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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

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101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1752
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Value
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excellent specialties

Comfortable to eat in and excellent for takeout, which is quick and offers decent sized portions. The service has always been pleasant and quick.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fresh squeezed lime juice in these fantastic margaritas! Try the goat, its banging. The dude with the man bun is an awesome bartender! Food is mostly organic and fresh and filling and pretty ok

Thank Ashley B
Cortland, New York
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a safe bet for dining in Ithaca. Never had a bad experience here. I'm impressed by the portion sizes and the inclusion of vegan options. I will be back time and time again. I also love Mexican beer and they have good options.

Thank n02578845
Ithaca, New York
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to stop in for an inexpensive and tasty burrito or soft taco. I don't enjoy the sit down meals and larger platters because it tends to be a little repetitive if you eat too much it.

Thank spidergirlotburg
Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

The food here is ok but be sure that is not Mexican , is more like Tex mex....perfect for a little chat with friends specially over a margarita... The margaritas here in other order of ideas are out of the world... Good prices, perfect for college students and a little quick drink happy hour after work.

Thank Choko M
Ithaca, New York
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49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Comfortable to eat in and excellent for takeout, which is quick and offers decent sized portions. The service has always been pleasant and quick.

Thank anavidpalate
Cincinnati, Ohio
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night. Hostess told us wait would be 45 minutes but turned out to be 30. She was friendly and apologized for the wait. There is a bar area where you can get a drink while you wait. We tried a burrito and a combo plate of a taco and enchilada. The pickled veggies were a... More 

Thank family0f6traveler
Ithaca, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Mouthwatering Mexican fare served up in a crowded cafe style atmosphere never disappoints those looking for cheap food on a trendy Ithaca street. In good weather, sit outside and enjoy the lively street life. The street's many digs serve up some of Ithaca's best reasonably priced food. Or sit inside and drink a homemade Margarita made with fresh limes. An... More 

1 Thank DeniseRu
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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245 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Just not up to expectations. Smaller portion sizes, insipid sides, beef tasted like they used McCormick spice blends. Didn't have any drinks maybe that would have helped.

Thank s w
Hamburg, New York
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Super spot go dine in or take out We chose dine in as we walked over from out hotel after a day hiking the gorges Excellent variety on the menu Delicious margaritas -and bonus/ we arrived just in time for happy hour Wait staff is pleasant - meals served quickly- portions are worth the prices Casual - fun decor Would... More 

1 Thank Stacey K
Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Went here all the time during undergrad and love their food. Great tex-mex. The take out side and the sit down side have slightly different food, but both are amazing. Margaritas are amazing. Great for lunch or dinner.

1 Thank rosieb328

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: (607) 277-1752

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?