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Mate Factor Cafe

143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
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English first
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

We stopped on a whim while walking through the commons. The outside pulled us in and the inside was even better! We had a waffle and bagel. It's hard to mess either of those up and they didn't!

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Missoula, Montana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The atmosphere is great, very earthy and theatrical. There is a tree that grows in the entry-way, and the whole place feels like you are in Lord of the Rings. The Mate is great, very scrumptious, and the overall experience is really cool.

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Paris, France
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84 reviews 84 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Good coffee, good food selection in a thoughtfully decorated cafe. A bit of a throwback, with a hint of Woodstock and 60s mood. Definitely not your run of the mill Starbucks. Good for a stop while strolling Ithaca's downtown. A bit odd, like the rest of the town.

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Hampton, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Only when I asked did I get info about the spiritual tradition, my experience was a well run and very present staff --very aware of customer AND the food was GREAT---sort of a self serve type , of place, yet our order was delivered right to our booth, we were asked other needs etc

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Lockport, NY
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We have a phenomenon today of "selective tolerance." Many who claim to be tolerant are in fact highly critical of counter-intuitive world views. We were looking for a healthy place to eat and we were not disappointed. Our wraps were tasty and huge (the hummus wrap made with kalamata olives was exceptional), our smoothies were delicious, and we loved people... More

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Ithaca, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Strange place run by religious fundamentalists. Hey, this is America, land of the free! You can experience firsthand our constitutional rights in action while sipping on some coffee, eating a muffin and the show is complimentary!!

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a pity that we discovered this place only on our last day in Ithaca, NY. This cafe is operated by a local group of "the Twelve Tribes". Happy people with great attitude who serve good food with a big smile. Do not miss their house Roast Beef sandwich. Really best in class. In general they bake in store all... More

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Guelph, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We were visiting the area and doing some shopping in Ithica. We wanted some lunch, something healthy, that would satisfy my family and meet my vegetarian needs - and bonus, it had good coffee! Loved the atmosphere; like nothing I have seen before. Portions were very large. Something that will always stick out in my mind from visiting the area.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

My family and I stumbled upon this cafe while strolling through town and none of us could resist the decor! We decided to give it a try for brunch before a waterfall hike. Our kids (8 and 5) equally loved the tree house feeling and the waffles. My husband had the egg and cheese bagel and I had the tuna... More

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Marcellus, New York, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I went to dinner with a new friend in Ithaca and as we were walking along The Commons we decided to grab a quick bite. She suggested this place and it is unlike any place I have been. Very nice people, interesting food and drinks and a good experience. If you like natural, organic, and different by all means go... More

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