Viva Taqueria

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Ithaca
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  • Jaime J.
    "Loved the chicken mole enchiladas!! Also great chips and salsa."(5 Tips)
    Karteeka G.
    "Super nachos are absolutely delicious."(2 Tips)
    Liccy F.
    "try the tofu super burrito... the best!!!"(2 Tips)
    Sarkis D.
    "Very good vegan options and the margaritas really hit the spot!!"(12 Tips)
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  • Tyler W.
    Tyler WilsonSeptember 1, 2015
    If you like a Spanish food, and your in ithaca this is the Place to be! It's no bodega, like as if you were in the City..But they are on point! Great affordable food, And Margaritas if u into that:)👍
  • Lexi C.
    Lexi CastiglioneApril 12, 2016
    Like most of Ithaca, Viva has quite a few vegan/veg options yet doesn't have to sacrifice good taste just to achieve it. I always get the taqueria super burrito, which is enormous + filling + amazing.
  • James M.
    James M.July 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place for a meal under 10 bucks, also a great staff, and I am not just saying that cause I work here. Ask about our vegan or gluten free options!
  • Pete P.
    Pete PeknyNovember 10, 2013
    Stopped here with my Wrestling Team after the Ithaca Tournament, I was thoroughly impressed with this place! We'll definitely be back soon (We're headed to Cornell later this month). Thanks!!!
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie McMillenMarch 26, 2013
    I really like the food here. Its not 100% authentic Mexican, but for our area, its as good as it gets. I have always had great service here. Drinks are pricey, but good.
  • Darcy F.
    Darcy FrisinaAugust 19, 2013
    Apps tend to arrive at the same time here, which is a pain. It has happened to us multiple times. Mole is delicious, which is the reason we come back.
  • Emily T.
    Emily TurgeonOctober 21, 2014
    I've never had a bad experience here; their portions are substantial and delicious, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is vibrant yet comfortable.
  • Allie B.
    Allie BrownSeptember 18, 2010
    Awesome food, great service! For people with celiac's/on a gluten-free diet: The menu is almost completely gluten-free. The wait staff is very accommodating and helpful if you have questions.
  • Sara V.
    Sara VMay 10, 2014
    Try the chicken mole enchilada. It's delicious! The (slightly) pickled veggies were not so good. They should skip it and add more beans and rice.
  • Alissa B.
    Alissa BrennanJanuary 8, 2013
    Awesome chicken fajitas. Get a lot of food. Stellar guacamole & amazing fresh lemonade only $1.50
  • Zoe W.
    Zoe WongMay 12, 2013
    My favorites are the Super Nachos (or the Macho Nachos if you feel like beefing it up) and Steak Fajitas.
  • Tiffany M.
    Tiffany MayerJuly 1, 2013
    Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. The vegan nachos are fantastic. Even meat eaters devour them and rave.
  • Leela L.
    Leela LongakerAugust 30, 2015
    Best burritos I've had in my life! The staff are very nice and they have lots of vegan/vegetarian options
  • HLDG
    HLDGJuly 13, 2015
    Amazing food. Extremely gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Kid-friendly too. Worth the wait.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get on the chipotle tomatillo salsa bus and pair a chip and dip with a mezcal margarita.
  • Jaime J.
    Jaime JeroszkoOctober 16, 2011
    Loved the chicken mole enchiladas!! Also great chips and salsa. Nice atmosphere. No complaints from me! :)
  • Alexandra C.
    Alexandra ClintonFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the sangria... A good deal if you share a carafe with friends!
  • Leslie G.
    Leslie GottliebSeptember 4, 2015
    My 12 year old son loved the chicken quesquedilla. House salad is great too!
  • Karteeka G.
    Karteeka GosukondaMarch 2, 2015
    Super nachos are absolutely delicious. Burritos are bland. You might want to add hot sauces.
  • Corey J.
    Corey JenkinsJune 30, 2010
    Fantastic healthy mexican food. Chicken tacos are outstanding. I had a spicy pickled carrot which was good, but very spicy. Great food.
  • Elliot V.
    Elliot VosJanuary 30, 2016
    Great food! House margarita was not great, but enjoyed the pomagrita!
  • Cesidia M.
    Cesidia MariaAugust 20, 2014
    The quesadillas are great but only get one, they're pretty filling!
  • Sarkis D.
