Taverna Banfi

4.8
1061 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 1061 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LATINFOODLOVER
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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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.

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EricL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Highly recommended for anyone stopping by the area.

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vipChristineS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and attentive. Each visit to the table from was a pleasant experience

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Jpdiddy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The fresh mozzarella is awesome, the handkerchief pasta is pretty great and the spicy shrimp was really good not very spicy though. Awesome desserts.

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GBYP
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service, server and wine was outstanding. The manager helped with wine pairing and we were very pleased.

JZ
JoanneZ
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, friendly ambiance, will definitely come back.

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NancyinNJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, attentive service, learned a lot about the Banfi and Statler partnership. Best dinner of our vacation!

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SimoneZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, good employees, comfortable atmosphere. It’s our first choice in Ithaca.

ND
NicD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast buffet and service was exceptional!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JO
JustOneReview
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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tomJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

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.

CL
ConvenientLocationCornel
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipBelle
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real find. We’ll be back.

MR
MarijoR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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.

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vipKerryO
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JO
JohnO
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great waiter (Connor Garrahy)! He was very attentive and made our evening special.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Touring Cornell.

Was a total surprise how nice the restaurant was, the food was excellent and the staff extremely personable.

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SusanS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service and delicious food! My family loved it.

MK
MarleneK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DianaG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyable dinner. The strip steak in brown sugar and bourbon was out of this world. The gnocchi were fantastico

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ChrisD
Poconos
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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danield
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food with fair pricing for this kind of restaurant.

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DianaW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RK
RaissaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A great place to dine; would never disappoint you.

SC
SharonC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SG
SeemaG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was just delicious! Very attentive service as well.

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Outoftowner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, a wonderful dinner at Banfis. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal.

O
Outoftowner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place to catch up with old friends over breakfast.

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EdwinL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

AK
AdamK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a most pleasant experience with delicious food and excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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.

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AnnaA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch!

MR
MarkR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Brunch was excellent. Both breakfast foods and lunch were all very well prepared. Crepes was very notable as was the salmon. Highly recommended

PV
PaulaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is of good quality; the service is very good; the place is quiet with nice ambiance

FAQs

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.