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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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Food & Service

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Syracuse, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
87 helpful votes 87 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
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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West Hartford, Connecticut
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110 reviews 110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We were staying at the Statler hotel and booked a table for dinner at Taverna Banfi after reading all the reviews. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and wanted a special dinner. All the food we ordered was delicious. The service was good but we could see that at times our server was struggling. We were fine with this and... More 

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Cortland, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've been to Taverna Banfi on several occasions (for work). I almost always get the buffet, not because they don't have other great selections on the menu, but because there are always such a wonderful variety of foods that come with the buffet - hot and cold salads and side dishes, and a main "entree" or two. And the dessert... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Absolutely fantastic ambience and fantastic choice of food. Upscale and a little pricy, but it's the food and the experience that get top points.

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San Francisco, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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