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Just a Taste


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Tapas are a tradition of tasting and sharing a variety of appetizer-size dishes. For bigger parties or bigger appetites, a racion is a larger portion of the same dish.
Tapa $3.25
Racion $6.5
Mixed Imported Olives or Mixed Spiced Nuts
Tapa $3.5
Racion $4.5
House-made Focaccia
with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Roast Garlic
Chorizo, White Bean and Kale Soup
with Garlic Oil, Kalamata Olives, Sautéed Leeks, Fontina and Mozzarella Cheeses
Keeley’s Across the Pond (Irish washed rind style) and Jerry Dell Farms Cheddar with Focaccia, Oat Crackers, Quince Paste and Toasted Almonds
Warm Brie
with Apple and Crostini
Roast Organic New Potatoes
with Rosemary, Salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Deep Fried Russet Potato Wedges
with Chipotle Aioli
Local Brussels Sprouts Sautéed in Brown Butter
with Garlic, Pecans and Romano Cheese
White and Portabella Mushrooms Sautéed
with Garlic and Thyme
Mixed Greens Tossed
with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Hearts of Romaine Tossed with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing; with Crostini and Romano
Warm Spinach
with Almonds, Apples, Red Onion, Goat Cheese and Roast Poblano Chili Vinaigrette
with Roast Butternut Squash, Olive Oil, Herbs Sourdough Breadcrumbs and Romano Cheese
with Deep Fried Russet Potato Wedges, Demi Glace and Stilton Blue Cheese
Warm Chocolate Soufflé
with Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate Shavings and Whipped Cream
Buttermilk Panna Cotta
with Quince Compote and a Polenta Butter Cookie
Warm Banana-Bourbon-Pecan Breadpudding
with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream
Gateau Basque
with Orange Supremes and Whipped Cream
Sherry Soaked Pound Cake, Vanilla Custard, Whipped Cream, Blackberry Sauce and Toasted Walnuts
Housemade Citrus Basil Ice
Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Club Soda, Cola, Diet Cola, Ginger Ale, Sprite, Birch Bee
Red Jacket Orchards Apricot Juice
Orange, Cranberry, Lemonade
Housemade Cocoa
with Almonds (made with Ithaca Milk)
Pellegrino Aranciata, Saranac Root Beer, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew
Cider(hot or cold)
12 oz. Saratoga Water (Still or Sparkling)
24 oz. Saratoga Sparkling Water
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
American, Spanish, Wine Bar
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews tapas focaccia spicy shrimp braised greens potato wedges duck leg chocolate souffle russet potatoes summer squash brussels sprouts charcuterie tortillas chipotle aioli brown butter wine flight warm brie small plates
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Reviewed yesterday

This restaurant opes at 5:30 PM with a crowd waiting to get in every day including midwinter. Each tidbit is exquisitely prepared. They specialize in wine sampling trays as well. I and family eat dinner there a lot.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank stranger263
Reviewed 3 days ago

Outstanding non-traditional Gumbo, which is much "Lighter" than traditionally prepared but highly tasty with a little "heat." Excellent braised duck leg. Spicy shrimp saute and eggplant was also very good. Wonderful wine selection and were pleased with what our server suggested based on what we...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Robert H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to gave the food a good four stars for the variety and preparation which I would recommend if you don’t care about atmosphere or friendly staff. And for that I would give a cold two stars for what we felt for the two...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Laurie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a quick dinner before a concert. Tried two tapas selections and both were very good. Place is also a wine bar with nice variety and flight offerings. Ithaca is so cool ... and not only in the winter.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank tlexv0ld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay. Tapas bars, et al., usually have a vibe that's cool. Then there's one of the most frequented hot-spots of Ithaca for locals, Cornell University folks, and Ithaca College folks: Just a Taste. The wine selection alone is a major draw. Then add the sampler...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank notthatdon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been here twice Small plates to share Service is friendly and efficient If visiting Ithaca, worth a visit

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank khanna
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Our favorite restaurant in Ithaca! Especially wonderful for ladies night our a date with The Hubs! Potato wedges with chipotle aioli is a FAVE!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank bhogan4
Reviewed 19 January 2019 via mobile

This was our favourite in Ithaca. Excellent and varied tapas. The Brussels sprouts sauted in brown butter with garlic pecans and Romano cheese is out of this world. It’s a small place though so need to get there early for a table.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 694grahamt
Reviewed 31 December 2018

This restaurant has been consistently a wonderful dining experience, thanks to the owner Jen Irwin, and her great back- and front-of house teams. We have dined at this restaurant many times over the last 10 years and have ALWAYS had a great meal. The key...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank K_and_G_Ith
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

Great place for a 2-5 people. The tapas are great and the price is so right. Extensive wine selection and sweet patio in the summertime.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank thatflxlyfe
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Response from bluetrail | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. There are a number of menu items that stay the same, but they also have new and different items on a regular basis. You should call them, their phone # is easily available. They will give you the straight... More
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24 June 2016|
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I've seen dogs on the sidewalk here, so I'd say "yes".
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