We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Just a Taste

) #2 of 202 Restaurants in Ithaca $$ - $$$ Spanish, , American
116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-277-9463
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (106 reviews)
“focaccia” (23 reviews)
“spicy shrimp” (14 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Spanish, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
Write a Review
Reviews (430)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 430 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Went with a 10 year old who loves to try new things to eat. We thoroughly enjoyed 7 Tapas plates for three people. They mix interesting ingredients for some really unique and tasty plates. We especially liked the Smoked Crispy Pork Belly and the Smoked...More

Thank StamfordBetty
Reviewed 5 days ago

If I could give Just a Taste four and a half stars, I would. First of all, note that they do not take reservations. The door opens at 5:30pm and by 5:10 or so a line usually would start forming outside the restaurant. So get...More

Thank Dave s
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a gem! The food was absolutely fantastic. My wife and I enjoyed sitting on the back patio on a warm summer evening. It was busy, but not hectic. Our server was helpful, patient, and efficient. They have a very decent wine list (not...More

Thank jprochnow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...More

Thank visitall50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank cxcskier55
Reviewed 14 May 2017 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...More

Thank bklynred
Reviewed 11 May 2017

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,...More

Thank Sara R
Reviewed 3 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank BoCoMoTiger
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...More

1  Thank Peter S
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.,...More

Thank Mary B
Nearby Restaurants
Mahogany Grill
451 reviews
.04 km away
Ithaca Ale House
331 reviews
.04 km away
Le Cafe Cent-Dix
138 reviews
.04 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
95 reviews
.40 km away
Ithaca Commons
87 reviews
.11 km away
State Theatre of Ithaca
57 reviews
.29 km away
The History Center
16 reviews
.24 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Thom B
Do they have gluten free options
20 August 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
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
Rebecca F
Are reservations needed for Sunday evening 6/26?
23 June 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
No. Sorry just got the question.
Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
21 May 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from muz4now | Reviewed this property |
I've seen dogs on the sidewalk here, so I'd say "yes".
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing