seating as well as outdoor seating!

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Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bistro, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 7:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (607) 339-0224

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Fischer

  • Neighborhood

    Ithaca

  • Cross street

    Route 96B (AKA Danby Rd.) 1 mile past Ithaca College

  • Parking details

    Free parking available anywhere in the La Tourelle Hotel parking lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

  • Central New York

    Romantic

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  1. FL

    FLXNewbie

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very unpretentious setting, but this old home will surprise you with food quality and outstanding service. The lamb lollipops were delicious as was the shrimp and risotto cakes. He tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce was more like a marinara sauce. Nice wine selection. Delicious desserts. Outstanding staff, very welcoming and accommodating.

  2. TS

    TimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were staying at LaTourelle and had our dog with us. Was very happy to hear the Bistro was also pet friendly. We ate on the patio so our dog could be with us. They provided fresh water a few times for her. The food was outstanding! Service was excellent.

  3. ML

    MikeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and decent price. From appetizers, to salad, to entree everything was great!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    So convenient to have the Bistro here at La Tourelle! Great food and the young wait staff were very professional and friendly!

  5. PJ

    ProfJ

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good thing we out here on our last night in Ithaca because my wife said if we ate here first we wouldn’t have gone anywhere else.

  6. k

    karend

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to dinner for my daughters graduation. The food was delicious and the service wonderful. Highly recommend!

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on June 5, 2022

    Thank you for the great review! We’re so happy you loved your experience!

  7. TM

    TheresaM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5

    Everything was great except the service was way too slow. If you have someplace to go after you eat make sure you give yourself plenty of time...

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on June 5, 2022

    Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and continuing to hire and implement training procedures to do better. We hope to see you again in the future!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Awesome food and ambiance. Always a good experience. Biggest issue is deciding whether to have breakfast of lunch food!

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on June 5, 2022

    Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

  9. TV

    TadmiriV

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved it. Great food and service. professional and friendly

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on June 5, 2022

    Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that the experience exceeded your expectations.

  10. BO

    BarryO

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Mothers Day brunch. 50 minutes to get our food. Missed items we ordered. Never got a coffee refill. Won’t go back

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on June 5, 2022

    Thank you for your review. I’m sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience, but I really appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. We will continue to work on implementing training procedures and striving to do better.

  11. M

    Mimi

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A very lovely place to dine and stay over. We made reservations for dinner but had no idea this place was an Inn and spa. So cozy and homey! Met wonderful friendly people at dinner and just felt like a dedicated and breakfast. The food was wonderful and very moderately priced. Will definitely visit again!

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on June 5, 2022

    Thank you for your review! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed our food and service. We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience at our restaurant, but it’s great to know that we are on the right track. Let me know if there is anything else we can do to make your next visit even better.

  12. A

    Anonymouse

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5

    The food was great, but the service was lacking. We waited a long, long time for our food. They're understaffed, I think.

  13. DF

    DebF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and the service was exceptional! Looking forward to my next visit

  14. H

    Happyfeet321

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We had a lovely dinner; the service could not have been better! The menu had a nice variety of options and everything was beautifully prepared and presented.

  15. OB

    OBrooklyn

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, nice ambiance and good service . Pretty surroundings

  16. m

    michelew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in town visiting Cornell with our son. Stayed overnight at a hotel which offered a simple breakfast but we are breakfast eaters so we decided to venture out. What a great decision! The Bistro offered a wonderful full breakfast, including juice, fresh fruit, a hot entree, coffee/tea and even a fresh pastry . Our server was very friendly and attentive. Everyone was completely satisfied and ready to tour the university.

  17. L

    Lavender

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    On a cold night in Ithaca this was a very welcoming place. We were delayed due to one of our group getting held up. The staff were very understanding and we ended up having a lovely meal with the whole group present.

  18. EO

    EarlaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quaint, cozy restaurant that serves delicious meals. The staff is very pleasant and welcoming.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter brunch was delicious! Service was excellent!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Girls day out! The mimosas were great!

  21. C

    Cindy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great breakfast at the Bistro to conclude our girl’s spa weekend. Service was outstanding and so was the food.

  22. JS

    J0c1n7aS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Our server was very friendly and had great customer service. We were disappointed in food quality, however. My husband had a Cuban sandwich--the bread was stale and it consisted of a thick pork chop, thick cut of ham and a gherkin pickle cut vertically. He literally had to gnaw into it to bite pieces off or use a fork and knife. I had an ahi tuna bowl. The flavors were great, but I paid $16 for four slices of tuna on a bed of mixed greens.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Warm friendly service. Gave us time to ourselves but appeared whenever a refill or other need might occur. Brunch was delicious.

  24. CM

    CarolM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It is always a pleasure to have a meal at The Bistro at La Tourelle! The food is well-prepared and delicious. Portions are ample. The omelettes are wonderful. If you are especially hungry, the full breakfast option will surely leave you feeling satisfied. The waitstaff were attentive and friendly. A very pleasant place for a leisurely visit with a friend!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved every part of it! Breakfast was delicious (waffle and breakfast sandwich) and the green room couldn’t have been cozier. The fire was cracking while snow was falling outside. Didn’t want to leave. I would highly recommend The Bistro at La Tourelle to anyone visiting Ithaca. It was a treat!

