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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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Sun 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Dining options: 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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Orlando, Florida
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have a nice outdoor bistro offering a nice lunch menu, and they serve their wines by the glass. While we waited a bit for our food to arrive, a fig and goat cheese flatbread and a fried chicken sandwich, the view of the winery and the lake was worth the wait. While the chicken sandwich was delicious, my flatbread... More 

Thank Shannon T
Ovid, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant friendly staff. Beautiful view of Cayuga Lake with food that was not only tasty, but well presented. It was not crowded early in the afternoon ,however this winery is so popular it became crowded by mid afternoon. Excellent wines (both red and white) the Chardonnay being my personal favorite. Highly recommend this winery as one of the finest in... More 

Thank cayuga33
Upstate NY
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143 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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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87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

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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167 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
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 60 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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87 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

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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217 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
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 

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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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?