The Bistro at La Tourelle

4.6
37 reviews
$30 and under
American
The Bistro at La Tourelle, located in Ithaca, New York, serves regional American cuisine and specializes in providing a farm-to-table dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The Bistro at La Tourelle provides takeout and catering services for its customers convenience.

The restaurant offers vegetarian and gluten-free options for individuals with dietary restrictions. Additionally, the restaurant serves brunch on the weekends.
What 37 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best steaks I’ve ever had

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JeanneB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went for the valentine dinner. They completely forgot our salads which we never received, the shrimp cocktail tasted bad/foul and the “risotto” was just microwaved rice. We saw a server exactly twice. Worst restaurant meal we’ve ever had.

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JenniferJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, but felt the portions weren’t a good value. We had reservations but it still took 30 minutes to get our food. The manager was apologetic and did offer us mimosas, but we didn’t want alcohol. It was chilly so bring a sweater.

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Gene
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had an omelet which was good. The Danish pastry was very good and so was the coffee. The restaurant is using the banquet area to increase the distance between tables and we were very comfortable with the arrangements. This was Valentine's weekend so the waitress was busy but very attentive.

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CandiceP
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and awesome service! I wish I could post the pictures I took of our meals. Presentation was as great as the taste!

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DanielleZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

The eggs had shells in them and were not done correctly. My sisters late was cold. The service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was always fresh and delicious!

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EdHSunshinekittycatjoan7
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit very much the food and service was great .

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ValeriaG
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved eating here, great price and environment.

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Karen
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable, food was very good. Good portion size and nice variety.

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KMitchell
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Because of Covid, they moved the dining room downstairs to allow for social distancing. This meant that the servers were running food between floors. Combined with being short staffed, this made the friendly service incredibly slow

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaTourelle has gone above and beyond in securing the safety and comfort of their customers while maintaining the homey atmosphere that makes LaTourelle such a special place. And of course the food was absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. It was a warm day and the outdoor setting was perfect.

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genm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great first experience at the bistro. Staff was so nice and accommodating. Felt safe with the covid restrictions being adhered to. Food was nicely presented and tasty too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The breakfast we had was absolutely delicious. I had an omelet and the two people I was with had the Classic Breakfast, and we were all super satisfied. The coffee was also delicious. The nicest service + specific measures that made us feel incredibly safe dining indoors during Covid times (they’re super good at keeping social distancing and sanitation rules). Highly recommend!

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vipYummy
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great French toast and omelettes. Service was wonderful, as was the coffee!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and beautiful setting. Excellent service.

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Dbird1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent our anniversary at the hotel and had breakfast at The Bistro. We had omelettes and they were outstanding. There was a mixup with one omelette but it was taken care of immediately by our server. Everyone was friendly and attentive to our needs.

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HannahS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious! Bloody Mary was on point.
We sat outside...Atmosphere was quaint and refreshing. Will be back soon!

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DrDivorceScience
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It was ok, not great but ok for a quick breakfast

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Rose
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were there for brunch. The food was very tasty (although the potato portion our plates was laughable... small, bland, and slightly cool) and our server was pleasant, but she didn't do anything "above and beyond." The place was empty and she sat us right next to the door (and a table with some employee playing on his phone. ) We had to ask to sit somewhere else. The whole experience was somewhat awkward. My pet peeve is when restaurants don't play music for their guests, particularly when the place is empty. We felt like we had to whisper. My wife ordered a Bloody Mary. It was just all right, but it came without any garnish... the server's excuse was, "We seem to have a celery shortage." Our water and coffee was not refilled until we asked. Plates and cups were never cleared until we were leaving. And again, it's not like they were busy... we were the only guests until about the time we received our check. So... altogether, I was bummed. I expected much better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. Small but very nice space and menu. My husband and I both had oatmeal crusted French toast. Coffee was delicious, ambiance interesting with stained glass ceiling, and service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

No I don’t want to

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Foodlover7
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there several times and food is always good, service is great, and atmosphere has a homey yet elegant feel

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vipkathster
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Family brunch. Feels like a back corner of a diner. ZERO ambience.
Server asked for our drink order as she literally ran by without stopping. I had to shout mine.

Food was very mediocre. Sourdough bread sounded like homemade turned out to be paper thin tasteless bought
Hash brown potatoes as a side for three of us were so uncooked they crunched. When we told server she offered to re-cook them. no thanks!! She then brought out a tiny single side plate of a reheated puddle of potatoes for all three of us that you could finish in three forkfuls.

Would never recommend for breakfast or brunch

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LCrev
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is very good for the price and the environment is perfect for a business lunch. I highly recommend.

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vipDelco
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Whenever we stay at La Tourelle, we always make reservations at this bistro for every morning of our stay. There is something for everyone including gluten free toast, made to order omelettes, yogurt with berries, and yummy bakery items. Maybe next time we will try the lunch and cocktails.

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DavidandPenny
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service; great food! Wonderful atmosphere! Will definitely go back!

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vipThomas
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice but drafty sitting next to outside door with servers moving to patio

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vipMaryC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had discovered La Tourelle at freshman orientation four years ago and it was on my bucket list to eat at the Bistro before my son graduated!
We had booked brunch after the Ithaca College graduation for six of us and we couldn’t have been happier! Everyone was hungry and there was something scrumptious to please every taste bud! Two of us had the eggs Benedict which were delicious.
Two of our party were delayed by a flat tyre but the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating and though our brunch ran late because of the flat tyre delay, we felt very non rushed and will definitely return again to this charming old world atmosphere! We also had savored the John Thomas steakhouse in the grounds of La Tourelle the evening before and had a wonderful experience there also!

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ThomasM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for mother's day brunch as part of a stay at La Tourelle. Food was delicious and the chef was able to customize one of the dishes during a very busy service. Love this place for breakfast when visiting Ithaca!

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KirstenE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! The food was delicious, our server was so friendly and patient with my 98 y/o Gramma. I was very happy with our brunch!

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MiriamI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely family crunch while visiting our daughter who is a student at Ithaca College. We wanted to go some place that was nicer than where she usually goes with friends and this was the place! Everything was special. We asked for a quiet table and they called in advance to warn us that there was a large group. The setting is charming. The food was delicious with great choices. I got waffles-not a usual pick for me- because I was tempted by the apricot compote. Others got delicious omelettes - to quote: the best I’ve ever had. They surprised us with danish. The breads from Ithaca bakery were also great as was the coffee with amaretto.
We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

The food was ok. Bacon had been sitting for awhile before it got to us so it was not crunchy. There were incredibly loud children at one of the tables. They set the scene for the entire dining room. The wait staff was given an opportunity to control the situation but didn’t. Instead the comment given to the parents was, “they are fine, don’t worry”. It was clearly a missed opportunity.
The dining room could use an update. The air was stale and I was happy to leave. I will not return.

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MeaghanL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Delicious & very friendly for gluten free eaters. Great menu options for a good price.

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vipGreat
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We got free breakfast with our package
It was just ok average

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vipPammyJean
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They literally did not have enough menus for our large party, said they "ran out" of pastries and didn't have enough coffee brewed at the beginning. We had a reservation ... so... you knew we were coming? Server apathetic and not apologetic. If we weren't all thrilled to see each other as family that hadn't all been together in years it would've been even worse. La Tourelle, you're better than that. You're an institution. Act like it.

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The Bistro at La Tourelle is rated 4.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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