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The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow

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196 Front St, Owego, NY 13827-1654
+1 607-687-2016
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Out to eat with friends at our local restaurant. We all are very pleased to have a restaurant of this caliber in Owego. The chef and his wife always come ups with great meals after they have tried and perfected them. The smoked salmon appetizer is fantastic!

Thank Gary J
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Thank you so much for enjoying all that we do and taking your time to tell others! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. Our party had steak, duck, chicken dishes & all were very good. However for $22- to $25- each it would have been appropriate to offer two sides instead of just one. Decent atmosphere. Good service. I would have been more satisfied with better value. Give two sides with each meal

Thank Hartland28
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back. Our prices reflect our quality. We are glad you enjoyed your meal with us here at the Cellar. More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

The Cellar had consistently been the premier restaurant in Owego since it opened many years ago. Bob Layman, Chef and owner, is a true genius with food. His duck with cherries is exceptional, as are his regular specials like prime rib stroganoff. The only weakness here is an anemic wine list.

1 Thank photobug137
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back. We are looking forward to a bit of a relaunch in 2017 celebrating The Cellar's 35th year! The beverage program will be included. More 

Staten Island, New York
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474 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

On the road for business and found this restaurant thanks to Trip Advisor. Street parking only, but manageable. I ate at the bar because I was alone, but there are plenty of tables. The bartender was great. Super personality and knows how to deliver customer service. I enjoyed the petite surf and turf with the Ahi Tuna. An amazing blend... More 

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Finger Lakes, New York
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213 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Our nephew, who is a Naval aviator, was in town for a software conference at Lockheed Martin. We live about 50 miles to the west, and really did not know much about the dining scene in Owego. Prior to meeting him, we drove through the historic downtown area and saw this place. It looked like the best place around, so... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I'm in town on business and was looking for a nice restaurant for dinner. The food and atmosphere were wonderful and for a Tuesday even, the restaurant was steady with business. What impressed me the most, adding to already great service, was that when I got back to the hotel realizing that the waitress had not brought me my leftovers,... More 

Thank Spychalski
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Look forward to seeing you again while you're in Owego and hope you enjoyed snacking on the pizza I dropped at the hotel. Thank you for visiting The Cellar. More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Fantastic! Chose the Cellar for our anniversary. Could not have been a better choice! We arrived, without reservations, on a Tuesday night. Seated quickly, selected a river view seat. Our waiter quickly arrived, introduced himself, told us about the specials and wine choices. We selected martinis to start with, and they arrived quickly and were as we ordered. Our waiter... More 

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shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Thank you for celebrating your special day with us. We are pleased you enjoyed everything and took your time to write this lovely review. More 

Springfield, Virginia
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22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

A charming restaurant overlooking the Susquehanna river. Service and food were outstanding. The rear dining area is directly on the riverside. Watching the river slowly glide by while dining is most soothing. Wine selection was good and reasonably priced. Local beers are also available and appeared to be popular. The accolades for this restaurant seem to be true. Definitely worth... More 

Thank Ernie K
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The Cellar. It was a pleasure serving you. More 

Hackensack, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant several times and are always pleasantly surprised by the quality of food. It is unexpected in a small community like Owego. The pan seared scallops are outstanding and a regular on the menu. They have nightly specials and farm grown veggies, as well.

1 Thank kbettyj
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

Thank you for enjoying your visits to The Cellar! We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Owego, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We had heard so much about the Cellar so we decided to stop in for dinner. We waited to be seated for several minutes. My husband finally wandered his way into the dining area and I waited at the entrance. Still with no one attending to us he wandered out of my view. Finally a few minutes later, the hostess... More 

Thank Denise C
shulasrider, Owner at The Cellar Restaurant in Riverow, responded to this review

The steak was removed from the table and brought to the kitchen. When cut in the middle it was our house rare. We apologize for the discrepancy in opinion. I authorized the entree be taken off the check. Ours is a from scratch kitchen, and it does take a bit more time to personally prepare your meal. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 196 Front St, Owego, NY 13827-1654
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Tioga County  >  Owego
  • Phone Number: +1 607-687-2016
Casual,fine dining for dinner and Sunday brunch. From scratch kitchen. Full bar. Bar, main and enclosed river view dining rooms. Eclectic menu choices including: house smoked BBQ and salmon, burgers, steaks, fresh seafood, duck, chicken, flat bread pizzas, salads and more. "Global Grub and Booze"

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