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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1752
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Ranked #20 of 234 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I have been here on numerous occasions, the food is excellent and the drinks are awesome. The prices are very reasonable, and the atmosphere is relaxed. I think you would miss a true gem if you visited Ithaca without stopping for at least a drink at Viva. The margaritas are the best!!

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Oakton, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

One of the best American-Mexican restaurants I've been to - anywhere. Nothing is pre-made, but the wait it worth it! Eat at the Cantina side of the restaurant and be prepared to eat a lot of food.

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Ithaca, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I know this place well. It offers some of the best food you can get in Ithaca at reasonable prices. Everything is very fresh and made from scratch. Also, you get the option of fast food (on the Taqueria side or sit down meal with Drinks at the Cantina side. Very friendly service. Sometimes a long wait for a table,... More

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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

i had one of the burritos and a sangria. We also go the salsa sampler. I was pleased with the portions, price, flavor and location. Most entrees were $10 or less. We were in downtown Ithaca. There really isn't much else to say except, if you find yourself in Ithaca with a desire for some very real and very good... More

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Ithaca, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I have had the super burrito in the past, and it has been good. This time I had Enchiladas that were not very good. Not much flavor, black beans on side appeared to be poured out of a can and the rice was mildly warm and not much flavor. I was disappointed this trip.

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Ithaca, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a Super Smothered Burrito, and washed it down with a Tijuana Tapwater. Love the escabeche and cabbage on the side. Looking forward to my next visit.

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Upstate New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Viva is one of my favorite places to go for a casual Mexican meal. The food is fresh and tasty - try the guac and fresh salsas. If you are looking for atmosphere, this is not the place for you. It is always very busy and we typically walk the Ithaca Commons while waiting for a table. Everyone I know... More

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Ithaca, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Viva is a great place to go for what seems like authentic Mexican food. Very busy, so go early or when college is on break...fun to dine outdoors in the summer! Great guacamole and margaritas!

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Ithaca, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Viva Cantina is a Mexican eatery in downtown Ithaca, just off the commons, that is worth a visit. The food is excellent and so is the service. Expect a wait as it's always packed but once you're seated service is quick and efficient. Don't skip the Margaritas either!

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Corning, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This restaurant has very good traditional tex-mex cuisine; and is very convenient to all of the popular downtown Ithaca attractions.

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