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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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73% Recommend
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English first
Roskilde, Denmark
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW 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
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Albany, New York
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111 reviews 111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

When another local restaurant did not have what we wanted on their menu, we came to this place and WOW! Are we glad we did! Not only was the food delicious but the view, service and environment was really nice. We all had burgers and they were probably the best we have had in a restaurant in a long time.... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a lovely lunch on the patio, which had spectacular views of Cayuga Lake. There was also indoor seating but outdoors was definitely better. For lunch my husband had a cheddar cheeseburger with a green salad. The meat was not done as ordered but our waitress took it back and it came out fine the next time. Nothing special... More

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Beautiful views of Cayuga Lake from the outside tables (on a large covered patio deck). They also have indoor seating. Interesting to see the reviews here; several found the service to be good and the food to be lousy; several others found the food good and the service lousy! I thought our service was good. Food and drink came promptly.... More

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111 reviews 111 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

The view over the lake from the bistro is fabulous and of course the wine from the vineyard is a great experience. These make the bistro a worthwhile. That said, the food is basic....but you're there for the wine and view.

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We have dined at Thirsty Owl a few times due to the location. The covered patio has the best view of Cayuga Lake. So peaceful and the breeze is great. The food and service are so so but the ambiance makes up for it…they have live music and it makes you want to stay and drink for hours. The menu... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The meager selection for lunch was OK and was not too bad, but the waiter was snarky and clearly wanted to be anywhere but there. Stay for the wine but skip the Bistro. Beautiful scenery is available elsewhere.

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Franklinton, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My husband and I had lunch here while visiting the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. The bistro is in a beautiful setting with views of the vineyards and the lake. The menu is somewhat limited but what we ordered was really good. The only negative, and it was a big negative was the attitude of our waiter. The service was REALLY... More

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