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.
Definitely one of the best restaurants in Ithaca. Amazing service, always solid quality of food.
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.
We love Taverna Banfi and dine there at least once every time we visit Cornell and Ithaca. We especially enjoy the lovely Sunday Brunch.
Always the sweetest service
Fantastic! Consistently great ! Highly recommend. Great wine list . Service excellent
Great brunch as always! Food was fresh and service was impeccable.
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!
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.
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!).
The food was very good (especially the mashed potatoes) and the waitress was extremely helpful. Cozy atmosphere
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.
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.
I had an incredible experience! Can’t wait to go back next week for Valentine’s Day weekend
Great dining experience!
Exceptional views of Cornell and Cayuga Lake. Impeccable service from a staff of long-term professionals.
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
Food was delicious.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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:)
This was a lovely place to dine. The food was delicious, from the appetizers to thee entrees. The service was perfect. A delightful evening.
Solid spot next to Cornell university. Reservations highly recommended. Great staff solid meal
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.
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.
Everything was great! Had a terrific Sunday brunch. Great variety of breakfast and lunch options. Dessert can not be missed!
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.
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.
Had a great brunch!
Wonderful Sunday Brunch! The restaurant is run by hotel school students and they do a great job.
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.
Great food, great service, beautiful atmosphere, beautiful scenery.
Will be back on next visit to Ithaca.
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.
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.
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.
Tremendous all around.