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The State Diner

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428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
607 272 6189
Today
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good service and delicious

We visited on a Sunday morning and were promptly seated. The service was excellent. There is something for everyone here. Our group had breakfast and lunch items and enjoyed it all. We will return next time in Ithaca.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Massachusetts
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English first
Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We visited on a Sunday morning and were promptly seated. The service was excellent. There is something for everyone here. Our group had breakfast and lunch items and enjoyed it all. We will return next time in Ithaca.

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I remember going to this place back in the 70's. It still has the same charm and feel it had back then. We go once a month as a date and we always enjoy our visit.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We like to have breakfast here when visiting Ithaca. We've also gone there for a late-night snack. No reservations but the friendly staff will do their best to seat you ASAP - and they don't even look harried. Not a gourmet sort of a place, but there's stick-to-the-ribs diner food here. And if you order the rice pudding you'll have... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We hit this diner for breakfast every time we are in Ithaca. Can't review any of their other food, but they serve a great breakfast, fast, hot and delicious.

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Binghamton, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

And better than ever! This place was hopping, & it was clear why--the food was great (Greek omelette @ our table, for Sunday brunch, w/toast, home fried potatoes & coffee, ) & service to match. Lots of great diner choices on the menu--was hard to chose. I was delighted to finally be back, & can't wait to get there again.... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Despite the extremely busy situation on a Sunday morning, the service was very cheerful, friendly and apologetic for the slow delivery of food. We waited over 45 minutes for basic diner fare, and we were understandably ravenous by the time it was delivered. The Florentine omelette arrived almost 10 minutes after the other two orders of pancakes and steak&eggs. The... More 

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Upstate, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Want a GREAT breakfast? This is the place! Family owned old style Greek Diner in downtown Ithaca. Huge portions, small price.Hearty, simple food. Clean restaurant, super pleasant staff. Excellent food. Be sure and try the mediterranean omelet made with real gyros. This visit, I had the sausage gravy over homemade biscuits, home fries. DIL had Raspberry pancakes, (huge ones) and... More 

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Washington DC
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175 reviews 175 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

and in Ithaca that says it all - It's old, it's Ithaca. It's quirky, Ir's Ithaca. It's fun - yes, it's Ithaca!!!

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Ithaca, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This gets five stars for restaurants in its category--it's a diner/coffee shop, and it serves great diner/coffee shop food, especially great breakfasts, which you can order any time, The bacon is the best I've eaten just about anywhere--flavorful and cooked to a perfect crispness. The cheese omelets (I like the old-fashioned American-cheese kind, but you also can order other kinds)... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went for dinner. If you like home cooking and whoever cooks at your home is good at heating stuff up out of a can, this is your place. I like that kind of thing, so I thought the food was good. My wife, a foodie, said Guy Fieri would run away. The diner atmosphere is pleasant, although the music... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607 272 6189

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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