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AGAVA Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017 - 2018 Winner

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We care about our community. We believe that the work we’re doing can have a positive impact on the economic, social and physical health of our community. Below is a list of the partners we work with in the region to supply us with food and drink at agava. Thanks to each of you for your partnership.
Autumn's Harvest
Meat, romulus
Ronin Farms
The Good Life Farms
Stick and Stone Farm
Remembrance Farms
Vegetables, trumansburg
Lively Run
Cheese,​ interlaken
Regional Access
Tortilleria Nixtamal
Tortillas/masa, queens
Artisan Foods
Omelette of the Day
Serve with local sweet butter and local maple syrup or agaue syrup
Fruit Salad
Fresh melon, jicama, cucumber, strawberry, fresh lime juice
Local mixed greens, cabbage, iceberg, green beans, jicama, radish, corn, tomato, avocado, queso fresco, mustard vinaigrette
Sautéed​ spinach, garlic oil, aged parmesan
Local bacon, charred tomato sauce, queso fresco, pico de gallo, soft egg
Nutella, goat’s milk caramel, fresh berries
Local Cornmeal Grits
English Muffins
Two Local Eggs
Local Bacon
Home Fries
Executive chef
One check please, 18% gratuity added
Blood Orange Mimosa
Blood orange liquer, orange juice, cava
Mexican Coffee
Pueblo viejo reposado, kahlua, coffee, whipped cream
Smoky Spritzer
Vida mezcal, raspberry, lime, grapefruit, agave nectar
Agava Applejack
Beak & skiff apple vodka, buffalo trace, fld maplejack, st.Elizabeth’s allspice dram, red jacket orchards cider
Bacon Bloody Maria
House-smoked tomatoes, hacienda vieja blanco, house-made bacon hot sauce
El Gringo
Two local eggs, home fries, local organic smoked bacon
Biscuits & Gravy
Fresh baked buttermilk biscuits, house-made chorizo gravy, two local eggs, home fries
Wood oven-baked granola, apples, banana, strawberry, agave nectar, yogurt
Thick-cut french bread, sautéed bananas, agave nectar-rum sauce, whipped cream
Two local eggs, crispy corn tortillas, queso fresco, cilantro, chipotle tomato salsa, black beans
The AGAVA restaurant concept is rooted in local, farm-to-table cuisine, seasonal menu and a Southwest-Inspired palette. One of the central design and functional elements is a wood-fired oven with eating bar in the main dining space, serving up flatbreads and a range of other fire-roasted cuisine. Our bar is destination of its own; from the unique spirits & cocktails, to an environment and space you have to see for yourself. We feature one of the most unique interior spaces in the central NY region, drawing from both southwestern design elements like “latillas’ as well as local historical features like reclaimed barn wood. We’re based in the old East Ithaca Train Station, commissioned in 1876
$5 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Southwestern, Bar, American
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Television, Highchairs Available, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This 2-layered Farm-to-Table jewel sits nicely proximity to Cornell University. The range and expression of dishes turn the palate smoothly. The Daily Specials present variety of tastes and cuisines. Seafood abounds as do stews and fresh vegan. Lamb takes on new depth as do their...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thank you for this wonderful review! We love to make our customers happy and we hope to serve you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible vibe and perfectly prepared cocktails and food...great every time...Staff attentive and friendly

Date of visit: October 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the review, JPuzz. We loved reading this - it made our day! We hope to serve you again soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for some nibbles. The chicken taquitos were crispy and very tasty as was the Mexican corn which was served with a delicious aioli sauce. We also shared a chicken breast with a mustard sauce, also very good. We ordered margueritas but was disappointed...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Karen. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the taquitos and chicken special. We regret, however, that the Margaritas did not impress. We will take this into consideration as we work on perfecting our drink offerings. We hope to see...More

Reviewed September 7, 2019

Dinner had A LOT to be desired. The temperature was freezing and the food wasn't good. I was really nauseous after I ate. I REALLY wouldn't recommend the Salmon..... NO GOOD.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We hate to disappoint and regret that you had a less than satisfactory visit to our restaurant. If you would be willing to let us know what day you visited us, we would like to investigate...More

Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

My husband, friends and I ate dinner at Agava on Labor Day. Our server was fantastic. A few of us ordered the hangar steak with smashed potatoes and it was served with fingerling potatoes instead of the smashed potatoes. I was enjoying the steak and...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2019

Thank you for your review, Karen! We are glad that our server was able to provide what you were looking for and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your Labor Day meal with us. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

We ate here after reading the very positive reviews and recommendations but were so disappointed. We ordered the fajitas and, unfortunately, the rice was under cooked and the beans were cold and tasteless, the steak had no salt and was barely cooked and for a...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We apologize that your meal with us did not meet our very high standards and hope that you had the opportunity to have your meal re-made for you. That said, it should have come out properly the first time! We...More

Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

Great carnitas tacos and guacamole! All very fresh and artfully presented. Restaurant is small and seating is very close together. We visited for lunch and it was very busy. Food was really great, atmosphere and staff were alright. A little pricey for the portions but...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2019

Thank you for your review, Holly! We're so thrilled that you enjoyed our food and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. We aim to source the highest-quality, local ingredients whenever and wherever possible, which is reflected in our...More

Reviewed August 8, 2019

We had a very nice dinner here when visiting Cornell U for the weekend. My husband, niece, and I opted to order a number of dishes to share. We had the guacamole, street corn, carnitas tacos, brussel sprouts, pork belly, and a flatbread. Everything tasted...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2019

Thank you for your review, Alexandra! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to serve you again soon!

Reviewed July 12, 2019

We visited Agava the last time we were in Ithaca a few years ago and loved it so much that we returned recently. We were quite disappointed this second time around. Nothing tasted particularly fresh, and everything felt really greasy. We remembered fresh, farm to...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Tadak. We so regret to hear that your recent visit to our restaurant was not up to our very high standards. We strive to serve only the freshest, seasonal cuisine and hate to disappoint on that front. We will be...More

Reviewed June 4, 2019

A very popular restaurant with the college crowd that features basically Mexican food, but variations. Housed in an old train station, the atmosphere is just that. It definitely is the most visited Mexican food establishment in Ithaca. Special weekends at Cornell find AGAVA extremely busy....More

Date of visit: February 2019
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AgavaRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at AGAVA Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2019

Thank you for your review! Happily, we do take reservations at Agava over the phone and online. We hope to make a reservation for you at your next visit!

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