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Vida Cantina
Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vidacantina.com
  • Phone: (704) 971-8432
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11am - 4pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm, Friday - Saturday: 11am-12am Sunday: 4pm - 10pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 4pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chris Swinyard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Now offering catering services by request.
  • Private Party Facilities: Spice up your next social gathering by celebrating with Vida. From corporate events and company meetings to birthdays and holiday parties, the experienced event coordinators at Vida will help you flawlessly pull off an event catered to your needs with a flare that's uniquely Vida. That means completely customizable party plans, including various seating options for parties of any size, Vida’s evolved Mexican cuisine, festive atmosphere, exceptional service and specialty handcrafted margaritas. Please feel free to contact our event coordinator directly: Andrea Jones Sales and Marketing Manager ajones@vidacantina.com 704-971-VIDA (8432) 704-971-8435 fax
  • Private Party Contact: Andrea Jones (704) 971-8432

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College Street
  • Public Transit: We are on the light rail line at the Bobcats Arena/EpiCentre stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There are various parking lots available within walking distance to Vida ranging from $5-20. There is also a valet at the front of the EpiCentre that charges $20 for the night.
A word from Vida Cantina
Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina is uptown Charlotte's first Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, serving traditional Mexican cuisine alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas and signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is located at Charlotte's most vibrant corner - the intersection of Trade and College Streets - Vida is the perfect location to enjoy specialty Mexican fare for lunch and dinner. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "food was cold. ordered a quesidilla with goat cheese and spinach. it was cold. so were the black beans and rice"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Vida is my favorite restaurant Uptown. After moving to the southern side of Uptown, my old friends from the large bank north of Trade&Tryon know they can always guarantee I'll make the trek to meet them at Vida for lunch. Great service, and I love the carnitas tacos. Chips are flavorful and the salsa is great."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Great food, great service! Will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent service, great food, great location what else is there to say."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I always enjoy myself at Vida, whether it's for lunch or happy hour on a Thursday. The experience is consistent and I recommend this resturant to all my friends."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great service. Friendly waiter. Food was good even though the chicken in my enchilada was pureed. I expected small chunks or shredded for a mid to higher end restaurant. Restaurant should validate parking."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was tasty, not what I would expect in Mexican Cantina, by the time it was served it was bit cooled, The taste was bland, Had to ask for Hot pepper to life in food. Salt was very low, yet no Shaker. Waitress was energetic, Music was so LOUD, could not understand the conversation. Decor and layout was good, I thought who ever designed it could not get over being Tradition or Contemporary. If any thing add more speakers, turn the music down a bit, add more staff for casual walk by and stoking conversations. Need to add definitely some charm (SPICE'S) to menu items. (Not took it out of a can heated and served it. The food needs character. Thank you."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We visit Vida at least once a year when we are in Charlotte. It's our " go too". This year we had a little attitude from the hostess but didn't let that ruin our evening. My husband had the tortilla pie which is my fav! It was delicious! I had the chicken and corn enchiladas. My dish was pretty good. For an app we had guacamole which was fabulous and also enjoyed the red sangria!!!! We left full & satisfied."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "lovely! service was great fodd was great. would definitely return."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Went to Sunday Brunch at Vida. Unfortunately, there was SO much construction uptown that just finding a parking spot took over 30 minutes. We ended up doing valet ($15). We sat outside thinking it would be fun...unfortuntately, there was a a huge truck outside doing some sort of sewer work....extremely noisy. The food was so-so (nothing to brag about), service was very good. Highlight was a good view of some iconic downtown buildings. I can say I've given Vida a try, but not likely to come back."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "One of my fav places for lunch and Cinco de Mayo! Always a repeat with groups/friends."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Make sure you go to any event before you eat because to food is so good"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was the best Mexican food I've had in a long time. The guacamole dip was very creamy, fresh chips were nice and crispy. I ordered a Sangria with my dinner and it complimented the food nicely. My friend and I ordered 3 tacos and our waitress informed us that we could mix and match since the selection was big. Wait staff was great! Give it a try, you won't be sorry!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This is our go to place in Charlotte. We are usually in town for a concert and it's our fave! The food and service is always consistently great! We will be back in Sept!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very good lunch menue - always consistent. Service just ok"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Wonderful waitstaff and wonderful food. The location was great for nightlife. Lots of things we wanted to try on the menu."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "spicy food yet amazingly tasty shrimp tacos were delicious and the services was stellar the pork and queso appetizer was spicy as heck but supper supper tasty we could not put it down. the enchiladas were a bit dissapointing the filling was bland and it seemed like just steamed shredded beef had no real essence to it. the chips and salsa were very tasty and also it was awesome how well they acomodated for my 5 year old daughter."