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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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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: Lunch, Reservations

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  • 50
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wine Country Lunch

Stopped by for a quick lunch while touring wineries. There was a 20 minute wait for the outside deck, so we ate inside. Lots of windows so it wasn't so bad. Menu is limited but very good. Sandwiches come with mixed greens instead of fries--which is a nice, healthy alternative. Service was VERY... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Absecon, New Jersey
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Lakewood,Pa
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It is what you hope for in a restaurant. Great food, great service, immediate seating for lunch and a great view.

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Absecon, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Stopped by for a quick lunch while touring wineries. There was a 20 minute wait for the outside deck, so we ate inside. Lots of windows so it wasn't so bad. Menu is limited but very good. Sandwiches come with mixed greens instead of fries--which is a nice, healthy alternative. Service was VERY slow. (Almost a 20 minute wait for... More 

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New York
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Tried flatbreads - they were just ok. Felt like all the ingredients are pre-made and pre-bought, in other words nothing made from scratch. Malbec we tried was great. Waitresses were not pleasant.

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New York City
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I find it to be one of the best lunch spots in Seneca/Cauga area on Cauga wine trail. The cafe is a part of the thirsty owl winery. We tried 3 dishes and they were absolutely fresh and delicious. The cafe has a very nice decor, it's outside sitting area overlooks the Cauga lake. One of a very good local... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What a disappointment. We have tried to go here 3 times now. When we walk in, it has taken over 5 minutes for a hostess to even address us. Each time, we figured we would get a seat no problem because the restaurant was mostly empty. Not the case. Each time the hostess said that they couldn't seat anyone else... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The view on the back porch was delightful and worth the stop. We had the cauliflower salad, flatbread pizza, and wine/cheese platter -- all yummy.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Nice place to stop for lunch while out wine tasting. Lovely view of the lake, great food and great wine. Can't go wrong with the food here.

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Holyoke
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Decent food, decent wine, good service, and a fantastic location that makes it all worthwhile. Wife and I went with our 1 year old, ready to bolt if he wasn't able to sane for dinner. They had highchairs available, but best of all, the deck has steps down to a large and nicely mowed lawn amidst the vines, which was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I found it hard to believe just how think and juicy the cheese burger here was. It was out of this world good. The views of the lake while eating and enjoying the wine was a great experience. Highly recommend.

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Lima, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The wine was very good and the food was excellent. I had the margharita flatbread and it was delicious. Mt husband had a basil mozzarella panini which he thoroughly enjoyed as well. The service was excellent and the view as we dined was stunning.

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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
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?