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Taverna Banfi

4.6
836 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
A Tuscan Inspired Italian Restaurant in Ithaca, NY
Savor Tuscan flavors at an Ithaca dining destination unlike any other. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Cornell campus, Taverna Banfi’s warm and inviting atmosphere offers the perfect venue to entertain guest on campus, gather with family for our Sunday Brunch or enjoy dinner with friends. Sumptuous antipasto appetizers are the opening act to a menu of Tuscan cuisine. Enjoy Italian classics like mushroom ravioli and chicken scaloppini or try the scallops with mushroom barley risotto. With a passion for food, a meticulously crafted wine list and old world charm inspired by the Castello Banfi Estate in Montalcino, Taverna Banfi is the signature restaurant of The Statler Hotel. Gather and celebrate food, wine and friendship.
For your convenience, we offer complimentary valet parking for all guest dining at Taverna Banfi. We look forward to your visit and thank you for your patronage.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(607) 254-2565
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Eric Szymczak, Executive Chef
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Private party facilities
For parties of 6 people or more, please call the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Sales Department: (607) 254-2624
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
130 Statler Drive
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Parking details
Valet Parking is complimentary
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Special events & promotions
Call 607-254-2624 for reservations
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 836 People Are Saying
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RenetaM 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Banfi's is so convenient for business lunches on the Cornell campus. We had a very productive lunch, even though the restaurant was packed. Make sure you make a reservation, even for lunch. They get very busy. I love the Tuscan kale salad. Adding salmon or shrimp is always a nice option. The soup and salad bar or full lunch buffet is also a good quick option. Lots of delicious choices. Make sure you look at it on your way to your seat! And, dessert is included with the full buffet (watch out!).

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Deborah 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was very good (especially the mashed potatoes) and the waitress was extremely helpful. Cozy atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food is always really nicely presented and prepared. Our server was very pleasant and perfectly attentive - not hovering but not absent. It was fairly busy and the acoustics make it a little hard to hear but still worth a stop.

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StacyD (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My boyfriend and I always come to Banfi to have lunch for special occasions, like our anniversary and our birthdays. It is a nice lunch option on campus when you are looking for a more upscale dining experience. We enjoy having the lunch buffet. Although, the choices for the buffet can be hit or miss on any particular day of the week. For example, this year for my birthday we came for lunch and the buffet was heavy on root vegetables and pork dishes, which is not our cup of tea. However, we came back the next week for Valentine's day and the buffet had a delicious braised beef dish with parsnip/potato puree that was heavenly. If I had one recommendation for the buffet is that there should be more variety of the style of dishes served on any given day. For example, not to have three trays of different style root vegetables all at the same time and to perhaps serve a fish dish other than salmon all the time. We would also like to see more things made with apples on the dessert buffet.

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LilianG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I had an incredible experience! Can’t wait to go back next week for Valentine’s Day weekend

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Exceptional views of Cornell and Cayuga Lake. Impeccable service from a staff of long-term professionals.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Understanding this is a part of a university program- I’ll say it was okay, but; it was a date- it was a relatively empty dining room and we were seated right next to another couple who completed their meal and then another incoming couple were seated in the same vacant spot. We assumed this was done with the intention of making it easier on the sole server, who “tried” but was more robotic than he was engaging.
The menu was broad but the food itself was bland

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Always enjoy dining here. Food this time was a bit over salted therefore the 4 instead of 5. We should have said something to server. I know they would have fixed it.

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883r (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was great as was expected. Sue was our server and did a great job! She was pleasant, energetic and informational. The food was as tasty and exciting as we had expected. Really a level above most other places. We're looking forward to our next dinner date here!

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Grandma (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We were especially pleased that the chef offered us a dish which was not ordinarily on the buffet. Everything was delicious and the dessert options dazziling!

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FS1600 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The food is always well prepared. The staff is attentive and well-informed. It's always a pleasure to go there. I live 140 miles away in both directions, so it's quite an investment to come there.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

There is only one thing to say about TB....it's always good, if not great! Only caution is to make reservations, b/c it's so popular. If you enjoy veggies, there's always a great assortment.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Pre-Finals

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a most delightful time and the food was even more delicious than ever!
Thank you for a wonderful experience - we'll be back soon:)

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a lovely place to dine. The food was delicious, from the appetizers to thee entrees. The service was perfect. A delightful evening.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Solid spot next to Cornell university. Reservations highly recommended. Great staff solid meal

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

The setting, with the marvelous views of the campus , the very well prepared and interesting food and the attentive staff are reason enough to seek out this very excellent restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

My favorite place to bring business colleagues for lunch -- always excellent food and service in a very attractive environment with a beautiful view of the Cornell campus.

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Yummy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was great! Had a terrific Sunday brunch. Great variety of breakfast and lunch options. Dessert can not be missed!

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vipcpo3 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

We went there for a special occasion. The food was excellent. It was promptly served with a bit of flare. The staff were friendly and attentive. We all enjoyed it.

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vipChris (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food! Was a special parent's weekend visit so we had a group of parents and students. Everyone's meal was very good. Worth the meal.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great brunch!

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vipLorri (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful Sunday Brunch! The restaurant is run by hotel school students and they do a great job.

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Daredevil (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

The best part about our dining at Banfi's was the waitress. Her name was Irene. She was cordial, attentive, and had a fantastic sense of humor. The food was unique and all three of us enjoyed our separate meals.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, great service, beautiful atmosphere, beautiful scenery.
Will be back on next visit to Ithaca.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

We found Taverna Banfi bringing a unique fine dining experience to a discerning market of Cornell School of Hotel Administration and its community of alumni, and the Ithaca area. The great service included staff with an intimate knowledge of the food and, in our experience, seafood and pasta dishes prepared perfectly. The food and service constitute a wonderful evening's main event.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server Jenna was a charm! We got sat at the prestigious table 10, had a nice bottle of dry Riesling and ate a lot! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

My 12 y.o. son has Celiac and our waitress, as well as the kitchen staff, were spectacular at helping us through the usual questions about cross-contamination, etc. Overall the experience was spectacular, with the kind and helpful waitress being a highlight equal to the amazing food.

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