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Mate Factor Cafe

Coffee Shop, Diner
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143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
607-256-2056
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Saturday
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • 10
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Mocha

I have to say one of the best mochas ever. I don't generally eat the food.. Not my type of food.. Though waffles are really good.. Some people can't get past that they are a different religious type of group or commune ( not sure which one ) they've never bothered me about it. Friendly and nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I have to say one of the best mochas ever. I don't generally eat the food.. Not my type of food.. Though waffles are really good.. Some people can't get past that they are a different religious type of group or commune ( not sure which one ) they've never bothered me about it. Friendly and nice. Atmosphere is quite... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been to Mate Factor twice. The first time was a number of years ago when I stopped in for a Yerba Mate. Most recently, I went in because I decided to give their sandwiches and juice bar a go. Upon entering, you will undoubtedly be struck by the decor. It's a bit "The Hobbit" meets "Country Junction." I... More 

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Columbus
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607-256-2056

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Diner
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?