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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The decor was authentic but the service was a bit slow. The margaritas were over priced so make sure you go for happy hour.

Thank Amber D
Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The folks who run this restaurant have spent some serious time in the Southwest, and my husband and I (who lived in Texas and spent a lot of time in New Mexico) are always impressed with the authenticity of the food here. They also have a huge collection of tequilas! It's crowded and noisy and totally atmospheric. Bring a good... More 

Thank Deborah D
Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Viva is a no-frills "Mexithaca" restaurant. It is well-priced (mostly), sources local ingredients, has options for all sorts of eaters, and has consistently sufficient service. Drinks are both reasonably priced and reasonably steady, and every plate comes with more than enough food to satisfy. It can get very busy most nights of the week, so be prepared to wait. You... More 

Thank JakeM513
New Jersey
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great authentic atmosphere and the food was even better. We're really glad we found this place. All three of us in my party cleaned our plates. We each had something different. Two us us, including myself had combination dishes and both of my items were delicious and just the right amount.

1 Thank Rick E
Porto, Portugal
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice Frozen Margaridas and good food. Sympathetic staff and obviously the place to be in Ithaca.

1 Thank swopo
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seems like mostly a college place. Lots of tequila and margarita options. Food was fresh and made there. Service was slow.

Thank NorthPotomac4
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Similar to another recent review, I have been coming here over the years on visits home but not again. The decor, atmosphere and the menus all looked 'tired'. We waited a long time for our food to arrive and it was just not very good. Also, beware the diet colas as they are their own brand and were watery. The... More 

Thank Athyrium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love Mexican food and margaritas, you won't be disappointed. Ate here the first time almost 18 years ago, and now its always on my list for return visits to Ithaca. It's just as good as I remember it from college!

Thank Christi B
Ithaca, New York
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been a regular customer here since they opened. Until a couple of years ago, I would have given top marks for food quality and consistency both in the restaurant, the walk up window and for take out, as well as for service. In my experience over the past couple of years, things are going down hill. The consistency of... More 

Thank bluetrail
Boston, Massachusetts
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61 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bar/restaurant with full Mexican menu with usual items (tacos, burritos, fajitas) as well as some tostadas and enchiladas for more traditional options. Good service and reasonable prices.

Thank Brad781

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?