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
Lobster Handkerchief Pasta
Sweet corn, grape tomatoes, tarragon, micro radish, truffle oil, lemon beurre blanc
Summer vegetables, zucchini fritter, crispy potato, tomato butter sauce
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.
Excellent service and food. Highly recommended for anyone stopping by the area.
The staff was very friendly and attentive. Each visit to the table from was a pleasant experience
The fresh mozzarella is awesome, the handkerchief pasta is pretty great and the spicy shrimp was really good not very spicy though. Awesome desserts.
Food, service, server and wine was outstanding. The manager helped with wine pairing and we were very pleased.
Great service, delicious food, friendly ambiance, will definitely come back.
Excellent food, attentive service, learned a lot about the Banfi and Statler partnership. Best dinner of our vacation!
Tasty food, good employees, comfortable atmosphere. It’s our first choice in Ithaca.
Excellent breakfast buffet and service was exceptional!
Amazing experience! The staff were kind and professional. Great service. The food was impeccable. The wine selection was exquisite for the discerning palate. We will definitely be back. Highly recommended.
Banfi’s selection is somewhat limited, but the courses they do offer are very good, the service is always excellent (whether by staff or Statler students), and the atmosphere and view of the Cornell campus are outstanding.
The whole ‘experience’ took less than an hour. That included cocktails, an appetizer and main course. We definitely felt rushed. We still had our cocktails when the main course arrived. And the seating set up put us right between two other parties so we could overhear every word and felt like we had to whisper. It is a dumb setup. Food was good but would not go back for those two reasons.
The servings were hearty. I gave 4 stars because I thought the restaurant was really pricey but the prices did not justify the taste level. I did not have any memorable taste experiences to dvelve on after the meal. The quality of the indgrediants were excellent, the menu was interesting and there were healthy parings. The restauarant was a bit crowded so the service was a bit slow due to understaffing. hence the 4 stars on service.
My husband and I stayed at the Statler hotel on the Cornell Campus for the holiday weekend and enjoyed a wonderful meal at Taverna Banfi. The food was well prepared and beautifully served. We had a delicious Caesar salad , the lobster pasta dish and the halibut. All were excellent as was the ice cream dessert . Perhaps the best part of the meal was the service. Our server is a Cornell student, as are many of the restaurant staff ,and she was professional, friendly and very knowledgeable about the the menu . We appreciated her efforts to make our meal memorable !
This is a real find. We’ll be back.
The food was very salty, we had three different dishes, all too salty. Our server did not do a good job of attending to us, not telling us they were our of an entree, not filling water glasses, not providing a pen with the check. There was, however, another server who noticed us and was very pleasant to interact with. He received a separate cash tip.
Taverna Banfi has a nice menu. I had the duck which was very good and my companion had the halibut which she enjoyed as well. The ambiance was basic but nothing to complain about. I think it's a good choice for good food in the area.
The food, presentation, service and ambiance were spot on for this restaurant inside the Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University. My wife and I dined here for our anniversary dinner and we enjoyed everything we ate. The service was attentive, the food was delicious. I had one of the best steaks I've had in a long time. The bourbon brown sugar glaze was excellent. It is not the cheapest dining experience, but it is well worth the money. I would definitely eat here again if I were in the area.
Wonderful food, great waiter (Connor Garrahy)! He was very attentive and made our evening special.
Was a total surprise how nice the restaurant was, the food was excellent and the staff extremely personable.
The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. The side salad of "greens" had a good variety of fruits and vegetables in it as well--it was much more than typical restaurant green side salads. At the moment, there is construction and rearrangement of entrances going on, so people may find it challenging to find a place to park and to get to the new entrance. Nevertheless, it is well worth the trouble.
Amazing customer service and delicious food! My family loved it.
Wonderful staff and great food. We came early every time and they were able to accommodate us. The menu is not overly extensive but still makes it difficult for us to choose - everything on the menu is creative and of great quality. Quality over quantity!
Thoroughly enjoyable dinner. The strip steak in brown sugar and bourbon was out of this world. The gnocchi were fantastico
The setting was great. Very clean and spacious. Staff were excellent. The service and food were right on as described on the menu. Would certainly recommend.
Beautiful atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food with fair pricing for this kind of restaurant.
Wonderful experience. My server, Rose, was very friendly and attentive, without being overly so. I had the flat iron steak, which was tender and cooked as I like it. The truffle fries were crispy and well seasoned. The asparagus was done well, without being either soggy or too stringy. I had a glass of Pinot Grigio and one of Pinot Noir, and both were good. I was seated at a window, facing a lovely view of the beautiful Cornell campus. I would definitely eat there again.
A great place to dine; would never disappoint you.
As always, we enjoyed ourselves immensely at this magnificent dining venue. We admired all our helpers hugely, especially during this surreal time of alternate serving methods. We appreciated all the health concerns that were carefully attended to and plan to be back for my daughter's college graduation - even if there is no formal ceremony - we know it will be very special to celebrate it with you!
Everything we had was just delicious! Very attentive service as well.
Mouro was an excellent server and the buffet was extra delicious with all the wonderful hot and cold veggies. Thanks as always for a great experience.
As always, a wonderful dinner at Banfis. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal.
Perfect place to catch up with old friends over breakfast.
Have eaten here every time I visit Cornell. Student run - good service & quality food. The ala carte selections are excellent but the breakfast & brunch buffets are a great choices. This service and staff are mostly students learning the business so the service can be spotty but overall it is fine. One of the better food choices in the area and well worth the cost.
As always, a most pleasant experience with delicious food and excellent service.
I have been to Banfi’s before for breakfast and brunch, and both the food and service had been exceptional in those experiences. Tonight, however, it was like visiting a different restaurant. The food overall was exceptional, I just wasn’t thrilled with my entree (the short rib pasta dish). My date’s shrimp scampi, the calamari, and the brushetta were all fantastic. As for the service, our server was pleasant but took very long to come to our table periodically. I couldn’t tell if it was due to shortstaffing/choices made that were out of our server’s control, or if she was not able to handle the workload of the evening. Regardless, we will be back.
Brunch was excellent. Both breakfast foods and lunch were all very well prepared. Crepes was very notable as was the salmon. Highly recommended
The food is of good quality; the service is very good; the place is quiet with nice ambiance
Taverna Banfi is rated 4.8 stars by 1061 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.