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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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361 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for lunch, 8 all together, 3 kids. Very accommodating. Best quac in a long time. Burritos very good, fresh chunks of garlic good touch. Kids loved the quesadillas. Pretty good Mexican beer choices on tap. Lots of vegetarian choices

Thank kjm55
Ithaca, New York
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here seemed super fresh (can you really beat fresh salsa and guac?!) and was very tasty. The service was quick and friendly, with just enough attention. The outside seating is great for nice weather. Seating inside is a little tight as it's very busy and the tables are close together. Not a great spot for intimacy, but great... More 

Thank Steph W
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed excellent service and delicious food. Our family ordered tacos, enchiladas, chicken burrito and smothered chicken burrito. We also ordered chips and salsa to accompany our meal. The salsa was amazing. Our waiter was attentive, energetic and very helpful.

Thank Lisb1279
Ithaca, New York
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 are seats outside (in the summer), where we can still enjoy the good food -... More 

Thank Jeffrey L
Rochester, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 is very chill but the service is remarkably fast. I try to stop by Viva... More 

Thank Ohgorges
Ithaca, New York
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 places around, so I guess you're sort of stuck with it if you're really in... More 

Thank mnathani
Ithaca, New York
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 .

1 Thank Etienne M
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 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
Reviewed 3 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 was decorated quite colorfully btw my granddaughter had 2 orders of guacamole that's how good... 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, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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?