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Mate Factor Cafe

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143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
+1 607-256-2056
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Very friendly people, extremely cool interior, OK foods, good tea, and also the signature healing drink. Worth one visit. It is vey different than the Home Dairy, which used to live there.

Thank alison n
Ithaca, New York
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

The net result of what has been left is a mere wisp of what had been a marvelous Ithaca experience, a sadness.

Thank anavidpalate
Rochester, New York
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

This was my first time in Ithaca (and it won't be my last!). My sister and I walked by this beautiful old Dairy Co. building and saw it was now a cafe. It looked so awesome inside, we just had to go in! It was like walking through a door and entering a hobbit woods! Very unique atmosphere. We had... More 

2 Thank Ginevera22
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2015

We had a wonderful afternoon at the Mate Factor Cafe. Just so happens the Ithaca Commons was reopening the weekend we were visiting (after being under construction for 3 years) and the Mate had live music inside and they were giving away free Mate drinks & sandwiches!! Yum!! Jonathan was so warm and charming and the atmosphere was just, aaaahhhhhhh.

2 Thank arewethereyet3
Ithaca, New York
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Belgian waffles are among the best things in Ithaca, especially without the ice cream but with butter syrup and whipped cream. Can never have enough of those!

1 Thank ithacan_cornellian
Ithaca, New York
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167 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2015

I'd say 5/10 business associates recommend Mate when we meet for lunch. It has a wide range of options, good cafe offerings, and a very intriguing atmosphere.

Thank muz4now
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

I have to say one of the best mochas ever. I don't generally eat the food.. Not my type of food.. Though waffles are really good.. Some people can't get past that they are a different religious type of group or commune ( not sure which one ) they've never bothered me about it. Friendly and nice. Atmosphere is quite... More 

1 Thank BA1100n
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been to Mate Factor twice. The first time was a number of years ago when I stopped in for a Yerba Mate. Most recently, I went in because I decided to give their sandwiches and juice bar a go. Upon entering, you will undoubtedly be struck by the decor. It's a bit "The Hobbit" meets "Country Junction." I... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped on a whim while walking through the commons. The outside pulled us in and the inside was even better! We had a waffle and bagel. It's hard to mess either of those up and they didn't!

Thank LaineyJ4
Missoula, Montana
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48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

The atmosphere is great, very earthy and theatrical. There is a tree that grows in the entry-way, and the whole place feels like you are in Lord of the Rings. The Mate is great, very scrumptious, and the overall experience is really cool.

Thank csquared2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-256-2056

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?