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“Good food, good experience”
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 March 14, 2014 via mobile

I went with two friends about a week ago for brunch. We had heard that it was amazing, and a friend of mine had been with her mom and loved the experience. The waitress was very very nice and had good suggestions for drinks and food. Although my brunch was a little bit late compared to my friends', the waitress was very kind about it, so I couldn't be upset. The food was good, if a bit pricey. I would definitely return. Fun atmosphere, too!

1  Thank Colleen C
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

A close friend and I made Northstar our weekly hang out spot for almost two years. The food is only so-so, but the place is in our neighborhood and has decent beer so it worked. One night we went with my daughter and another friend and a group of waitresses sat near us on a break and stared rudely at my daughter. When questioned about it, the waitress in question denied anything happened. The she said that she and her fellows had stared because my kid had drank water direct from the bottle and they just "weren't used to that." I told her it was very inappropriate and was not pleased with the situation. I also shared with her that we had been loyal customers for years which made this treatment all the more unsavory. I shared the scenario via Twitter by stating that it is ridiculous to go out to eat/drink, spend money, and have to deal with rude wait staff and management that does not take customer service concerns seriously. I never received any reply or response from Northstar. Months later, my friend attempted to go back to Northstar for dinner and was told she would have to leave. Apparently we are not welcome there any longer for bringing this situation to light. Unbelievable! Do yourselves a favor and skip it. Mercado, Bandwagon, or Ithaca Beer have much better food and atmosphere.

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Thank Susan P
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

This place is supposed to be known for its mac and cheese. Although it looked creamy like 'mom's' it was flavorless. I got that as a large side dish. In addition, my dining companion discovered a 2 foot hair in her order - just as a waitress was walking by. She quickly removed the order and replaced it with another which did not have a hair in it. My entrée was curry with chicken. It was low spiced, but not bad. However, I would rather have this dish in an Indian or Thai restaurant instead. Then, for dessert, there was the amaretto cheese cake. It had the look and feel of Jell-O Cheesecake No Bake Dessert Mix. It was shaped like a crème brulee and should have been called 'the crème dream. There was no hint of amaretto, and no cake texture to the dessert. It screamed 'help me - I am a Jell-O Cheesecake No bake dessert' in what is considered a restaurant that serves only locally grown ingredients .' The crust was some sort of damp chocolate graham cracker base. If you are looking for a New York style cheese cake this is not the dessert for you. Do you think I would be happy going back?
Needless to say, we had an adventure.

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Thank kwebster2
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Northstar is so elegant and personal. I recommend anything risotto stuffed (which I believe is usually a vegetable and changes seasonally).

The staff is friendly and gives you plenty of personal space for a great intimate night out.

Thank Lucy M
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is the first place I recommend folks eat while in Ithaca - locally owned, the restaurant sources produce and meats from local farms, and makes innovative comfort food. More options for vegetarians than many places in Ithaca, its also great for meat eaters. Good for families, but easier for couples. They're so popular that you can count on a 20 minute wait at primetime dinner hour. The service is hit or miss, but the plates are always delicious. I love the R&B, jazz and reggae tunes playing in the background, and the casual, hip atmosphere. Its easy to run up a bill if you succumb to the Mac & Cheese specials, so I recommend just getting a large plate for your entree and splitting one of the many yummy appetizers. If you go in the summer months, sit in the beer garden behind the restaurant, and hopefully next year they'll have table service out there. (The first summer it was open, in 2013, you had to order food to go inside the restaurant, then bring it outside yourself in disposable containers.) Also, I love sitting on the front patio, where there is table service in the warmer weather. I probably eat here twice a month, so feel really confident about recommending it!

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