In early September, our family spent a weekend in Ithaca, NY.Although we’d visited friends nearby before, this was really our first acquaintance with Ithaca proper.
When you’re in a place you’ve never stayed before, it’s can be challenging to identify a restaurant that will git everyone’s taste, so we asked the hotel front desk person where he would suggest that served steak and seafood.
“The Boatyard Grill! They serve great steak and seafood and it’s on the water,” he suggested.
I’d remembered seeing the restaurant and thinking it looked interesting as we drove into town, so we headed out to eat there. Although it was a weekend evening, there was no wait, perhaps because the weather had been so unpredictable all day.
Now I’m going to add a disclaimer here: I am not a food critic. I love excellent cuisine, but I do not have the trained palate or pen of a culinary professional. When I review a restaurant, it’s because the food is delicious, the service is good to excellent and the ambiance is memorable. I only review restaurants I would recommend to friends or family. The Boatyard Grill falls into this category.
Located at 525 Taughannock Boulevard, on the end of Inlet Island at the foot of Cayuga Lake, The Boatyard Grill restaurant has an amazing view and there is an outdoor deck on which you can dine in nice weather. Inside, the casual, pub-like atmosphere gives a sense of intimacy, and there is a bar for those who simply wish to stop in for a drink.
The Grill serves dinner seven nights a week with cocktails served starting at 4 PM and dinner starting at 5 PM , it serves lunch on Friday through Sunday beginning at 11:30 AM, and it serves brunch on Sunday from 11:30 to 2 PM.One nice feature is that, although they don’t take reservations, they do have a call-ahead option.
The dinner menu offered not only our requisite steak and seafood, but also a delicious variety of soups and salads, sandwiches appetizers, “creative comfort” foods and desserts. We started with the Spinach and Artichoke Fondue, which was delicious. My Tuscan Fillet and Shrimp accompanied by asparagus was cooked to perfection! My daughter Danielle ordered ribs,that were lip-smackin’ good, Nicole order fish and chips that she thoroughly enjoyed (although there was far more than she could eat) and my husband Ted claimed the crab cakes were the best he’s had since we ate a seaside restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland, known for their crab cakes. The dinner menu also offered “small plates” for those who don’t have a large appetite or for the younger set. I’m disappointed that I neglected to use the flash on my camera, so my food photos simply don’t do the dishes justice, but their website shows how nicely the food is presented.
We left the restaurant, happily full and with four deliciously decadent desserts in hand that we sampled over the next two days. We’re looking forward to our next trip to Ithaca – perhaps to visit the Ithaca Art Trail next time – and to a return to the Boatyard Grill.