381 Pine Tree Road
Contact: Ethan Ash
AGAVA is a Southwest-Inspired restaurant featuring a wood-fired oven; seasonal menu; farm-to-table ingredients; and a warm, fun, community-minded atmosphere. We're located in the historic East Ithaca Train Depot behind East Hill Plaza (former home of Olivia & Coyote Loco Restaurants).
1159 Dryden Road
American Rustic>>Open for-
Dinner: Open all week for dinner only 5pm to (?). (no closing time given)
The Antler's is a modest restaurant that is noted for its rustic charm serving a variety of seafood specialties, pasta, chicken, shrimp, fish, lobster, beef, london broil, and filet mignon. It is located on Dryden Road just east of the center of Varna near the intersection with Route 13. Anter's may be a bit out of the way, but they have Great Food and the prices are reasonable. Take a look at their web site...
2300 North Triphammer Road
American Family Style>>Open for-
Lunch & Dinner: Open all week, 11:00am to 12:00 Midnight.
Applebee's is always a local favorite. They have something for everyone...fish, seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta and more. And, of course, a fully stocked bar. Applebee's is not open for breakfast, but they are always open for lunch and dinner.
525 Taughannock Blvd
American Seafood, Steaks & Sandwiches>>Open for-
Lunch: Fri., Sat., & Sun 11:30am.
Dinner: Mon. to Thur., Cocktails at 4pm, Dinner at 5pm.
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am to 2:00pm.
The Boat Yard Grill may be one of the more popular dining spots in Ithaca due to its location, excellent menu, and occasional entertainment. Located on the water near the former Freemens Marina, it has a nautical theme with both indoor and outdoor dining facilites. The menu features an excellent choice of fish, seafood, sandwiches, salads and a variety of meat dishes. Visit their web site to get a better "flavor" of what they have to offer. It's GREAT!!!!! but do not take my word for it. It's well worth the visit!!!
Prices: Moderate +
2 Hickory Hollow Lane
Italian-American Style>>Open for-
Lunch: 11:30am to 4pm.
Dinner: Beginning at 4pm (no closing time given).
Ciao's is one of the newer Italian restaurants in the area. The owner of Ciao's is also the owner of the Boat Yard Grill. Ciao's restaurant is located at the site of the old "Billy Bob Jacks's. This Italian-American restaurant serves seafood and steak in addition to pizza and other traditional pasta dishes. It comes highly recommended by the local natives.
1638 East Shore Drive
American - Seafood, Shell Fish, Steak, Sandwiches & Burgers>>Open for-
Lunch: Not open for lunch.
Dinner: Tues. to Sun.,, 5pm to 9pm.
Sunday Brunch: 10am to 2pm.
The East Shore Cafe is a family restaurarnt with a large selection of main course dinners such as NY strip steak, steak and shrimp, grilled pork chops, shell fish, scampi, scallops, salmon, and seafood platers. In addition, they serve jambalaya, chicken parm, sandwiches and burgers. Check out their web site for more information and a customer review by "Zippy".
2309 North Triphammer Road
American>> Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner: 6am to 12:00 midnght.
The Friendly's Restaurant is located near the Homewood Suites and the Ramada Inn near the Pyramid Mall. It offers a great breakfast at a reasonable price if you are looking for a nice alternative to the hotel restaurants.
Prices: Moderate -
903 Hanshaw Road
American Seafood & Steak>>Open for -
Lunch: Mon. to Fri., 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Dinner: Mon. to Thur., 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri. & Sat. 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
The Heights Cafe & Grill is considered by most locals to be Ithaca's fanciest restaurant. They boast to having one of the largest wine lists in the area (although the Corks & More Wine Bar may have something to say about that). They serve what they call American Fancy Seafood and Steak and I understand they also serve a mean $18 Brie Cheese Burger (1lb.grilled sirloin). Visit their web site for a complete menu of their fine meal choices.
215 North Cayuga Street
American Vegetarian>> Open for-
Lunch: Mon. to Sat., 11:30am to 3pm.
Dinner: Sun. to Thurs., 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Fri. & Sat., 5:30pm to 9pm.
For a delicious change of pace you might try the Moosewood Restaurant in the Dewitt Mall now located in the old High School building. The Moosewood serves a varity of delicious organic vegetiarian dishes, sandwiches and soups. It is located in the heart of downtown Ithaca near The Commons.
224 East State Street
American Bistro Cuisine>>Open for-
Lunch & Dinner Mon. thru Thur., 11:30am to 9:00pm. Fri. & Sat., 11:30am to 11:00pm.
Sunday Brunch, 11:00am to 3:00pm then dinner 3:00pm to 9:00pm.
Simeon's is located in a turn-of-the-century building rich with unique architecture. Built in 1871, it has been a soda and candy store, men's clothing store, a tavern, and to date an up-scale American Bistro restaurant. Their lunch menu includes burgers (w/tuna, angus beef), sandwiches, salads and for dinner they have a variety dishes including filet mignon, lamb, short ribs, chicken, and seafood choices including jumbo shrimp, scallops, salmon, sandwiches, and salads. Most dishes are prepared from food available in the Fingerlakes region. Simeon's also offers a variety of beverages including wine choices from local wineries. Visit their web site for more delectable dishes.
428 West State Street
An Ithaca Original(An American Classic)>>Open 24 Hours, thats 24 Hours a Day!!!
Let us not forget The state Diner and those early, very early breakfasts after a hard night of dancing at the high school dances, a basketball game or wrestling match or just hanging out with good friends. It is still open 24 hours a day and it hasn't changed a bit. It still has those flip-down round seats in the booths in the back.
Prices: Not at 50's prices, but still reasonable!!
216 The Commons
Asian Style>>Open for-
Lunch: Mon. to Fri., 11:30am to 2:30pm.
Dinner: Mon. to Fri., 5am to 10pm.
Sat. & Sun., 11:30am to 10pm.
The Taste of Thai is one of the premiere Asian restaurants in Ithaca winning Best Thai, Asian, ethnic restaurant awards three times over that past 5 years. Located in the State Street Commons area, it boasts authentic Thai ambience with Thai artifacts (scultures, carvings, paintings, etc.) and a varviety of Thai dishes. They also serve a variety of wines and beer. In addition, they have a vegetarian menu and wheat-free selections. Visit their web site for more detailed information. This place is fun and the food is delicious!!!
622 Cascadilla Street
Italian-American Style>>Open all week for-
Dinner only: Sun. to Thur., 5pm to 9pm. Fri. & Sat., 5pm to 10pm.
ZaZa's is considered fancy Italian-American dining with a variety of pasta, seafood, chicken, veal and other great Italian dishes including shrimp mediterranean, calamari, mussels along with other great dishes like your "mama" used to make (If you come from an Italian family). ZaZa's is located not far from the Ithaca High School and comes highly recommended by my brother-in-law....
Prices: Moderate to High