About this Vendor
Dano's Heuriger on Seneca
Dano's Heuriger on Seneca is the perfect setting for weddings from 75 t0 150 guests. The restaurant sits above the shores of Seneca Lake in beautiful NYS wine country . Chef Dano Hutnik (2 time James Beard Foundation Nominee) and his partner, Pastry Chef Karen Gilman will use their 30 years of experience to create lasting memories. Using local and seasonal products Dano's distinctive cuisine is an expression of his European roots . The restaurant sits nestled into the local landscape between vineyards , lake and sky with one large iconic tree. The modern yet rustic building was designed by Andrea Simitch . Experiencing the architectural space along with original paintings by Karen Gilman will be a unique backdrop to your special day. Each wedding is a one of a kind artistic event.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Ballroom, Restaurant, Tented, Trees, Vineyard
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering
My husband and I had our ceremony and reception at this beautiful venue/restaurant. It was wonderful. The restaurant has an open, modern feeling indoors with very large windows that look out toward a lake. The setting is gorgeous and we had amazing fall foliage. The drinks/food and service were excellent. Karen, one of the owners, was amazingly helpful with our planning and provided contacts for outside vendors. She also made a stunning and delicious cake for us that happened to be gluten free. My husband and I hired outside vendors to supply tents, music, buses and flowers and everything worked out smoothly the day of, even though it was was a little hectic organizing everything remotely from California without a wedding planner. We would absolutely recommend Dano's!
Dano's Heuriger on Seneca is a Viennese bistro that serves a great collection of authentic meals. However, they can do so much more! For my wedding, Karen (one of the co-owners) worked closely with my husband and I to create an extensive menu consisting of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free cocktail-style foods and desserts (Our wedding reception was held at a different venue, but once delivered, the food was fresh, hot, and very delicious!). While everything was superb, some foods that really made an impression on the guests were the sun dried tomato goat cheese tart, Swiss Chard Tart with gruyere, currants, and pinenuts, Polenta stuffed mushroom with gorgonzola, and red onion marmalade, and the artichoke, goat cheese and leek in puff pastry. I should add that Karen (a phenomenal baker!), baked vegan cupcakes, gluten-free cupcakes, and regular cupcakes, in addition to a small cake for hubby and I to cut. All we're beautiful and unique! She catered beautifully to all our needs! We couldn't have asked for a better experience! Thank you, Karen and Daño!
Dano's on Seneca was truly a magical place to celebrate our wedding. The restaurant is situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, and overlooks Seneca Lake. The chefs/owners (Karen & Dano) are so hospitable and thoughtful, and made the whole planning process easy and fun. We really enjoyed working with them to pick out local wines and beers which made the party even more special for our out of town guests. The traditional Viennese food they prepared was superb, and the wedding cake they made for us was beautiful to look at and totally delicious. We loved the little table they placed in their orchard for my husband and I to enjoy a private moment to relax and have a bite to eat after the ceremony... What a nice touch! The natural beauty surrounding the venue is stunning, and the property has plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors. We had many children at our reception and they were able to run around and play all over the huge lawn, which the parents really appreciated:) We could not imagine celebrating our wedding anywhere else, and are so happy that we were able to share the beauty of Seneca Lake with all of our friends and Family in such a warm and welcoming environment.
When my now husband and I thought about the perfect place to have a wedding, we thought of Dano's Heuriger -- set against the beautiful backdrop of Seneca Lake and paired with the most exquisite and unique food/wine the area has to offer; it was a no-brainer. We wanted something intimate, personal to us and offered beautiful scenery. Sure enough, we couldn't have asked for a more magical wedding day. Not only is the outdoor space (note: we had a large tented reception) absolutely breathtaking, but the staff at Dano's did everything to make sure our day was flawless. They helped us customize the entire mouthwatering menu (note: our guests said it was the best food they ever had at a wedding!) and truly made our day so special with great service and professionalism. Big shoutout to Dano and his talented wife Karen for everything!
Meet The Owner
Born in the Ukraine, Dano Hutnik was a ballet dancer in Vienna for 15 years before pursuing a culinary career. After receiving his chef's diploma at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Dano and his wife Karen Gilman settled in Ithaca, NY in 1990 to open Dano's, acclaimed as a haven for fine food in upstate NY. Luminaries from the world of food, music, film, architecture and art have been taken to dine at Dano's. In 2005 Dano and Karen opened Dano's Heuriger on Seneca fulfilling a dream of bringing a true Austrian culinary experience to the Finger Lakes.