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American, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 9 September 2020 via mobile

I have been a regular at Just a Taste for 20 years, and I am completely disappointed with how downhill they have gone. It was by far my favorite restaurant in Ithaca for years and would be my go to with friends and date night....But unfortunately no more. The service was awful. Took 20 minutes to get a menu and another 20 minutes to get a drink. They took one of the top menu items, roasted potato wedges, and ruined the dish by cutting them up into hash browns. The squash was swimming in oil/butter and was completely mushy. Same with the braised greens. The number of glasses in a wine flight went down and there’s next to nothing in the glasses. This was a locals favorite but I know many who will no longer return due to the poor service and food. I think it’s time to bring back the old full menu and the window wait staff who are no longer there, both cherished by locals. So disappointed!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

We arrived just when the restaurant opened, but the service was prompt and the food was tasty. We ordered several options, but we particularly liked the wings, scallops, chicken sandwich, and the short ribs. The wine list looked good too, but we didn't order anything....Would recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 1 August 2020

The homemade focaccia with garlic oil was excellent. We then found out that every other dish was loaded with garlic, and not always in a welcome fashion: the lamb meatballs, the braised duck leg, the sauteed zucchini... Overall the food was OK but not spectacular....Great service, though.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 22 July 2020 via mobile

We came here last year and overall had a wonderful experience. The food was all very flavorful, beautifully presented, and creative. These are small plates, tapas, which means that we had to order quite a bit of food to satisfy the more hungry men in...our group, which meant it was rather expensive by the time we were done. There was also a line to wait outside before being seated, though we were able to wander around downtown Ithaca while waiting. Inside the restaurant, the atmosphere was lively and fun, though it was rather loud and reverberous, making conversation difficult. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and overall we had an enjoyable evening.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 3 July 2020 via mobile

Dining-in or outdoor seating are currently not available at Just A Taste but curbside pick-up via online is. The street was closed and parking was really bad around the area. We tried their Braised Duck Leg, Bourbon Banana Breadpudding and Shortrib Entree with reasonable price...$50 (+tax and tip). We assigned pick up at a specific time and the service was helpful by sending a reminding text. The food was amazingly tasty especially the Bourbon Banana Breadpudding which was soft, creamy and melted in our mouth immediately. The duck leg was also flavorful and tender with appetizing onion & olive. However, the portion of Shortrib Entree was small and not enough for my husband. The order didn’t come with plastic utensils and napkins which was eco friendly but they should’ve let customers know in advance.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 17 May 2020

We went for an early dinner, and the food was amazing! We ordered a lot of different tapas and none of them disappointed us. They have a popular outdoor sitting space, but we stayed inside and it was great.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 10 December 2019

On my first visit, I went on a Friday evening at opening. There was line outside, which I thought was promising, considering the reviews. The room was filled immediately but the wait staff was fairly prompt. Our orders came out in a reasonable amount of...time. The food, well, was nothing more than ordinary. The spicy shrimp was not spicy at all. I found a slight hint of cilantro but nothing more, unless you want to count the tomatoes they were cooked in. The mixed greens had a fair amount SLIMY greens mixed in. I have to guess the kitchen staff didn't wash or check them before putting them on a plate to be served. The wine was weak and a very small glass for the price. The wait staff did not stop by at all to see if things were okay or if we needed or wanted anything else. If they had I would have told them of the many slimy pieces in my mixed greens. After paying the bill, no one said thank you. We got "have a good one." My visit here leads me to believe this is one of those restaurants that is surviving on its previous reputation, not on the current quality of its food or service.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 10 December 2019 via mobile

Just a Taste is a tapas bar, which means dishes are designed to share between two diners, or among several. You can always add another portion, or another dish. And be sure to order the flights of wine or craft beer, to taste several beverages...and see what you like. In spring, summer and fall, ask to be seated outdoors. And reservations are best, or there’s a long wait.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 10 December 2019

Great small-plate local farm-to-table place. No reservations ( last I was there), so there's often a wait at busy times, but it's worth it.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 9 December 2019

My second visit to this restaurant and it was very disappointing. The first visit was approximately 5 years ago left a good impression of the food and service. The concept of a tapas menu is to get to try samples of outstanding and interesting food...and Just a Taste did not deliver. We sampled the mixed olives, mixed green salad, sauteed greens, sauteed mushrooms, braised lamb, spicy shrimp, and seared duck leg. The olives could have been straight from any olive bar at the local food stores. The mixed green salad was full of slimy lettuce, which is absolutely unacceptable at any restaurant. The sauteed greens were tasty, but had tough spinach greens in the bottom of the dish. The sauteed mushrooms were very average. The braised lamb was good, but bland. The spicy shrimp had one slice of jalapeno as the only spice and tasted mostly of stewed tomatoes. Finally, the duck was cooked well, but tasted like a chicken leg. We only got a glass of wine to drink and it was half a small glass for $8.50 and tasted like the bottle had been left open for a week. Service was reasonably fast, but not personal at all. Staff is dropping off food at tables and never taking the time to see if people are happy or need anything. There was also a line waiting for the restaurant to open on a Friday evening and I got the impression that people are going based on previous reviews and probably won't be back. Atmosphere was not good. It was very loud and it feels more like sitting at an open bar table than any kind of intimate restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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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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I've seen dogs on the sidewalk here, so I'd say "yes".
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4