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The State Diner

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

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    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
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This place is usually excellent and fast service. It is a bit noisy inside. I ordered a tripple-decker roast beef sandwich. It was good except the beef was all fat and not eatable. I had to pull out all the fat, which was all the beef. Don't order anything with roast beef. Breakfast is always... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hartwick
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is usually excellent and fast service. It is a bit noisy inside. I ordered a tripple-decker roast beef sandwich. It was good except the beef was all fat and not eatable. I had to pull out all the fat, which was all the beef. Don't order anything with roast beef. Breakfast is always good.

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Thank Hartwickvisitor
Ithaca, New York
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127 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The people are sweet and the food is ... okay. They serve diner food, hot off the grill. It tastes like diner food. The price is about right for what you get. It comes out quickly and still warm even on a cold winter day in Ithaca. That's pretty good on State Street, these days.

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Thank muz4now
Upstate New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Yes, there are many fine restaurants in Ithaca. We've seen them over a 60 year period. But one of our favorites remains the State Diner, the last of a breed of solid American food places (although my wife loves the Greek dishes there). The sandwiches are excellent and the regular meals are very good. I often ask for extra pickles... More 

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Thank Royal77
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

So it was last Saturday morning and six of us wanted to grab some food and haven't been here since the fire so decided to try it. Everything was absolutely disgusting! Out of our six, no one took more than a small bite of their food before stopping just because we didn't want those horrible tastes in our mouths! Our... More 

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Thank Anna S
Somers, New York, United States
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting our daughter for family weekend in Ithaca. We found this little gem when we moved her into college in August and knew we would be back!! It's an "old school" diner with seats at the counter and the cooking is done right in front of you!! We went for dinner one night- honestly just... More 

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Thank Susan L
Ithaca, New York
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74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

After reopening we tried one of our old time favorites to find that the shades made the place dark, the black tee shirts grisley, and the food ordinary to mediocre.

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Thank anavidpalate
New York City, New York
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99 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Ate at State quite a bit in College. Went back last weekend. Disappointing. Sat immediately, nice server. Ordered and food took forever. No coffee refill till we flagged someone down. Got up to ask about food. Food came a minute or so later. It was cool..clearly sitting for a while. Scrambled eggs were dry...clearly because they were re-heatet. Will try... More 

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Thank LazyPoint
Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

It's a diner. Very cheap and decent diner food. Open all hours, good for late night. Sometimes it can be hard to seat a group.

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Thank rosieb328
New Jersey
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164 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Service was very nice and friendly. The seats are unique and uncomfortable, the bottom folds up. The menu has a lot of choices and very affordable. The gyro omelet was very good, egg was a little over cooked. I would definetly come back.

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Thank Trkr483
Ithaca, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

good food ,and sizes fun staff great coleslaw (am a sort of cynosure) get a great meal but don't empty your wallet

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?