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The Rook

$$ - $$$American, ,
404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
+1 607-319-0180
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“flank steak” (4 reviews)
“fried chicken” (4 reviews)
“trout” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had one of the best-prepared meals in a longtime at this new restaurant in Ithaca. The dessert, a cardamon sponge cake with cherries, might be one of the best desserts I have ever had. While visiting Ithaca we stopped by this restaurant while walking...More

Thank Judith G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ithaca, NY is a town that boast dozens of "good" restaurants but is really filled to the gills with mediocre college kid food. Good news: The Rook swooped in and has upped their game in the scant two years since its inception. From the food,...More

Thank 2016soozi
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Ithaca is a foodie capital, and The Rook is one of the new kids on the block. Great cocktails (Rook manhattan, Rook martini), and excellent cuisine. Grilled dates wrapped in bacon with goat cheese, almond, and smoked honey are an appetizer to die for, grilled...More

Thank NorthCarolinaPablito
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Thanks to TA we discovered The Rook. The place offers seating inside and out accommodating dog owners. It is a charming place with a very friendly staff and killer bartender! Sticking to hubby's Paleo diet we ordered stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and assorted green...More

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 18 May 2018

in general, I was happy with the food and service. there were minor touches missing from the meal but I don't want to get picky. limited food and wine menu but the dishes sampled were excellent.

Thank chris k
Reviewed 30 March 2018

This little gem is Ithaca's best kept secret, tucked away towards the west end of town, though only a short walk from the commons downtown. Well-executed and creative cocktails, highly-evolved contemporary comfort fare, knowledgeable staff, and a surprisingly cool and comfy interior.

Thank jcwanderer512
Reviewed 19 February 2018

This boutique (think small) restaurant features a menu combining wonderfully prepared comfort food (exceptional fried chicken) with a master chef's touch alongside delicately seasoned specials. Fantastic cocktail menu that re-invents itself every few weeks. Cozy atmosphere and great wait service. One of the very few...More

1  Thank rndtompkins
Reviewed 5 December 2017

If anyone ever wants to go out to dinner in my neighborhood, The Rook is hands-down the restaurant I recommend. It used to be The Fine Line (which I also liked), but now, as The Rook, it's redesigned with new owner and new chef. They...More

Thank Jeff W
TheRookFoodAndDrink, Owner at The Rook, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

This place is quite small and they try to jam in as many seats as possible. So if you don't mind sitting almost on top of your table neighbors, I recommend this place. This is not a place for a large party. The food is...More

Thank lindavanap
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Five of us had a late dinner at The Rook last week and loved it. It's smallish, but cozy, and a little bit off the beaten path (but walkable from the Commons), which are all good things. Our waitress was fantastic--helpful, prompt, and right there...More

Thank Lynn W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-0180
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Welcome to The Rook. We're a New American restaurant in Ithaca's West End offering a modern take on old favorites. Our passion for quality ingredients and classic techniques combined with educated innovation drive our menus. Join us early for drinks and small plates, enjoy a full dinner, or save room for our late night menu until 12am.
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