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“Great Setting and Value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Taughannock Farms Inn

Taughannock Farms Inn
2030 Gorge Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886
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Ranked #8 of 19 Restaurants in Trumansburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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260 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 123 cities Reviews in 123 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Great Setting and Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Great view of the lake from the dining room. Nice menu - lots of choices and each comes with appetizer, soup or salad, entree, and dessert. Not inexpensive, but given everything one gets very reasonable as high end restaurants go.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Piermont, New York, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great setting & ambiance - nice value, but mediocre food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The setting of this restaurant is fantastic - Historic 19th Century home that has been restored beautifully. Located up on a hill overlooking Lake Cayuga, it makes for a very romantic setting. The all-inclusive price is a good value - it includes appetizer, salad, entree and dessert - but don't expect gourmet. The service was good, the waitress extremely friendly. They need to re-stock on A-1. Overall, a very nice experience. Just disappointed in the quality of the meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
“Beautiful view - unbeatable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I would classify this restaurant as classic straight ahead American cooking in the best sense of that tradition. The building is historic and the dining room has a lovely view high up over the countryside and lake. All the tables on the closed in porch have views.

I noticed that some reviewers complained about the price, but frankly I don't think they know what they are talking about. My husband and I had a bottle of wine and he had a glass of port as well and the two 4 course meals came to $100. That is amazing value. In fact we queried the waiter and asked how they managed to cover their costs as the portions were generous, for example I ordered the rainbow trout and was served both fillets from the fish. He conjectured that the restaurant pricing was a good way to promote the hotel side of the business.

We were both impressed with the preparation of the meal. Pumpkin spiced bread was on the table and a basket of rolls were also served. They were the one disappointment - on the dry side and not very flavourful. I had the tomato basil bisque soup to start which was rich, thick and very nicely seasoned. Husband had the goat cheese stuffed portobello mushroom which came with a puff pastry crisp. The salad course was the usual mixed greens, which was fine. The blue cheese dressing was a bit bland and could have used some blue cheese morsels. Husband had the seafood medley over pasta, which had very fresh clams and really nice garlic and herb seasoning. My rainbow trout was lightly floured and fried with capers and butter and was very fresh tasting and delicately seasoned and no stray bones. Fingerling potatoes were crisp and a side dish of tender crisp of broccoli was very well done. About a dozen dessert choices. Husband had the chocolate obsession, (chocolate cream pie on Oreo cookie crust with vanilla orange sauce) and I had the peppermint ice cream roulade with chocolate ganache. Both very good. The coffee was ok, could be better. After having the special Ethiopian brew at the Union Square Cafe in NYC, we don't think we'll ever have anything that good elsewhere as far as a regular cup of coffee goes.

Our waiter, Jake was very attentive and service was excellent from when we walked in and were greeted I believe by one of the owners and I believe our wine was served by the other owner.

Tried the local Pinot Grigio - ok, but noticed a slightly funny after taste as we drank it and the local Finger Lakes port was pretty thin. At the start of the meal the owner mentioned that if there was anything we weren't satisfied with, we should tell our waiter so he could make it right, something I think should be said at every restaurant. Our waiter asked what we thought of the local port. My husband isn't the type to complain and said it was ok, but I said he was being polite. Our waiter disappeared and brought a glass of the good stuff from Portugal. Interesting to try but I think the Finger Lakes wines still have a ways to go and the true port was a nicer way to finish the meal.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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South Kingstown, Rhode island
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Fake Food and Phony Pretensions”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This Inn , located in a beautiful setting across the road from a State Park, has beautiful grounds in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York State. It used to be a destination restaurant for special occasions. We hadn't been for many years but in a fit of nostalgia decided to have a special celebration dinner there. The dinners are inclusively priced within a $30.00 -$40.00 range and include appetizer, salad, or sorbet, entree,vegetables, a starch and dessert with "home-made" breads. There are a number of items that can be had at an extra price such as shrimp cocktail. Our dinner started with three small slices of a citrus sweet bread and a slab of salt butter already on the table when we were seated. The appetizers were very good, the smoked salmon and strawberry soup were well presented and tasty. Unfortunately, the salad greens in the next course had not been vetted well and contained bits of black dead lettuce. The blue cheese dressing on one, had been described as a buttermilk base but tasted mayonnaisey.
The food went downhill from here. The Filet Mignon described as an aged 8 oz. broiled filet of beef tenderloin was a chunk of beef that was anything but tender and almost unchewable for $39.95. The Roast Duck Breast for $30.95 described as an 8 oz. oven roasted boneless breast served with a port-cherry sauce arrived looking like it was extruded from a tube with a soggy fatty crust and what seemed to be a rind surrounding the slices. It looked and tasted like liverwurst and bore no resemblance to the breast meat of a duck. The sauce was on the side of the breast and was more of a cherry jam then a sauce. A broccoli and cauliflower medley was presented for the table and asparagus accompanied the duck. The vegetables all had been badly overcooked and were soggy with a mushy consistency. Three wheat rolls resembling Parker house rolls were also served but were crumbly and on the brink of stale. There was an extensive list of wines, the whites leaning heavily on New York State Finger Lakes local wineries and the reds more geographically distributed. Service was somewhat automated as our waitress gave the very same words welcome and menu descriptions to several tables.There were several assistants pouring water or whisking away some plates before all members of the party had finished their plates. Desserts were supposed to be all home made but the whipped cream served with the pecan pie was not real and probably out of a can.The restaurant was not full but the presence of one family with two children screaming with ear- splitting, frequent piercing shrieks made dinner impossible to enjoy. No effort was made on the part of management to rectify this unpleasantness for their other diners and the parents seemed mostly oblivious the discomfort their children were causing other diners. This was a major management failure in attitude to caring for the comfort of their guests along with the overly optimistic descriptions of their dinner entrees. I would recommend that one seek dinner elsewhere in an area that has seen a revolution in the number of fine restaurants available with good food and not overpriced.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Homer, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Simply Outstanding!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is probably my 5th time enjoying the atmosphere of this restaurant and it's loaded w/ atmosphere and charm. From the cozy bar to scenic views of Cayuga Lake from your seat it continues to emit warmth and friendliness. The four course meal along w/ very knowledgable waiters and waitresses make the evening go by far too fast . I will return very soon. PS...when trying to impress someone this is the place to take them.

  • Visited May 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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