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

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...
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (105 reviews)
“focaccia” (23 reviews)
“spicy shrimp” (14 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
Write a Review
Reviews (427)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 427 reviews

Reviewed 6 days 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 6 days 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 11 April 2017

They had an important event to live up to, and Just a Taste was great. I have enjoyed this restaurant a number of times and I wanted this night to go well. The must tapas to order is the deep fried potato wedges with the...More

Thank Rose H
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Our party of five went on a saturday night and arrived just before they opened. At 5:00 or 5:30. We were surprised to find a line waiting outside the door. When they opened the restaurant was immediately filled. we had to eat at the bar...More

Thank Jackson C
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I have eaten there several times in the past few years. Usually, the food was excellent and service was good. This most resent visit was awful. The room was crowded and very noisy; I had to shout to my friend across the table for 'conversation'....More

Thank bwes
Nearby Restaurants
Mahogany Grill
443 reviews
.04 km away
Ithaca Ale House
328 reviews
.04 km away
Le Cafe Cent-Dix
135 reviews
.04 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
93 reviews
.40 km away
Ithaca Commons
83 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
21 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?
24 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?
22 May 2016|
Response from TMCC_Florida | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if they do.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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