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Just a Taste

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116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
607-277-9463
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 198
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great tapas to eat with a good wine

Do not expect to have a big meal at Just a Taste, but they have a looong list of delicious tapas.You can have a casual evening with friends and good wine. They have a very nice outdoor patio on the back for summer evenings. The downside is that there is always a long waiting list and they don't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
IsisC1515
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Do not expect to have a big meal at Just a Taste, but they have a looong list of delicious tapas.You can have a casual evening with friends and good wine. They have a very nice outdoor patio on the back for summer evenings. The downside is that there is always a long waiting list and they don't make reservations.

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun dining doesn't get better than this in Ithaca! Diverse international wine list with great flight options to try new wines, along with exceptional tapas to pair. Fantastic evening!

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Thank Jeri M
Deposit, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great value for those who like to taste a bit of something different. The service was great and friendly. The food was excellent AND we were able to get a taste of several entrees.

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Thank John G
Ithaca, New York
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a Taste is a great tapas bar/restaurant right near the Commons. Food consistently delicious and the reasonable prices and small portions means one can try lots of different tastes. Get there early in the evening as the small quarters fill fast. Great wine list and good beer list as well. Small bar. Service can vary from very good to... More 

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Rochester, New York
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Place was a total surprise. The menu covers so much ground it was hard to pick. I'd recommend sticking to a couple of the tapas options and forget the full meal entries. You'll get larger portions than you expect, and you won't see some of the dishes any place else. You don't run into Polish beat soup every day, and... More 

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Thank steve s
Ithaca, New York
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I head for Just a Taste whenever we think we can beat the crowds--it's a popular spot for very good reason. Fortunately, it's just as much fun to eat in the bar as at a table in this small, very convivial restaurant. We always get a great glass of wine, unless we get a flight, and there... More 

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Thank ithacan2015
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was great by Ithaca standards, good by normal standards. I think the atmosphere is very mediocre. The plates mismatch and there's kind of a murder/kitsch vibe between the plates and their art choices. They should play some music because the conversation can be deafening and it would make the atmosphere a lot nicer. They offer flights of... More 

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Thank Emma T
Glen Cove, New York
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great dinner and loved the choices on the menu. Wine selection great too. Everything was wonderful. Tricky getting a table but worth any wait.

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Thank Katie S
Ithaca, New York
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tapas are delicious and quite large for "tapas". I shared 5 tapas with my friend and we couldn't finish it all.

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Thank spidergirlotburg
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I waited until the last night of my trip to try this restaurant because I'd heard such fantastic things about it throughout the week. Unfortunately, it did not live up to their high ratings. The food was decent but nothing special. I ordered tenderloin with demiglace, Stilton blue cheese, and deep fried russet potato wedges and also Brussels sprouts with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607-277-9463

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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