Simeon's On The Commons

★★★★☆
  • 224 E State St

    Ithaca, NY 14850

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  • 607-272-2212

About Simeon's On The Commons

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11:30am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 11pm

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I went on Sunday; I really really wanted something sweet, like pancakes or French toast. There was only French toast on the menu, which I intended to order, but they were out (it was around noon). I got a Tuscan quiche instead, which was

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I went on Sunday; I really really wanted something sweet, like pancakes or French toast. There was only French toast on the menu, which I intended to order, but they were out (it was around noon). I got a Tuscan quiche instead, which was

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Great food, great times, great NY State Strip and unbelievable local wines from the greater Ithaca Finger Lakes regions.

Not only was the food and service excellent, the location of being on the Commons puts it over the top.

Great food, great wine, great ambiance!!!

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Great food, great times, great NY State Strip and unbelievable local wines from the greater Ithaca Finger Lakes regions.

Not only was the food and service excellent, the location of being on the Commons puts it over the top.

Great food, great wine, great ambiance!!!

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Simeon's is one of the best places I've ever been in Ithaca. The food was delicious and there were many different wines and local beers to choose from (and the desserts are fabulous). The server I had was friendly and outgoing and a bit over the top but her personality made our visit so much fun! I would recommend this restaurant to people who are not on a budget because you are going to end up paying a lot, but it is worth every penny!

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Simeon's is one of the best places I've ever been in Ithaca. The food was delicious and there were many different wines and local beers to choose from (and the desserts are fabulous). The server I had was friendly and outgoing and a bit over the top but her personality made our visit so much fun! I would recommend this restaurant to people who are not on a budget because you are going to end up paying a lot, but it is worth every penny!

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Fantastic food and great portion sizes - not too big and not too small. The service was great. I have tried the salmon and filet mignon dishes there, and both were delicious.

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Fantastic food and great portion sizes - not too big and not too small. The service was great. I have tried the salmon and filet mignon dishes there, and both were delicious.

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Visited Simeons in early October on a fall vacation to the Finger Lakes region and they knocked my socks off. Great food, great ambience and a great wine list to compliment the meal. I wish these guys were in Chicago. Under new ownership, definitely worth a visit. Nice website too!

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Visited Simeons in early October on a fall vacation to the Finger Lakes region and they knocked my socks off. Great food, great ambience and a great wine list to compliment the meal. I wish these guys were in Chicago. Under new ownership, definitely worth a visit. Nice website too!

Pros: Location and ambience, good wait staff

Cons: They could use a bigger kitchen, they seemed a bit tight

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Awful food, awful service.

We were sat at a cramped table. Our waiter practically bullied us into "kettle chip fondue" -- basically a bag of chips dumped in a dish with nacho cheese sauce on top - $9.00. We also ordered "thai chicken nachos" which was six tostitos style chips with chicken and the same kind of cheese on the "fondue." No seasoning, no flair, way overpriced.

Our water glasses sat empty for ten minutes until I complained to the owner, who DEFENDED the waiter instead of apologizing. It turns out that the waiter (who rolled his eyes at my complaints) is the owner's son.

The owner promised to take the chips off of the bill, but didn't. All in all, it was an angering and disappointing experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Awful food, awful service.

We were sat at a cramped table. Our waiter practically bullied us into "kettle chip fondue" -- basically a bag of chips dumped in a dish with nacho cheese sauce on top - $9.00. We also ordered "thai chicken nachos" which was six tostitos style chips with chicken and the same kind of cheese on the "fondue." No seasoning, no flair, way overpriced.

Our water glasses sat empty for ten minutes until I complained to the owner, who DEFENDED the waiter instead of apologizing. It turns out that the waiter (who rolled his eyes at my complaints) is the owner's son.

The owner promised to take the chips off of the bill, but didn't. All in all, it was an angering and disappointing experience.

Pros: None -- I guess it is convenient

Cons: Food, service, noise level, atmosphere, RUDE

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Last year Simeons was great. There was food for everyone. There were many kinds of steak, salads, and a make your own pasta dish with so many options. To my knowledge, Simeons closed for some amount of time, and I returned a few weeks ago to a huge disappointment.

