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Taverna Banfi

130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
6072542565
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Ranked #58 of 240 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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English first
San Francisco, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

went with family. Second visit. Both times very slow. Waitress triple charged our credit card. Now have to deal with credit card company. None of the staff seems to have any idea how to wait a table, serve food or manage a restaurant. The highlight was the food, which was a very good quality. Would recommend if wanting to eat... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I was surprised how disorganized the brunch service was when we went there. Host was frazzled when it wasn't really that busy. The buffet table was a nice spread of food, but many of the items were already eaten and not replaced, (and it was only half way through the brunch service time. Hot foods were not hot. We were... More

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Belleair Beach, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Food and presentation was excellent. Wines a bit pricey and the student staff could use a bit more polish (training to build confidence) Overall very good choice if you are staying on campus

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went to Taverna Banfi with my friends for lunch on a Saturday after a half-day tour of Cornell's campus. The restaurant was on the second floor of the renowned Statler Hotel. The food was delicious and the service was decent with very attentive and nice waitress. We miss the Sunday Brunch as we went on a Saturday.

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Naples, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were told that Cornell has a great Hotel and Restaurant management course. Statler Hotel was supposedly where they train these top students. I had expected service and amenities just short of the Ritz. The Banfi restaurant is dated. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a good restaurant in the 1980's . The food was average to good but a little... More

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Cape May Beach
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206 reviews 206 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The brunch had nice selections and the service was good. It is difficult to say more without a visit during normal service.

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Jackson, New Jersey
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102 reviews 102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Excellent service, we expected a more robust dinner menu. Everything was well prepared and presented. The breakfast buffet had good selections and the lunches were very good as well.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I so wanted to love this restaurant. We were staying at the Statler and thought the restaurant would be as wonderful as the hotel. The service was great. Emily our wait staff was professional and kept the water glasses full. My scallops were perfectly cooked and served with a refreshing fresh succotash. The two other meals we ordered were just... More

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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I fully enjoyed my Sunday Brunch at the Statler's Taverna Banfi. I was a guest in the hotel so thought I'd give the restaurant a try especially since I had heard good things about it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because they were about 10 minutes late in opening the brunch buffet, also the... More

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Ithaca, New York
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136 reviews 136 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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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

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