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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

) #18 of 206 Restaurants in Ithaca ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican, , Latin
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
+1 607-277-1752
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (27 reviews)
“guacamole” (23 reviews)
“escabeche” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Look, I'm from Texas, so I have a very specific idea of what Mexican food should be, and I've yet to encounter it outside of the state. But Viva is good Mexican for being this far north! And the atmosphere and service was so top-notch...More

Thank julie248
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Service was fast, house margarita & nachos were good. Rest of order came out wrong & was not good. Price was good.

Thank Relleog
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped in for lunch while 'touristing' two days in a row. Excellent both times. Tasty and good portions. Attentive service and reasonably priced. I really liked the vibe there.

Thank Wallis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good mexican. There are two lines. One for the normal restaurant and the second for fast service and quick ordering. The second is the way to go. Menu is the same plus you can save a few bucks from tipping (sorry...just being honest). Get...More

Thank Joshua O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner here a couple of nights ago. What an awesome experience! The margaritas were delicious, the shredded pork burrito was to die for, and the green chile enchiladas were perfect. Best Mexican food we've had in years.

Thank Diane A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Celebrated a birthday at this wonderful restaurant. The menu was interesting and an excellent value. Everything tasted fresh and authentic. Service was excellent and our wait was a quick 5 minutes to be seated.

Thank Elobflow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food at a good price. Two vegans had great burritos (one with beans and one with tofu filling). My husband loved the mole sauce. Our server was lovely. It was an excellent meal.

Thank Lumpyspacequeen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Mexican place located in the center of Ithaca, reasonably priced, good service and good food. In and outside seating available, parking is on street, meters. Good selection of local brews.

Thank rex e
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I must preface this review by noting, having recently returned from Seattle, this place just can't compare with the many wonderful Mexican restaurants we encountered there. Mexican food should be flavorful, affordable, well sauced, and be served with tasty sides. Pickled veg is not what...More

Thank megrarian57
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Delicious, healthy, and reasonably-sized portions of delicious Mexican food can be found at Viva Taqueria. Lovely, fruity drink specials can be had -- a bit on the strong side - be forewarned. We went to this restaurant twice over our 3-day stay in the area...More

Thank Dancinggirl2014
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Julia H
29 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
19 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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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