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All 243 Ithaca Restaurants

Fineline Bistro

404 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Ranked #8 of 243 Restaurants in Ithaca
Price range: $0 - $40
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Bistro
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Ithaca, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I have visited Fineline Bistro several times -- and have never been disappointed! The food is elegant -- but the restaurant itself is funky and casual and totally welcoming. The service is incredible -- the servers know the menu in and out, will bring you ideas of wines to pair with your meal and take the time to really know... More 

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Beijing, China
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577 reviews 577 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

cozy and intimate, very well prepared selection of creative choices. great choice that anyone will appreciate with an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work

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Boca Raton, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

What's most interesting about this place is that the combination of ingredients is nothing like you've ever seen before. We had a salad with apples, greens, apple bacon and a fried egg on top? Wow! That's different. At the table were pickled broccoli spears, another very unusual take on the usual. The chef is obviously very creative, and it's very... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

An absolute must for the "experience." Ask for seats along the open-kitchen counter...it's the equivalent of a "chef's table" dinner at many elite restaurants in the city for no additional cost! It's so much fun watching the cooks prepping 5 dishes at a time, bringing food to life.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I love the atmosphere of this comfortable and colorful little restaurant. I ordered the mussels which were delicious and plentiful. My husband ordered the hamburger and he proclaimed it the best he has ever had! You have to understand my husband's favorite meal is a hamburger so he has had hundreds every place we travel to. I had the special... More 

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Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The food is a terrific blend of comfort foods and craft cuisine with a local focus. The service was excellent; very friendly, engaging, attentive, and warm. However, the initial impression left something to be desired. We arrived as a party of three without a reservation for dinner at 5:30. Every table inside and outside was empty (except for one small... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Fabulous meal at the bar next to the kitchen/grill. Enjoyed seeing the wonderful detailed attention of the chefs. Chipotle Mussels are a refined delicacy. Pomme Frites and pickled vegetables are among their specialties. Add a "fine line" of wine, and you have a spectacular dinner.

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Boulder, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Tucked away, I only noticed this place a few months ago. I've gone twice since then, having the 'steak frites' and the bread pudding dessert both times. I'll definitely have the same thing next time too. It's really fun and interesting to sit at the counter and watch the cooks from just a few feet away.

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Selkirk, NY
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134 reviews 134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This restaurant is located a little off the main street but seemed to be well known by the locals. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Appetizers at our table included crab fritters, vichyssoise, scallops and house smoked salmon. All were pronounced delicious. Entrees included 2 orders of rack of lamb which were devoured quickly, salmon and ahi tuna. The salmon... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This little bistro tucked away on State Street is a terrific find. My wife and I visited this restaurant on a Wednesday evening and found a full house and after sampling the food it was easy to see why. The menu is varied and current without catering to trends or fashion. The food is well prepared and delicious , top... More 

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Additional Information about Fineline Bistro

Address: 404 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 607-277-1077
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
Cuisine: Bistro

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