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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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Praslin Island, Seychelles
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the Statler hotel in the heart of Cornell Campus, Taverna Banfi is the place for delicious Italian-American food, served by a friendly and efficient team of passionate professionals. The students of the university help out during the evening service, and we had the occasion to meet a young lady who is studying structural engineering, and another one arts.... More 

Thank Foodfan1968
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just went there for the first time and we were impressed. Excellent brunch buffet, delicious dishes, and excellent service. Prices are reasonable too for the food you get. There is no particular dress code, but try to dress up if you don't want to feel that you stand out. Great choice for a Sunday family meal. Let me not forget... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I come to Cornell U, I have dinner at Banfi one or two times. It is by fat the best restaurant in town. Good wine list for a small city, and excelent service (even when you walk in and they were about to close....they took us)

Thank MiamiMartin
Hong Kong, China
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123 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Decided to give this restaurant a try during our stay at the Statler Hotel. Service was reasonable and we like the setting and the atmosphere. We ordered the grilled octopus, which was really outstanding - octopus was tender and the flavor just right. We also tried the clams linguini and the chicken scallopini which were also very good. A fine... More 

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Cazenovia, New York
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149 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The Statler always keeps on top of updating the decor and menu selections at their hotel restaurant and banquet facilities. We always enjoy our stay when attending meetings, alumni events and weddings.

Thank BeachFan711
Carmel, Indiana
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157 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

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
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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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10 restaurant reviews
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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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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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 

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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, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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?