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Taverna Banfi, Ithaca, NY

Taverna Banfi

4.7
4.7
1286 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A Tuscan Inspired Italian Restaurant In Ithaca, NY
Tuscan culture embraces a cuisine that is inspired by availability and accessibility. At Taverna Banfi, our seasonal menus reflect this attitude. Located at the heart of Cornell University campus, our casual fine dining atmosphere is perfect for entertaining family, friends, and clients visiting Cornell University and the Finger Lakes region.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (607) 254-2565
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Nichols
  • Private party facilities
    For parties of 6 people or more, please call the restaurant.
  • Private party contact
    Sales Department: (607) 254-2624
  • Neighborhood
    Ithaca
  • Cross street
    130 Statler Drive
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Good for business meals

  • Southern Tier

    Best Overall

  • Southern Tier

    Best Food

  • Southern Tier

    Best Service

  • Southern Tier

    Best Ambiance

  • Southern Tier

    Best Value

  • Southern Tier

    Good for groups

  • Southern Tier

    Healthy

  • Southern Tier

    Neighborhood gem

  • Southern Tier

    Most Booked

1,286 Reviews
  1. BeckyM

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. We enjoy the varied menus

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  2. Biba

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, much more than I expected. The service was attentive and fast. I would definitely go back.

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  3. Sandy

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very slow service for drinks. Waiters seemed to be helping each other.

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  4. DVDV

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The service is always so dreadfully slow at Banfi's. It was a slow morning and very few tables, with seemingly plenty of waitstaff. I had to go find our waitress for the check, and I could not find a single server or host anywhere.

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  5. John

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A terrific dinning experience. The waitress was exceptional!

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  6. NehaW

    Upstate NY

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Taverna Banfi weekend brunch is a nice elegant outing when you are looking for some fancy place to go with proper service and cozy ambiance. It was amazing for us. The only thing that I missed was the number of vegetarian options. My two friends were vegetarian and the options for them were a bit limited. e.g. there were two soups offered in the menu but both had meat. Mainly the veg. options were sweet/deserts which they definitely enjoyed. But i felt it would have been nice to have a bit more vegetarian options. Overall we were very impressed by the service and ambiance and enjoyed our brunch.
    Taverna BanfiResponded on February 13, 2024
    Thanks so much for your Rating and for your comments. We appreciate any feedback. We will work on improving our vegetarian selections on all our buffet meal periods. We look forward to your return.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and spectacular service. Great wine list and the desserts are always changing and very tasty! A consistent pleasure when in Ithaca!

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  8. EVisit

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is delicious and while it is expensive for the area the portions are generous. The service is excellent!

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  9. LeonaE

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the most charming, professional student waiter and a delicious dinner with very nice wine. The service was warm and efficient and this is definitely our favorite restaurant in Ithaca! Fantastic wine choice and a great martini to boot!

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  10. Riley

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Great food. Classic setting with consistent standards

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  11. LynneS

    Upstate NY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday brunch with the family and I didn’t have to cook or clean up….. SCORE. Valet parking in front of the Statler, an amazing view and, of course, delicious food beautifully presented to choose from. Our wait staff kept the hot coffee coming and we had wonderful time. I recommend Banfi 100%.

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  12. DianaJ

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is first rate. The food was exceptional and very well presented. the service and ambiance was wonderful. We would highly recommend and plan to return on our next visit to Ithaca.

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  13. MichaelG

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I have had in a while. Price was on the high side but you don’t mind it when the meal is that good. I love when they get it right from cocktails to desert. This place did just that. Servers are attentive and knowledgeable. Great experience. Just wish they would tell you where to park.

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  14. Peter

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Dinner at Banfi was all right. The service was excellent from the moment we entered to the moment we left. Amy, our server was efficient, knowledgeable and fast. The food, especially the steak, could have been better. The duck, ordered by two in our party, was very good according to their comments. The octopus, ordered by another one in our party was also very good. The steak, however, which I ordered, left a lot to be desired. First, the cut had a lot of fat at one end and gristle along the side of the steak. The meat was cooked as i ordered it (Medium) but the sauce it came with was a little on the sweet side which did not really mix well with the steak.

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  15. MercedesS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a celebratory dinner with our daughter for the completion of her first semester at Cornell. The food was excellent, the portions were large (we had leftovers that we ate the next day that were still really yummy!) and the service was great! Can't wait to go back!

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  16. AvaS

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, ambiance, and delicious food. Taverna Banfi never fails to impress!

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  17. JohnD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I take my family to Banfi frequently. We love the food and the service. The Brunch Buffet is always superlative. Taverna Banfi is our favorite restaurant in Ithaca.

