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Boatyard Grill

525 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-3234
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Ranked #36 of 237 restaurants in Ithaca
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Ithaca, N.Y.'s premier seafood restaurant on Cayuga Lake, serving you the most flavorful, locally-sourced fare.
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66% Recommend
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English first
Binghamton, New York
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I ordered the Baby Back Ribs and my girlfriend ordered the Steak and Shrimp Bordelaise. I also ordered a Cesar Side Salad. One of the best Salads on the planet but the Ribs were very small and the Steak and Shrimp only had one Shrimp with it along with a baby steak! I can understand the small portions but the... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Fit the bill for the casual outdoor lakeside dining we were seeking with our 5 year old. The potato chips laced with blue cheese and bacon were a guilty indulgence. But even those chips were a little stale, and the grilled shrimp a hint less than fresh. Overall a little too mainstream creamy and fried American style food for my... More

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Penfield, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. Great location right on the water with a decent menu and attentive service. But on a rather unbusy weekday, it seemed to take forever for the kitchen to get our order out. Can't imagine what it is like when the place is busy.

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Oakland, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I loved this restaurant when it first opened in Ithaca. It is one of the few local attractions that faces the water and has an indoor-outdoor setting. I returned this year after a gap of a few years and the food is not as good as it used to be. Before they had excellent salads, glowing summer salads that were... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were in Ithaca for a romantic getaway and chose The Boatyard Grill for the lake setting. The place was packed on a Monday night, so we figured this was an indication of its popularity, and we were not disappointed. Although we waited about twenty minutes for a table, the food and service was well worth it. Our waitress, Patty,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nice view, on the lake. Inside and outside dining. Food was terrific. Also has Sunday brunch available

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Burdett, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very enjoyable ... Don't be in a hurry and you will enjoy the experience ... Great food always .... Salute !!!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

A romantic dinner with a lovely view and amazing food. Dinner at the Boatyard Grill was delicious, I especially appreciated the variety of small plate options. Local ingredients were a plus and the pink sangria and mango margarita topped the meal off! Perfect place for a walk after dinner!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great location. Ok food. Too many mistakes to mention. Staff forgot to bring our salad and bread. Ordered the 'special' and they forgot a key element that was part of the dish. Seemed like a comedy of errors. Not worth the price or the hype. Would not come back or recommend.

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BoatYardGrill, Manager at Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The BoatYard for your most recent visit. I am very saddened to hear that you did not have a positive experience and would like to personally apologize for the lack of attention by the server and the kithcen. I would like to ask that you please email me personally so that I can follow up on... More

Newton, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were a party of eight with a tastes rangING from burgers well done and charred to fish as rare as you dare, large and small appetites, plus a gluten free member. The Boatyard accommodated us all! And the food was yummy. It was a lovely Saturday night so eating outside would have required a long wait, but the beauty... More

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