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Booker's Backyard - CLOSED

1638 E Shore Dr, NY State Route 34, Ithaca, NY 14850-9702
+1 607-319-0351
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible10%
19 Jul 2015
“The Booker, The Baker, the Candlestick Maker!”
9 Jul 2015
“Enjoyable outdoor atmosphere”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
1638 E Shore Dr, NY State Route 34, Ithaca, NY 14850-9702
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

We stayed in Lansing for our anniversary this past weekend, and stopped at Booker's for a drink. We went inside, but noticed the outdoor seating area in the back looked beautiful and enjoyable as well. The wooden bar was very nice and well decorated. There...More

Thank Erica L
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Stopped by for dinner on a clear evening. Sitting on the outdoor patio is very nice. Service was very good. Chicken wings tasted great but the skin was not crispy. The Irish Chicken Nachos were super good. Prices were very reasonable.

Thank Outdoorguy2
Reviewed 27 June 2015

Fresh Sea Scallops as good as you can find anywhere. Salmon dishes and salad very fresh. Homemade Chicken Fingers for the kids and interesting drink specials for parents. Casual atmosphere with georgeous views of Cauga Lake.

Thank Sean B
Reviewed 25 May 2015

I enjoyed my dinner at Booker's but three of the members of our party got food poisoning, so I probably won't be back.

Thank Bret H
Reviewed 25 May 2015

I ordered the Brisket dinner and it was horrible the meat was totally raw and so tuff I had to spit it out . This was my third time there and I will not go back disgusting food. And of top that we got ask...More

Thank Lorche H
Reviewed 22 May 2015

Well we went to Booker's again for another dinner. Ample parking for all and clean bathrooms. The alcohol prices are quite reasonable for those who consume alcohol drinks. The seating hostess suggested us a booth but since we had five, we declined and asked for...More

1  Thank arnold t
Reviewed 6 April 2015

Three fine meals, including a gluten free mac and cheese. Polite and attentive where there when we needed them, and gave us time to enjoy our dinner.

Thank Douane_maison
Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

We went here while visiting our son at Ithaca College. We narrowed our list of choices to four, based on internet reviews. There weren't many cars in the lot, we thought maybe it was early. There were only a few people inside. We asked our...More

1  Thank Monica S
Reviewed 3 April 2015

I have eaten at Booker's about 5 times over the past two years, always for dinner in the summer. You can't beat their outdoor patio, either for a business or family meal. They changed the menu last summer to focus more on BBQ. The food...More

Thank giantsquid2
Reg B, Owner at Booker's Backyard, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2015

Thanks for sharing your feedback. I'm not sure what happened to the Lobster Roll when you visited but I do agree - carrots in Lobster Salad is absurd. Our recipe has lobster, minced celery, lemon juice, mayo and salt & pepper that's it, that's all....More

Reviewed 1 April 2015

We've been to Booker's many times: the burgers are nice and so are the rest of the dishes. The service has always been good. The table outside in the summer are a big plus.

Thank Marta R
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$10 - US$22
Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, Pub
Good for
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1638 E Shore Dr, NY State Route 34, Ithaca, NY 14850-9702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-0351
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Opened in 2012 Booker's Backyard continues to be recognized as one of Ithaca's Best Restaurants. Located just outside of town Booker's offers amazing outdoor dining paired with a beautiful upscale casual interior. Booker's features a unique blend of seafood and barbecue inspired items that they've deemed East Coast Comfort Food.
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