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John Thomas Steakhouse

1152 Danby Rd, Ste A, Ithaca, NY 14850-8927
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Ranked #16 of 239 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $35
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Arlington, Virginia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

John Thomas Steakhouse is everything an amazing steakhouse should be. Dining here always reminds me of Peter Luger's Steakhouse...even the tomato-based steak sauce calls to mind that Brooklyn landmark. Grade A, Prime, Dry-Aged steaks are savory and delicious. Their house-made steak sauce is divine. My only complaint is the sides are HUGE --- even the half-portions are enough for a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Everyone in our party ordered different items but each was prepared to perfection. Love the family style sides, get the mashed potatoes they are to die for. The service is warm and professional. Each staff member well trained in the menu. You can't go wrong here.

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Plainview, New York
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276 reviews 276 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is said to be "the place" students ask their parents to take them for special occasions. John Thomas did not disappoint. The appetizers were all great: smoked trout and calamari. I had the bone-in steak and my wife the filet mignon. The steaks were excellently prepared and delicious. Quite pricey, but worth the price. Great meal indeed.

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Rochester, New York, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were very excited after reading all the stellar reviews, but were quite let down by the actual experience. We were expecting to be floored by the steaks, they were ok. My husband and I got the small 24 ounce porterhouse for two, medium rare. The steak arrives already sliced and UNDERCOOKED, not much they can do to fix the... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Excellent service, very attentive staff and we didn't have to ask for anything. Ordered small size salads for appetizers and a regular tomato and mozzarella. The mozzarella was particularly fresh and flavorful. We had the vegetarian entree, the salmon, the filet and the strip. The pasta was enough for two people. We also had mashed potatoes, 1/2 fries, 1/2 onions... More

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Went to this restaurant as with other contributors because of proximity to hotel after a long drive . We did not really want a huge meal and were slightly daunted by the high cost. So glad that we did not order a starter and did not eat much of the good bread and butter supplied while we waited for our... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I recently dined here for our anniversary. We picked this restaurant for it's proximity to our hotel and it seemingly being a high end steakhouse. We started our meal with a shared tomato and smoked mozzarella salad. It was fine and used very fresh tomatoes. We then each had a steak; she a petite cut filet and... More

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Selkirk, NY
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129 reviews 129 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Traveling with another couple, we selected this restaurant because of its location to our hotel (across the parking lot) and its steakhouse menu. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Steaks arrived cooked to order. Sides were enough to share around the table. The restaurant, at this time, does allow you to bring in your own bottle of wine. Some may... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It would take a lot to tear me away from The Palm, my official provider of animal fats since 197X. But in Ithaca with no Palm available, John Thomas is a good choice. Warm welcome, very competent servers, hearty drinks and luxury food...Ain't cheap, but it is good!

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Pine City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We love to dine here on certain occasions in the summer and fall. Fall especially, so I will enjoy another trip out sometime in October. Food is always excellent and waitstaff is always polite and fully attentive. We always enjoy the steak, it's the only place to get a dry aged steak in our region, and they are always cooked... More

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