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Taverna Banfi

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130 Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901 (130 Statler Drive)
+1 607-254-2565
00:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 00:00
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Carmel, Indiana
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102 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Taverna Banfi's is an well organized and polished gem inside the Cornell Statler Inn on campus. Can certainly eat here without staying at the Statler, but do recommend reservations to ensure you can get a table. Can handle small groups or large, even in a private room if needed. Excellent service and food prep and menu. The buffet is typically... More 

Thank ralphwilhelm1
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family party of four, staying at the hotel, enjoyed the buffet breakfast. I'll focus on the discordant note because the Statler seems to pride itself on excellent service. One of our party was a tea drinker. The tea water, when it arrived, was tepid and far from being hat enough. Unfortunately the tea drinker was too bashful to bring... More 

Thank Carl S
Summerville, South Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Part of the Cornell Hotel School, this is a restaurant not to be missed. Our server was professional, pleasant, and knowledgeable. She knew the wine list and made a perfect suggestion. The food was served at the proper pace and exactly as ordered. When you order a steak on the rare side of medium rare and it comes out perfectly... More 

Thank Jane O
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Have been visiting Ithaca for many years, but have never eaten at the Statler restaurant. Went for lunch and had the buffet at the taverna Banfi, at $20 per person. The setting was very nice, nice setup and a good view. The food was excellent, great salads, excellent vegetables and choice of fish and/or beef, which were both excellent. Great... More 

Thank AJ K
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This Italian restaurant within the Statler Hotel in Ithaca has a good menu. For the world traveler, the prices are not proportional to the quality of the dishes. It is very good but not Master Chef quality. People used to the good kitchens of Chicago, New York, Montreal and London will be disappointed given the prices. The buffet breakfast at... More 

Thank LucDevroye
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55 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The restaurant boast of many laurels and does not disappoint in the food or the ambience. The menu is a little limiting but all the dishes that are there are exceptional. A visual and tasty treat!

Thank travelindia09
Hector, New York
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Everything we tried on the buffet for the brunch we attended was Excellent! Pricey, but worth it for the Special Occasion that we celebrated!

Thank advornicky
St Ives, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The quality of the service is superb. The food is filling, and on the pricey side. But it's worth a visit. Breakfast and Lunch have buffets available, too.

Thank J B
White Plains, New York
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the ambience and the service (Marty) was excellent. The food on the other hand was disappointingly plain. Most of us opted for the buffet and found the salmon and chicken rather mediocre.

Thank srwpowell
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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257 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This restaurant is a gem and a replica of its sister location in Banfi Italy and is located inside the Statler Hotel. The ambiance was excellent, The restaurant was very quiet and very relaxing , the table settings were perfect and the service was amazing..excellent staff. The waiter we had was a University student in training. He went out of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Italian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6901
    (130 Statler Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-254-2565

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?