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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
Good for:
Families with children

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    Very good
  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun, casual fare

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
stealingtruth
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Ithaca, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Late Night
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South of Boston
Senior Contributor
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Orchard Park, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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481 reviews 481 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
243 helpful votes 243 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
39 helpful votes 39 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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?