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“Lovely view, limited menu and so-so food”

The Thirsty Owl Bistro
Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Ovid
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Vestal, New York
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184 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Lovely view, limited menu and so-so food”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The view from the deck is lovely but the lunch menu is limited (I don't believe they serve dinner). I had a burger that was good but a bit on the greasy side and not worth the price. There appeared to be not discernable dressing on the salad that accompanied the burger. Service was friendly and leisurely.

  • Visited June 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
“Casual dining at reasonable rates and fabulous view.”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Not your typical burger and fries. The burger on its own was delicious but the melted goat's cheese made it mouthwatering. The fact that you can have a glass or so of wine and if you don't finish it, take it with you is very civilized and discourages drunk driving.

Visited May 2013
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Rochester, New York
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129 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice view but awful food”
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

The bistro offers a lovely view of Cayuga Lake and the server was friendly. However the restaurant kitchen is small and there were times when the waiter was assisting the chef with preparing food. The food took almost a hour to prepare and after tasting the bland under-dressed salad we elected to leave. The servers were continuously apologizing to other patrons for the long, long wait for food.

  • Visited April 2013
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Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“It was packed!!!”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Delicious ice wine!! Nice area to drink your wine outside while looking at the lake. Beautiful tasting room.

Visited April 2013
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Oley, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Winery at it's best!”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were in a hurry but wanted to stop at one winery and we picked this one - glad our 21 year old daughter picked this one. Staff super friendly, view amazing and wine superb with fun names like Snowy Owl and Tailspin! The reds were a little too oaky for me, and I love a good merlot but the WHITES! Fantastic!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank mbfeeg
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