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130 Statler Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
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Ranked #54 of 243 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
Cortland, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
51 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
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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Naples, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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214 reviews 214 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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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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