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The State Diner

428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
607 272 6189
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Ranked #76 of 243 Restaurants in Ithaca
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Ellicott City, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

I got a sense when I walked in that this would be the typical greasy spoon. I chose to order something very basic, chicken fingers, as I thought they would be a safe option. It took a while for the waiter to take our order and then he forgot about the drinks. Another waitress came over and we asked her... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Ok, so the State Diner is average all around. The one redeeming factor is the gravy & cheese fries! This is greasy spoon nirvana! The fries are blister-hot, and the brown gravy/melted cheese makes the BEST topper. It's hard to find this dish (common up North) so every time I return, I get my fix of this delicious dish of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The State Diner cool from the front. We were seated quickly just before their usual weekend rush. The place seems frantic, even a bit chaotic, but there is a charm to that. The service was friendly and rushed. A great menu but the food we ordered was very bland and boring in our opinion. Granted, this is a diner but... More 

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Additional Information about The State Diner

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

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