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The Heights Restaurant and H Bar

903 Hanshaw Rd, Ste 19, Ithaca, NY 14850-1530
+1 607-257-4144
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“lava cake” (7 reviews)
“profiteroles” (5 reviews)
“halibut” (4 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
903 Hanshaw Rd, Ste 19, Ithaca, NY 14850-1530
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

I think The Heights is consistently the best restaurant in Ithaca. While I certainly favor particular dishes at other Ithaca restaurants, I think The Heights has the consistency across its whole menu that is lacking at other places. We like the bar menu (slightly smaller...More

Thank thambury
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Overall we were quite happy with our experience at The Heights. We sat at a bar table with another couple so I can't speak to the dining room menu and experience, but we will certainly be back. We arrived at around 5:30 on a Thursday...More

Thank deadandy
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Above all restaurants in Ithaca, The Heights has the best food. The portions are gracious and the food is absolutely delicious. However, it is not the food that keeps us coming back, it is the impeccable service and care Chef James expresses toward each diner....More

Thank _msk277
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I came here with my husband for a special dinner, I've also had their catering for a few events. I've found their food to be creative and yummy, but I feel like lots of items on their menu are just off (why ruin creme brulee...More

Thank TinyTraveler001
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I return to the Heights so often that I can't count the number of times I have dined here. The last time was a luncheon with friends, about a month ago. I ordered a roasted vegetable salad that was simply excellent. The dishes my friends...More

Thank Florimond
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We went to the Heights because it was conveniently located and we just wanted to eat. Wow! They offered so much more. The food was delicious, but beyond that.... the waitstaff was out of this world! They were attentive and unobtrusive at the same time....More

Thank Timothy M
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I ordered the Centro Pizza with a caesar salad, cup of soup, wine and hot tea with the bill, under $35. The dinner was very good and the food was tasty. Wasn't sure what to expect from this restaurant but pleasantly surprised!

Thank KidLove
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We went to the Heights for a birthday dinner. The restaurant decor and ambience is lovely and a good fit for celebrating a special occasion. The wait staff was friendly and attentive and everyone was genuinely nice. Everything we ordered was very good. The Heights...More

Thank InformedDecision
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The great accomplishment of this restaurant is to take standard fare such as steak or salmon, locate the best of its kind--the wildest, freshest salmon; the tenderest, juiciest steak--cook it perfectly, and then accompany it with a surprising group of vegetables and garnishes so nicely...More

Thank CatCat128
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I had dinner with 5 Cornell professors. The restaurant was full but still quiet enough for conversation. Service was OK, but the waitress gave us little help with choices of food or wine. They have a large wine list. My burrata puttanesca appetizer had tasty...More

Thank dallasdr
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Cornell University
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1.79 km away
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Laura P
Do you do take-out:
13 February 2016|
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Response from Florimond | Reviewed this property |
I am quite sure they do take-out. James and his staff go out if their way to accommodate their clientele.
Kathy M
Is there a gluten free menu?
3 February 2015|
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Response from Florimond | Reviewed this property |
I agree that they are very accommodating. Over the years, I have asked for specific alterations to certain menu items and they were happy to make the changes for me. I'd call ahead to be sure. If you know what kinds of foods... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 903 Hanshaw Rd, Ste 19, Ithaca, NY 14850-1530
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-257-4144
The Heights Restaurant and H Bar was established in 1995 by Culinary Institute of America graduate James Larounis and his wife Heidi. We are located in the Village of Cayuga Heights, one mile from the center of Cornell University. The restaurant has a casual, contemporary atmosphere and features Mediterranean-inspired American cuisine. We place the utmost value on our seasonal menus and on sourcing locally. We also take great pride in our wine list which includes over 400 bottle selections from the United States and international regions, and over 20 wines by the glass. The Heights Restaurant and H Bar has been a Wine Spectator award winner since 1999.
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