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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: Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Late Night

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Mexican in Ithaca, NY

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
beckybob
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Ithaca, New York
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  • Families with children
  • Late Night
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Ithaca, New York
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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Orchard Park, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The macho nachos are really bueno!! They are some of the best we have had. Enjoy everything there for the past three years we have been visiting Ithaca. Even when we take-out food have had very good food. Can enjoy a good margarita too!

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Ithaca, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Viva Taqueria & Cantina is our "go to" place when we want a good meal at an excellent price. The menu is simple yet offers a great selection. The tequila based drink selection is excellent, their house wines are solid. We visit regularly (at least once per month) and have yet to be disappointed in the 5+ years we've been... More 

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Portland, Maine
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418 reviews 418 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We actually dined here twice in August 2014. We loved it! Authentically prepared Mexican cuisine right in the center of Ithaca. Pretty easy to find parking on the street. Once on a Friday night, we did have a short wait. ..we all ordered $5 margaritas at the bar. Menu is not overwhelming, and there are certainly enough choices. Vegetarian and... More 

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Cortland, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I say "best Mexican fare in the Ithaca/Cortland area" - but that is my opinion. I've been to other places and was not impressed. The beef tostadas here are great. They are my favorite. You get a decent amount of food for a decent price, and everything I've tried on the menu so far (and I've been there several times... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My husband and I have been here twice. We haven't been impressed either time. Maybe we got spoiled in California; I don't know. We've ordered takeout from there. For some reason, on their website, they don't make it all too clear that you don't have to order takeout from their specific takeout menu, and that you can order from the... More 

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Watkins Glen, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were just walking by and the smell coming from this place lured us in. We have lived in Texas and New Mexico and were hoping for some great TexMex food. We were quite disappointed. It is a nice enough, clean enough establishment - nothing fancy, but adequate. The waiter was ok as well. I have never been to a... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My friends and I often "default" to Viva for lunch. Hey, why not? Good-tasting food in an easy-going atmosphere. Sounds just right. Tastes even better.

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Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you like tequila this is the place! Good amount of tequilas ! The margaritas are really well made ... Their are really good here, good price , specially the happy hour, the food , for snack is better , like a meal is not the best but is good spot to be with friends

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Ithaca, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Our go to for great drinks, good food and very friendly staff. The Goat Margarita is my favorite where my wife loves the Sangria. The Queso with Chorizo is our favorite appetizer and any Burrito or Fajita is a good bet. Staff always friendly. Always worth the wait on a Friday after a long week of work. All the food... 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?