Inn at Taughannock

4.4
91 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Enjoy the finest American-Mediterranean dining experience in the Finger lakes area. This historic Victorian mansion was built in 1873 and has spectacular views overlooking Cayuga Lake. We offer a variety of fabulously prepared salads from local organic farms. Feast on seafood classics like swordfish, scallops and salmon or try our authentically Italian fresh homemade pasta. Our gourmet entrees are always changing and we are sure to offer a variety of vegan and gluten free options. Our traditional Taughannock turkey dinner, is still on our menu after 75 years. Inn at Taughannock is located on route 89, just seven miles from Ithaca, in the heart of Finger Lakes wine trail and driving distance from Geneva, Seneca Falls, Auburn, Watkins Glen and Corning. Come anytime to enjoy cocktails around our inviting fire pit, then hike to the tallest waterfall, just next door. Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner and Sunday Brunch, reservations are recommended.
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GR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were very surprised and appreciative that the hostess gave us a wonderful window seat up in the “balcony” - better then regular window seat. WE were completely surprised and appreciative that they recognized and gave us a bottle of champagne since we celebrating our anniversaries. We were disappointed in the selection of entrees - we have been there years ago and they seem to have cut back on the entree offerings and did away with the “family style” way of serving. Our entrees were good to very good but not exactly what we were looking to order.

AJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very pleasant dinner. The food was excellent in flavor, but the presentation was a little bland and the serving size is quite small. Nice wine at a reasonable price. Service was attentive and friendly. The view was outstanding from our window table. Definitely recommend for a special occasion or just a relaxing summer evening meal.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience from the moment we arrived. We were greeted at the door and directed to the bar while they were getting our table ready. Our waitress was excellent and the food was perfect. View was perfect, we had a table right at the window. We all had a different entree and each one was different and great! Umar was the best!!

CS
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I would recommend to a friend based on the atmosphere and food. My recommendation would come with the disclaimer that the service was lacking. We were told several times that they were very busy and it seemed they were under staffed for the evening with two servers. We waited 30 minutes for a server to come to our table. If we return, we would order drinks from the bar first before being seated. Once our food and beverages came we were very pleased with both.

JC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This past weekend my boyfriend and I stayed at the Inn at Taughannock.
What a beautiful, scenic spot. The atmostphere, staff and owners were more than friendly making our experience personal and perfect. The room we stayed in was clean, spacious and relaxing.
Dinner was delicious along with breakfast and cocktails they serve.
I would defeinately come back here for an overall great weekend and would recommend this place to my friends and family.

d
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good and the atmosphere was excellent, we ordered two drinks and they were as much as the cost of one meal. I do not think I will be ordering drinks there again. Overall it was a very good memory

J
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time! The food was delicious and the service was amazing! This was our second time here and both experiences were perfect.
The only thing I would suggest is to correct the dessert menu, which had items erroneously marked "V." First, it was not clear if the "V" was for vegan or vegetarian. Second, some of the items were definitely neither vegan nor vegetarian, and still marked "V."

SS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

While the location is beautiful and the staff is kind, we were disappointed in our visit to the restaurant. The chef takes liberties And makes changes to meals without notice - my husband received risotto instead of whipped potatoes with his scallops and my potatoes were not prepared as stated (and described when asked for clarification) with the tenderloin. We also wanted salads and were assured the rainbow salads were good- unfortunately it wasn’t really a salad but instead just slices of tomato (that wasn’t very ripe) and beets with a large serving of cheese. I’d specifically asked about the salads as I was sharing with my 11-yr-old daughter (no children’s menu) and wanted to make sure she would enjoy it as well. The tomatoes and beets came out quickly but we waited for about 40 minutes after we finished with them for our meal - and the restaurant was not busy. Our meal was the most expensive of our week in Ithaca (about $125) and we walked away disappointed.

SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've always liked eating at Taughannock Farms Inn because of the ambience. The building is beautiful, surpassed only by the magnificent view--even more impressive on a sunny, summer day. As a rule, the food is good, but not spectacular. On this visit, however, there were some fine dishes. The risotto under the perfectly seared scallops was delectable, and the calamari was also perfectly cooked. My husband found the steak difficult to cut and chew--even if it was cooked as he requested--so had to send it back. Both he and my dad enjoyed the chicken parmesan dinner--good, but nothing special. Our server (Christine, I think) was excellent--professional, yet friendly, gracious, and clearly knowledgeable about the food. She recommended that we save room for dessert, and we were not disappointed. She also fixed the faux pas of the hostess. We arrived early on purpose to have a cocktail before dinner. The hostess seemed to find our arrival an annoyance. She directed us to the bar, but there was no bar tender. After quite some time, she arrived to ask us what we would like. When I asked for a wine list, she acted annoyed again, particularly when she saw that I expected her to deliver it to me instead of standing up and going to her at the bar. We ordered a bottle of sparkling wine. She opened it, plopped it on the table along with three wine glasses, and walked away. We wondered why she had neither provided champagne flutes nor poured the wine. When we were seated, our gracious waitress brought us champagne flutes and transferred the wine for us. Overall, we enjoyed a pleasant evening.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS! Great service spectacular view we had a wonderful evening.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Small menu. Not much to choose from. more expensive than necessary. Delivery of food was inappropriate. Was told they ran out of bread and it would be 15 minutes. Ordered an expensive salad which should’ve been included in the price of my meal. The salad came 10 minutes after the bread and then my entree came 30 seconds later.
😩 at that point I couldn’t enjoy my expensive salad since my food was getting cold. Ordered chicken parm. Was supposed to come with fettuccini noodles. But came with egg noodles😩.
Waitress kept apologizing, but that just irritated me. For as expensive as the food cost, it should’ve been ran and organized better. It was very pretty and the view was beautiful. The salad tasted good. And my meal was hot. But overall my experience was very disappointing!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view of the lake. Service was excellent. Wine perfect.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We hadn’t been back for several years and the current ownership has changed to an a la carte menu. It used to be that you select an entree and it came with salad, an appetizer and a dessert so it was not as good a value as it used to be. The food was still delicious and of course you can’t beat the views!

D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was perhaps the best EVER. I'm sorry that I didn't get her name to give her a proper shutout (she has 3 boys). The food is exquisite! Excellent Calamari, Salmon, Turkey dinner, and scallops!! Highly, highly, highly recommend.

MA
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with local wine in a beautiful setting.

FS
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word: beautiful! The building, the view, the food, and the service were everything you would want in celebrating (anniversary, birthday, Mothers Day, or just a wonderful day) our special day together. Thank you Taughannock Inn for a wonderful meal experience.

JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We ordered the crab cake and it was outstanding. Our entrees were delicious as well, we really enjoyed them. Our desert was the pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, so amazingly fresh and delicious. Christine was our server and was excellent. She is so friendly, pleasant and efficient . She was very knowledgeable about the menu and the finger lakes area. She gave us some great recommendations. The rest of the staff was wonderful as well, Loyd and Tiffany go out of their way to make sure you were comfortable.
I would recommend this restaurant and staying at this Inn to all. It was a relaxing, atmospheric, and pleasant experience, I will return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views of Cayuga Lake and the food was awesome. Wine list is short but good variety, heavy on FLX. Had the vegetable charcuterie platter and the awesome burger, both excellent. They grind a proprietary mix of meats into the ground Patty, and it was cooked perfectly.

DG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening. We arrived a bit early and were treated to one of the best tables in the house, with a lovely view of the lake. The waitstaff were very engaging and attentive, and the food was excellent. We first shared a beautifully presented salad, then an excellent chicken parmesan. The size of the portions was such that we were very well satisfied only ordering those two dishes between us. As an unexpected bonus, it happened that the couple at the table next to us were celebrating their wedding anniversary, as were the couple behind them, and on hearing that we are also a Cornell couple, we all shared reminiscences of our respective university days. Altogether a wonderful experience. We'll be back.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice location but very few vegetarian options (e.g., only one entree).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding service. Food was delicious!

AL
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was slow, especially waiting for food to arrive from kitchen. They ran out of many items on the menu. We felt bad for waitstaff as they seemed not well supported by management.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We were excited to dine at the Inn at Taughannock. Unfortunately, the entire experience was lacking. We asked for a table by the windows and were told that they were all reserved despite a largely empty restaurant (with open tables near the windows staying empty throughout our 2+ hour meal). Then we ordered two very simple dinner dishes and proceeded to wait...and wait....and wait...while others around us were seated, dined on multiple courses, paid their bills and left. It took nearly an hour before our dinner was served and despite the long wait time, our food was undercooked and mediocre. The table sitting next to us sent back their food 3 times due to poor preparation! The staff were apologetic for the wait and did compensate with a free drink and dessert but even that didn't make up for the lackluster dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for our anniversary. Dinner was delicious, the view was beautiful and the staff was very accommodating. We spent the night at the inn as well which was wonderful. Definitely will be back.

