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AGAVA Restaurant

381 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Ranked #33 of 234 restaurants in Ithaca
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: AGAVA is a Southwest-Inspired restaurant featuring a wood-fired oven, farm-to-table cuisine and a seasonal menu. The restaurant also has one of the most unique bars in the region, both in design and drink selection. Agava is located in the old East Ithaca Train Depot in Ithaca, NY.
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76% Recommend
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English first
Ithaca, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Overall, Agava is a good restaurant and I'm sure I'll be back there. Unfortunately, some of my friends and family that I've been here with have had not-so-great experiences due to slow service and lackluster meals. Many of the food offerings are quite good and use local sources. I definitely want to get to one of the open mics at... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was a great surprise that we heard about from friends. There is ample parking. The exterior is unpretentious, but the inside has wonderful mixed material decoration, with interesting patterns of woods, many of them distressed, and glass. The seating on 2 levels feels open but cozy and the outdoor tables are on a heated patio and had expandable seating... More

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Upstate, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Agava was recommended to us by the clerk at 15 Steps, a shop in the Commons, when I went to have my ring I received on our 30th anniversary. We said we felt we deserved a margarita, and she said, go to Agava. It is a little out of the way, at the top of the hill in back of... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I returned to Ithaca NY briefly a few weeks ago for a little business and a lot of pleasure - among the most pleasurable hours was spent with a dear old friend at Agava. Tucked behind Cornell University, it's not the easiest location to place a restaurant in Ithaca, as it's out of the way of "restaurant row" on Aurora... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Disappointed on all counts. The place was also very loud, both inside and out. They were fairly busy to be fair, but wait staff seemed inattentive nonetheless. Pizza looked good, and perhaps we caught them on a 'bad' day, but can't recommend it with so many other great places to choose from.

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Dryden, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A great place to eat. Eclectic cuisine. Love the quinoa fritters. Great hamburgers. Lots of locally sourced ingredients.

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Ithaca, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Agava is a nice place close to Cornell University at East Hill Plaza. The space is small so it can get noisey especially at lunch time. The food is good with Great hand made pizza's with a lot of pizzaz. The different options for pizza make it a nice change. They offer great lunch specials every day and there outdoor... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

While visiting Ithaca for my grandson's graduation on 5/23/14, we made reservations at Agava. To reserve a table for 9 people, they required a deposit of $250. One would think that a $250 deposit would be required at a 5-star, upscale restaurant. This place was a dump! We were seated at the worst table which was beside the register for... More

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Petaluma, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Stopped here while staying nearby. Loved the lively vibes and the mix of young and old. Great for people watching. We sampled the small plates - cauliflower, snow peas - and two of the flatbread pizzas. Everything was excellent. Our waiter stopped by and explained the menu and thoughtfully offered suggestions. Loved the interior decorating and the unique artwork. You... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I like Agava just fine, but they seem to be pretty inconsistent as of late. I ordered a pulled pork sandwich and caesar salad lunch combo. The pork was bone dry, tough and not at all enjoyable. As was the slaw on the sandwich. The lettuce for the caesar must've been prepped two days prior (it was a Monday, and... More

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