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The Thirsty Owl Bistro

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

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Cute winery

Cute winery! Very beautiful view. I enjoyed Cayuga Ridge more, but Thirsty Owl is definitely worth a stop!

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
Jackie P
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Upstate NY
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

While we enjoyed our cheeseburger and fried chicken sandwiches, there were a few disappointments in this visit. From the time of placing our order, it took almost 40 minutes for our food to arrive at the table (and the restaurant was not full). In addition, I had a conversation with our waitress about my food allergy and we agreed on... More 

Thank Bookworm426
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Cute winery! Very beautiful view. I enjoyed Cayuga Ridge more, but Thirsty Owl is definitely worth a stop!

Thank Jackie P
Jupiter, Florida
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74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

After visiting a few wineries , we thought we should stop for a bite along the way. TA reviews recommended the Thirsty Owl. We were not disappointed. The beautiful patio overlooking the lake was our first sign of relaxation. The heavy pours of wine was our second.... Delicious trout sandwiches and a large beet salad were a nice change of... More 

Thank Grace W
Syracuse, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We went on a busy Sunday afternoon for a late lunch. We had a very modest wait of 15-20 minutes to be seated outside on the deck. After this service was slow, even as tables emptied out. One us had the Black and Blue Salad- very ample is size, but a lot of lettuce, the other had the cheddar burger-... More 

Thank NeedSomeSunNow
Dayton, Ohio
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82 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Worth checking out; do the vineyard-winery and and enjoy the view while lunching or dining indoor or outdoor. Service was slow; noticed that the waitresses were also doing the dishes in the kitchen area (I wonder if they also were doing the cooking). Food was pretty good. The wine was quite nice. Great place to relax, downshift and enjoy the... More 

Thank HansLudwig2014
Pompton Plains, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Did the wine tasting while waiting for 1/2 hr for a table. Finally sat at the table and it took 1 hour for the soup to arrive !!! When ask how long for the salads was told maybe 15 more minutes!!! The food is good but poor service !!!

Thank maritzabruno
Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Food was good - scenery excellent - wine was ok - waiter could tell you more about the wines than the staff at the wine tasting - they did not know anything about the wines or the grapes - very uninformed- unusual in this area

Thank Melinda K
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347 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a must stop of you're in the area. The back patio overlooking the vineyards and the lake can't be beat. The food is excellent and every item is about $10 so a really bargain considering the quality, presentation, service and view. The Blue Cheese burger is large and delicious. The Pork Belly appetizer was also delicious. A bottle... More 

Thank CanadaMoi
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Enjoyed a great late lunch after an afternoon of hiking. We sat out on the patio which offers a great view of Cayuga Lake. The menu items were diverse - not your standard winery fare - with several items for the vegetarian visitor. Would highly recommend you make this one of the wineries to stop at on your visit to... More 

Thank Rosemarie S
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We arrived right at the end of tasting time and as we walked in we were rudely turned away, being told loudly from across the room that If we were not members we could not be accommodated. No, "I'm sorry but we are only serving members at this time" Just rudely turned away in front of a room full of... More 

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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: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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?