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Taverna Banfi

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130 Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901 (130 Statler Drive)
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Summerville, South Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Part of the Cornell Hotel School, this is a restaurant not to be missed. Our server was professional, pleasant, and knowledgeable. She knew the wine list and made a perfect suggestion. The food was served at the proper pace and exactly as ordered. When you order a steak on the rare side of medium rare and it comes out perfectly... More 

Thank Jane O
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been visiting Ithaca for many years, but have never eaten at the Statler restaurant. Went for lunch and had the buffet at the taverna Banfi, at $20 per person. The setting was very nice, nice setup and a good view. The food was excellent, great salads, excellent vegetables and choice of fish and/or beef, which were both excellent. Great... More 

Thank AJ K
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This Italian restaurant within the Statler Hotel in Ithaca has a good menu. For the world traveler, the prices are not proportional to the quality of the dishes. It is very good but not Master Chef quality. People used to the good kitchens of Chicago, New York, Montreal and London will be disappointed given the prices. The buffet breakfast at... More 

Thank LucDevroye
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55 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The restaurant boast of many laurels and does not disappoint in the food or the ambience. The menu is a little limiting but all the dishes that are there are exceptional. A visual and tasty treat!

Thank travelindia09
Hector, New York
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Everything we tried on the buffet for the brunch we attended was Excellent! Pricey, but worth it for the Special Occasion that we celebrated!

Thank advornicky
St Ives, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The quality of the service is superb. The food is filling, and on the pricey side. But it's worth a visit. Breakfast and Lunch have buffets available, too.

Thank J B
White Plains, New York
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the ambience and the service (Marty) was excellent. The food on the other hand was disappointingly plain. Most of us opted for the buffet and found the salmon and chicken rather mediocre.

Thank srwpowell
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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252 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

This restaurant is a gem and a replica of its sister location in Banfi Italy and is located inside the Statler Hotel. The ambiance was excellent, The restaurant was very quiet and very relaxing , the table settings were perfect and the service was amazing..excellent staff. The waiter we had was a University student in training. He went out of... More 

Thank Fiumes61
Spokane, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

We had stopped for desserts on our first evening at the Statler Hotel, my husband ordered a dense chocolate cake and I had the cheesecake, both were delicious! On our last evening at the hotel, we had dinner with our group, in a beautiful dinning room. Everything was delicious, the service was spectacular and the view, oh my goodness was... More 

Thank Kathy E P
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We made a reservation for six people and one child for dinner at 7:30. We were seated right away and delicious homemade focaccia bread was set on the table. The menu has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options which was perfect for my sister who is a vegan. While waiting for our food my daughter walked around the restaurant... More 

Thank Jessica V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Italian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901
    (130 Statler Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 6072542565

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?