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Taverna Banfi

130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
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Ranked #51 of 240 Restaurants in Ithaca
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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
  • Italian first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 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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201 reviews 201 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
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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100 reviews 100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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299 reviews 299 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 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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549 reviews 549 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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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