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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Creamy corn succotash, grilled broccolini, fingerlings, sherry gastrique
Rapini, poached egg, pecorino, fried capers, truffle oil, parmesan broth
Angel hair, herbs, pecorino
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.
The food is great, service very welcoming and friendly.
Creme brûlée was curdled, coffee mugs were dirty, service was on the slow side and food was not up to the normal Banfi standards. View and atmosphere were lovely.
Great food. Great wine. Great service. Great views. What more is there to say.
We had a lovely evening. The food is great. The service was a little slow but they are students so we understand they are learning. Overall we had a lovely evening.
Great service, food, price was alright. 10/10 would come back for a celebration on campus.
Mediocre food. Not worth the price
Was very tasty and unique :)
We had the duck and the stake and there were both very good.
Our dinner was excellent as was our service from our waitress, Claire. She was friendly, informative and genuinely interested in both our time on the Cornell campus, in our Ithaca visit & stay, and our future planned visit to her hometown area, Lancaster, PA! While college students (as she is one) are generally inquisitive, we found her approach to be really great.
Table with a nice campus view. Genial server. All the food, wine and cocktails were very tasty. Would recommend.
Simple but varied menu. Choices for all tastes. Very appetizing food. Attentive service
Short menu and the dishes were interesting and well prepared. We loved every bite of our first meal and came back two more nights. Best restaurant in town in our opinion. The service was friendly, attentive and prompt. In word: outstanding.
The food was amazing and the staff was awesome
Really enjoyed dining here. The buffet was fresh and delicious . The staff welcoming and friendly.
Delicious dishes!! Had to go back a second night for more!! :)
We took friends from our of town for brunch. We ended up being there for two hours because we were enjoying ourselves so much! Our friends loved it and we had a great time. Super friendly staff, too.
Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto appetizer was great. Gnocchi entree was light and delicious!
I never was exceptional. Sincere thanks!
Great food, great service! Would like to try for dinner
Great location on Cornell's campus in the Statler Hotel. Impressive selection of food preparations, and flavors. Wonderfully attentive service as prescribed by the world famous School of Hotel Adminstration. A must experience.
Taverna Banfi is rated 4.7 stars by 1075 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.