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

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  • 12
    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 old fashioned diner

Hit the State Diner for breakfast on a recent Sunday -- place was jumping (in fact there was a 15-minute wait or so -- and it hit all the right marks. If you are into diners, put this one on your list.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Ithaca, New York
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The best breakfast in town. Fast service. No nonsense and excellent staff. Good value. Family run. An Ithaca institution.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Hit the State Diner for breakfast on a recent Sunday -- place was jumping (in fact there was a 15-minute wait or so -- and it hit all the right marks. If you are into diners, put this one on your list.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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404 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The food here is what you expect from a diner, at least at breakfast. Dependable eggs, potatoes, toast served all the usual ways. Lots of servers. Facility is small but clean. Located on far (but quiet end) of State Street from the universities.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Had breakfast with the family in a stop through Ithaca. The food was very good quality, served fast and hot. Our server was great and, when I realized that I'd left my coat there, I called and spoke to one of the owners. He couldn't have been nicer and they were extremely helpful getting it back to me.

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Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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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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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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