Viva Taqueria

Mexican Restaurant and Bar
101 N Aurora St (at E State St.), Ithaca, NY 14850, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
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Outdoor Seating:

Based on 156 votes

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    Karteeka G.
    "Super nachos are absolutely delicious."(2 Tips)
    Jaime J.
    "Loved the chicken mole enchiladas!! Also great chips and salsa."(4 Tips)
    Sarkis D.
    "Very good vegan options and the margaritas really hit the spot!!"(8 Tips)
    Sara V.
    "Try the chicken mole enchilada."(3 Tips)
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  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • mole
  • nachos
  • happy hour
  • vegan food
  • trendy
  • burritos
  • lively
  • good for a quick meal
  • tequila
  • great value
  • quesadillas
  • chicken
  • casual
  • gluten-free food
  • house salad
  • comfortable
  • sangria
  • fresh lemonade
  • tan m.

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    tan miki · 3 days ago
  • Tyler W.

    Margaritas, and food!

    Tyler Wilson · September 6
  • Leslie G.

    My 12 year old son loved the chicken quesquedilla. House salad is great too!

    Leslie Gottlieb · September 4
  • Tyler W.

    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:)👍

    Tyler Wilson · September 1
  • Leela L.

    Be sure to try the queso fondito if u like cheese

    Leela Longaker · August 30
  • Leela L.

    Best burritos I've had in my life! The staff are very nice and they have lots of vegan/vegetarian options

    Leela Longaker · August 30
  • HLDG

    Amazing food. Extremely gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Kid-friendly too. Worth the wait.

    HLDG · July 13
  • Vinnie D.

    One of my favorite Mexican restarts in the U.S. FANTASTIC FOOD

    Vinnie Daboul · May 14
  • Karteeka G.

    Super nachos are absolutely delicious. Burritos are bland. You might want to add hot sauces.

  • Michele K.

    The mole sauce is awesome!

    Michele K. · November 8, 2014
  • Emily T.

    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.

    Emily Turgeon · October 21, 2014
  • Calvin M.

    Great food. Awesome happy hour drink specials

    Calvin Multanen · October 18, 2014
  • Vinnie D.

    If you love Mexican you will love Viva.

    Vinnie Daboul · October 6, 2014
  • Cesidia M.

    The quesadillas are great but only get one, they're pretty filling!

    Cesidia Maria · August 20, 2014
  • Chris G.

    Macho Machos

    Chris Garfield · August 9, 2014
  • Sara V.

    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.

    Sara V · May 10, 2014
  • Kody K.

    Food and drinks are A+ but needs more seating - 1+ hour waits for Mexican food is beyond ridiculous.

    Kody Kent · March 30, 2014
  • Juan D.

    It's tex-mex, not real mexican, but quite good. Lots of food for cheap.

    Juan Diez · November 11, 2013
  • Pete P.

    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!!!

    Pete Pekny · November 10, 2013
  • Sarkis D.

    Very good vegan options and the margaritas really hit the spot!!

    Sarkis Dramgotchian · September 23, 2013
  • Darcy F.

    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.

    Darcy Frisina · August 19, 2013
  • Zack S.

    Anything with beef is amazing. It's so tender.

    Zack Stair · August 16, 2013
  • Lisa H.

    Good margaritas! Reasonably priced.

    Lisa Hershaft · July 26, 2013
  • Jessica G.

    Margaritas are terrific!

    Jessica Gasser · July 19, 2013
  • Molly L.

    Great place to watch Ithaca wander by with a margarita in your hand :)

    Molly Luedeman · July 15, 2013
  • Tiffany M.

    Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. The vegan nachos are fantastic. Even meat eaters devour them and rave.

    Tiffany Mayer · July 1, 2013
  • Bill E.

    Get the Goat!

    Bill Ehrlich · June 29, 2013
  • Christopher V.

    Super fresh food / great staff . Healthy Healthy Jack !

    Christopher Vann · June 27, 2013
  • Sean Q.

    Bad food. Shady service. Sorry not sorry. Good cocktails though

    Sean Quinn · June 17, 2013
  • Phil W.

    Lets just say that Ithaca is a LONG way from Mexico.

    Phil Williams · May 30, 2013
  • Zoe W.

    My favorites are the Super Nachos (or the Macho Nachos if you feel like beefing it up) and Steak Fajitas.

    Zoe Wong · May 12, 2013
  • Jason R.

    Best margaritas

    Jason Ruoff · May 4, 2013
  • Valerie M.

    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.

    Valerie McMillen · March 26, 2013
  • Alexandra C.

    Try the sangria... A good deal if you share a carafe with friends!

    Alexandra Clinton · February 10, 2013
  • Alissa B.

    Awesome chicken fajitas. Get a lot of food. Stellar guacamole & amazing fresh lemonade only $1.50

    Alissa Brennan · January 8, 2013
  • Best W.

    Our staff loves your takeout!!!

    Best Western Inn · August 24, 2012
  • Katie B.

    Chicken taco salad with lime vinaigrette - ever time!

    Katie Brown · August 15, 2012
  • Crystal C.

    Quick to go or a nice mix of local 'Mexican'

    Crystal Conn · July 25, 2012
  • Ana O.

    Never had bad food here! Just smile and leave a tip, as with any restaurant ;-)

    Ana O · July 16, 2012
  • Ian P.

    Margaritas are always the way to go

    Ian Perry · July 11, 2012
  • James M.

    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!

    James M. · July 9, 2012
  • Mick B.

    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.

    Mick B · March 20, 2012
  • Amanda H.

    Pomegritas are awesome!

    Amanda Holt · February 21, 2012
  • Jaime J.

    Loved the chicken mole enchiladas!! Also great chips and salsa. Nice atmosphere. No complaints from me! :)

    Jaime Jeroszko · October 16, 2011
  • Kaylee C.

    One of the best Mexican food joints on Earth!!

    Kaylee Collins · October 15, 2011
  • Christopher G.

    Salsa sampler + guac: very good idea. Read more

    Christopher Gurr · September 5, 2011
  • Heather L.

    Burritos are enormous!

    Heather Lee · August 20, 2011
  • Aaron G.

    The enchilada has chocolate on it. Watch your shit

    Aaron Gould · June 21, 2011
  • Amanda B.

    Blonde bartender with sweet mohawk hair is a total babe!

    Amanda Blaine · March 2, 2011
  • Eric Thomas C.

    James J. is a whiny baby because the nachos gave him the farts.

    Eric Thomas Craven · February 19, 2011

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