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Boatyard Grill

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525 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-256-2628
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: Ithaca's premier seafood restaurant on Cayuga Lake, serving you the most...
Ithaca's premier seafood restaurant on Cayuga Lake, serving you the most flavorful, locally-sourced fare.
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Visitor rating
  • 162
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and nice decor

Our experience at this restaurant has been good. We visited Ithaca and decided to go to this restaurant for dinner. We were there early so we got a table near the front window, with a good view of the lake and the rowers practising on the water. The food was delicious. Each of us had a cup of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
JenToronto_Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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English first
Toronto, Ontario
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Our experience at this restaurant has been good. We visited Ithaca and decided to go to this restaurant for dinner. We were there early so we got a table near the front window, with a good view of the lake and the rowers practising on the water. The food was delicious. Each of us had a cup of clam chowder.... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Boatyard Grill is located at the foot of Cayuga Lake. Many tables have a beautiful view. This is a large restaurant and I understand it gets quite busy, so reservations are recommended. Food is excellent.

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

After years of bringing the Training Managers visiting Cornell University's INT Hotel School to the Boatyard Grill , I can say they are in the Best eight Restaurants in this area.. In the last few years of Chauffeuring Limos - I have eaten at Boatyard a few times myself.. Great Seafood and Chef's Specials on occasion.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

That says it all. I have pretty much given up eating here. This is not a favorite spot for those of us who live here and like fine dining. The bar is good and students like it, but there are so many good restaurants in this town!

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We've gone to the Boatyard from time to time over the years because it looks out over the lake. Our last visit was especially disappointing because many of us got meals that were poorly prepared. This has happened before - cold food, not completely cooked food, funny tasting food. The home fries were inedible. I think there has been a... More 

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BoatYardGrill, Owner at Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. I will look into it to see if this is an ongoing issue or a unique unfortunate incident you experienced. Please accept my apology. If you decide to try us again, please ask for me so I may thank you for your feedback and ensure we do our best to serve... More 

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The owners are serial restaurant ow b ers, and they hit a home run with this one. Probably the top location in Ithaca for hanging out for a relaxing drink or dinner. Indoor, outdoor, sunny and shade. They gave it all. They really fill up, and don't take reservations but they do have call ahead seating. Been there 3 times... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went here on May 1st and were impressed by the service, value, and atmosphere. The food was very good and the portions were huge! May want to consider having a small plate instead of the larger version if you order appetizers and/or salads. Overall, great experience.

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Houston, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I needed a relaxing dinner next to water and this place was it. The Cornell and Ithaca row teams kept me company for the first part of the evening. Their boat houses are just across the water from the restaurant. The scallops Iordered were seared to perfection. I would definitely go again when I'm in town.

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Los Gatos, California
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The boatyard grill has great ambience, and lovely water views. The drinks are fabulous, the service is excellent. The food is pretty good, but it would be great if they offered more vegetarian and vegan options.

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jheb69
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We went here on a busy Friday night, but we did call ahead for their call ahead seating. We checked in and were told it would be 15 min; after 25 we started to wonder what was going on, finally we were seated and our server was very nice and attentive. She got our drinks quickly and took our order... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 525 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607-256-2628

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view

Description

Ithaca's premier seafood restaurant on Cayuga Lake, serving you the most flavorful, locally-sourced fare.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?