  26. D

    Dianne

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We were staying at the LaTourelle Hotel connected to the restaurant. The food was good and attractively served. Fairly basic dishes … had a steak salad and husband had stuffed peppers (vegan). Both dishes were tasty. There were seafood,pasta and meat dishes to choose. Wait staff were friendly and efficient. All in all a pleasant experience

  27. MB

    MariannaB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Had breakfast here after a stay at the hotel. Service was slow even with not a lot of diners. Had to ask multiple times for coffee refills. Plates, glasses at the table when we arrived were visibly soiled. We both ordered the full breakfast, the pastry sounded good (blueberry scone). That came first with the fruit cup- it was inedible. Tasted like raw dough and had been microwaved. Not scone consistency whatsoever. Entrees (avocado toast, egg in a cup) were good. Side of bacon requested extra crispy certainly was. Juice was standard from concentrate. Really was expecting more, we had been here when it was in the hotel pre-Covid. We would not return again.

  28. P

    Patricia

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service was friendly and efficient. Breakfast was delicious and presentation was very nice. The atmosphere was welcoming; we loved sitting by the window and watching the birdfeeder.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Very good service and hospitality.

  30. NO

    NancyO

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1

    Lighting was hideous in the Red Room. Bulbs with strong wattage were exposed under a small shade (I got a headache). Food was very poor, more like mass produced conference or casino food. I had steak and mashed potatoes (steak dry, potatoes tasted like artificial garlic, four or five overcooked asparagus. My daughter's dinner was similar. She ordered salmon, but received chicken French. It had been her second choice, so she kept it because it would take to long to get a redo. When the bill charged for the salmon, it was changed. A very helpful and apologetic manager took $5 off the bill. Staff was friendly and good. The food was so disappointing that we didn't even get breakfast there the next morning but left the hotel to go someplace else.

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on March 9, 2022

    We are so sorry to hear that your experience was less than desirable. We want you to know we value your feedback and how it helps us strive to do better. We are currently taking necessary measures to improve guest's experience. We would enjoy the opportunity to invite you back. We are working out some issues and need some time to get to where we know we can be. Please consider joining us again in April, in the meantime feel free to email or contact me with any further information.

  31. BT

    BarbaraT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place, good food, attentive and kind staff:)

  32. d

    dbabe587

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    The servers were so nice and prompt. The place inside is very cute with the fireplace, very cozy. Oh goodness maybe it was an off night but the food was unfortunately not very good. The bread was stale and not warmed up but they had a lovely honey butter to accompany it, if they whipped it would’ve been superb with some warmed up bread. We had the French artichokes to start, I think it would’ve been better with more lemon zest and again it was a little cold. My fiancé got the Delmonico steak which just lacked seasoning but was cooked properly; just not a lot of flavor. His sides were cold and needed seasoning. I had the French onion soup it was good, could’ve been hotter and needed more seasoning. Again the staff was lovely, very attentive. Maybe it was an off night with the food. Everything presented looked lovely plated though.

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on March 3, 2022

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are striving every day to improve our patrons experience with our new dinner service and feedback is always welcome! We look forward to your next opportunity to dine with us.

  33. T

    Tbev

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I’m on a special diet and the kitchen used fresh spinach instead of the English muffin in my eggs Benedict. I appreciated that. It’s a great menu and we enjoyed our breakfasts.

  34. KS

    KenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, atmosphere, and service. Highly recommended

  35. CO

    COLE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our breakfast was included in our package but it was excellent. Great place!

  36. JV

    JohhnyV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    My best friend & I were looking forward to a nice weekend at La Tourelle. Everything was lovely except for our dinner. The whole dining experience was a disaster. We ordered the cheese board as our appetizer. The cheese was clearly old & hardened served with plain strawberry jam. At least the crackers were not stale. My friend ordered the crab stuffed sole that was cold & tasteless. I ordered the pasta dish with vodka sauce that was basically tomato sauce poured over pasta. A total disappointment! Also, our limp and lifeless salad was served after our entree. I will add that it was not a busy night for your establishment. We hesitated to attend brunch the next morning. What a difference! Brunch was delicious with amazing service! If we are able to return in the future we will know yo make dinner reservations elsewhere.

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on March 3, 2022

    Thank you for your review and please accept my apologies for this less than perfect experience. Our team is working hard to develop and improve this new feature to our restaurant and we look forward to an opportunity to impress you in the future!

  37. RS

    RachaelS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We totally enjoyed the meal. Delicious. Looked and rated great. Good service. Great ambiance.

  38. T

    Todd

    New York Area

    116 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    We were staying at the hotel, which was beautiful and very comfortable. We also had breakfast every day at The Bistro, which was quite good, large, and varied. I would definitely recommend coming here for breakfast or brunch. If you need a place to stay near Cornell or Ithaca College, certainly consider La Tourelle. However, make dinner plans elsewhere. I think that they haven't quite found their footing for dinner yet. The menu is limited, and the food is so-so.

    The Bistro at La TourelleResponded on March 3, 2022

    Thank you for sharing you experience and for the kind words about our hotel and breakfast! Our team is working hard to develop our very new dinner service and we appreciate the feedback. We hope that you have an opportunity to visit us again and see how much we've improved!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience! Cool vibes for sure

  40. AA

    AndyandAndrew

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Valentines Day

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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Bistro at La Tourelle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (607) 339-0224.

The Bistro at La Tourelle is rated 4.2 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Google Map for The Bistro at La Tourelle

1150 Danby Rd Ithaca, NY 14850

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 96B (AKA Danby Rd.) 1 mile past Ithaca College

  • Neighborhood

    Ithaca

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 7:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bistro, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking available anywhere in the La Tourelle Hotel parking lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Fischer

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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