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About Taverna Banfi

A Tuscan Inspired Italian Restaurant in Ithaca, NY
Savor Tuscan flavors at an Ithaca dining destination unlike any other. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Cornell campus, Taverna Banfi’s warm and inviting atmosphere offers the perfect venue to entertain guest on campus, gather with family for our Sunday Brunch or enjoy dinner with friends. Sumptuous antipasto appetizers are the opening act to a menu of Tuscan cuisine. Enjoy Italian classics like mushroom ravioli and chicken scaloppini or try the scallops with mushroom barley risotto. With a passion for food, a meticulously crafted wine list and old world charm inspired by the Castello Banfi Estate in Montalcino, Taverna Banfi is the signature restaurant of The Statler Hotel. Gather and celebrate food, wine and friendship.
For your convenience, we offer complimentary valet parking for all guest dining at Taverna Banfi. We look forward to your visit and thank you for your patronage.

130 Statler Drive
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
130 Statler Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(607) 254-2565

Website:
http://www.tavernabanfi.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking is complimentary

Executive Chef:
Eric Szymczak, Executive Chef

Private Party Facilities:
For parties of 6 people or more, please call the restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Sales Department: (607) 254-2624

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Call 607-254-2624 for reservations

Taverna Banfi Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
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Scenic View (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Cozy (11)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Organic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vegan (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fun (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

There is only one thing to say about TB....it's always good, if not great! Only caution is to make reservations, b/c it's so popular. If you enjoy veggies, there's always a great assortment.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a most delightful time and the food was even more delicious than ever!
Thank you for a wonderful experience - we'll be back soon:)

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a lovely place to dine. The food was delicious, from the appetizers to thee entrees. The service was perfect. A delightful evening.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Solid spot next to Cornell university. Reservations highly recommended. Great staff solid meal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The setting, with the marvelous views of the campus , the very well prepared and interesting food and the attentive staff are reason enough to seek out this very excellent restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 15, 2017

My favorite place to bring business colleagues for lunch -- always excellent food and service in a very attractive environment with a beautiful view of the Cornell campus.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was great! Had a terrific Sunday brunch. Great variety of breakfast and lunch options. Dessert can not be missed!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We went there for a special occasion. The food was excellent. It was promptly served with a bit of flare. The staff were friendly and attentive. We all enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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food4
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food! Was a special parent's weekend visit so we had a group of parents and students. Everyone's meal was very good. Worth the meal.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great brunch!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful Sunday Brunch! The restaurant is run by hotel school students and they do a great job.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The best part about our dining at Banfi's was the waitress. Her name was Irene. She was cordial, attentive, and had a fantastic sense of humor. The food was unique and all three of us enjoyed our separate meals.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, great service, beautiful atmosphere, beautiful scenery.
Will be back on next visit to Ithaca.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We found Taverna Banfi bringing a unique fine dining experience to a discerning market of Cornell School of Hotel Administration and its community of alumni, and the Ithaca area. The great service included staff with an intimate knowledge of the food and, in our experience, seafood and pasta dishes prepared perfectly. The food and service constitute a wonderful evening's main event.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server Jenna was a charm! We got sat at the prestigious table 10, had a nice bottle of dry Riesling and ate a lot! Highly recommend.

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food5
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My 12 y.o. son has Celiac and our waitress, as well as the kitchen staff, were spectacular at helping us through the usual questions about cross-contamination, etc. Overall the experience was spectacular, with the kind and helpful waitress being a highlight equal to the amazing food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tremendous all around.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Upscale restaurant on the second floor of the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus. Served by students in the Cornell Hospitality program as host, server. Food was excellent. Side dishes are shareable size. Comfortable, quiet environment. Can accommodate larger groups in separate room.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent restaurant staffed by a mix of professionals and students on Cornell's campus. The tie ins with the hospitality school and the Cullinary Institute of America makes for excellent food with exceptional service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was very good. Best dining in Ithaca, no question. However, the service is less than optimal and really needs to be improved. First, we had to wait for the valet for 5 mins inside then hotel. The front desk staff saw us, but did not come over to greet us as we waited for someone at the valet counter to appear. Second, the waitress did a very poor job all night. She neglected to take our drink order, and she had to be asked to bring us refills on our water. Also, despite being one of only 4 dining parties that night, the hostess sat a loud group of college students right next to our table half way through our meal. The entire restaurant is open so why crowd a loud party to a couple that is quietly trying to enjoy their meal. All in all, great food and portions for the price but the service really needs to step up for us to return.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was good...but with the seating so close, it gets very noisy once the restaurant begins to fill...making it a bit difficult to actual have a discussion.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Do you miss Brunch and are trying to find where to have brunch in the Finger Lakes? This is your answer. Exquisitely prepared dishes using sustainable agriculture from Cornell's plantations and local growers. Chef prepared dishes all made from scratch. Roasted coffee specially formulated for Cornell by Gimme Coffee. Wait staff are largely from Cornell's school of hospitality students; thus, highly motivated staff that are "into" their jobs as they are looking to make this a career. Extremely comfortable seating and beautiful atmosphere.

