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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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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
Good hotel food, a bit pricey

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Did the Mothers Day brunch with eight adults and two kidlettes. At $45 @ adult and $22 @ kid, it was very pricey. The number of food stations was overwhelming. Delicious.

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Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Dining at the Taverna Banfi at the Statler was one of the highlights of our campus visit, which we repeated on the next trip as well. One of the best things the restaurant has going for it is the students who run the place, as it's hands-on training for the Hotel Management school of Cornell. They have enthusiasm and knowledge... More 

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Marcellus, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Food was average. Service was good except for the restaurant mgr. I was surprised that the student behind the breakfast buffet was unable to tell me whether the hollandaise sauce was made from scratch or brought in from the outside. However, I couldn't really fault her because she was a young student. I'm not sure I would eat there again... More 

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Watkins Glen, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Nice dining room. A feeling of elegance was nice. Students in the Hotel Management school at Cornell are the 'employees.' It makes for a nice, comfortable atmosphere between staff.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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122 reviews 122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We stopped by for Sunday Brunch while on an admitted freshman visit. Since we just dropped by without a reservation, we had a half hour wait. There is a beautiful lounge overlooking campus, so it was a comfy wait while we studied the campus map. We were seated by the student servers. There were just so many choices I don't... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I mostly ate breakfast here- a bottomless buffet of super selections. Almost anyone can enjoy a great breakfast here. I did have dinner here the last night in town, and it was very enjoyable.

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Wilton, CT
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We decided to eat at Taverna Banfi as we were staying at the Statler and didn't have the time or energy to go in search of a restaurant in downtown Ithaca. And we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, which was above average hotel fare, and the friendly yet professional service (though the kitchen was a bit... More 

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This is the restaurant in the student run Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University. Expect to dine here, the staff is trained to create an experience that is thoughtful and relaxing. Everything, from the shine of the cutlery, fold of the napkin, polish of the stemware, cut of the produce and precise temperature of the food, is being... More 

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Additional Information about Taverna Banfi

Address: 130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone Number: 6072542565
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Italian, Greek

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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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