Taverna Banfi

4.7
1077 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 1077 people are saying
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CarolynB
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Friendly service. Nice ambiance.

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kmac
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Menu and buffet items. don't miss the dessert selection.

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StephanieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
43 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
1 review
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.

JH
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.

JH
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
3 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good meal… always forgetting how to navigate the cheque but that’s ok.

MB
MichaelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hotel school students do a wonderful job of providing attentive service for an excellent dining experience.

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vipJimbo
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu, pleasant surroundings and a very attentive wait staff combined to give us a memorable experience while celebrating a birthday.

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AmbroseOfMilan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JuneL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu choices were very nice. We all had salads with protein choices on them. Delicious.

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vipBrianF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great!

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PatricaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was impeccable. Food was creative and delicious.

JB
JenniferB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Drinks where great and food was spectacular. Best service I have ever gotten!

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vipUpstateFan
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food fare.

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Bayside76W
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite an interesting experience to have such a lovely meal and get to visit Cornell. Our first time in Ithaca.

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tkttran
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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DamonC
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I have always enjoyed dining at Taverna Banfil. I was my wife's first time and all her expectations were met.

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vipSharonC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LATINFOODLOVER
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful delicious food, unhurried service. The perfect meal to feel like a pampered date night.

FAQs

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.