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Taverna Banfi, Ithaca, NY

Taverna Banfi

4.6
4.6
1138 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 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 1,138 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Best Value

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

  • Central New York

    Most Booked

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  1. AB

    AndrewB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck was fabulous and atmosphere pleasant and comforting. Will be back.
  2. B

    Bertio

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We have eaten there several times and the the food, ambiance & service are very good.
  3. A

    Amoureusedusud

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch. 30 dollars on weekends, and free coffee/fountain drinks. A little noisy (quite crowded) but excellent service and great food.
  4. JM

    JackieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The Caesar salad was chopped up a bit too much for my tastes and had bacon bits and halved cherry tomatoes. I would expect a better Caesar quite honestly. The ricotta gnocchi, however, was delicious.
  5. P

    Pamd33

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, delicious food, and tremendous attentive staff make for a delightful luncheon.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Still one of my favourite restaurants in Ithaca…ambience, location and service are top-notch. Food is usually perfectly prepared although the calamari this time was over-done and over salted. That said, would still recommend highly.
  7. AS

    AnneS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best evenings we have ever had! The whole experience was wonderful!
  8. AP

    ArimbiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yesterday was the 4th time my daughter and I visit this restaurant. We love the food, especially the NY strips, calamari, and pizza for kids. Definitely will come back
  9. SD

    SandyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great buffet with a beautiful view of fall foliage
  10. LB

    LordBaltimore

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The service was excellent and we enjoyed our meal. Our only complaint is that we were too close to the tables adjacent to us. We could hear all of their conversation, and they could hear ours. It was uncomfortable. We were seated at a table near the windows at the front of the restaurant.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    De wijn was niet goed (geen smaak) maar ook niet echt stop. 98 usd plus tax voor El Nolan moeten betalen voor wijn die Max 20 usd waard is. Had dus graag refund van 80 usd, Voelt nu slecht aan. Bedankt! Mvvg Robert + 32475867590 of robert.vlassenroot@telenet.be🙏
  12. MY

    MelissaY

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress Ella was amazing . She was definitely the highlight of our dining experience, although all was lovely. Thank you
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I love this place for the convenience, but they really need to up the ante in terms of making the food look appetizing. Also, when it’s a buffet they need to have staff replenishing things and keeping it fresh looking. They were all out of bagels, very little strawberry compote, plus the bowls near the oatmeal were not stacked just randomly laying around and some even look soiled. I didn’t know which bowls were clean…just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
  14. T

    Tinsel

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Our go to whenever we visit. Best buffets as well as regular menu
  15. DP

    DennisP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. What more can I say.
  16. g

    gigi

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    good quality food, delicious, staff attentive and nice. Good selection.
  17. JC

    JakChan

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    breakfast is now ala carte, restaurant should state this, rude am aervers
  18. SP

    SusanP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    great experience
  19. L

    Laura

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was okay but only the lunch buffet was available. There were not many great options. The food and experience combined was definitely not worth the price.
  20. R

    Rudin

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and staff. Enjoyed the kale salad and salmon and duck. It was an early 50th birthday for me and they baked me a beautiful piece of chocolate cake. Attentive staff and very quiet. LOVED THIS PLACE and highly recommend it!
  21. CL

    ChrisL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely delicious. Welcoming staff. Great all around.
  22. CC

    ColC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for Sunday Buffet. So many choices. Blueberry Crepe was outstanding! It was a fun treat for a Sunday morning.
  23. S

    Shadow

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Delightful atmosphere. Great service. Short menu.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I met at the Statler over lunch 40 years ago this month so we came back (from Iowa) to celebrate. Our meal here was wonderful, as was the view and our waiter. Bravo and thanks!
  25. GC

    GardenCityMom222

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The 6 of us enjoyed Sunday brunch during Homecoming. Great meal with a wide variety of both breakfast and lunch choices. Favorites were salmon, wild rice, chick pea and quinoa salads, shrimp, Nutella crepes and crème brûlée. Dark chocolate bars were a great treat.
  26. HH

    HollyH

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch was very good. Would like to see a little more interesting or unusual breakfast selections. I feel like they used to offer more variety.
  27. RD

    RobertD

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was fabulous. Our server seemed inexperienced and was not very attentive. He did not know the etiquette a server should know. For a hotel restaurant attached to such a prestigious hotel school, I felt the service was below the level it should be. The food outweighed the service, so I would recommend the restaurant.
  28. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had the breakfast buffet. Very good, except for the coffee, which was too bitter to drink. Not just me, all three of us that ordered coffee could not drink it and we are coffee drinkers. Example, the room coffee was far better.
  29. M

    Margaret

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was fantastic! Brittany was a great server. Very personable and attentive without being too much.
  30. L

    Livia

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our daughter is a student at Cornell and we booked this brunch for her birthday celebration. The food was delicious. The waitress, Michelle, was extremely nice and helpful. When we discovered that the brunch buffet did not have any real vegan options for our daughter to eat, she had the cook make her a tofu scramble that my daughter truly enjoyed. I had pre-ordered a vegan birthday dessert for her and she loved it. The food was reasonably priced. I would definitely go back again.
  31. GJ

    GhaliJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite Brunch in Ithaca! Highly recommend, great food & service.
  32. DW

    DianaW

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Waitress was slow to serve and never brought water to any of the tables in her station. My experiences here have always been great, but I was disappointed with the day’s buffet, as it was bland for the most part. No real flavors shined through in any of the selections, except the soup. I think I will stick with the set menu next time.
  33. TK

    TaekK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view and setting. Outstanding service.
  34. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing brunch buffet and service! The area was clean and quiet with an elevated touch.
  35. JP

    JohnP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    French toast needed to be cooked a bit more ... how about cinnamon-raisin bread for the French toast?
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our sophomore daughter to dinner during our visit. Was outstanding!
  37. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very reasonable price for the quality. Overall, one of the best in the area.
  38. L

    Larrycny

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The service was slow. Focaccia, the only bread offered, looked and tasted as though it had been warmed in a microwave. Balsamic vinegar was poured into our olive oil dipping plate without asking...we had never seen this done in any good Italian restaurant, we weren't expecting it, and we didn't like it. We ordered a bottle of wine and 20 minutes later, after we had already finished our first course, we were told they were out of that selection. The waiter double checked our order with us twice, yet never served us one of the child's meals we had ordered. The pizza served as a child's meal was almost shocking...the crust on the bottom was absolutely white, as if the entire pizza was the cooked in a steam tray. The kale salad was over-dressed with very intense balsamic dressing, making it unappetizing. We had to flag someone down to get our check. I could go on. This meal was meant to be a special treat for a guest's birthday. I was embarrassed that I had chosen Taverna Banfi.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  40. n

    nancy

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Vacation dining. Personable young student server. Duck was plated beautifully.

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 4.6 stars by 1138 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 8 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

  • 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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