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Just a Taste

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116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-277-9463
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Rochester, New York
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whenever we are in the Ithaca area, we always seem to end up at Just a Taste, and we always end up having a top-notch meal. It can be tough to find a table, since it's a tiny place and has a great reputation. But it will be worth the wait, as the food is always tasty, the wine list... More 

Thank Peter S
Ithaca, New York
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's no secret to us locals that Just a Taste has great food and service. Whenever we're having an early dinner, this is our first choice; tables often fill up before 6pm on weekends. Like the fact the menu changes regularly, but old favorites, e.g., garlic shrimp, are always available. Menu is wonderfully varied, including vegan, gluten free, many tasty... More 

Thank Mary B
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They had an important event to live up to, and Just a Taste was great. I have enjoyed this restaurant a number of times and I wanted this night to go well. The must tapas to order is the deep fried potato wedges with the sauce. The spicy wings was also very good with a mix of Thai flavors and... More 

Thank Rose H
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of five went on a saturday night and arrived just before they opened. At 5:00 or 5:30. We were surprised to find a line waiting outside the door. When they opened the restaurant was immediately filled. we had to eat at the bar and were lucky to get seated at all. I was worried that with everyone ordering... More 

Thank Jackson C
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

I have eaten there several times in the past few years. Usually, the food was excellent and service was good. This most resent visit was awful. The room was crowded and very noisy; I had to shout to my friend across the table for 'conversation'. I ordered the blackened catfish and had to send it back twice. In the end... More 

Thank bwes
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I do not get out as much as we would like. Thank goodness we tried "Just a Taste" on a recent trip to Ithaca. It was surprisingly casual attire, in a small dining room. Both the wines, food , and service were excellent. Every small plate we tried was great...most were very, very good....and the King Clip... More 

Thank RhettMerch
Ithaca, New York
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

the trick to getting a table is to go 21 minutes before opening, or an hour and 10 minutes later. It is almost always filled within 15 minutes of opening. I love the structure of the wine list, by the flight of tastes, glass or carafe/bottle. The large menu of small dishes is a treasure trove, some dishes changing regularly... More 

Thank Etienne M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 19, 2017

This is one of our favorite places to eat when visiting Ithaca. The menu offers a wide range of choices that seem to suit everyone from vegetarians to omnivores. There seems to be a basic core of items, but they seem to go through variations on a regular basis. So you can eat here twice in a week, ahve the... More 

Thank Jonathan D
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Just a Taste is one of my favorite restaurants in Ithaca. The food is fresh with a lot of nuance in the flavor palettes. Great wine selection and wine flights for sampling! A rotating menu takes into account seasonal local goodies. Good for vegetarians or meat eaters. The back patio transports you to what feels like a place outside of... More 

Thank Brenna F
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

This place was without question one of the highlights of our trip! What an extensive and well thought out menu! Far more extensive than we imagined with every dish tastefully done!

Thank Heather D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-277-9463

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