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The Thirsty Owl Bistro

6799 Elm Beach Road, Ovid, NY 14521
(866) 869-5805
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Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Ovid
Cuisines: Bistro
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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71% Recommend
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English first
Kailua, Hawaii
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My husband, sister, brother-in-law, and I had lunch at the Thirsty Owl in August while touring Cayuga Lake wineries. They're open from 10:00AM - 5:30PM. They have a nice menu selection and their view of Cayuga Lake is beautiful! My husband had Garlic Rock Shrimp, French Fries, and Margarita Flat Bread. I had the Cheddar Cheese Burger with a side... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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210 reviews 210 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We enjoyed a two-hour lunch here recently, sipping wine while a light breeze blew up from the lake onto the covered deck overlooking the vineyards. We hadn't intended to dine for two hours since all we ordered was soup for me, and a sandwich for hubby, but the kitchen was backed up and our waiter forgot to return to take... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Thirsty Owl was the first winery we hit on our wine trail... and the least favorite. Busy and commercial. Wines were OK. The Bistro food was very good (excellent burgers) and worth the 40 minutes wait (also since there are limited options in the area!)

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Ithaca, New York, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We will not go back until attitudes change Kitchen was backed up 4 servers standing around We were told no servers to give us some wine while we were willing up wait for a table

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Athens, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Stopped here for lunch on a Friday. Only a 15 minute wait during the noon hour which gave us time to do a wine tasting. Sat outside on the deck overlooking the lake. I have no issue waiting for food when it is well prepared. I had a burger which was delicious; my husband had the smoked fish appetizer which... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

To wait for more then 30 mins for a lunch is sad. The server was amazing and apologized many times for the wait. The food was ok nothing worth the wait. I would recommend to pack a lunch and enjoy the wine.

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Blackwood, New Jersey
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had stopped at Thirsty Owl for our first stop on a wine tour. We had tasted the wine, which we really enjoyed and browsed the gift shop. The atmosphere for wine tasting was very nice and they had a helpful waitstaff to help us chose wines to taste. We then decided to eat lunch at the bistro at Thirsty... More

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Roskilde, Denmark
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Thirsty Owl has a wonderful outdoor deck and a stunning view of Cayuga Lake. It's location in the middle of the Cayuga Wine Trail is perfect. We had just visited Toro Run, and had some really tasty tapas, otherwise the 30 minute wait for a table would've seemed like an eternity. Luckily Thirsty Owl is also a winery, so we... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here while checking out some wineries around Cayuga lake. We are so glad we did. The view is beautiful, looking out over the lake, and the food was delicious. We started with the smoked trout spread - very, very good. I had Tarte Flambé flatbread and absolutely loved it. My husband scarfed down his cheddar burger. I took... More

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Rochester, New York
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

In all honesty, I have never waited so long for a plain lunch to be served. What started as a late lunch became an early dinner. The food was fine, but nothing was worth this wait. The server was largely absent during this entire time. I would not go back and I would not recommend the bistro, unless you want... More

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