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The Heights Restaurant and H Bar

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903 Hanshaw Rd, Ste 19, Ithaca, NY 14850-1530
+1 607-257-4144
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My rating should have been a 3 due to slow service but could have easily been a 5 with service that is expected from a higher-class restaurant. The good: great food and dessert along with an impressively large cup of cappuccino to finish the evening. The bad: slow service. The staff was friendly and well trained on the menu and... More 

Thank icu4biz
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we walked in the door and were greeted by chef James we knew we were in for a treat! The atmosphere is sophisticated and casual, and our service was excellent! And the food!!! We began with the roasted cauliflower appetizer, which was delicious and unlike any dish we had seen at the hundreds of restaurants we have... More 

Thank AmyPiis
New York City, New York
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A little off the beaten track, but worth it. Comfortable, lively, but not loud. Friendly service. All the food at least very good, particularly gnocchi and desserts. Good wine list. Not cheap, but not unreasonable. Don't know, but hard to imagine it gets much better than this in Ithaca.

Thank si101503
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

One of the top three dining places ever!!! Bartender Bobby was the best!!! The Chef adjusted the meals to our liking

Thank Mike M
Ithaca, New York
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 portions and a number of appetizers that can be cobbled together to make a dinner... More 

Thank thambury
Ithaca, New York
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44 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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 evening and there might have been one other occupied table in the entire restaurant. It... More 

Thank deadandy
Ithaca, New York
1 review
Reviewed 24 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. For any occasion, The Heights is the place to eat. Can't wait to be back... More 

Thank _msk277
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 by making it with citrus, why add walnuts to roasted cauliflower)? That said, this is... More 

Thank TinyTraveler001
Ithaca, New York
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144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 ordered were equally delicious. I have traveled the world and I have dined in wonderful... More 

Thank Florimond
Groton, United States
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 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. A fantastic experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?