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“Excellent food and you can hear each other!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heights Cafe & Grill

Heights Cafe & Grill
903 Hanshaw Road, Ste 19, Ithaca, NY 14850
607.257.4144
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Ranked #8 of 248 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night Food, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Heights Restaurant and H Bar was established in 1995 by Culinary Institute of America graduate James Larounis and his wife Heidi. We are located in the Village of Cayuga Heights, one mile from the center of Cornell University. The restaurant has a casual, contemporary atmosphere and features Mediterranean-inspired American cuisine. We place the utmost value on our seasonal menus and on sourcing locally. We also take great pride in our wine list which includes over 400 bottle selections from the United States and international regions, and over 20 wines by the glass. The Heights Restaurant and H Bar has been a Wine Spectator award winner since 1999.
New Jersey
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28 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Excellent food and you can hear each other!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The Heights Cafe came highly recommended on tripadvisor and from friends and we were not disappointed! The food is excellent - we had swordfish, pork, scallops, steak - all were delicious and artfully presented with a variety of sides. Dessert was delicious - affogato, creme brulee to name a couple, but it did leave us too full to enjoy the complimentary homemade chocolate chip cookies! One diner's gluten free questions were graciously and professionally answered. Despite a very full dining room, our table of seven had no trouble being able to carry on conversations. Portions are sizable - would recommend splitting appetizers if ordering salad, dinner and dessert. The food does come at a cost - not a place to look for a bargain, but a good value for an excellent dining experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fairport, NY
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“Excellent Meal in Ithaca”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

My daughter and I were visiting Cornell, and a snowstorm prevented us from leaving Ithaca at the end of the day. The Heights Cafe and Grill was just a mile or so from our hotel. It was a bit difficult to find, but there are several signs en route which helped. It is located in a small shopping area with buildings that look more like houses than the normal strip mall. The heavy snow also made it challenging to find. When we arrived, we were greeted and seated right away. I am not sure if getting a table on Friday night is always easy, but it was in the midst of a snowstorm. There are two or three dining rooms, furnished nicely, and quite welcoming. The menu offers a number of appetizers, three wood fired pizzas, and a number of entrees. That evening there was also quite a list of specials. We were served a bread basket with pita wedges and homemade bread right away. it came with a garlicky hummus. My daughter doesn't usually like hummus, but she really enjoyed it. We began by sharing the crab cake appetizer. It was quite good and made with risotto and topped with a giant grilled shrimp. Salad comes with the entrees and the pizza, and was a good sized portion of baby greens with halved cherry tomatoes, blue cheese chunks, orange sections, and more with a mustard vinaigrette dressing. We shared a rustico pizza which was topped with marinated steak slices, red potatoes, kalamata olives, fresh rosemary, and more. We also had sautéed scallops over gnocchi with onions, sun dried tomatoes, etc. Everything was excellent, and all flavors were interesting, different, and delicious. The chef is from the Culinary Institute of America which might explain the inventiveness and high quality. There is a good selection of beer, wines, and cocktails, also (but we didn't have any). I am sure dessert would have been delicious, too, but we were too full. Service was excellent, attentive but not pushy. Although not inexpensive (about $60 for the two us before tip), it was well worth it for such a fine meal. I look forward to another visit,

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Trumansburg, New York, United States
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“Top shelf dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

James has a nack for preparing some of the tastiest foods in the area. I particularly like his sweet breads. Coming from the CIA, he creates dishes which dance in your mouth and give your taste buds a reason to cheer.

Visited June 2012
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Ithaca, NY
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“Good food, but the portions are way too big”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I have been to this restaurant many times. The food is always good and the chef is quite imaginative, but the portions have been getting bigger and bigger, to the point that I find the dinners to be overwhelming. I prefer to go for lunch, when I can be served a manageable plate. I know that many others like to bring leftovers home with them, but this is something I don't like to do. I would rank the Heights 5 stars if the portions were better managed.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Favorite Restaurant around Cornell”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Arguable the best restaurant in Ithaca. The atmosphere and menu are the most cosmopolitan among its competitors in the area. I always enjoy the Heights' full filleted fish.

Visited October 2012
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