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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, Late Night

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  • 67
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Gluten free Mexican food!

Love Viva!! One of my Ithaca favorites! Pros: 1) Wonderful margaritas!!!! 2) Great options for gluten free (especially for those with gluten allergies/celiac disease) and vegetarians---everyone can find something here! The staff is very careful (and knowledgable) about cross contamination... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
squirrels17
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Families with children
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Love Viva!! One of my Ithaca favorites! Pros: 1) Wonderful margaritas!!!! 2) Great options for gluten free (especially for those with gluten allergies/celiac disease) and vegetarians---everyone can find something here! The staff is very careful (and knowledgable) about cross contamination and allergy issues! 3) decent size portions! 4) fantastic atmosphere! Lovely decor! perfect location in the commons! 5) great quality... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Good thing this place has great drinks and food because their waitstaff is the worst. My friend and I wait 15 minutes before we were asked "do you wanna order?" It was at least a half hour before our waitress came back each time. Then we moved to the bar assuming we would get better service. We couldn't have been... More 

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

As a local, I have tried nearly every local place for Margaritas. My sister and I love to go you Viva and order dome if their excellent NACHOS and a goat. Goats are one of the house margaritas. What we like about Viva is the wide selection of Tequila, the knowledgeable bartenders, and the endless variation of margaritas they will... More 

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Ithaca NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is very unpretentious, blue jeans place that attracts locals, Cornell and Ithaca College students especially Friday and Saturday nights. There is outdoor sidewalk seating in good weather great for people-watching. Service is friendly and efficient. The "House Margarita" is delicious. Restaurant is located in central downtown Ithaca in an old brick building that retains the brick walls inside and... More 

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Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

If you want quiet atmosphere, this place is not for you. We dined here on a Saturday evening when visiting family. There was a wait, but we were able to sit in the back and enjoy a margarita. When we were seated, our server was attentive. The appetizers weren't huge but tasty nonetheless. All of our dinners were delicious...the slaw... More 

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South of Boston
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My husband liked this just fine. My chicken enchilada was good, but the black beans were "eh" and the rice was poor. (It tasted as if a very small packet of taco seasoning had been added to the rice water.) It was very loud. There was a 30 minute wait on a Saturday night. The service was excellent.

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Ithaca, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The festive interior and outdoor seating are the main draws here... great happy hour spot... not anything like an authentic Mexican meal, but fresh ingredients and generous portions... Try the escabeche and the mole.

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Wiconisco
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I LOVE Viva's food. It tastes so fresh and flavorful. The service is quick and friendly. Their guacamole is AMAZING!!! The best part is how reasonable their prices are. I can't recommend them enough!!

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Ithaca, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I have had great food every time I have come with friends; however, during the weekend when Cornell is in session, it can be quite busy. Even waiting at the bar and enjoying one of their tasty margaritas, the bar can be busy. However, this is one of our favorite places to eat in Ithaca and so we keep coming... More 

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

And that's because there's not much going on in the way of Mexican food in Ithaca, NY. This restaurant is centrally located downtown and, while it's good, it's not great. We've been a half-dozen times between 2012-2015 and, having grown up with Mexican food and spent a good amount of time in Mexico, this is not our idea of authentic... More 

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