Finger Lakes Region

Restaurants in Finger Lakes Region

The food scene in the region is often locally based and delightfully casual. Finger Lakes restaurants also hold a restaurant week every October, ideal for visitors on wine tours in the fall. The area also has the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, ideal for any wine pairing or simply by themselves. Glenwood Pines is a Finger Lakes restaurant set overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca. It is famous for its Pinesburger, voted the best in the area year after year, and its Bloody Mary (the recipe is secret). Hazelnut Kitchen has a simple, elegant and locally sourced New American menu. Located in Trumansburg, it’s right off the wine trail and close to local farms outside of Ithaca.

Moosewood Restaurant is located in downtown Ithaca, right by Cayuga lake. They are world-famous, with thirteen internationally acclaimed cookbook of their creative vegetarian recipes. They are committed to the best natural ingredients they can find, with a healthy and vegetarian emphasis, with some fish dishes mixed in. The menu changes constantly, so there is always something new to try at one of the best restaurants in the Finger Lakes.

The brit-inspired restaurant serves fancy grilled pork loin but also fish and chips and great pasta dishes.

Popular with locals, the taproom section has dependable pub fare like ribs, brisket, chicken, and burgers.

Edward Moro did stints in Napa and Oregon wine country before becoming head chef at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa, in the Finger Lakes resort town of Skaneateles.

Lunch on smoked-duck salad or French onion soup on the broad, sunny deck overlooking Wagner’s vineyards.

Sample the award-winning wine list and French country cuisine, made with organic produce from the restaurant's garden.

The carhops deliver burgers at this retro joint.

Stop in for a latte and panini and conversation with locals. The restaurant is named for Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life.