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At The Boatyard Grill you can enjoy delicous locally sourced steak and seafood while looking out over the breathtaking waterfront view. All of our food comes in fresh everyday, you won't find a better dining experience in the town. We are happy to host large groups and private events. If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, family gathering, cocktail party, class reunion or a casual BBQ or Clambake, look no further! We will make your special event a waterfront event to remember! Our experienced management team will make planning your event virtually effortless. We have a variety of party offerings that can meet every budget and catering need. Choose from our Waterfront Parties, Holiday Parties and Cocktail Parties and contact our management team today. Join us for live music on our deck every Friday! Visit our website to see the schedule.

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Inlet Island

Boatyard Grill The

The Boatyard Grill-NY

American Restaurants, Caterers, Fine Dining Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Seafood Restaurants, Continental Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Barbecue Restaurants, Steak Houses, Restaurants
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Parking: Lot, Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Caterers, Barbecue, American, Take Out, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Wi-Fi: Free

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
What a disappointment

My family of 3 went there and expected to wait as it was a Saturday night. Well we waited double the time given, and were overshadowed by the large private party group that was taking over the restaurant. I even called ahead for a time that they had open, but I would not have gone had they told me there was a private party planned. I don't know we will ever go there again. We have gone here many times, the food is usually good, and people actually give us gift cards for this place because they know we like it here, but I cannot warrant waiting and feeling like we are being rushed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Perfect ""Big Date"" Place

I love the Boatyard Grill. My boyfriend took me here on our first date and since I've made him take me back for many more!! I love the coconut fried shrimp and the blue cheese filet. Oh and don't even get me started on those buffalo egg rolls...

This place is especially fun if you can plan a night out of it. ""Call ahead"" like they tell you to, and you may still have to wait... but if you plan it out right and meet friends at the bar before dinner, the night can be a blast!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
can't beat eating right on the water

I went to the Boatyard on the advice of my coworkers, and I was extremely impressed. I found the service to be friendly but non intrusive. I ordered the blackened tuna and it was awesome -- so fresh. My wife ordered the filet and it was cooked perfectly. We sat outside on the deck, and the view was great -- we waited a bit longer, but it was worth it. If you want a generous cocktail, excellent service, and great food this is the place to be. Our server was friendly and professional and his knowledge of the menu and the wine list was very impressive. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food, atmosphere and service. We'll definitely be back.



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great location, cute building, nautical theme.......but nothing nautical about the menu. i would have expected a bit more seafood selections. the menu seemed confused as what type of restaurant this wants to be; a steakhouse, mexican, seafood, burger joint.
food was dull and uninspired, nothing new here, very similar to a chain style restaurant that is confused as to what it wants to be.
service is just ""ok"". you'll have to flag a waiter down for any attention, even when there isn't a full house of customers.
the prices would make you think that you're in a more upscale restaurant, but the food lack the quality and taste. there are many other better restaurants in Ithaca to enjoy in this price range!
this boat yard is simple, lack-lustre and perfect for a ""last minute, i don't feel like dressing up & i don't want to go to a chain restaurant"" meal..........



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Big City taste in Cozy Environment

The waterfront view is what made me stop here for the first time, this was a few years back when I was doing a wine tour day. However once inside they definately gave me more reasons to come back. For a restaurant tucked away on the inlet it defiantely has a big city menu. The seafood offerings are larger and more delicatble than I have seen in some seaside restaurants. The wine menu is one of the most electic in the area, with it including local wines as well as some of my favorite California wines. Service is definately top notch and this is what keep me coming back everytime. My suggestion for the best time to dine is early dinner on Saturday evening in order to beat the waits.



Great for dates, families

We went here for my nephew's college graduation and it was wonderful. The menu is eclectic and the food bountiful. We had dishes ranging from an unusual salmon tostada to a "two-handed" grilled chicken sandwich that could have fed a family. The kids loved the fact that the French fries were crispy on the outside, yet not greasy. They also have a nice wine menu as well. If you get here early, you should have no problem with a wait. They don't take reservations, by the way.

Brenda B.


Don't go durning peak hours

The food is AWESOME! I love the food. The problem is that if you try to go durning peak hours you will wait a minium of two hours and it is crowded as well as very loud. Go for lunch and you will love this place.



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Worth the Wait!

As a college student in Ithaca in 1999, the restaurant choices were limited. When the Boatyard opened in 2001, I tried it and have been a regular ever since. This place is head and shoulders above any other restaurant in this town. My favorite is the sizzling angus, but my girlfriend who likes seafood always gets the tuna or salmon. What's great about the Boatyard is that when my family visits from out of town, there is always something for everyone. The staff is definitely top notch -- always accomodating, and even when they made a mistake by overcooking my steak, they brought me a new one and didn't even charge me! Oh, and don't forget to call ahead or whatever they call it -- you'll save on waiting time - there's always a lot of people there, and for good reason.

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