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The State Diner

428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
607 272 6189
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Ranked #90 of 240 Restaurants in Ithaca
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Upstate, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
487 reviews 487 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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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