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The Thirsty Owl Bistro

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6799 Elm Beach Road, Ovid, NY 14521
(866) 869-5805
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lunch and a great view!

Thirsty Owl has a good selection of "upscale" luncheon selections and (of course) great wine pairings to go with them. Add to that an excellent view over the lake, and how can you NOT want to linger over lunch!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2014
GlennKVI
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Thirsty Owl has a good selection of "upscale" luncheon selections and (of course) great wine pairings to go with them. Add to that an excellent view over the lake, and how can you NOT want to linger over lunch!

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white haven
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Wow! Absolutely amazing burgers. We sat outside on an unseasonably warm November day for lunch. Server was friendly & knowledgeable

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Horseheads, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We really wanted to eat at the Copper Oven next door, but alas, it was too chilly to dine al fresco. So, we settled for Thirsty Owl Bistro. Unfortunately. After a LONG wait, and inept service, we received overcooked, overpriced food. What could have been absolutely delicious just wasn't. My tarte flambe had a flatbread crust so overcooked I could... More 

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We enjoyed the wine tasting before our meal, but then waited over an hour to be served lunch even though it was not busy. Smoked trout spread was awesome! Also had a very tasty salads with beets and goat cheese. It did really cut into our plans for the afternoon, because of waiting much longer than expected. Someone else we... More 

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Rochester, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You'll wait forever for food served by a questionably competent staff. They don't care about you because they figure you are never coming back anyway. Enjoy the view, gift shop and wine tasting. Eat somewhere else.

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Upstate New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food at Thirsty Owl was very well prepared - everyone in our party was very satisfied. Might be a bit pricey but again its a winery with a spectacular view. We had to wait as well but very comparble to other places we have visited. If you are wine hopping on the western shore of Cayuga Lake I would... More 

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stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What can you say about a bistro that provides excellent cuisine, fine wines and a fantastic view of Lake Cayuga? Magnificent!

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Syracuse, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Good food but very slow service. Plan to spend a good part of two hours waiting for anything appetizer etc. So you just sit with nothing in front of you. Maybe four other parties on the patio waiting. Certainly not busy. No bread. Nothing. Maybe a bottle of wine if you order one. Too bad. A really nice outdoor patio.... More 

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Upstate NY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Arrived at the Bistro around 12:15 when we got there it looked pretty busy on the deck but there was no one seated at any of the tables inside? We checked in with the hostess and were told the wait would be around 30 minutes(which was a bummer cause we were really hungry!). We decided to wait and were very... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Owners don't really go out of their way to make you feel at home . The bistro feels more like an afterthought and a hobby than a serious business even in summer . The wines are not really outstanding. Nice lake view.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6799 Elm Beach Road, Ovid, NY 14521
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ovid
  • Phone Number: (866) 869-5805

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bistro
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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