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  18. Edward

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The inside was pretty outdated. Had a nice enough view. Food was mid.

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  19. ThierryT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, a great place to unwind and appreciate good food... Perhaps, it should be about time to "revamp" the 4 main dishes offered on the menu...;)

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  20. Paul

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The breakfast buffet as well as ala-carte options were plentiful to choose from. professional staff and great service and ambience.

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  21. Will

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Selection of food and quality was excellent. Also very impressed with each staff member that morning.

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  22. LynneS

    Upstate NY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took advantage of the valet parking to begin our visit to the taverna. We were greeted at the door and taken to our table. The campus views are beautiful. The service was prompt and friendly. We were there for the Sunday brunch and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the choices were amazing. If you’re looking for a special treat, I highly recommend Banfi Taverna.

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  23. mildred

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. The staff is well informed of each of the diner's preferences of needs. From the chef to the manager to the service staff they all aim to please. The service is cordial and personal. My only regret is that I can only dine here twice a year.

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  24. TaraD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was absolutely wonderful!! Our server was extremely attentive and sweet! The food was excellent and ambience was very nice!! Highly Recommend!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  25. ThierryT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great place for lunch right on campus! Don't forget to book your table online if you can ...

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  26. shashjai

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food variety was good, since I am a vegetarian I was satisfied.

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  27. CindyF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, service and ambiance. Very impressed

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  28. Tinsel

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A favorite for sure. Never a bad meal. Menu changes occasionally so keep’s interesting. Exceptional brunch too

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  29. Mark

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The duck was to die for. Get it rare! Calamari with the peppers was also fantastic.

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  30. Tinsel

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite. Beautiful onside abb no d views outside. Never a bad dish breakfast , lunch or dinner. Awesome brunch too

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  31. RobertW

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Service was not. They were understaffed and our server appeared to be overwhelmed. We did not get our wine until well into our main course and she messed up one of our orders. The ambience was not the best either. They need to dim the lights in the dining room.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On of my favorite restaurants! I love visiting my son at Cornell and enjoying the great food and ambiance at this restaurant. Excellent menu, fresh ingredients and amazing service. Cannot recommend enough!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Host who is very attentive and kind. The menu choices are great ! Love to convenience of valet

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  34. GMorris

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Yuko took great care of us and was an excellent server. She had pointers on the buffet and recommended dinner. We’ll definitely be back. This was a nice change from eating in town, and made for a special occasion. Thanks Banfi!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Mushroom bruschetta was tasty and came with ample fungi. Short rib gnocchi was very good. Gnocchi were a little overcooked. Tons of short rib and nice Demi glacé sauce. Didn’t get much fois gras flavor. Great service.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Wildly overrated brunch. The hostess was curt and rushed. The food was literally inedible - beef roast was gristly and my first 4 bites ended up in my napkin. My teenage daughter couldn’t eat the rubbery waffles or the soggy crepe. The waitress never checked back with us and we had to stand up and flag her down to get our check. She exclaimed, “You already ate?” Well, yes, and you would have known that if you’d checked on our table. Ambiance was oddly corporate, like a basic airport hotel, not fitting with the Italian name in any way. Not at all what we were expecting. Will not be back.

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  37. EdMNY

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining experience was outstanding. Luncheon menu included a Buffet (which we did not choose - looking for lighter fare). Our sandwiches were delicious and a good value. Soup of the Day prepared by the Culinary Program staff and Students was outstanding. The Taverna Banfi kindly provided a "Birthday Cupcake (for 2) to make our meal complete. Ambiance was outstanding looking over the Cornell Campus and Lake Beebe. All in all an outstanding experience.

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  38. BernadetteF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a very special evening celebrating our adult son's birthday at Taverna Banfi. We had 3 different entrees and each one of us thought our dish was delicious. We were all impressed with the savory kale salad with pine nuts. The dessert brought on a try with one small candle and Happy birthday written on the plate in confectioner's sugar topped the evening off perfectly.

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  39. Ithacan

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu has diverse options. It's a little pricey, but the food and the service is excellent.

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  40. MatthewS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I are pretty skeptical of brunch buffets, but this was worth every penny! Easily one of the best I've ever been to, and we visit the Ithaca area again, we'll be making a visit!

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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

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Taverna Banfi is rated 4.7 stars by 1286 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 43 times today
Google Map for Taverna Banfi

130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Additional information

  • Cross street
    130 Statler Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Ithaca
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Nichols
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (607) 254-2565
  • Private party facilities
    For parties of 6 people or more, please call the restaurant.
  • Private party contact
    Sales Department: (607) 254-2624
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