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The Boatyard Grill

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525 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-3234
+1 607-256-2628
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri 16:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Watertown, New York
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time eating here and have loved both meals slightly expensive but we felt worth it . Especially enjoyed New England clam chowder. View was very nice also

Thank teachermom_10
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for coming back to dine with us a second time! Clam chowder is one of our specialties, and I'm glad you got to enjoy it with a nice view of the lake. Hope you get to try more of our menu soon! All the best, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place to enjoy a meal. Many menu choices. Great for date night or family special occasions. Great spot for business people also.

Thank Kathy1204
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for all the kind words about our restaurant, Kathy! We try to be a good spot for lots of different occasions, and I'm glad we've been able to provide that for you. Hope we get the chance to serve you again in the near future! All the best, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

Ithaca, New York
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every time I go to the Boatyard Grill, I am very pleased. It has a beautiful view and you can dock your boat while you have dinner. The service is great and I never feel rushed or pushed to be done. I really like the food, especially the French toast bread pudding they serve for brunch.

Thank pamelalou
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and saying all these nice things about us! I'm happy to know that we've taken great care of you every time you've dined with us. Hope we get the chance to serve you again soon! Sincerely, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been dining at The Boatyard Grill for years and tonight I had by far the best meal ever! I had the braised short rib and it was better than any braised short rib at any other restaurant I have been to! Kudos to the chef on this one.....it was an elegant dish with great flavor and the meat... More 

Thank Kellie G
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

I can't thank you enough for being such a longtime fan of ours, Kellie! Hearing that you've been dining with us for years and that we were still able to give you your best experience ever means so much to me, and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Can't wait for you to come back... More 

Ithaca, New York
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138 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ample parking, seated right away, no use of bathroom facilities, female waitress was hospital, pleasant and since our conversations were lengthy not rushed or hurried by her. The meals were very good, large menu of choices and reasonable prices and ample portions.In all a pleasant dining experience. We would return! The setting of the restaurant is on the Cayuga Lake... More 

Thank arnold t
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for the detailed description of our place, Arnold! It sounds like we took great care of you, and I look forward to having you dine with us again in the future. Sincerely, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The lobster bisque was thick enough to eat with a fork and tasted like it had cheese in it. Our server assured us it did not, that some sort of rice flour thickener was used. Way too rich, thick, and little lobster flavor. My son's grilled salmon with miso glaze was good--we were thankful that our server suggested that he... More 

Thank RC D
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

While I'm glad that you enjoyed our dining atmosphere, it sounds like you just had different expectations for our seafood dishes than what we provide, and that disappoints me. However, I sincerely hope you'll come back so we can work with you and make more great suggestions like the grilled salmon that will be more in line with your tastes.... More 

1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit here. Our server, Eddie, was amazing and one of the best servers we have had anywhere. Very fun and personable. We had a great time and the food was very delicious. We will definitely be back again and we hope Eddie is still there!

Thank Hilarie S
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

I'm happy that Eddie made your first visit with us a special one, Hilarie! I hope you'll come back and see him again very soon. Best, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

Fairport, New York
Level Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

My husband and I ate at The Boatyard Grill on a weekend trip to Ithaca. We wanted a nice dinner as a late Valentine's Day celebration and were very pleased with our first visit. The menu selection was great, especially given that my husband and I have quite different tastes. He is a steak-lover and thoroughly enjoyed the filet mignon.... More 

Thank Ellen T
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for having your belated Valentine's Day meal with us, Ellen! We truly enjoyed serving you and your husband, and I'm very happy to hear that we had plenty of options available for both your individual tastes. Can't wait for you two to stop by again! Best, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

Yampa, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 15 March 2017

My wife and I recently went to the BYG for supper with another couple; the celebration was a night out during school winter break. This was the first time returning to the BYG after a long hiatus (due to a poor experience a few years go with another couple). We arrived for a later in the evening meal and had... More 

Thank cag262017
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

I'm very surprised to hear that your chicken pasta was served cold, and even more surprised that it seemed to have so few ingredients in it. What you've described is not indicative of our usual quality, and while it sounds like our service was up to par, I know that our food needs to be just as good. I also... More 

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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Boatyard Grill has updated its interior - service was very good, the views anyway are beautiful as its by the lake. Though it was winter we really enjoyed the dinner, quality of the food and service.

Thank ykunze
Mark M, Owner at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for noticing our upgrades! I'm happy that you found us to be such a relaxing dining environment even during the winter months. Hope we get to see you again when the weather warms up! Best, Mark Miller, General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-3234
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-256-2628
At The Boatyard Grill you can enjoy delicous locally sourced steak and seafood while looking out over the breathtaking waterfront view. All of our food comes in fresh everyday, you won't find a better dining experience in the town. We are happy to host large groups and private events. If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, family gathering, cocktail party, class reunion or a casual BBQ or Clambake, look no further! We will make your special event a waterfront event to remember! Our experienced management team will make planning your event virtually effortless. We have a variety of party offerings that can meet every budget and catering need. Choose from our Waterfront Parties, Holiday Parties and Cocktail Parties and contact our management team today. Join us for live music on our deck every Friday! Visit our website to see the schedule.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?