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The Heights Restaurant 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.
American, Italian, French, Bar, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Pub, Wine Bar
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
One of the best meals I’ve had. I had the strip steak, which I rarely order. It was pretty close to perfect, and the sauce was crazy good. With appetizers, we were stuffed. Even with Covid, service was on point.
Had dinner with my wife at the Heights for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Our server was friendly and engaging. Portions of food are very generous. We both had steak. I had bone in strip and my wife bone in fillet. My...steak was a bit tough my wife’s steak was like butter. Both tasty. Nice wine list!More
It’s so difficult with COVID for restaurants to create an ambience. The Heights did that and more. The food was fresh, with creative combinations I never have experienced. The place was socially distanced busy, but they put together a tucked away table for us by...the bar.
My prosecco was delightful. The bread was fresh and delicious, which doesn't usually strike me, but it seemed like they put so much effort into it. They served bread with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar, and a creative side of bean paste. Unique and delicious. I had the cauliflower starter with pine nuts and raisins (I’m vegan), and it was delicious. One in our party had a strip steak and he raved. Another had the mushroom pizza. All delectable.
But more than the food, which was excellent, was the whole experience. The staff was welcoming (we are out-of-towners) and so accommodating. We met the owners and saw the attention they give to their food and their customers. We don’t dine out during COVID, but since we aren’t near home, we sort of had to, so it was really nice to feel safe and yet get a full experience being out at a restaurant.
If you’re in Ithaca, you must dine at The Heights. You won’t be disappointed.More
We checked this restaurants menu on yelp and it looked great! We wanted a romantic, fine dining dinner on our 3 day getaway. When we got there we were Leary as it’s in a little plaza, but inside was really nice! We chose the outdoor...patio and loved it! It’s a beautiful courtyard tucked away behind the restaurant! No visible roads or noise, lovely bushes and grapevines hanging overhead! It was just what we were hoping for! And the food was excellent! We had a shrimp with chorizo appetizer, the tuna au poivre, and the pork cutlet....all was delicious! We even had to try the Nutella creme brûlée, which was great as well. We will definitely go back here!More
I went to The Heights for a special event. The staff and the environment was inviting and welcoming as soon as you walked in. I ordered the wild mushroom pizza and it was awesome! The truffle oil and the mushrooms were blended just right. As...I got to the crust I noticed they had put sugar which I found new and amazing never have seen pizza like this before. The sever was knowledgeable and helpful. This place is one of the best places in Ithaca.More
I went to The Heights for a birthday party. The food and service is excellent.The Pork Milanese is delicious.With so many flavors with the egg and the crunchy pork.The service was excellent the staff is so kind and caring. They make sure you’re experience at...The Heights is 10/10. I will definitely be coming back soon!More
I've been meaning to go here for several years and finally had the opportunity yesterday. We sat in their outside area, which is very nice, pretty plants and grapevines (although the cinderblock walls do detract from the ambience, not sure if that can be remedied...easily though). Staff were attentive and professional. I had the sticky ribs for an app and they were great, nicely seasoned, fall off the bone with a great sauce. My wife had the Sicilian Cauliflower, very interesting app with feta and some type of sauce. My wife got the pork cutlet which I liked but she thought was too busy, too much going on with the dish. I had the Moroccan Chicken which was terrific, nice and tender with good accompaniements. We were too full for dessert.More
My husband the Moroccan Chicken, the chicken was so tender and everything around it was just right. outstanding dish.
My entree was another hit - shrimp papradelle - delicious!
Kids meals - mac'n'cheese was a fancy Mac and really tasty, the steak frites for kids...was good, only the kids fried chicken wasn't good (a single piece my son had trouble handling).
To end a great dinner we had the Nutella creme brûlée - wow!
Service was courteous, our waiter Chris was knowledgeable and helpful. great choice!More
This is the best place you can ever go to eat!!
Family owned and the quality is crazy good! I cannot say enough, when I decide to eat out this is my first choice.
They are doing a great job with the issues we are...dealing with and the food is still stellar!
The outside dining is really private and quiet, we had such a relaxing dinner last week and I plan on going back very soon.
Thank You for the awesome experience !More
Response from Florimond | Reviewed this property |
I agree that they are very accommodating. Over the years, I have asked for specific alterations to certain menu items and they were happy to make the changes for me. I'd call ahead to be sure. If you know what kinds of foods... More
I agree that they are very accommodating. Over the years, I have asked for specific alterations to certain menu items and they were happy to make the changes for me. I'd call ahead to be sure. If you know what kinds of foods work, and don't work, for you then you can make specific requests which they will accommodate if possible. That's been my experience.
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