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Restaurants

With more restaurants per capita than New York City and a bounty of local and organic produce, dining in Ithaca is diverse. With restaurants ranging from tapas to Thai and Cajun to Costa Rican, Ithacans are developing a well-deserved reputation for being a city of foodies. Below is a partial list of restaurants. For a complete list, please go to www.visitithaca.com.

The following scale is per person for dinner with an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage plus tax and gratuity. Some of the restaurants have lighter fare as well; please call ahead to get exact estimates.

  • $$$$ - $50+
  • $$$ - $30+
  • $$ - $20+
  • $ - $15+

Heights Cafe & Grill

- $$$$
http://www.heightscafe.com

903 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-4144
Type of Cuisine: Bistro
One of Ithaca’s most upscale restaurants with an extensive wine list.

John Thomas Steakhouse

- $$$$

http://www.johnthomassteakhouse.net
1152 Danby Road, Route 96 B
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-3464
Type of Cuisine: Steak
John Thomas has acquired a reputation for being Ithaca's best steakhouse, all because of their acclaimed quality beef and great wine.

Just A Taste Tapas Bar

- $$/$$$
http://www.just-a-taste.com
116 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-9463
Type of Cuisine: Bistro
Small and intimate with an amazing selection of tapas and wine.

Madeline's

- $$$/$$$$
http://www.madelines-restaurant.com
215 East State Street, The Commons
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-2253
Type of Cuisine: Bistro
Have one their famous martinis while enjoying a Euro-Asian inspired dish. But whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the display case that holds the many mouth-watering desserts.

Stella's Kitchen and Cocktails

- $$
http://www.kitchenandcocktail.com
403 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1490
Type of Cuisine: Bistro
Right in the center of Collegetown, Stella’s patrons can enjoy a cocktail of their liking or perhaps something to nosh on. Prices are right and ambiance is superb.

Joe's Restaurant

- $$$
http://www.joesithaca.com
602 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-DINE (3463)
Type of Cuisine: Italian
Joes, always a long-time Ithacan favorite for Italian food. Popular and very tasty.

ZaZa's Cucina

- $$$
http://www.zazascucina.com
622 Cascadilla Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9292
Type of Cuisine: Italian
One of the more romantic Italian restaurants in the area, but don’t let that turn you away from enjoying a scrumptious meal with a friend or a big group.

Moosewood Restaurant

- $$
http://www.moosewoodrestaurant.com
215 North Cayuga Street, DeWitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9610
Type of Cuisine: Vegetarian
If you don’t know of this vegetarian restaurant by its world-famous cookbook, definitely you will remember forever after you taste the terrific food.

The Nines

- $$
http://www.theninesithacany.com
311 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1888
Type of Cuisine: Pizzeria
Very casual restaurant/bar serving up famous pizza and other tasty delights from their very reasonably priced menu.

Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar

- $$/$$$
http://www.maxies.com
635 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-4136
Type of Cuisine: Seafood
Cajun menu with all the frills. Don’t forget your colorful beads when you walk into Maxie’s.

Taste of Thai

- $$
http://www.tasteofthaithaca.com
216 The Commons
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-5487
Type of Cuisine: Thai
Best place to eat wonderfully prepared Thai food that is priced just right and in a great location on The Commons to boot.

The Boatyard Grill

- $$/$$$
http://www.boatyardgrill.com
525 Taughannock Blvd (on the Inlet)
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-2628
Type of Cuisine: Waterfront Dining
Comfort food with a twist. The Boatyard has one of the more beautiful views in Ithaca.

Mahogany Grill

- $$$
http://www.mahoganygrill.com
112-114 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1438
Type of Cuisine: American
A relaxed atmosphere that offers everything from sandwiches to steaks. Great bar and outside seating area.

Glenwood Pines Restaurant

- $/$$
http://www.glenwoodpines.com
1213 Taughannock Blvd., Rt. 89
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-3709
Type of Cuisine: Bar & Grill
Overlooking the lake and very casual.

Ithaca Bakery

- $
http://www.ithacabakery.com
400 North Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-7110
Type of Cuisine: Bakeries & Cafes
Gourmet deli & bakery.

Viva Taqueria

- $/$$
http://www.vivataqueria.com
101 North Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1752
Type of Cuisine: Mexican
Good healthy Mexican food in a fun atmosphere with margaritas, of course.

Rulloff's Restaurant

- $$$
http://www.rulloffs.com
411 College Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-6067
Type of Cuisine: Bar & Grill
In the heart of Collegetown, Rulloff’s offers a varied menu at reasonable prices. Read the back of the menu for the history of the restaurant’s namesake.