    Sarkis DramgotchianSeptember 23, 2013
    Very good vegan options and the margaritas really hit the spot!!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    Christmas colors are reflected in the cocktails mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco at Viva Taqueria.
  • Aadil B.
    Aadil BhattiSeptember 18
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the mole dishes. I've also enjoyed their quesadillas
  • Christopher V.
    Christopher VannJune 27, 2013
    Super fresh food / great staff . Healthy Healthy Jack !
  • Ana O.
    Ana OJuly 16, 2012
    Never had bad food here! Just smile and leave a tip, as with any restaurant ;-)
  • Molly L.
    Molly LuedemanJuly 15, 2013
    Great place to watch Ithaca wander by with a margarita in your hand :)
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa SternSeptember 9
    Calabacitas! I'm not a vegetarian but actually like this burrito more than the meat options
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenOctober 18, 2014
    Great food. Awesome happy hour drink specials
  • Holly D.
    Holly DJanuary 28
    share the nachos - worth it!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Viva Taqueria.
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiezNovember 11, 2013
    It's tex-mex, not real mexican, but quite good. Lots of food for cheap.
  • Vinnie D.
    Vinnie DaboulMay 14, 2015
    One of my favorite Mexican restarts in the U.S. FANTASTIC FOOD
  • Vinnie D.
    Vinnie DaboulOctober 6, 2014
    If you love Mexican you will love Viva.
  • Zack S.
    Zack StairAugust 16, 2013
    Anything with beef is amazing. It's so tender.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HershaftJuly 26, 2013
    Good margaritas! Reasonably priced.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Come to Viva Taqueria and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Crystal C.
    Crystal ConnJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Quick to go or a nice mix of local 'Mexican'
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Viva Taqueria, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Jesse F.
    Jesse FewkesAugust 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My personal favorite on the commons.
  • Michele K.
    Michele K.November 8, 2014
    The mole sauce is awesome!
  • Leela L.
    Leela LongakerAugust 30, 2015
    Be sure to try the queso fondito if u like cheese
  • Katie B.
    Katie BrownAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken taco salad with lime vinaigrette - ever time!
  • Ian P.
    Ian PerryJuly 11, 2012
    Margaritas are always the way to go
  • Kody K.
    Kody KentMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Food and drinks are A+ but needs more seating - 1+ hour waits for Mexican food is beyond ridiculous.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GasserJuly 19, 2013
    Margaritas are terrific!
  • Liccy F.
    Liccy FuentesNovember 22, 2010
    try the tofu super burrito... the best!!!
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GurrSeptember 5, 2011
    Salsa sampler + guac: very good idea. Read more
  • Jason R.
    Jason RuoffMay 4, 2013
    Best margaritas
  • Kaylee C.
    Kaylee CollinsOctober 15, 2011
    One of the best Mexican food joints on Earth!!
  • Phil W.
    Phil WilliamsMay 30, 2013
    Lets just say that Ithaca is a LONG way from Mexico.
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GouldJune 21, 2011
    The enchilada has chocolate on it. Watch your shit
  • Tyler W.
    Tyler WilsonSeptember 6, 2015
    Margaritas, and food!
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 20, 2012
    No one's looking for healthy Mexican cuisine, but this forgettable dump is begging to differ. Another tip for this place said "good if you're not an asshole." 9/10 patrons must be assholes then.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LeeAugust 20, 2011
    Burritos are enormous!
  • Christopher F.
    Good margaritas.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GuginoFebruary 11
    Been here 10+ times
    Drinks and Food
  • Best W.
    Best Western InnAugust 24, 2012
    Our staff loves your takeout!!!
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HoltFebruary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pomegritas are awesome!
  • Eric Thomas C.
    Eric Thomas CravenFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    James J. is a whiny baby because the nachos gave him the farts.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GarfieldAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Macho Machos
  • Bill E.
    Bill EhrlichJune 29, 2013
    Get the Goat!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TumbarelloFebruary 16, 2011
    Tequila Flights... brilliant.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BlaineMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Blonde bartender with sweet mohawk hair is a total babe!
  • James J.
    James JoyceMay 28, 2010
    Hostess won't seat you unless your entire party is there. That includes when one person is coming from the hospital. Also.. Food sucks.
  • Sean Q.
    Sean QuinnJune 17, 2013
    Bad food. Shady service. Sorry not sorry. Good cocktails though
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