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Just a Taste

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116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-277-9463
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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New England
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243 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Inside ambiance is okay and the back patio is quite nice. The staff is exceedingly friendly. The tapas were good-- definitely have had tastier elsewhere-- and the order they arrived was odd: meat then veggie then flatbread. Reverse order would have been preferred. All in all a very enjoyable evening. Plenty of options for a vegetarian. Request an outdoor table... More 

Thank visitall50
Ithaca, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unique small plates with a changing menu. Must get there at 5:15pm or earlier for 5:30pm opening if you want to eat in the first shift. Line forms early. Worth the planning. Watch out for big Cornell or Ithaca College weekends (as with all Ithaca restaurants). Interesting wine by the glass offers- large selection.

Thank cxcskier55
Brooklyn, NY
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51 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant came recommended by a colleague and it didn't disappoint. A tapas place, it gave us the chance to try several dishes, all delicious. It was busy, especially for a week day evening at the end of the school year for Ithaca College and Cornell.

Thank bklynred
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168 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, the food here was incredible. Great wine list, and great menu. We got a ton of tapas: Housemade Focaccia, Creamy Ramp and Potato Soup, Roast Organic New Potatoes, Deep Fried Russet Potato Wedges with Chipotle Aioli, Local Asparagus, White and Portabella Mushrooms, Tortilla Española, and Cauliflower, Potato and Scallion Gratin. Everything was so incredibly good, I honestly recommend all... More 

Thank Sara R
Columbia, Missouri
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341 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From a taste perspective, this was a great place to show up on an empty stomach. As a couple (granted, one of them was a competitive swimmer), we went through 7-8 plates and each one was excellent. Starting with the cheese and a glass of wine was a good way to start, but the clams, mussels and salmon were amazing... More 

1 Thank BoCoMoTiger
Rochester, New York
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Whenever we are in the Ithaca area, we always seem to end up at Just a Taste, and we always end up having a top-notch meal. It can be tough to find a table, since it's a tiny place and has a great reputation. But it will be worth the wait, as the food is always tasty, the wine list... More 

1 Thank Peter S
Ithaca, New York
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It's no secret to us locals that Just a Taste has great food and service. Whenever we're having an early dinner, this is our first choice; tables often fill up before 6pm on weekends. Like the fact the menu changes regularly, but old favorites, e.g., garlic shrimp, are always available. Menu is wonderfully varied, including vegan, gluten free, many tasty... More 

Thank Mary B
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

They had an important event to live up to, and Just a Taste was great. I have enjoyed this restaurant a number of times and I wanted this night to go well. The must tapas to order is the deep fried potato wedges with the sauce. The spicy wings was also very good with a mix of Thai flavors and... More 

Thank Rose H
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Our party of five went on a saturday night and arrived just before they opened. At 5:00 or 5:30. We were surprised to find a line waiting outside the door. When they opened the restaurant was immediately filled. we had to eat at the bar and were lucky to get seated at all. I was worried that with everyone ordering... More 

Thank Jackson C
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I have eaten there several times in the past few years. Usually, the food was excellent and service was good. This most resent visit was awful. The room was crowded and very noisy; I had to shout to my friend across the table for 'conversation'. I ordered the blackened catfish and had to send it back twice. In the end... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-277-9463

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?