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“Probably Past It's Prime” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Moosewood Restaurant

Moosewood Restaurant
215 North Cayuga Street, Ste 70, Ithaca, NY 14850-4323
607-273-9610
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Ranked #19 of 241 Restaurants in Ithaca
Cuisines: Vegan, Vegetarian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Ithaca, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Probably Past It's Prime”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

I recently moved to the area and was excited to eat at Moosewood regularly. Since moving there I have rarely eaten there as the service is poor, at times down right unfriendly. Food is ok but for the price I can go down the street and have something much more interesting, tasty and vegetarian. I do not recommend to friends visiting from out of town. There is such potential but I think they have sort of gone the route of an institution and do not seem to feel it is necessary to put out much effort like I suspect they did at one time.

  • Visited October 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Bland overpriced food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

Moosewood caches in on its name and the many lovers of the fine Moosewood cookbooks. I'm not sure how it was when Molly Katzen was still the owner, but nowadays it's just small portions of bland overpriced food.

Every time a friend (usually not an Ithaca native) convinces me to go there, I'm hopeful that it will have changed - so far, for the past 15 years, it hasn't

However, if you are there, save some room (won't be hard with the portion sizes) for the brownie a-la-mode dessert. Now that's yummy! Better yet, if you need to make a pilgrimage to this place, eat dinner somewhere else and just come to the cafe area for dessert and a coffee or alcoholic drink.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not worth the effort”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2010

My wife & I own the original cookbook from Moosewood so we thought a dinner there would be kind of a special thing to do. Nothing special sums up the experience in 2 words. Let your inn keeper or locals guide you, we 'fared" much better when we did.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, England
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Ideal vegetarian restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

One of our family of 5 is a vegetarian so it is often difficult to find somewhere suitable to eat in rural USA (which we love), so Moosewood was a real treat. Even the carnivores enjoyed the delicious and imaginative food, the informal atmosphere, and friendly staff. We wanted to buy one of their recipe books, but there was so many to choose from we couldn't decide.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Vegetarian Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

After using 2 of their cookbooks for many years, I especially enjoyed eating in this restaurant. They have expertise in creating delicious vegetarian fare with just the right combination of flavorings. Their menus are limited to a choice of 2 soups and 4 - 5 entrees which change daily, so it is advisable to check their menu on-line or call ahead to see what is being offered. Their dinner menu is usually posted on-line by 5:15 p.m. that day.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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