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I've been to Vida Cantina's casual restaurant and bar next door before and was impressed. I expected an even better experience at their full service restaurant but was incredibly disappointed. Two of us ordered the carnitas entree and the meat was dry, overcooked, and tasteless. When we brought it to the server's attention he was ambivalent and said that the dish "should not be dry" because he had eaten the carnitas before. He did not offer to take the dishes back (we were celebrating two birthdays at the table so I didn't want to make it an issue) so we washed the meal down with drinks. Speaking of drinks, I seem to recall having a greater selection of tequilas and margaritas from the cantina next door (like jalapeño infused)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "From the menu and name this looks like a Mexican food restaurant but it's so amercanized this cloud never wear the name "Mexican food" it's a disgrace and should get a new menu or a more suitable name. The enchiladas tasted like they were covered in mayonnaise"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Perfect spot to start a night out in Uptown."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our first time to visit Vida Cantina. Our food and service was very good. I was disappointed in my margarita. I did not like the skinny margarita & returned it for a house margarita, which was a little better but still not a great margarita. We will go back. It's in a great location. Great for people watching."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "2nd time here for lunch. Server was having an 'off' day. Quality mexican food. Nice shaded patio. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great good and service. Always consistently good food, love the corn!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is always fresh and delicious at Vida's. Our server Jennifer is outstanding and always goes above and beyond for her customers. Thank you, Jennifer!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "It's not California or Texas, but its pretty good for Charlotte Mexican food. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Food was great- amazing Guacamole! Price good and lots of food."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a light lunch on the patio. It was very good as well."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We took our mother here for Mothers Day and the service was horrible. The waitress misunderstood a request regarding a pitcher of margarita. She thought we wanted 2 and we only wanted 1 pitcher. Apparently, she thought when we said was that going to be enough for the table, she thought was wanted another (simple miscommunication). When we told her she got upset & argued that we said that we wanted another one. We told her that was not the case and she wanted to continue to debate about it. Reluctantly, she took away the second pitcher. She came back to take our order w/ a very poor attitude & very little patience with the elderly people we had with us. Food was bad. Had to wait for the check for over 15-20min ..could not find our waitress. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Stopped in here after the movies with some friends. It tries to be "upscale" Mexican but I think they just charge more & serve it on a pretty looking plate. 3 tacos for $15... They barely had filling & honestly with so many other good places to choose from with good size portions for you money, I would skip this place. I had one of there margaritas made from their homemade mix & was not impressed. That should be a staple at any Mexican joint. Maybe they were just having an off night but I see no other reason to stop in again. Also, we ordered guacamole as an appetizer & it came out in the worlds largest bowl with about 1/4 full, already mixed up. It was good (not great) and sort of tasted like the avacados that are pre-smashed in a bag. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had reservation and arrived early, seated immediately. Very crowded, it was Cinco de Maio. Food was excellent, noise level very high."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a 6PM reservations and we waited 20 minutes to be seated which was a little bit too much but given that it was cinco de mayo and the walk in wait was 2 hours."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "A friend of mine recommended this place for lunch before our Sunday matinee show. I had never been but was anxious to try a new spot. We sat outside as it was a gorgeous day. The food choices were ok, but I would have liked it had they had a choose your own taco combo choice (i think it was available during the week); fortunately my friend ordered ones I wanted to try so we swapped one of the 2 with each other. Guacamole was tasty, and the mojito was was also good. It was a nice casual place and I am glad I got to try it. It is a quick easy place to go before a show or just to sit outside and people watch."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Found this restaurant by accident a year ago but come back often, food is excellent and margaritas are the best!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had called ahead and asked if we could use GC at Vida Cantina vs Vida Vida and the mngr said they honored both. Once seated our waiter pointed out our GC were for Vida Vida. I explained I talked to the mngr prior to arriving. After that the waiter seemed fine and provided adequate service. The food not so adequate. Very dry, it looked like it had been sitting for awhile before we received. My son in law commented before it was delivered doesn't it seem it's taking along time. I commented it's peak dinner time on a sat. I don't mind waiting on food as long as it's good. It was a sat night, a lot going on so the wait for arrival of food is not the issue. Anyway very disappointed in the food. Dry, no taste, and nauseating. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Away from the bustle of typical holiday fare we enjoyed our Easter Lunch Mexican style fresh salads and good seafood choices the guacamole was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Took my wife and 3 daughters (all over 21) for a great dinner in a lively atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Something for everyone with consistently good food and service at a reasonable price. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Service was horrbile. You will not enjoy your meal unless you enjoy being rushed and having the staff run you out of the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Very good food. Service was great. The crab nachos were unique and everyone really enjoyed them."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I enjoyed eating outside on a nice sunny day and people watching. The margaritas were great as was the salsa, but the food is really sub par. Had BB chicken that was burnt to a crisp and just smothered in cheese. Had to ask the waiter for silverware and napkins after we finished the salsa. Shouldn't really have to ask for those things."
    Dined on 4/5/2014