Taverna Banfi

4.7
1075 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
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1075 people are saying
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vipJean
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
11 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
43 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.

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StephanieM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is great, service very welcoming and friendly.

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Northernchick
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

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DavidW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great wine. Great service. Great views. What more is there to say.

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Miki
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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NicoTan
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, price was alright. 10/10 would come back for a celebration on campus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mediocre food. Not worth the price

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Nira
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was very tasty and unique :)
We had the duck and the stake and there were both very good.

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vipPatK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DianaW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table with a nice campus view. Genial server. All the food, wine and cocktails were very tasty. Would recommend.

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RedRydersCompanion
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Simple but varied menu. Choices for all tastes. Very appetizing food. Attentive service

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None
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed dining here. The buffet was fresh and delicious . The staff welcoming and friendly.

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JenniferH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dishes!! Had to go back a second night for more!! :)

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MelisaC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JenniferH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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JanetG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fresh mozzarella and prosciutto appetizer was great. Gnocchi entree was light and delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never was exceptional. Sincere thanks!

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Cynthia
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Would like to try for dinner

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Mike
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.