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The Rook

404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
+1 607-319-0180
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good16%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“flank steak” (4 reviews)
“trout” (2 reviews)
“fried chicken” (2 reviews)
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404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
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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
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
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Almost did not stop here, but it was a nice surprise with an innovative menu and nice drink list. Outdoor seating and nice indoor atmosphere.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It was our first visit to the Rook, a relatively new restaurant in Ithaca, and our expectations for food and service were modest. We were wowed by the beautiful presentation, expertly prepared appetizers, salads and entrees, and very happy with the friendly and first-class service....More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We were four out for a casual evening returning after several months after 1st visit. the menu improved and we were pleased and shared several very well prepared dishes and wines.

Thank anavidpalate
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

They are such a lovely restaurant. The food was all amazing. They were more than happy to accommodate a person with allergies in our group. The drinks were so original and good. Our server was attentive and very helpful with questions.

Thank Seaweedprincess
Management response:Responded 31 May 2017

So glad that you and your group enjoyed the meal! Thank you so much!

Reviewed 24 April 2017

It was my first visit to the Rook and it turned out to be a great meal. They have a small menu but everything we ordered was excellent. My husband loved his salmon, and I enjoyed their herbivore plate while our guest loved his cheeseburger....More

1  Thank rh24
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The food was very good and my rating would have been very good had they not run out of hamburgers. We went there with burgers in mind but found out only one was left so two of us had to order other items. What we...More

Thank slr2763
Autumn G, Owner at The Rook, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of your burger disappointment! Our commitment to fresh ingredients means that we do occasionally run out of things on extremely busy nights. I'm happy to hear that the rest of your meal was great, and I hope you can join...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is a small full service restaurant which is inviting, has a great staff and a wonderful menu. Their Machiavelli fries are unique and delicious, the fried chicken with collard greens makes you come back again. The also have a full bar

Thank ken8572
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, 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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