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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 14
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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
Most recent review
Very good

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
RPK1990
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West Hartford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
West Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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
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
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
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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
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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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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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215 reviews 215 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?