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“Best hosts, best chef, best staff.... best local NY port wine!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fineline Bistro - CLOSED

Fineline Bistro
Price range: US$0 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Middletown, Delaware
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best hosts, best chef, best staff.... best local NY port wine!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

The most welcoming and relaxing meal in years. Everything was perfect but casual and comfortable. Adorable surroundings lend to the fresh and innovative recipes by the chef and pastry chef. Ask for Spencer as your waiter if he is available... any waiter that can help you decide when you are stuck between 2 unrelated dishes is tops in my books!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank marabts
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English first
Manlius, NY
Level Contributor
66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Accessible Excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

This delightfully witty and inventive bistro is tucked into a quiet neighborhood on West State Street, well apart from the hubbub of downtown Ithaca. A recent warm summer evening found me dining with my sister at an outside table where we enjoyed the ambiance of a tree-lined street with only occasional traffic. The meal began with a tastebud-shaking plate of pickled local squash, a delicious departure from the usual bread course.

Our reasonably-priced meals arrived attractively plated and both featured fresh ingredients well prepared. The excellent food and pleasant streetside atmosphere combined for a memorably enjoyable meal.

We did not have beverages or desserts on this visit, but I can attest from past ones that theirs are exceptional.

Whether needed or not, a visit to the rest rooms in this idiosyncratically laid-out eatery is mandatory if only for the divinely wicked artwork therein.

I especially recommend a meal here as a way to unwind after a day spent swimming or hiking any of Ithaca's remarkable gorges. The Fineline will replace all those burned calories in wickedly divine fashion.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kinnakeeto
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Dryden, New York
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

A bit pricey, but excellently prepared, tasty food. Upscale dining with a good wine list. Part of the food to table movement. Would recommend eating there.

Visited January 2014
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Thank David H
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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96 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Quirky interior, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

I loved my seasonal linguini with ramps and bacon. Everyone enjoyed their food, and the desserts were good - I had an exotic chocolate chipotle torte - very good and surprising.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank PattyPortland
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Ithaca, NY
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous - Every Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Great menu, awesome service, spectacular food! The wine list is great, the beer list includes local microbrews, some food on the menu is locally sourced, when available. We love this place!

Visited April 2014
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Thank Mrs5s
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