The Carriage House Cafe in Ithaca, NY
… is a beautifully restored two-story carriage house with a full-service restaurant on the first floor and bar/lounge on the second floor, known simply as The Loft. Although the original 1850s structure required extensive restoration, a majority of the original material was used in the restorative process. The result is a warm, inviting location, with beautiful details and tremendous character.
A Historic Site Near Cornell University
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Carriage House Café’s location in Ithaca, New York, dates back over 150 years to when the prominent Gauntlet family built the structure in order to house horses, carriages, and to store hay. With the invention of the Model-T in 1912, the carriage house outlived its usefulness as a shelter for horses, and so, like many other carriage houses, it was converted into a storage facility. Before long, however, the building became the victim of a catastrophic fire that was accidentally set by a tinsmith, and so it sat abandoned for nearly a century.
At the turn of the millennium, Mark Chandler bought the building with a vision for renovating it as a café. After gaining approval from the Ithaca Historic Society, Mark began the slow and difficult process of restoring the building to its original beauty and prestige. He carefully preserved the original wood doors and diamond-shaped windows, selecting just the right fixtures in order to maintain the historic ambiance of this classic fieldstone structure. You’ll agree that the result was worth the effort. The Carriage House Café possesses a sort of rustic elegance that makes it a true Ithaca treasure.
“One of Our Favorite Restaurants in Upstate New York”
“Our server went above and beyond her duties as a waitress and provided superior service to my group at the Carriage House Café. I was impressed by the time-sensitivity, hospitality of the staff, and consistently, delicious food.” — Kaley Nelsen, Cornell University ’17
“10/10 – Must Try. All the food was amazing. My friends had to deal with me reaching over and eating from their plate, several times…I had the Beer-ded Lady cocktail, it was 9/10 and very fresh. Our coffee was delicious, the restaurant is adorable.” — Celina T. San Rafael, CA
“They’ve got it all – great sunny spot, quaint interior decor, beautiful blooming flowers and foliage in the spring, and to top it off – most importantly – AWESOME food and STELLAR service. I know it sounds like I’m gushing, and I probably am, but I absolutely love this place to bits.” — Victoria G., Cambridge, MA