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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
+1 607-277-1752
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (26 reviews)
“escabeche” (9 reviews)
“guacamole” (20 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

This restaurant has some of the best Mexican food at good prices, but crowds and loud noise come with that. The acoustics are terrible, and as a senior citizen, my wife and I can't hear each other talking. We now only eat there when there...More

Thank Jeffrey L
Reviewed 13 March 2017

At Viva Taqueria & Cantina, you can opt for counter service or sit down. The food is delicious and the beers are mighty cold. I had the Tostada plate and my partner had the Viva Platter. The servers are very nice and helpful. The vibe...More

Thank Ohgorges
Reviewed 4 March 2017

In the Spring , Summer and Fall This outside or Curbside Eatery can bring some Tasteful fast Mexican Treats. In Ithaca NY a College-town of 35K Students the food is OK , but still not as good as a Mom + Pop Mexican Restaurant.

Thank Orlando A
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Although the atmosphere is nice, casual and family friendly, the food was severely lacking. The steak in my fajitas was overcooked and bland, and the rest of the toppings were not fresh or tasty in the least. It's one of the few sit down Tex-Mex...More

Thank mnathani
Reviewed 22 February 2017

As a regular "take-out" patron I am regularly surprised at the number of clients eating in as well as the business at the bar. If you want to observe excellent beverage"technicians" go look at their cocktail production - non-stop, precise, and a pleasure to observe...More

1  Thank Etienne M
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

The evening before my fiancé and I popped into the bar for margaritas and after smelling the delicious smells wafting from the kitchen we returned the next evening for dinner. The drinks are good and well priced. You can get any variety of margarita your...More

Thank jessysage
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I had the pleasure of being introduced to this restaurant by my 5 year old granddaughter.she knew exactly what she wanted black beans, rice, guacamole with chips lol! I ordered chicken fajita hubby got the beef fajita food was priced right very yummy! also restaurant...More

Thank eigram66
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It is hard to find good Latin food here but they do a really good job. It's always fresh, tasty and quick. They are friendly and do a great job.

1  Thank K S
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The AMAZING bar staff, including Ben and Daddy Sam treated me great. Their cocktails were delicious and made with love and passion. I highly recommend and will most definitely be back for more. The service and the drinks will keep me coming for years. That...More

4  Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 16 November 2016 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...More

2  Thank Brianna C
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Julia H
Do you have gluten free options?
28 August 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
Do you take reservations?
18 May 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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail