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Taverna Banfi

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130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (130 Statler Drive)
6072542565
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 31
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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch buffet

Those who know, come here for the bountiful and delicious buffet lunch. There's always a soup, a nice variety of salads, meat and fish options, vegetables and starches, and lots of desserts. If buffets aren't your thing, you can order from their a la carte menu. We try to include the buffet lunch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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Carlsbad, California
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141 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We ended up eating here more out of necessity than intentionality, but what a pleasant surprise! The service by the student staff was prompt and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a locally sourced kale salad with pine nuts that was out of this world. The entrees were fantastic.

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Service was horrible on Saturday. Unsure whether it was the waitress or the problem was elsewhere. Come on Cornell Hotel School! Drink order was relatively quick but 45 minute wait for food...yes table was large but so were others in the Restaurant. Would've done better at Rullofs in town. The food was good and with normal service I pr0bably would... More 

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Those who know, come here for the bountiful and delicious buffet lunch. There's always a soup, a nice variety of salads, meat and fish options, vegetables and starches, and lots of desserts. If buffets aren't your thing, you can order from their a la carte menu. We try to include the buffet lunch whenever we're in Ithaca. On this visit,... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The food is good here, but it is a little odd getting dinner in the Hotel school. The staff is polite, though not overly welcoming (not dissimilar to students in the Hotel school..)

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Endicott, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Planned a lunch with my wife. I had been her before but was to be her first time dinning here. Every parking lot seems to be restricted. No one on campus could direct U.S. As to where we could park. So needless to say we did not dine here. Wound up at the bistro at Thirsty Owl winery which I... More 

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We enjoyed dinner as well as breakfast the next morning. While the selection is not especially extensive, the quality is high and the service excellent. I enjoyed the bibb lettuce salad and scallops over pasta for dinner and kept things continental for breakfast.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

i have eaten here many times lunches, dinners, and Sunday brunch buffets and have always been pleased. This past 10 day period my wife and had two dinners and they were wonderful. She's a vegetarian and enjoys the creativity of some of the offerings. We usually share a salad, either kale or Caesar. Last night, when we explained our situation... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We've been for brunch, lunch and dinner at Taverna Banfi in The Statler Hotel at Cornell University and enjoyed all three immensely. First, this Tuscan-inspired restaurant serves as a key teaching tool for students of Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, and it shows. The hosts and servers, while not always as polished as professional restaurant staff, exude a youthful energy... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We ate here for dinner and breakfast while staying at the Statler Hotel. The dinner was very good, but not amazing. The staff was very friendly. We had pasta, which was, again, very good. The portions are huge. We had a Finger Lakes Riesling, which was excellent - much better than I expected! Breakfast was good, but expensive. Lots of... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Mothers Day Brunch was way overpriced and the accomodations were noisy and not terribly comfortable. A huge disappointment, Food was good, but served in too many rooms to get a sense of what was available.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
    (130 Statler Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 6072542565

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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