Viva Taqueria and Cantina

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )

101 N Aurora St (at E Seneca St), Ithaca, New York, USA, 14850

Serves meat, vegan options available. Mexican restaurant with many vegan options - please visit website or ask your server. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Fast food, Mexican, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by DaisytheHedgehog

They have beans here, so that's an automatic win already - Edit

My family and I came here about a year ago while on a road trip because we heard they had vegan options (which I liked) and meaty food (which the rest of my family liked). It looks nice inside the building, and it is nicely sized. One side is for take-out orders; the other is for sit-down orders. We ordered chips with salsa and guacamole as an appetizer, and then, I ordered vegan enchiladas, my dad ordered a vegan burrito, and my brother ordered tacos. The food all came with sides of fermented vegetables, guacamole, beans, and rice, so that was pretty solid.

Pros: Staff knows about veganism, Clean atmosphere , Good prices

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Best margarita in town - Edit

Awesome family-friendly fresh "gringo" Mexican (i.e., they have locally-produced tofu available). The house margarita is the real specialty, but I recommend the tofu tacos, and tofu mole burrito. Kids menu (and regular menu) items can be made vegan by substituting refried beans for cheese, and omitting other dairy.

Pros: Comfortable, casual, homey atmosphere, Super friendly & caring staff, Margaritas!

Cons: Occasional slip-ups from the kitchen do occur

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popular spot for students - Edit

Delicious! The basic choices are what you'd expect: classic components (rice, beans, guacamole, salsa) served in different styles (rolled into a burrito, on a plate with enchiladas or as nacho toppings...). I think the default filling is grilled veggies, but you could choose instead beans or tofu. Tables were packed on a Friday night during university semester, but a wait at the bar goes quickly while sipping a cocktail or picking from the long tequila list! Attentive, welcoming staff.

Pros: fun atmosphere, knows its thing and does it well, nice, affordable drinks

Cons: loud, not a diverse menu

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Don't understand the hype - Edit

The food is very bland, and the vegetables often seem as if they are nearing their rotting stage. I prefer Chipotle.

Cons: bland

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Great options and portions! - Edit

We've been here several times and have never been disappointed. We always get the vegan nachos and chips with guacamole. Their guac is amazing. My kids had enchiladas, my husband and I had vegan burritos. The portions are more than enough and we always leave stuffed. The last time we were there however, my 9 year old ordered vegan fajitas and loved them. We went back the next night because Pizza Aroma was closed, and we had a different server. He ordered the fajitas and she said they weren't vegan. Turns out they use the same grill for their meat and veggies so she said they can't be vegan and the other server misinformed us. My son was so upset because he couldn't get them again. He got the enchiladas and it all turned out fine, but he was really disappointed. I would still definitely go back though!
Updated from previous review on Friday October 25, 2013

October 2014 update...still awesome! We all ordered the vegan burrito and nachos. Definitely one of our favorite spots!!

Pros: cool atmosphere, great portion size

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Great vegan options, creative menu - Edit

Several vegan options, all very clearly labeled on the menu! I had the vegan enchiladas with mole sauce, refried beans, black beans, guac, and pickled vegetables... delicious! Lots of food for a good price.

More inventive and interesting than the food at your typical Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant. Huge selection of house-made sauces, almost all of them vegan.

Quick service and very friendly wait staff, willing to answer questions and even provided a sample of the mole sauce so we could judge its level of spiciness.

Outdoor seating was very nice on a lovely day! Perfect downtown location despite the lack of free parking.

Pros: creative menu, great sauces, good value

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LOVE IT - Edit

Not only does Viva have the some of the best and tastiest vegan selections in Ithaca, but almost any menu item can be made vegan -- and the waitstaff will do it happily and eagerly! Also: inexpensive. Also: great drinks. Also: fast, efficient, friendly service. The only downside is that it can be crowded and loud -- so loud it's hard to have a conversation with more than one person.

Pros: Tasty food, Quick service, Inexpensive

Cons: Loud at times

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Has vegan options on the menu - Edit

Good drinks and food. They have vegan options right on their menu and their staff is well-informed.

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Great vegan options - Edit

They have a wonderful tofu option for burrito filling, and the beans are vegan. Lots of vegan options for condiments.

Pros: Good tofu, Clear labels

Cons: Noisy

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