Taverna Banfi

4.7
1084 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1084 people are saying
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4.6
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Brian
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Dessert can be improved. They are too sweet and have lots of cream on top of them.

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Hopkinslax
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best breakfast in Ithaca

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banfi never disappoints! Thank you!

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GGG7
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

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Daredevil
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Banfi's on Sunday for the brunch. It was outstanding with many food offers.

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vipBert
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food quality and service was outstanding. Ambience is perfect for a nice dinner.

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MaryG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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LauraM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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CarrieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunch buffets we’ve ever had! Highly recommend!

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vipCheriS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Banfi's and would highly recommend it to anyone in the Ithaca area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is incredible

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TracyL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDeniseR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent.

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vipTracyH
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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UWSfind
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salads and sandwiches at lunch. Loved the pine nuts in the kale salad!

Oatmeal at breakfast was excellent as well

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HowardW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great wine list and strong food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch on parents weekend was outstanding. The service and meal never disappoints! Thank You!

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vipRMIZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, attentive service and stellar overall experience!

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vipwcbchef
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable Evening. Service and Food were Excellent. Would recommend.

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AmandaL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent Sunday brunch with delicious various variety of foods

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vipJean
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch was excellent with many choices. Great service! Great food (especially the desserts)!

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LisaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food & service was Excellent! Great value! We had such a wonderful brunch w my daughter and her roommates.

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Alices
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Amoureusedusud
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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KentK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great lunch, super friendly server. However, the service was super slow. The turn around for a drink, bust table, receive check was painfully slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The house-made gnocchi was fantastic!

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autumnz
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the dinner at your restaurant. Will definitely come back again.

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JonD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipJRM44
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

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BethM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good quality/value. So convenient. The fresh squeezed orange juice is delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Klem
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was done well

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LilachA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Great food, lovely view and good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Nathan was excellent!

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CarolynB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing Sunday brunch to celebrate our son's graduation. Not our first time there. Many delicious options with excellent service! Great choice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Friendly service. Nice ambiance.

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kmac
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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.

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FoodieNY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a Very nice lunch buffet, good choices of salad and hot food. Good service!

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cpo3
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Menu and buffet items. don't miss the dessert selection.

FAQs

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.