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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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  • 16
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  • 5
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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
Yummy Brunch!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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33 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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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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