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Taverna Banfi

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851 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 851 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 hours ago

Brunch was amazing! So many options and what a dessert buffet!!!

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5.0Dined 21 hours ago

Visiting Cornell for my daughter’s concert and stayed at the Statler. Wanted to enjoy the experience at the hotel so had dinner. Food and service were great. Had a really good stay overall too.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a totally excellent time celebrating my daughter's new teaching job. We felt blessed to once again have our favorite wait person, Ms. Kelley McElfresh, who always takes especially fine care of us. We have our most special celebrations at the Banfi Brunch:)

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was lovely as always, we got the Sunday brunch and especially enjoyed the fresh salads and varied, adorable desserts. Banfi service is very good and the staff is friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is light and classic, and the fare is good enough to make you forget the snow blowing outside.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Worth the 60 minute drive to get there. Now one of our favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A Delicious Romantic and filling Easter Brunch with my wife. The Eggs Benedict was exquisite, and so filling I barely had room for the wonderful brunch buffet. highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We opted for the full breakfast buffet ($17), and while the food was good, it wasn't great. The selection wasn't very large either. For this variety, quality, and price point, it was slightly disappointing.

We had an early reservation (8 am), I suppose, but that shouldn't have been an excuse for the lack of quality service from our server. When asking her about the different breakfast options, her explanations were vague and largely unhelpful. I also learned afterwards through overhearing the neighboring table that the full breakfast buffet option came with complementary juices of at least 6 different fruit varieties. Our server made no mention of that whatsoever, and by the time I learned of it, we were already ready to leave.

I did have a positive lunch experience here with a different server, however, so I would recommend their lunch option.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is a great restaurant with a very worthy Sunday brunch. The brunch is renowned to be best in town, and I would say best in Upstate New York. Totally worth a visit. Their salmon and shrimp with cocktail sauce are the best. The dessert is also irreplaceable. Make a reservation in advance as it could get busy some weekends.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Ithaca. Amazing service, always solid quality of food.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent service and food. Impressed with how friendly the waitress was as well as the variety of food on the salad and dessert bar. When a dish was low they brought more out even late lunch time.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We love Taverna Banfi and dine there at least once every time we visit Cornell and Ithaca. We especially enjoy the lovely Sunday Brunch.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always the sweetest service

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Fantastic! Consistently great ! Highly recommend. Great wine list . Service excellent

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great brunch as always! Food was fresh and service was impeccable.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our recent visit to Taverna Banfi was very good. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Pleasant dining atmosphere, good drinks, food preparation is appealing and delish. Nice job Cornell!

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Going in I knew the restaurant was basically run by students of the school. BUT, it did not prepare me for the waiter replying to me with a "yep", instead of a "yes, Sir". Food was marginal and drink selections are poor. My expectations were not too high, so overall we enjoyed our dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Pre-Finals

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great brunch!

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