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Taverna Banfi, Ithaca, NY

Taverna Banfi

4.8
4.8
1086 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 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

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What 1,086 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central New York

    Best Food

  • Central New York

    Best Service

  • Central New York

    Best Ambiance

  • Central New York

    Best Value

  • Central New York

    Good for Groups

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Great for Lunch

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  1. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have come here for brunch several times. The food is always very good, with attentive service.
  2. YH

    YinH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good service. Wait staff are current students or graduated students from Cornell and are very attentive to the tables. Bibb lettuce salad with Cornell apples was excellent! Pastas were good. Wine list by the glass was fine, but would have preferred a listing that showcased more of the region of where the Banfi estate resides rather than a balance of Finger Lake wines.
  3. KM

    KimM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Sunday brunch at this restaurant and look forward to going there. The service is always phenomenal and the food is really good!
  4. M

    Msquared

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Coming back soon! So much fun as our server was being trained and the interaction with them made the experience even better. Great job by the kitchen with our vegan companion as well.
  5. MA

    MARmar

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jonathan was a charming waiter. Food was excellent as always. Ambiance was quiet and lovely with beautiful window view.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful place for an intimate special occasion.
  7. n

    nikiw

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waitstaff was great. Appetizers were disappointing. Meal was delicious!! Great wine selection.
  8. DE

    dineDE1

    Philadelphia

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Visiting Ithaca for the 1/2 marathon and found this on a search. Had wonderful server who was attentive, engaging and helpful. Food was excellent-had the pasta handkerchief and the duck breast. Both excellent. Wife Gulten intolerant and able they were able to provide GF roll along wkth GF ice cream for dessert. Highly recommend!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at Cornell for Reunion and wanted a comfy place to have a casual dinner. Banfi at the Statler fit the bill perfectly.
  10. l

    lisak

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast brunch and want to come back every time we’re in the Ithaca area. Our waitress Alejandra and all the staff were wonderful and tended to our every need. The food was presented professionally and in a clean manner. We would highly highly recommend this restaurant
  11. DW

    DianaW

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my third visit here and it did not disappoint. The food is tasty, the lunch buffet was reasonably priced and the service was excellent. I will continue to dine here.
  12. B

    Brad

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always exceptional. great food, service, atmosphere, and views of Cornell
  13. HW

    HerminiaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a great dinner. My son had the steak and I had the salmon. We also have the calamari for appetizer and s'mores for dessert. Over all the food and service was great.
  14. SL

    StaceyL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    We were unaware it was a Buffet only and that shut down 30 minutes after our reservation time . The food was empty or picked over and cold . The staff was very wonderful but the food was inediable. Sadly we were there for a graduation brunch.
  15. HW

    HowardW

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and wine list. Great location on Cornell campus. A restaurant with a staff of mostly college students approaches a great establishment. One issue: limited variety; we have eaten there three times in the past year and the menu has not changed. Nonetheless, a fine meal and probably the best in/near Ithaca, NY.
  16. L

    Lori

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    What wonderful service and very good food. Unique offerings like gnocchi with vegetables and salmon with broccolini and garlic were delicious. Also enjoyed the Caesar salad.
  17. AS

    AnnabelleS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was so friendly and helpful. Probably the best service I have had at any restaurant ever! The food was delicious with some unusual touches.
  18. VS

    ValerieS

    Treasure Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant and we absolutely loved everything we had! The pasta was so fresh and delicious! My kids both had the salmon and totally raves about it. Looking forward to eating here again soon!!
  19. C

    Cindy

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    97th birthday
  20. P

    Panda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was incredibly friendly and the food was delicious. Miso salmon was fantastic and there were so many dessert options!
  21. HH

    HonestHospitality

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Banfi's has the best Sunday brunch in the county! I love taking friends who have never been before. It never disappoints.
  22. B

    Buckeyes

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best combinations of ambience and vistas on campus, Banfi's never ceases to impress anyone who dines there. The food is consistently flavorful and the choices are so diverse. Staff are not only friendly but authentic and not too stuffy. High recommend dining there soon!
  23. E

    Eric

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service! Even though the kitchen was backed up, our server kindly let us know about this and provided really high and positive energy throughout the evening. She also did very well with providing our table with a cup of different flowers!
  24. j

    jhkmaggie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, really lovely dining experience. The pasta and duck dish were to die for!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great experience when we come to this restaurant. We had the salmon and shrimp scampi and it was delicious !!!! 10/10!!!
  26. M

    Mimi

    New York Area

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely wonderful experience!! The food was Devine and the service was professional. All managed by the Cornell student and Hotel management program. I would return again and again when visiting.
  27. KC

    KellyC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though I was not there at lunch, the 4 people who were said everything was great.
  28. RW

    RitaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable. Easy to make reservations online. Food was delicious. We had a table by the window with a beautiful view. We’re never disappointed with your restaurant. Thank you
  29. f

    food

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food - variety, taste, presentation; Attentive and knowledgable staff Great location Unforgettable family brunch!
  30. n

    norac

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch is outstanding and the price is reasonable.
  31. MK

    MichaelK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with lovel service from undergraduate Cornell students. Very pleasant experience.
  32. SM

    StaceyM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great as was the food! We had a wonderful view of the campus which added to the great experience.
  33. MS

    MiSu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It would be nice if there was a sign where we can get food for brunch. We thought the place you put dessert was the only place to get food for brunch and by the time we found another place that has more main dish food, we were already full.
  34. DK

    DKOne

    Baltimore

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Nice restaurant and the food is prepared well, however the menu is limited which may leave some diners turned off. There were no specials on the night of dinner.
  35. P

    Pumpkin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was wonderful and had a great sense of humor even after a crazy busy rush with fewer staff. The buffet, as always, was fabulous. Thank you!
  36. s

    sbww

    New York Area

    133 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was perfectly prepared and the service impeccable
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with a great ambiance.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and experience during revisit weekend for our daughter who will be a Cornell freshman this Fall.
  39. ES

    EliaS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My daughter and I enjoyed our dinner at Taverna Banfi. We watched the sun set over Cornell’s beautiful campus while we enjoyed our meal. The calamari was a bit on the salty side, but still delicious. My daughter had a pasta dish she enjoyed, and I loved the duck breast. It was cooked to perfection. The staff were mostly students and were professional, efficient, and friendly. Would highly recommend Taverna Banfi.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and our server was fantastic

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 4.8 stars by 1086 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 44 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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