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“A local treasure”
Review of North Star House

North Star House
Ranked #54 of 269 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Came here with a graduation weekend party of eight and everyone loved it. Local ingredients make an eclectic menu - with something appealing for everyone - work beautifully. The veggie burger featuring a red bean patty with portabella mushrooms and avocado on a fresh Challah roll, BTW, was a great surprise. The restaurant was quite busy yet service was friendly and very efficient and every order was perfect. A beer menu that features many local brews was a nice touch, too. Right down the hill from Cornell with easy parking make this a local treasure.

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Thank John T
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

As a pub, they always have an excellent selection of craft beers available, and a nice rotation of taps.
As a restaurant, there is great variety on the menu with an emphasis on organic & local foods and drinks, which is a big reason why it is a favorite spot for locals. There always seems to be a little something for everyone.
The vibe is laid back, the music is always great, and the atmosphere is pleasant. It can get a little boisterous or noisy if there is a small party, because the whole restaurant is quite small.
(They have two very pleasant outdoor seating areas during warmer months which adds a lot of space.)

My one critique is that I do find some of the menu to be overpriced. They have the best burger in town, but you'll pay for it. Otherwise this place would get 5 stars easy.
Service can be pretty slow some nights for such a small place, but again, that's because it is a very chill place, with lots of locals hanging and chatting with staff.

But if you are traveling through and looking for simple, delicious food, good atmosphere, and a great beer to match, I wouldn't think twice about recommending Northstar.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

These folks support local farmers which makes it stand out from other places. Fresh cut fries with dipping sauces is a fav of mine, but was off bit on my last visit. Too greasy or something. I had some great soup and my friend had the mac and cheese, always delish. I love this place. It has great ambience, a pub feel but not too boozy. My out of town friends love it.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Tried Sunday brunch. An interesting menu and good prices. If you like biscuits and gravy try the portabello gravy. Grits are tasty and serve a good quality whole wheat toast. Food seems to come out quickly but ours took over 20 min. and I had to ask where our order was. When it appeared, one entree was cold and one was ready. Sent cold food back. They replaced the cold meal with a good hot one and adjusted he check.

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1  Thank dasmith04
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

I've been a regular for dinner, but decided to try the brunch with a friend - so glad that we did! Black bean burger, spinach cakes, bloody marys - cleaned our plates and glasses and walked out with money still in our pockets and our bellies full. Great work, Northstar!!

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Thank Amanda607
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