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
Jurgielewicz Duck Breast
Ancient grains, pole beans, red bell pepper, purple cabbage, grilled peach, parsnip purée, hibiscus agrodolce
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.
Good meal… always forgetting how to navigate the cheque but that’s ok.
Hotel school students do a wonderful job of providing attentive service for an excellent dining experience.
Unique menu, pleasant surroundings and a very attentive wait staff combined to give us a memorable experience while celebrating a birthday.
We had a marvelous dinner at Taverna Banfi. They were extremely accommodating to our family and made everything nice. They put together a cocktail my wife requested even though it wasn't on the menu and they didn't even have all the exact ingredients; they made smart substitutions (after checking with us) and she enjoyed it. The staff were ultra-attentive and the food was sublime. What a great night!
Menu choices were very nice. We all had salads with protein choices on them. Delicious.
Service and food was great!
Service was impeccable. Food was creative and delicious.
Excellent! Drinks where great and food was spectacular. Best service I have ever gotten!
Great service and food fare.
Quite an interesting experience to have such a lovely meal and get to visit Cornell. Our first time in Ithaca.
Very good hotel restaurant on the campus of Cornell University serving local wines and food cooked just right. Friendly wait staff, and convenient for hotel guests.
My daughter and I have always enjoyed dining at Taverna Banfil. I was my wife's first time and all her expectations were met.
It was heavenly to return to Taverna Banfi's Sunday Brunch after such a long pandemic pause! It was an absolutely perfect experience to celebrate our daughter's birthday amidst such excellence in all categories. Our server, Mauro, was very attentive, the food was beautifully prepared and presented in an uplifting atmosphere of grace and plenty. WE will definitely be back again soon!
Had dinner with family when visiting campus. Students take care of everything from valet parking through waiting tables and it is fantastic, you can tell they are enjoying it. Our reservation was very last minute and we were a little underdressed for the venue but no stinky eyes or anything like that. Greg and Ana were wonderful and even took the time to talk to our rising HS senior about the school and the major she wants to pursue at Cornell. Pricing a little over average but so worth it. Views of Cornell and mountains are spectacular so get a table by the window!
Beautiful delicious food, unhurried service. The perfect meal to feel like a pampered date night.
Taverna Banfi is rated 4.7 stars by 1077 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.