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“Yummy fresh Mexican food”

Viva Taqueria & Cantina
Ranked #20 of 265 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours
Vermont
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Yummy fresh Mexican food”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Loved this place. Right in the center of town. Big portions of fresh, delicious food, with lots of choices. Low prices, four of us ate with tip for $50.

Visited February 2012
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Valencia, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great spot for a quick meal or some tasty cocktails with friends.”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Definitely one of my favorite go to spots when I am in town. For quick to go food the take-away side is perfect. The bar/restaurant side is great for meeting up with friends after work or on the weekend. During the summer sitting outside is really nice.

  • Visited January 2012
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Newfield, New York
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Terrible service”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Ok So the service here sucks!!! but the food and the margaritas are tasty

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Alpine, New York
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best price to value relation around”
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Best price to value relation there is around. The food is always tasty, the atmosphere enjoyable, the staff is always friendly and helpful, the house margarita is a must, especially during happy hour. They have a well maintained selection of Tequilas and the Bartenders are capable and willing to help to chose. The vegetables are always fresh, the Tacos well prepared and the home made Salsas deserve our praise.
I recommend Viva Taqueria to everyone as a good place to meet a wide spectrum of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds on a regular basis.

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Cortland, NY
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic Margarita selection, great food, crowded bar area”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

We try to eat other places, but usually when we're looking for a place to eat in Ithaca our car automatically searches for a parking spot near Viva. It's hard to resist. The prices are very reasonable a small casual restaurant. The food is great, the decor is interesting, and the Margaritas are the best in town—esp. the Super Premium with the shot of Grand Mariner on the side. Best value is the Rock Hudson. Drink prices are reasonable. Wait staff has always been courteous and ready to make things right or honor special requests.

Worst part is this place is so popular, the wait can be long, esp. if there is some special college event that night (2 area colleges in one town) it's a long wait for a table. A long wait wouldn't be a negative (actually can be a positive because of the Margaritas) IF they had a larger bar area, but the bar area is VERY small and narrow and everyone crowds in like Sardines in a tin while waiting for their table for 30 min on a busy night. Usually you end up crowded around each other getting bumped and smushed while people try to get by you trying to find a standing spot of their own, or get to the bar lined with people to try and order a drink. That's absolutely the ONLY negative I can say about Viva. They are such a popular spot, they really have outgrown this location. They are a victim of their own success. : )

We've eaten here for YEARS and always been satisfied with the food, service, and drinks.

  • Visited November 2011
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