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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Ithaca, New York
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 .

Thank Etienne M
Level Contributor
36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 looking for for a decent price. The food leaves something to be desired. I ordered... More 

Thank jessysage
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 was decorated quite colorfully btw my granddaughter had 2 orders of guacamole that's how good... More 

Thank eigram66
Ithaca, New York
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 skinny one with a nice butt will keep customers more than satisfied!

4 Thank Andrew S
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 love the nachos.

2 Thank Brianna C
Ithaca, New York
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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.

2 Thank fourtunas
Rochester, New York
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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 

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, 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

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