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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Eclectic Vibe, Good Food

My friend and enjoyed a lunch recently at Viva. We meet monthly for lunch, and have recently been working our way around the commons area. Although it was a warm day, rain was in the forecast so we chose to eat inside at the window seat. As it turned out there was a torrential rain storm-with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
LauralP
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Cortland, NY
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a great time. Great fresh Mexican, mole is very spicy, tres amigos tacos excell et, guacamole and salsa great. Great service too

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I had ordered cheese enchiladas, rice and beans. The rice and beans were not flavorful and they tend to put pickled vegetables (carrots, garlic cloves, etc) on the plate that I don't want. Of all the Mexican food I've eaten over the years, this is on the lower end of tasty. Service is good. Lively decor, a bit noisy.

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Cortland, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My friend and enjoyed a lunch recently at Viva. We meet monthly for lunch, and have recently been working our way around the commons area. Although it was a warm day, rain was in the forecast so we chose to eat inside at the window seat. As it turned out there was a torrential rain storm-with the exception of one... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Fun sitting outside on the street. Great service. Our waiter was great. Loved the chicken enchilada and beef tacos. Not my favorite guac but otherwise wonderful Mexican food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Viva Taqueria is just a fun place to enjoy a great Mexican inspired meal. Long waits are expected on the weekends, we waited about 45 minutes, but wait was worth it. Food is fresh and reasonably priced. I has the dry burrito with beans and tofu, quite a treat for the vegetarian visitor. Partner had the taco Quesadilla and son... More 

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Wayne County, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I guess I'd like to give it 3.5. I rounded up. We've eaten here twice now. This trip: super nachos and chicken ranchero quesadilla. Both tasted fine ... nothing seems to have come straight from a can ... and the service was professional. Not many options for parking in this area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A 'vibey', busy place downtown Ithaca. Even though they were busy, the service was very fast and efficient. Good food and drinks too. Try the chorizo quesidillas and nachos - both sure winners...

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My mole chicken burrito was delicious. Service was attentive and fast. You can choose a takeout counter or table service but either way it's fast and yummy. It's also nice to eat at a local joint as Moe's and Chipotle take over the world.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Stopped here to get take-out for dinner. Had a mixed plate with chicken and corn tortillas, with rice, beans guacamole and sour cream. Chicken was excellent in flavor, beans were fine, rice so-so and rather flavorless. I was a bit disappointed in the guacamole. Overall good value with reasonable food choices.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It's hard to beat Viva's great food, reasonable prices and friendly service. The only downside is it gets so loud in the restaurant at dinnertime you have to scream to be heard by the person sitting across from you. The saving graces are: 1) it's much quieter at lunch and 2) you can sit outside during dinner in good weather.

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Additional Information about Viva Taqueria & Cantina

Address: 101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: (607) 277-1752
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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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
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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