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Mate Factor Cafe

143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
+1 607-256-2056
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good39%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
18 Jan 2017
“Strange place, good coffee”
18 Sep 2016
“Cool, yet strange, tea house”
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143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

This cafe/teahouse is very dark and has a strange "healthy" menu probably based on the beliefs of the kind of commune that runs the place. Decor is strange and off-putting to me, but their service is invariably cheerful and they make a killer cappuccino (with...More

Thank Guaymita
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very friendly people, extremely cool interior, OK foods, good tea, and also the signature healing drink. Worth one visit. It is vey different than the Home Dairy, which used to live there.

Thank alison n
Reviewed 13 November 2015

The net result of what has been left is a mere wisp of what had been a marvelous Ithaca experience, a sadness.

Thank anavidpalate
Reviewed 13 September 2015

This was my first time in Ithaca (and it won't be my last!). My sister and I walked by this beautiful old Dairy Co. building and saw it was now a cafe. It looked so awesome inside, we just had to go in! It was...More

2  Thank Ginevera22
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We had a wonderful afternoon at the Mate Factor Cafe. Just so happens the Ithaca Commons was reopening the weekend we were visiting (after being under construction for 3 years) and the Mate had live music inside and they were giving away free Mate drinks...More

2  Thank arewethereyet3
Reviewed 8 July 2015

The Belgian waffles are among the best things in Ithaca, especially without the ice cream but with butter syrup and whipped cream. Can never have enough of those!

1  Thank ithacan_cornellian
Reviewed 11 June 2015

I'd say 5/10 business associates recommend Mate when we meet for lunch. It has a wide range of options, good cafe offerings, and a very intriguing atmosphere.

Thank muz4now
Reviewed 26 January 2015 via mobile

I have to say one of the best mochas ever. I don't generally eat the food.. Not my type of food.. Though waffles are really good.. Some people can't get past that they are a different religious type of group or commune ( not sure...More

1  Thank Amy W
Reviewed 3 November 2014

I have been to Mate Factor twice. The first time was a number of years ago when I stopped in for a Yerba Mate. Most recently, I went in because I decided to give their sandwiches and juice bar a go. Upon entering, you will...More

Thank Tim O
Reviewed 15 October 2014

We stopped on a whim while walking through the commons. The outside pulled us in and the inside was even better! We had a waffle and bagel. It's hard to mess either of those up and they didn't!

Thank LaineyJ4
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11 August 2016|
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Mate Factor has been closed for over a year. No signs of reopening.
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Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850-5543
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-256-2056
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