The menu is about 1/4 the size it used to be, and prices are probably twice as high. The food is not worth the money. A shrimp appetizer (with 3 shrimp) cost around $10.

My advice: check the menu before you go in!

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★★☆☆☆

Last year Simeons was great. There was food for everyone. There were many kinds of steak, salads, and a make your own pasta dish with so many options. To my knowledge, Simeons closed for some amount of time, and I returned a few weeks ago to a huge disappointment.

The menu is about 1/4 the size it used to be, and prices are probably twice as high. The food is not worth the money. A shrimp appetizer (with 3 shrimp) cost around $10.

My advice: check the menu before you go in!

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As a former Ithaca native I've been to Simeon's a few times. It's perks are the great location and nice ambience. The food and service are deplorable but as long as there's thousands of new students every year the restaurant will remain in business. Insiders note: Though things may have changed since I lived there four years ago-- rumor around all the other kitchens--Simeons used to have to microwave all their food because of fire codes. A mediocre mainstay in I-town.

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As a former Ithaca native I've been to Simeon's a few times. It's perks are the great location and nice ambience. The food and service are deplorable but as long as there's thousands of new students every year the restaurant will remain in business. Insiders note: Though things may have changed since I lived there four years ago-- rumor around all the other kitchens--Simeons used to have to microwave all their food because of fire codes. A mediocre mainstay in I-town.

Pros: Location and Atmosphere

Cons: Food and Service

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We've visited Simeons three times for dinner and won't be back. Their seafood ravioli (a "special") was chewy, tasteless, and glued together with a bland sauce; the glazed pork was similarly tasteless and tough, while their Cayuga Burger tasted like nothing more a mashed can of black beans; all were served at room temperature.

Service was friendly but inattentive and the staff tried their best to get us out of the restaurant as soon as we choked down the last bites.

They have a fine wine and beer list; stick with drinks and you'll be okay.

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★★☆☆☆

We've visited Simeons three times for dinner and won't be back. Their seafood ravioli (a "special") was chewy, tasteless, and glued together with a bland sauce; the glazed pork was similarly tasteless and tough, while their Cayuga Burger tasted like nothing more a mashed can of black beans; all were served at room temperature.

Service was friendly but inattentive and the staff tried their best to get us out of the restaurant as soon as we choked down the last bites.

They have a fine wine and beer list; stick with drinks and you'll be okay.

Pros: Good beer and wine list

Cons: Poor food and service

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Simeon's has good atmosphere and good service, however the food is disappointing. I've been there twice for dinner and if I go back, it will be for drinks only.

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Simeon's has good atmosphere and good service, however the food is disappointing. I've been there twice for dinner and if I go back, it will be for drinks only.

Pros: great location and ambiance

Cons: food isn't great

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With such an impressive list of beers and wines, you won't mind waiting at the bar for a table to open up. Large windows and outside seating provide for some great people watching on the lively corner of the Commons. The sandwiches and salads are reasonably priced and pretty good, but if you spring for one of the main entrees (like the eggplant or stuffed chicken) you will not be disappointed. The Simeon's Surprise brownie sundae is good enough to justify skipping dinner altogether.

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★★★★★

With such an impressive list of beers and wines, you won't mind waiting at the bar for a table to open up. Large windows and outside seating provide for some great people watching on the lively corner of the Commons. The sandwiches and salads are reasonably priced and pretty good, but if you spring for one of the main entrees (like the eggplant or stuffed chicken) you will not be disappointed. The Simeon's Surprise brownie sundae is good enough to justify skipping dinner altogether.

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You don't go to Simeon's for the food -- you go for the drinks. Although the food is acceptable pub fare with an occasional surprise, the beer list superb. Take your pick from some Chimay, Fin du Monde, Blue Moon, Spaten, or just about anything else you can think of. The decor is also a nice touch, and sitting at the outdoor tables on the Commons makes it feel like Europe.

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You don't go to Simeon's for the food -- you go for the drinks. Although the food is acceptable pub fare with an occasional surprise, the beer list superb. Take your pick from some Chimay, Fin du Monde, Blue Moon, Spaten, or just about anything else you can think of. The decor is also a nice touch, and sitting at the outdoor tables on the Commons makes it feel like Europe.

Pros: Beer list, Beer list, Beer selection

 

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