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Farm-to-Table Restaurant • Culinary Center • Event Venue
We regret any inconvenience but Coltivare will be closed for dinner Friday the 13th and Sunday the 15th. Brunch will still be served Sunday 10am-3pm. Thank you for your understanding, our staff is excited to celebrate the holidays and our 5th anniversary.


Our Story

Located just a block from The Commons, Coltivare is the downtown Ithaca culinary center, event venue, and farm-to-table restaurant of Tompkins Cortland Community College. Our professionally staffed restaurant supports four related degree programs as well as sourcing much of its produce from the college’s TC3 Farm in Dryden. Serving seasonal New American fare locally sourced and inventively prepared, we let the flavors of the Finger Lakes shine through. We also feature a full selection of craft cocktails, regional wines, and New York State beer.

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5 Years


Turns 5

5 Decembers ago Coltivare was born. A truly unique hybrid of the professional and educational, it has stood as a model for the creation of similar programs and facilities as far away as Japan. While the work of trailblazers is far from glamorous, our students, our college, and our community have been well worth the growing pains to get here. Please join us in celebrating the occasion you helped create, as we mark 5 years on Friday, December 13th.

5th Anniversary Gala





Dine with Us

Coltivare means “to cultivate” in Italian. We cultivate learning and the land and transform the harvest into local, farm fresh dining. With bar service starting at 4 p.m. daily Tuesday-Sunday, we offer happy hour drink specials and a small Bar Bites menu 4-6 p.m. all week, firing up the restaurant kitchen at 5 for Dinner and Dessert. On Sundays we offer a killer brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and as always, you’ll find our modern, rustic, and inviting atmosphere serves as the perfect backdrop for our farm-to-table mission. Just a block from The Commons, we’re conveniently located at 235 S. Cayuga Street in downtown Ithaca.

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Coltivare offers several customizable and varied events space options. The ballroom will accommodate catered events for more than 250 guests. The Restaurant, with 110 seats, additionally houses The Wine Cellar, an intimate private dining room for up to 30 guests. Other spaces include a tiered amphitheater and a 10-station modern cooking laboratory. Inspired by our Farm-to-Table concept, our modern industrial meets contemporary rustic design features reclaimed wood and vintage touches. Locally inspired and expertly prepared, our made to order menus are also one of a kind.

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