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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
(607) 277-1752
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Okay I am not a nacho expert, nor do I eat them all the time but these were good. Fresh guacamole and salsa toppings with not to much cheeses, the addition of beans was very nice. Sat outside on their patio on a beautiful sunny day, sipping well prepared Goat Margarita...perfect!

Thank Katherine M
Ithaca, NY
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153 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My colleague and I just had lunch at Viva. I hadn't been for lunch in years, and it was a most pleasant surprise! We were seated immediately, the server was friendly and efficient, and the food was fresh, hot, and tasty. I ordered the Cantina Platter, minus rice--and was offered slaw instead. The slaw was surprisingly tangy and delicious, and... More 

Thank Ithakan
Rochester, New York
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5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I arrived about 5:00 PM on a Saturday. I understand that Saturdays are busy times for restaurants, but we figured that this should've been early enough to be able to be seated. The host estimated that it would be a 30 minute wait, so we said ok and began waiting. And we waited. And waited. And waited.... More 

Thank pbielewicz
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there after a tour at Cornell. This was good and fast and we found prices to be reasonnable.

Thank 367PierreA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is DELICIOUS! you can tell that everything is made with fresh ingrediants. The restaurant is ALWAYS crowded. Some of their wait staff was friendly but others were not. The food and drinks make up for that. definitely a place you want to eat at when you are visiting Ithaca.

Thank Yahna T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh, fresh, fresh! outdoor ( or indoor) seating, order and carry out to tables or have wait staff take care of you. homemade chips and salsa. small plates so you can have a few to share or bigger sizes if you are really hungry. Really enjoyed the Mikey's margarita! but be careful...powerful!!

Thank Betsy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch the today and surprisingly the quality of food was excellent. I had the super covered burrito which included the shredded beef. Wife had the cheese quesadillas and everything that we had was excellent. Even the salsa and chips for good.

Thank OldDudeDiver
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a popular spot so expect a wait for dinner on the weekends. Being a vegetarian, I find there are some good choices available. The Super Nachos are good. My favorite is Tostadas with tofu. The meat eaters I know love the Carnitas. The service is good. The food can take some time to come when it's busy so... More 

Thank muffingal
Westmoreland, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped for lunch and the place was pretty packed and yet we were greeted warmly and received terrific service. I had the tostada/ enchilada combo and it was delicious! I'm not a big fan of Mexican (don't like guacamole, sour cream, spicy, etc.) and so this dish was perfect. I didn't leave one bite. My husband ordered the carnitas... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A pretty good selection of well-prepared Mexican foods. They also have a good selection of beers. Bueno!

Thank Bob C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: (607) 277-1752

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