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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

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Mexican
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great basic Mexican-style food at reasonable prices

This restaurant is always jammed when people are downtown--testament to their appeal to large segments of the population. I usually order at the window and take my food to the small tables or outside, rather than eating at the restaurant. The burritos are excellent with your choice of meat to go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
thambury
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Ithaca, New York
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  • Families with children
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Moorestown, New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

On a Monday night we arrived at 745pm and were not seated until 815, then didn't get out macho nacho appetizer until 845pm, then our main meal at 915pm Super slow and poor service. Ordered 3 hard tacos & tres amigos soft shell tacos. None of the food we ate was anything special. When the waitress took our silverware after... More 

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Dorking, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

So says my son who has had a few in his time. We had great service and all of our food was really good. Very reasonable price too. There was a queue for tables when we arrived but we got a table quickly although we would have been happy to sit at the bar for a while.

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Newark, New Jersey
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The food was quite tasty and the atmosphere was very lively. The service was friendly but a bit slow. The restaurant was very busy.

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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My parents, my sisters, brothers, cousins and I .we were on vacation...we wanted mexican food, went on line and found this place. Most of the reviews were good so we decided to give them a try. I'm not sure what irritated the waitress, but from the very start she was very loud, rude, sarcastic and obnoxious. for example, there were... More 

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Chenango Bridge, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The option between takeout and dining in set this place apart from most other restaurants fron the start. We dined in, and it was completely worth it. The ambience and decorations are very unique and set it apart from other mexican restaurants, as does the food, which was some of the best I've ever had. The service was excellent as... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

On vacation and saw this place packed with people on a Sunday evening. Decided to try it-best tasting Mexican food I've ever had. I had the Three Amigos Tacos (dinner) and hubby had one of their 12" burritos with vegetables. The meats were marinated with cilantro, fresh lime juice and spices, and the side dish vegetables were pickled carrots with... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

not crazy over Mexican food, but someone recommended it. The food was GREAT and our server, Ben, made it a great experience beyond the meal.

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Ithaca, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This restaurant is always jammed when people are downtown--testament to their appeal to large segments of the population. I usually order at the window and take my food to the small tables or outside, rather than eating at the restaurant. The burritos are excellent with your choice of meat to go with the beans, rice, onions, and (if you choose... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great Vegan Food on the menu! Great to learn they do a great selection of vegan and veggie dishes and a near perfect frozen Margarita

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Cream Ridge, New Jersey
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Walked by this place and it's always crowded. So we had to try it. The food was good and they had many drink specials. Would recommend.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?