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The State Diner

American, Diner
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428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
607 272 6189
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unassuming, delicious food, with a nostalgic sensibility. The State Diner delivers on what you would expect out of a typical American diner. (10/15/16) Food 4/5 | Ambience 3/5 | Service 5/5 | Value 3/5 Pros: good variety of food, great service, friendly staff Cons: some meals have more value than others, price matches quality of food but not atmosphere ----... More 

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

I have been here many times for lunch, breakfast and dinner. I enjoy their Greek salad. The food is basic diner food but it's affordable and reliable. I have never had a bad meal here. The burgers are good and the pancakes as well. The servers are friendly and it's cozy. On the weekends, expect a short wait.

Thank muffingal
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed breakfast here this morning. There was a bit of a wait, because the placed was packed and buzzing, full of Sunday Brunchers. We had the standard eggs & toast with home fries, but t was a delicious, and not at all greasy. Tomorrow is our last day in this area, so we'll be heading there for breakfast again. Reasonable... More 

1 Thank Edith M
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Friendly service. Good food. Convenient location downtown. A bit dirty looking in front, sit in the seats behind the cashier, nicer back there. More of the historical art deco look in back. Have been here before and will go back again when I need a quick meal in the area.

Thank BL_LI
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

My daughter and I had lunch on a Monday. We were in and out in 25 minutes. She loves the food, while I thought it was just okay. I personally think that the prices are a little high. The wait staff was friendly and attentive.

Thank Christina R
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135 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

As students in the 60's, we hung out hear often. It hasn't changed much, and still offers great diner food. How can one resist a burger topped with a fried egg? Brought back great memories

Thank GaryfromChevyChase
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

We went there bc their website said, open 24/7. We were greeted with a "kitchen closes in 25 minutes." I ordered a chili cheese hot dog and fries. Husband ordered a 4 piece fried chicken. To which the cook yelled 4 piece!! That will take all night! "While another cook already dropped them in the frier. The cook or whoever... More 

Thank Mary Ellen J
Syosset, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Eating at The State Diner is like eating from a blast from the past. It's an old world dining establishment. The people working there are so hard working and super friendly. It's a very very busy place and they pump out the food really quickly. The eggs and omelets are cooked to order and come out piping hot and delicious.... More 

Thank MissS85
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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173 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

This is your typical diner. They pack them in, serve great food with huge portions at more than reasonable prices and the waitress calls you honey. We had a bit of a wait but it was worth it as we love these types of places. My breakfast was hot, tasty and way more than I could ever eat. If I... More 

Thank Electraglide2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

We went for dinner about 8pm on a week night in mid May. There was almost no one there. Our waitress was extremely attentive and friendly. She really added to our experience. Our food came out very quickly. We had a regular turkey club and a turkey club wrap. Both were very good and especially tasty. The cole slaw was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607 272 6189

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