WA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Have been to the Inn for dinner many times. It has always exceeded my expectations in all categories. Brunch, an early Father's Day Celebration for us, was a disappointment. The food just plainly was not good. The French toast and Johnny cakes were dry and pretty tasteless. The seasonal fruit was 2 strawberries and two grapes. We did ask for maple syrup which helped. The wait staff was friendly but we had to keep finding someone to fill our coffee cups. The restaurant is beautiful as were the views but I was disappointed in the experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

M
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pleasant stay in the Hillside home. The room was comfortable and had everything we needed. The Keurig coffeemaker was much appreciated. Dinner at the Inn was excellent! Everything delicious and nicely presented. We would stay again!

AO
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessert was our only disappointment. Otherwise it was a grand evening of celebration

RG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view. Great food! Beautiful view...a must see!

RR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and very good meal. Staff at the restaurant and inn are very friendly and attentive. I would recommend both the inn and restaurant.

LD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

we have eaten here several times in the past and always were more than happy. This trip is the last time we will eat there. The food was cold, the service was awful and they weren't even busy (that's not a surprise after this outing). Asked half the party if they wanted desert before me and my wife were half way thru our dinner. Dinners came in after us and ordered Hamburg's and got bread at the table. We were never offered bread until I flagged the waiter down to get some. They brought us coffee with no sugar or cream - and by the time it arrived the coffee was cold. Very disappointed that they have taken a great restaurant to this low level or food preparation and service.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a party of 8 for my son's graduation from ithaca. Service was amazing, we loved lloyd our waiter. The food was delicious and the view was besutiful. A wonderful experience and everyone was very happy! Thank you.

T
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The setting is beautiful. Very pretty Inn, overlooking Cayuga Lake with wonderful views, and right near Taughannock Falls. The food was quite good, well prepared, with large portions. Unfortunately, the service was very, very slow and inattentive. The staff claimed they were having trouble with a new computer system. Also, maybe they were thrown by the extra crowds during graduation weekend for Ithaca College. In any case, I recommend going, (especially as a great place for students to bring the parents) but perhaps wait a few weeks and don't go on a busy weekend.

JS
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for a special occasion and this was my first visit to the Inn. My dinner( duck breast) was cooked perfectly and was the right portion. My wife's Turkey breast dinner was also very good. The ambience with looking over the lake was a great view, was generally quiet , but the acoustics of the dining room elevated the noise level a little. We were very happy with the service , atmosphere, pace of dining, and food and will be returning again.

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic food! The view is spectacular. We loved it. Can't wait to go back.

ES
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Not good.:. It was like a bod movie.... the waiter did not know the menu & in fact gave us wrong info... the wait was long & it was not totally busy!!! When we asked about dessert ... it too 5-8 minuets to get the list... we left without ordering dessert & went to Purity Ice Cream which was very busy but we were served immediately !!!
It was my 77 birthday day & I was truly disappointed!!!!!!

TG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Although we had a reservation for weeks and it was confirmed the day before, the restaurant was closed down for the season. When we arrived - the woman was not even apologetic. She said they had contacted everyone and could not see a reservation for us. I asked her why we had received an email the day before, enduring that we confirmed and she said it was open tables fault. It was hugely disappointing, particularly as we had planned around the visit to the restaurant for brunch.

HO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was just terrible. Haven't been there is many years but heard it underwent a major renovation. Not true. Same rickety, uncomfortable chairs, etc. Staff was nice, but the food was not good at all. Basic salads, the driest turkey EVER. Would never go back. We decided to have dessert at another restaurant in Ithaca instead of staying.

w
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful hilltop view of Cayuga lake and the fall colors, nice ambiance. The best part was the staff - I took my boyfriend to Sunday brunch for his birthday after making an OpenTable reservation, and all the staff wished him a happy birthday throughout the meal. They even made it extra special for us with an on-the-house dessert. Would recommend to anyone looking for a scenic upscale dining experience.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was poor. Wait staff seemed uninterested in service. Orders not delivered as requested. Large piece of plastic found in one meal. Not much concern about this on the part of the staff, luckily caught before a potential medical emergency. I remember when this restaurant was a shining star in the region. Unfortunately, no longer.

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