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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
224 East State Street
phone: (607) 272-2212
Reviews by ithacabaron:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
At the end of Route 79, a long winding road which leads you through many towns of population 100 and lower, you'll find the "city" of Ithaca. And right where 79 dead-ends into the Commons, Ithaca's main downtown area, you'll find Simeons.
The restaurant is one big room, with many small platforms and rises, giving it a unique look. The bar is on your left as you enter, and a giant picture window runs along the entire width of the right wall (or at least where it would be). I prefer to sit at the table that's right next to the door, up on one of the higher platforms, as it looks out onto the intersection of 79 and Danby Road -- an always bustling place.
Quality is good, things are fresh, and turnover is decent. I usually order from the bottled list, as the tap list is on the small side, so I can't give an honest review of tap freshness. That being said, I can't ever remember having a bad beer off the tap, so I guess that's a good thing.
Service is fast, polite, and observant, always glancing around to see if tables need assistance while avoiding interrupting patrons or being pushy. Some of the best waiters in Ithaca (tact-wise) work here. They're as accomodating to a group of 10 as they are to a table of one. Additionally, while this used to be mainly a wine place, the owner's developed quite a taste for beer, and has a month of advocacy every year (I want to say in April), where every night, free samples of craft brew are poured for patrons who'd like one, and should the patron decide to order a full pint, they get to keep the glass for free. A little gimmicky? Sure. But also a way to get people to try good brew.
As noted before, the selection is not very wide on tap, but there's a very healthy bottle list, which, rather than typing out, I'll just tell you to check out the website at the top of this page (a site that they keep very up-to-date, by the way). Prices, as you see, are pretty reasonable.
Food is a jumble of different brasserie traditions, but is usually pretty spot on (if maybe a bit overpriced). There's so many good restaurants in Ithaca, that if you don't find something you like here, you'll be satisfied soon enough somewhere else. By the way, Madeline's, directly across the Commons from Simeon's, is a MUST for dessert -- and it's a worthy BeerFly destination in itself.
All in all, Simeon's is a great meeting point -- everyone in Ithaca knows where it is due to its location, and you can all have a pint or two while you wait for "that late friend."
02-17-2005 21:19:54 |
More by ithacabaron
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Went in for a beer, didn't eat. Atmosphere in the bar was fine, standard upscale-y for a small town.
The beer selection is so-so: about 6-7 on tap, largely local. Arguably best option was Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, but at $5 for a 10oz, and not truly local, I opted for a local: Ithaca Cascazilla. A solid, drinkable beer, with an utterly misleading name. It's not godzilla like in gravity, nor is it cask. But for $5, fine. But I can't blame Simeon's for Ithaca beer Company naming their beer in a misleading way. I can blame them for not having a deep or interesting or thoughtful draft list.
The service was slightly polished fine dining, so it's above average, but I think the bartender was having (or starting) an off night. Pleasant and minimally friendly, but in a fancy place, you should expect a little more.
I'd possibly go back again, because I like the physical layout, and generally like the atmosphere, but I wouldn't prioritize it (especially with Ithaca Ale house across the street, and Bandwagon a couple blocks away.)
12-09-2012 20:49:34 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Simeon's is a somewhat up scale restaurant that is right on the commons. Awesome place for lunch and pretty good for dinner.
You enter Simeon's through the bar area, which also has a substantial number of tables. If you go through a hallway at the back of the bar, you will find the dining room. The whole place looks kind of like a speakeasy, with shiny metal chairs and railings and crown molding on the ceiling. I like the look, and large windows allow for people watching; if that's your thing, the commons is a pretty good place to do it.
The beer selection is not large, but it is carefully chosen. Six taps all pour good beer. Edmund Fitzgerald is always on, as is at least one Ithaca Brewing beer. My last trip I noticed Edmund Fitz, Ithaca Pale, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Franziskaner Hefeweizen. Simeon's really shines with its bottle selection, featuring 20-25 choices with lots of Belgians, including the Trappists, and a smattering of beer from all over the world.
Service is friendly and always quite good.
I love the food. The menu itself is quite small, but there are always 5-6 specials. I always order a special. Everything that I have tried has been interesting and quite good. You can find stuff on the menu at all times that costs 10 dollars, and at dinner there is fare that creeps up to around 30/40. I like going for lunch. Whatever special I choose comes with a large salad for between 10-12 bucks.
Go to Simeon's, have a beer, and order one of the specials.
02-24-2011 19:52:13 |
More by Hojaminbag
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A great fancier place to eat. I'm not sure I'd really suggest it for beer but I suppose if you're looking for a nicer restaurant with a nice enough bottle selection this would be a place to go. But honestly I'd suggest their mixed drinks more highly, and you can easily get a wider selection of better beer for better prices next door at Korova or across the street at IAH (well maybe not a wider selection at IAH, but more on tap anyway).
I recommend their seafood dishes, as well as their desserts, which are worth their price for the taste and presentation.
06-04-2007 21:09:20 |
More by zdk9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in for dinner on a day trip to Ithaca.
Very good beer list, unfortunately, it's almost entirely bottles save for 5 forgetable draught beers. The food was pretty good, but a little bland. The service, on the other hand, was very quick and friendly.
The restaurant was a little cramped, but had very nice atmosphere save for the unhappy baby nearby (not their fault).
I had tuna sandwich that was expertly cooked, but short in the flavor department. Paired it with Boulder's Hazed and Infused which was served in a short flute (non-chilled).
Overall, a nice place for dinner in Ithaca. Not too expensive unless you want it to be. I just wish their great beer list was a tap list.
11-14-2005 20:21:29 |
More by tempest
Simeon's On The Commons in Ithaca, NY