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“Nice meal for a big group.”
Review of The Boatyard Grill

The Boatyard Grill
Ranked #4 of 261 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: At The Boatyard Grill you can enjoy delicous locally sourced steak and seafood while looking out over the breathtaking waterfront view. All of our food comes in fresh everyday, you won't find a better dining experience in the town. We are happy to host large groups and private events. If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, family gathering, cocktail party, class reunion or a casual BBQ or Clambake, look no further! We will make your special event a waterfront event to remember! Our experienced management team will make planning your event virtually effortless. We have a variety of party offerings that can meet every budget and catering need. Choose from our Waterfront Parties, Holiday Parties and Cocktail Parties and contact our management team today. Join us for live music on our deck every Friday! Visit our website to see the schedule.
Hilton, New York
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Nice meal for a big group.”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Dinner for 10 at Boatyard Grill. They don't take reservations but they do have call ahead seating. We were seated right away but it did get busy soon after we arrived at 7 pm, even on a weekday. Nice menu options, nice beer selection. Limited wine list, with only a small selection of Finger Lakes wines. Service was prompt and friendly but a bit rushed. (main courses came too soon after apps. We were still working on the apps. so those plates could not be cleared, making for a crowded table. As always, we shared bites so I can say that the swordfish was excellent, as was the sirloin steak. Meat was juicy, flavorful, and cooked as specified. Desserts were also good, including a sweet and sticky apple crisp and a cheesecake. Atmosphere was ok, a bit on the noisy side.

  • Visited August 2014
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Worst ever”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Our group of 20 people arrived as they opened on a Saturday afternoon. We had advised them of our plans and arrival time. The table was not ready. We had agreed to choose from a prior arranged menu of 4 entrees and agreed to a $35.00 price for each diner,including gratuity, regardless of their choice (except beverages, which were extra). One of our party brought his 9 year old son as his wife was unable to attend. He was charged $35.00 for his son's hamburger, it was a nice looking hamburger, but, really??? I ordered the filet, as did many of us, only to find it had been switched to a sirloin before we arrived. We then chose the sirloin only to find it the most tasteless and tough piece(s) of meat I have ever tried to eat. This was shared by all who ordered the filet/sirloin. What a disaster the whole experience was. The man with the son did receive some relief after my wife confronted the manager as the waitress just said "Oh, well" when asked if she thought the charge was fair for a (any) hamburger. Other than the food, service and accommodations it is a lovely place.

  • Visited July 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery and good food”
Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We visited the boatyard grill after looking at the falls and hanging out at the park. It has a really great location and busy atmosphere. The lake and the flowers and boats kept us entertained until we got a table. The waitress was super nice and energetic and made great recommendations. I love that they have a "small plate" option for dinner. It's less expensive and plenty of food if you don't want a huge meal. I had a small plate shrimp and steak and couldn't even finish it. The potatoes were a little dry but the steak and shrimp were very good. The house salad was a little sparse and I wouldn't recommend it if you want more than a few bites of salad.
The drinks were great and not too expensive. I heard the pomegranate margarita was delicious with a sugar rim. It was a great change from the downtown area and I would definitely recommend dining here for one meal while in Ithaca,
For the view and good food. The Maine lobster was excellent as well.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good location, good food”
Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

I appreciated the location and the food is good qualità and you can choise fish and or metà. Good ratio price/qualità. The service can be slow when crowded.

Visited July 2014
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Creston, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food and lake view”
Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is in the marina district of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake. I was with my family on a visit. It is one of their favorite places to dine.

Visited July 2014
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