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Viva Taqueria & Cantina

) #19 of 205 Restaurants in Ithaca $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
+1 607-277-1752
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (26 reviews)
“guacamole” (23 reviews)
“escabeche” (9 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
101 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4301
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really at the "hangry" state when we realized nothing was open near our bed and breakfast and headed into Ithaca. There was a bit of a wait at Viva, but we were able to get a drink, tortilla chips, salsa and guac at...More

Thank JenLib
Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice thing here is that you can choose a table with service, or have a quick to go and pick up your food to some other tables. And the menu has many Mexican options that sound interesting. We ordered the guacamole, which wasn't fresh...More

Thank frenkie_boy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was phenomenal! Very very flavorful. My chicken taco salad was not the typical salad in an over-sized taco shell/bowl which was disappointing, but-as advertised. It was a salad with three tortilla chips on the side. The mini nachos are VERY mini, but very...More

Thank Flymetothemoonphoto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wife and I visiting the area looking for local treats . It was a ok experience, very laid back , a bit slow of service, but quick on food ! Most items are not made in house , guacamole was definitely bought ! Food...More

Thank Rykeegan85
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Good service. Outdoor seating. Good, relatively inexpensive, probably popular for students that want frozen margaritas and basic munchies. Was recommended to me because of "really good lime vinaigrette or buttermilk-salsa dressings" on the salad. I can confirm the chicken salad with lime vinaigrette was very...More

Thank fpathdoc
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Great spot for mexican food. Appreciate that they allow dogs to join you for outside seating... Frozen margaritas are tasty!

Thank Sharon O
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We love Mexican food so we thought we would try it out. YUM! The restaurant was busy so we gave the host our name and then got a drink at the bar. Within 10 minutes the host came up to me and said a table...More

Thank MotorcycleMamaw
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

A great Mexican restaurant with a nice atmosphere. We went for lunch and our server was very attentive. The salsa we ordered for our appetizer was nothing special, but our burritos were fresh and delicious!

Thank leolszewski
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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, Groups, Kids, 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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