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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: Lunch, Reservations

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  • 15
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  • 14
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  • 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
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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Livingston, New Jersey
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a delicious lunch on the deck. The weather and view of the vineyard were spectacular! The BLT with homemade bacon was terrific! The service was great too! We enjoyed the winery too!

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Syracuse, New York
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You won't go wrong stopping at The Thirsty Owl Bistro. The staff pouring the wine is fabulous & fun (ask for the girl named "lasagna")! The food at the Bistro is delicious. I have ordered several different things on different occasions and have always been satisfied! The view is breathtaking and the patio dining is a must! Stop in and... More 

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This place is a patio over looking a vineyard and lake Cayuga. Its totally beautiful.. if you are in the area looking for lunch, you should eat here, if you don't I think less of your abilities to make good decisions. The food was really good and the menu had good options without being so big that it was unfocused.... More 

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Apalachin, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Everything was good....joined by 3 others, the food was great! On a good day you'll have entertainment. In good weather it's like a dream.

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about The Thirsty Owl Bistro

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

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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?