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“Relaxing experience”

The Thirsty Owl Bistro
Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Ovid
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Athens, New York
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Relaxing experience”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Stopped here for lunch on a Friday. Only a 15 minute wait during the noon hour which gave us time to do a wine tasting. Sat outside on the deck overlooking the lake. I have no issue waiting for food when it is well prepared. I had a burger which was delicious; my husband had the smoked fish appetizer which was almost entree size. Pleasant wait staff. Perfect vacation lunch spot

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank C A
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“Wendy's has less wait time and better burgers”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

To wait for more then 30 mins for a lunch is sad. The server was amazing and apologized many times for the wait. The food was ok nothing worth the wait. I would recommend to pack a lunch and enjoy the wine.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Macchubs
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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere but long wait”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We had stopped at Thirsty Owl for our first stop on a wine tour. We had tasted the wine, which we really enjoyed and browsed the gift shop. The atmosphere for wine tasting was very nice and they had a helpful waitstaff to help us chose wines to taste. We then decided to eat lunch at the bistro at Thirsty Owl because we saw there were a lot of open tables and enough room to sit 7 of us. When we went to the hostess she said it would take 20 - 25 minutes to seat us. Although we were a bit confused because of all the open tables, we had time so we figured we'd walk around the grounds and take pictures. We came back after 20 minutes and the hostess sat us at one of the tables that was previously open. After sitting down, the waiter was kind enough to let us know that it would still be another 30 minutes + until we would get our food. We decided to leave because waiting almost an hour for lunch seemed crazy. Luckily, there was another winery in walking distance with quick service and delicious food. Overall, the wine tasting and the atmosphere make it a place I would visit again, but I might skip the bistro.

2 Thank klennox511
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Roskilde, Denmark
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“We wish this had been better...”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Thirsty Owl has a wonderful outdoor deck and a stunning view of Cayuga Lake. It's location in the middle of the Cayuga Wine Trail is perfect. We had just visited Toro Run, and had some really tasty tapas, otherwise the 30 minute wait for a table would've seemed like an eternity. Luckily Thirsty Owl is also a winery, so we tasted some of their wines while we waited for our table.
While the service at the bistro was good, my one big complaint is about the food. We ordered the Tarte Flambe flatbread and the Blue Cheese Burger.
I was expecting true Alsatian style Tarte flambée or Flammkuchen. The flavor was ok and the bacon good, BUT the bread was a bit greasy and not the right texture. Also the serving size was about half of what I would expect. This was appetizer size, at best. The burger was also all out of proportion. The burger meat was way more than needed and the bread to meat ratio was completely off. There was way too little bread for the amount of meat. In addition, this burger did not come dressed with any vegetables. The greens which came on the side were wilting from the dressing. I would not eat here again, which is a shame really. They almost have it all - great location, great view, but the food is just not up to par.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Sabrina H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great view - wonderful food!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here while checking out some wineries around Cayuga lake. We are so glad we did. The view is beautiful, looking out over the lake, and the food was delicious.

We started with the smoked trout spread - very, very good.

I had Tarte Flambé flatbread and absolutely loved it. My husband scarfed down his cheddar burger. I took a bite, and it was juicy and delicious.

Service was fast and friendly. Overall, we loved this little place. I would definitely plan our schedule to make time for a lunch here on future trips to the area.

Visited July 2014
Thank JKfromPA
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