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Fineline Bistro

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404 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-1077
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently one of the best restaurants in Ithaca

So I ate at Fine Line three times last week. Three times! It had to do with a weekend commitment downtown, but that said, I just couldn't make myself go to another restaurant. You know how you find a place where the food is just so good, you can't justify going somewhere else? Hard to know what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
karlou25
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Ithaca, New York
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Five of us had dinner on a Friday evening. The restaurant was busy and the atmosphere was very nice. Our server, Marissa was absolutely wonderful! We ordered a variety of appetizers and main dishes. Three of us ordered the beet salad. However, they only had one salad left in the kitchen. I asked if I could substitute with a small... More 

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Ithaca, New York
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

So I ate at Fine Line three times last week. Three times! It had to do with a weekend commitment downtown, but that said, I just couldn't make myself go to another restaurant. You know how you find a place where the food is just so good, you can't justify going somewhere else? Hard to know what to recommend since... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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582 reviews 582 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
272 helpful votes 272 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
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Plainview, New York
Top Contributor
305 reviews 305 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Went there the other night for a sit down fine meal. We had a great appetizer of trout mousse as well as 2 burrito specials of pulled pork and flank steak with rice. The flank steak portion was a bit small but not too pricey. The beer selection is ample. What most impressed me was the waitresses. They were dynamos...zipping... More 

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 404 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607-277-1077

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?