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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
+1 607-277-1752
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Viva is our go to place for dinner! They have great food (which all tastes the same just different combinations). The service is usually fun and energetic and the drinks are good as well. There is outdoor seating for nice temperatures outdoor as well. We love the nachos.

Thank Brianna C
Ithaca, New York
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food and drinks at a reasonable price. But expect a long wait if you go during dinner time - so have some nachos and a marquarita.

Thank fourtunas
Rochester, New York
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Cute décor on this place. Friendly, competent wait staff. Drink was delicious. Food had good and bad points but was overall decent. I would go there again if I was in Ithaca and in the mood for Mexican.

Thank Everloving
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

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
69 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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 October 10, 2016

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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127 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank 367PierreA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

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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79 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

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 October 5, 2016 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

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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, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
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: +1 607-277-1752

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