There is nothing to not love about this outstanding Brunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Organic, Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Vegan, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Once again Taverna Banfi excelled. The food was well presented and deliciious. Each of the four of us enjoyed our menu choices. The cocktails and wine were superb, the service from Gregory was exceptional. We are never disappointed when we go here to enjoy a meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was OK, appetizers more than adequate, entrees a little sparse, prices a little high, entrée menu choices a little limiting.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We went to Taverna Banfi for brunch. I could not find a description of their brunch on the website but decided to take a chance given a couple of comments. It was really good food, great variety, and a dessert table with everything and more. The price was also very reasonable and included juice and coffee. We will definitely go again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful, personal service. Apps & entres were excellent. Nice environment & good wine list Would recommend

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Walter Salas attention to details was superb last night, impressively how he was talkative without interrupting and courteous with all his comments and suggestions with the food.
The "GRILLED CORN TORTELLONI AND LOBSTER" excellent, it will go on my list for favorite dishes to recommend and try again...it was awesome!!. Many thanks, MP

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Brought in a potential client from out of town. Was happy to have such an excellent sit-down option on campus. Two of us had the buffet which is always a good choice. Our client had the avocado sandwich that she described as "one of the best" she's ever had.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food is always great and the service excellent! Highly recommend them for any occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great as usual. Best Sunday brunch I have been to.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Loved everything about it!!! Great food, especially the various pastas. The staff was terrific. It was a great evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were at Cornell to drop off my daughter who's joining this year.
I was looking for a place where we could have a nice dinner before we said our good byes and headed back to singapore. A friend recommended Taverna Banfi at the Statler Hotel.

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the food at Banfi . We had a young lady who was in her final year at Cornell looking after us and it was so nice for my daughter to get tips on life on Cornell from her. The food was amazingly tasty and importantly we had a lot of choices for my wife and daughters who are vegetarian.

Overall, while it is on the pricey side, I believe that this is certainly one of the top choices for celebration of a special occasion in Cornell.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Dinner was wonderful . Food, wine and service was excellent on a busy Friday night.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We met to celebrate several family events with a brunch. The valet parking is a big plus. We enjoyed so many great choices... something for everyone and some very well-executed plates such as the crepes, side salads, and seafood bisque. A fun bunch choice!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Sunday brunch is excellent.
Quality food, wide variety of food, good
Service !!
I definitely will come again !!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Restaurant is nice but often quite empty. Location is very unique in middle of campus which could keep crowds away as not near other restaurants. Views of Cornell are good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Good but not great food for the price. Worth going if you are looking for a good meal and are staying at the Statler Hotel or are looking for a good meal and are on the Cornell campus.

We were asked to participate in a survey research project regarding listing calories on the menu. It was interesting to discuss the research with the professor who is actually doing the study. He came by after we completed the survey and discussed the purpose of the research. That is a unique experience that would only happen at a restaurant in an academic environment like Cornell.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner here and decided to try it for lunch. The lunch was decent but not nearly as memorable as our dinner. The service is always excellent. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This review is more for the breakfast, which was okay. We had the buffet, which really needed an omelet station. The oatmeal was delicious and in high demand. They had good waffles and a crepe station, but not enough food options for the buffet price. We had dinner the night before which we thoroughly enjoyed. The service was slow but nonetheless the student staff was attentive and very helpful. We had homemade mozzarella with prosciutto as a starter that was amazing! Better ingredients and food for dinner which I would highly recommend. Overall a lovely place to eat, especially convenient if you are staying at The Statler hotel.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent service in a lovely atmosphere.
Amazing

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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