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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Mushroom and barley risotto, broccolini, pickled onions, sun-dried tomato And spinach cream sauce
Mesclun greens, pomegranate seeds, roasted Squash, goat cheese, maple roasted pecans, Honey balsamic vinaigrette
Shaved brussels sprouts, poached egg, Pecorino, fried capers, truffle oil, Parmesan broth
Dessert can be improved. They are too sweet and have lots of cream on top of them.
Always the best breakfast in Ithaca
Banfi never disappoints! Thank you!
Great food & service, highly recommended!
Brunch was $32 per person including tax good, not great value.
The brunch seating could have been improved; the ambiance was impacted. Brunch involves multiple trips to the food bars. The seating plan should have maximized use of peripheral seating to minimize many disruptions to parties in seats along the primary traffic paths.
We went to Banfi's on Sunday for the brunch. It was outstanding with many food offers.
The food quality and service was outstanding. Ambience is perfect for a nice dinner.
The lunch buffet, usually excellent, was simply not on point the day I went. The pork was overcooked and tough, and the salmon at the carving station was dry. Especially disappointing was the parsnip/carrot with cranberry (I think the description said) sauce - again, dry (no sauce that I could see or taste), undercooked, and under-seasoned. That being said, the seafood corn chowder was excellent - lots of seafood - and, as always, the dessert bar was delightful.
Amazing! Especially enjoyed the New England Clam Chowder. The BEST I've had in my life. Even beats out what I've tried in Portland, Maine!
One of the best brunch buffets we’ve ever had! Highly recommend!
I love Banfi's and would highly recommend it to anyone in the Ithaca area.
The service is incredible
The food was wonderful, but expensive. It’s not easy to find, and valet parking is a must. The valet parking is free, though, and all gratuities go to the students. A very nice evening although expensive.
The food was excellent.
we had a wonderful meal here. the only glitch was fhe directions on open table…that due to construction we should park at barton hall lot…this is not correct and was very annoying as my hubby got upset with me rather then the restaurant “why are you listening to open table” and i am like “the establishment input very specific directions” but alas those directions had not been updated. Luckily there was no ticket involved just us waiting like idiots at the gated intercom to no answer.
Excellent salads and sandwiches at lunch. Loved the pine nuts in the kale salad!
Oatmeal at breakfast was excellent as well
Great wine list and strong food.
Brunch on parents weekend was outstanding. The service and meal never disappoints! Thank You!
Excellent food, attentive service and stellar overall experience!
Enjoyable Evening. Service and Food were Excellent. Would recommend.
excellent Sunday brunch with delicious various variety of foods
Sunday brunch was excellent with many choices. Great service! Great food (especially the desserts)!
The food & service was Excellent! Great value! We had such a wonderful brunch w my daughter and her roommates.
Definitely the best restaurant in Ithaca. Over the years, we’ve had tried many different restaurants in town. This restaurant has the best food and service. The views of the campus is beautiful. Definitely our first choice of restaurant when we visit.
Some of the food quickly ran out (meat, etc..) which was disappointing for a buffet brunch. However, the service was excellent and the environment was beautiful. Highly recommended.
Great lunch, super friendly server. However, the service was super slow. The turn around for a drink, bust table, receive check was painfully slow.
The house-made gnocchi was fantastic!
We really enjoyed the dinner at your restaurant. Will definitely come back again.
Delicious food at a fair price. The offerings could have been more creative, but other than that, it was quite solid. We would go back. Some fresh salsa for the eggs would be nice.
Not too many restaurants in Ithaca offer lunch dishes on Sunday as well as brunch. This hotel restaurant is a pleasant enough environment with well-spaced tables. I was very surprised to find that both meal options are offered only buffet-style, unusual in covid times - and not my favorite approach in any times. But very good service and valet parking made this a good enough experience for dining before heading to the food-deprived Ithaca airport.
Always good quality/value. So convenient. The fresh squeezed orange juice is delightful.
He is the nicest Uber driver I’ve ever had!! He waited for me (without me asking) to get into my house safely he is such a nice man!
A positive experience from the moment we stepped over the threshold of the restaurant. Spotless, pleasant staff, music was pleasant and below radar screen so as not to overtake conversation. Beautiful view. Great service and food superb! Heather and Marty, thank you!!!!
Everything was done well
We loved it! Great food, lovely view and good service
Our server Nathan was excellent!
Had an amazing Sunday brunch to celebrate our son's graduation. Not our first time there. Many delicious options with excellent service! Great choice.
Great food. Friendly service. Nice ambiance.
Website says "business casual" but most people there were dressed in t-shirts or tank tops. My family dressed in business causal, we had a very nice dinner and the service was good. But we were seated across from people whose bra straps were showing and were wearing sneakers. -- The food was great, but I'd probably go the Heights next time for a $$$ dinner out.
So would I recommend to a friend? Depends on the friend I suppose. If you want good food and good service, and don't care if you're looking (or trying not to look) at underwear. It's a good restaurant.
We had a Very nice lunch buffet, good choices of salad and hot food. Good service!
Menu and buffet items. don't miss the dessert selection.
Taverna Banfi is rated 4.7 stars by 1084 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.