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“Beautiful Wedding, Beautiful Food.” 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: Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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.
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful Wedding, Beautiful Food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Heights catered a wedding we attended and the food was amazing. The evening started off with lovely hor d'oeuvres and a great waitstaff. Once everyone was seated we enjoyed a sit down dinner that was served family style. Everything was delicious. The sides were so good, some tables asked for seconds and they were provided immediately. A truly wonderful meal to celebrate a wonderful day.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ithaca, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Good food, but overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We've been to the Heights Cafe several times. The food, I must say, is consistently good. Perhaps for some, dishes may seem "over done" or that the chef is "trying too hard." Some dishes include too many flavors, that I would normally not put together, but that's just my taste. All flavors are, however, truly delicious. Their ingredients are excellent. Service is friendly. Joe has been our server a few times and we like how attentive and pleasant he is. The problem is the price. For the ambience and the kind of restaurant it is, it shouldn't be charging this much. Not in Ithaca--we're not in NYC. Mercato on the commons is perhaps around the same price range--in some cases even a bit less--and the food is certainly a notch up.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ithaca, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Liked it the first time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went for dinner at the bar because it was near Stewart Park. Great time with the staff and customers there. Bartender was very helpful and service was quite good. I would have liked to know about the specials before I ordered, but that's not enough to ding the rating.
The food was excellent. Nothing that I tasted (and there was some sharing among the strangers at the bar!) was anything short of delicious.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“First Time Customer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Found this restaurant on a recommendation. Atmosphere was average. Service was very respinsive but not warm or all that friendly. Food was excellent. Very small portions for the money. Paid $ 48.00 for an 8 ox. filet. It was good, but not that good.Thank God I don't drink alcohol. I don't see a return trip.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mount Vernon, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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“Suggested by our B&B host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Chic but not stuffy.....can be pricey but worth it...we enjoyed the salmon and cod main courses, the fried calamari was tender , done kind of tempura style and well seasoned....we ate well, no room for dessert : (

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