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Taverna Banfi

130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
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Ranked #49 of 237 restaurants in Ithaca
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 130 Statler Drive
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71% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Ithaca, New York
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99 reviews 99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

It's a pity we locals don't treat Banfis as a dinner option often enough. It's a great choice for foodies. As a lunch stop on a working day it's an elegant option to cafeteria fare. The food quality and menu choices position it way above the mid-range lunch buffet. It is not accurate to describe it as an establishment run... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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251 reviews 251 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Breakfast here is good all around. Traditional a la carte dishes, and both a light and full version of the buffet - all worthy. Student staff is eager to please but not as knowledgeable as more experienced restaurant employees. Located in lovely Statler Hotel on Cornell campus.

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Ithaca, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

In Ithaca, we have many restaurant options, and so I haven't been to Taverna Banfi in probably two years. After eating at many other places recently and finally getting back to the Taverna, I am pleased to report that the portion sizes, the food, and the service/atmosphere make Taverna Banfi a really exceptional value. For instance, the braised short-rib entree... More

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Beijing, China
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525 reviews 525 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Statler is clearly meant to cater towards Johnson School students and wealthy visitors staying at the hotel. Run entirely by hotel students, the food is good but not great. I had the lunch buffet which was standard fare that you would expect for a mid-range restaurant, and quite pricey at >$20/person.

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Suffern, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This restaurant is run by Cornell University hotel administration students. The menu is somewhat limited and there are no specials. The food was very well prepared and did not disappoint. The service was a bit slow. Overall, it was a very nice meal and we'd eat there again.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I thorougly enjoyed the dining experience my daughter and I had at Taverna! I was visiting her at Cornell for parent's weekend and needed a place where she and I could really catch up after two and half long months of separation and this place was perfect! The atmosphere was relaxing, upscale yet comfortable, and simply the perfect place to... More

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Ithaca, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Visited twice this fall, and the hot items have been less flavorful, dry chicken in sauce. Less variety of desserts - somehow the creme brulee that used to be award worthy is now bland. Should always have chocolate options on the dessert...fruit salad and cookies are not the level of the buffet I remember.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A varied menu with listings under Vegetarian, Meat, and Fish has something for everyone. We were there with another couple, one of whom is a vegetarian, and she had no difficulty finding wonderful selections. The artichoke dip was superb, and enough for the four of us to share. Two of us also shared the mussels as an appetizer, two had... More

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Ithaca, NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I have been to Banfi's for brunch, lunch, and dinner and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is quiet and perfect for a romantic dinner for two or for a special occasion. The dinners my friend and I recently enjoyed were excellent. I had the fillet and it was cooked to perfection and very tender. I tried my friend's chicken... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Banfi is very convenient if you are staying at the Statler Hotel - we had all our meals at the Banfi. We loved our breakfast and lunch. However, dinner was just average. Too pricey and choices were very limited - especially, for vegetarians. Since they get a all their produce fresh, one would have expected the chef(s) to be little... More

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