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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

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) #18 of 205 Restaurants in Ithaca $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
+1 607-277-1752
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
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Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

Viva is fine if you are in the mood for inexpensive Mexican food with no surprises. That is exactly what you will get. Nothing more, and nothing less. Long live Viva!

Thank Starchfromithaca
Reviewed February 25, 2016

A group of 7 of us went on an early Wednesday evening. Already the place was crowded. It was a little difficult to get to the bar. Happy hour ended immediately at 6:00 PM. Although the prices looked inexpensive on the menu, everything was ala...More

Thank kwebster2
Reviewed February 20, 2016

Viva was doing a brisk business when I went in to do lunch with a friend. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table, and we each bought a pint at the bar. The food was good (keep an eye on the "hotness", or...More

Thank branc
Reviewed February 17, 2016

Good Mexican food for a restaurant so far north! Chip are fresh and salsa is good. Only down side is the size. Small restaurant, with limited setting and always crowded.

Thank Lori B
Reviewed February 7, 2016

Viva is very affordable. It has a great quick order and go area for those in a rush. The tacos and quesadillas are the most affordable.

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

Fresh squeezed lime juice in these fantastic margaritas! Try the goat, its banging. The dude with the man bun is an awesome bartender! Food is mostly organic and fresh and filling and pretty ok

Thank Ashley B
Reviewed January 18, 2016

Always a safe bet for dining in Ithaca. Never had a bad experience here. I'm impressed by the portion sizes and the inclusion of vegan options. I will be back time and time again. I also love Mexican beer and they have good options.

Thank n02578845
Reviewed January 13, 2016

This is a great place to stop in for an inexpensive and tasty burrito or soft taco. I don't enjoy the sit down meals and larger platters because it tends to be a little repetitive if you eat too much it.

Thank spidergirlotburg
Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

The food here is ok but be sure that is not Mexican , is more like Tex mex....perfect for a little chat with friends specially over a margarita... The margaritas here in other order of ideas are out of the world... Good prices, perfect for...More

Thank Choko M
Reviewed December 10, 2015

Comfortable to eat in and excellent for takeout, which is quick and offers decent sized portions. The service has always been pleasant and quick.

Thank anavidpalate
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Julia H
August 28, 2016|
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Response from RealtorBarb | Reviewed this property |
They definitely do have gluten free and vegan choices. We have one gluten free family member and three vegetarians. Our grandson had just graduated from Cornell and is vegan, he ate there all the time.
Tricia A
May 18, 2016|
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Response from kwebster2 | Reviewed this property |
What I can tell you is that a table for 8 of us was set up ahead of time. However, because I did not make the plans to eat here, I am not sure that making reservations is a standard policy. Most often in Ithaca, a 'call... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
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
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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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