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Fineline Bistro

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404 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

I liked Fine Line but they are closed now. I liked Sunday brunch -panko crusted poached eggs. Good pasta dishes. Nice staff. But no more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
ithaca, ny
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ithaca, ny
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I liked Fine Line but they are closed now. I liked Sunday brunch -panko crusted poached eggs. Good pasta dishes. Nice staff. But no more

Thank realdruck
Ithaca, New York
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This restaurant has been one of my 'homes away from home' since they opened. I have never had a less-than-wonderful meal and have never had less-than-wonderful service from the staff. Starting with the changing pickled veggies that whet the appetite along with a glass of fine wine, to the creative meals from local suppliers (when possible), this has been a... More 

2 Thank stumpsgirl
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104 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My one and only visit to Fineline left me feeling that it was "average" at best. The room is filled with small tables, kind of uncomfortable chairs, and had absolutely the worst acoustics in the restaurant world. You can't hear your dinner companion, yet you can't avoid hearing those around you. The food was not at all what I expected.... More 

Thank gotarheels
Utica, New York
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157 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It doesn't look like much from the outside and it's away from most of the other downtown restaurants but once inside, you quickly see its charms. First the seating is perfect. They could have added more tables had they chosen but the current layout is just right. No need to hear your neighbors conversation. The wine list is short and... More 

Thank BigD062
Alexandria, Virginia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

Thank Sabraspeople
Ithaca, New York
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130 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 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 

1 Thank karlou25
Ithaca, New York
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

2 Thank Lisa13540
Beijing, China
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646 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 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

1 Thank Jon1796
Boca Raton, Florida
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181 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 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 

1 Thank mmb198
Arlington, Virginia
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102 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 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.

2 Thank arlingtonman13

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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 40
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?