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The State Diner

428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
607 272 6189
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Ranked #115 of 237 restaurants in Ithaca
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Most recent review
- Jul 3, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
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38 reviews from our community

42% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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Syracuse, New York, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We looked high and low for a place to grab a greasy breakfast. The Lincoln was closed on Sundays and we ended up at The State. Service was friendly but food was mediocre at best. The breakfast arrived intermittently and my friend wasn't served her two poached eggs until we were almost done. The home fries tasted like they had... More

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Top Contributor
446 reviews 446 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

here's a terrific, typical, greek-specialty old diner... we loved coming in here at 4 on black Friday morning and watching the bale of hash browns vanish... a little shopworn but that's part of the charm...

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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A great spot to hit up diner food. Could not ask more from a diner experience. Omelettes and milkshakes were perfect and hit the spot. Definitely really good food for the price you pay!

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Slingerlands, New York
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392 reviews 392 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

A great diner delivers and experience as well as a meal. It is evident from the minute you walk in the door. The stainless steel, the vinyl upholstery, in this case the domed ceiling, from the time we walked in, it was obvious that this was the real deal. The place is a local institution having been closed for a... More

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Seattle, Washington
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64 reviews 64 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Good basic diner food, fast service, reasonable prices. Our table of 7 was seated promptly and served fast. Eggs came as ordered (not something I take for granted when asking for runny poached eggs), good Belgian waffle with fruit and whipped cream, good omelets. It's age to swap out toast for a bagel here, as the bagels are decent. Good... More

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Utica, New York
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218 reviews 218 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

If you're a person who enjoys the retro diner experience, good place to go. The food is ok, nothing special, and the service is idiosyncratic -- some people like the brashness of diner service. It's a piece of Americana, genuine. And if you go in with that attitude, you'll enjoy it. Face it... Diner food was never cuisine. This is... More

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Ithaca, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Eating here for many years, nothing to write home about, just the town diner... Good for coffee and the usual stuff you'd have in a diner...

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