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The State Diner

American, Diner
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428 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5220
+1 607-272-6189
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a quarter pound hamburger cheeseburger with fries. The burger covered about half the bun and was sub-par quality. But the server we had was excellent. Super down to earth and funny. I didn't enjoy the food but the experience was heightened due to the lovely server we had. I would return just for that, and for having pretty... More 

Thank KurryKitty
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We had breakfast here, the food was ok. Basic diner food. The service was excellent. Or server was very nice and funny. There were 7 of us. One of waitresses refused to let us sit in 2 booths back to back. Reason being, she wanted to keep the larger booth for a larger group. She put the 3 of us... More 

Thank gwen h
Rochester, New York
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Nothing amazing, but the food is good, service is fast, and it is a nice place. It is an easy walk from the Commons or almost anywhere in the downtown area.

Thank Loren48503
Rochester, New York
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

dropped in for breakfast/brunch on our way home. It is as advertised a diner. Hugh menu, comfort food (all well done and presented excellently). It was delicious and the service top notch. What more can you say. Good value for the money.

Thank Randler
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a reasonably priced breakfast joint with good food and a friendly atmosphere, this is the place. It's a bit crowded on weekends but that doesn't mean you have to wait a long time for your order.

Thank Rick E
Earth, Texas
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Tired and hungry after a long drive, found the State Diner around 8:30pm. Wait staff were very young, and personable. Took a booth and decided on breakfast; it was too late for a big meal. Food was cooked perfectly ; egg & cheese on english muffin well done for me, and egg platter for my wife. Delicious! Food came fast,... More 

Thank Maraudermick
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Essentially what you expect from a diner. Specialties lay in traditional diner fare like breakfast and chili/soups. The food came out very quickly, indicating it was most likely reheated. Nonetheless, it was still good, but likely not the best meal you'll have in a week.

Thank PghPanther2014
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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 October 4, 2016 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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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 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 

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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
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: +1 607-272-6189

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