210 E Trade Street, Suite 104a
Charlotte, NC 28202Neighborhood:
MexicanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.vidacantina.com/
- Phone: 7049718432
- 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 email@example.com 704-971-VIDA (8432) 704-971-8435 fax
- Private Party Contact: Andrea Jones 7049718432
- 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
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Vida Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 22, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
good for groups (34)great for lunch (27)hot spot (26)great for outdoor dining (21)vibrant bar scene (16)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (13)scenic view (9)late-night find (9)neighborhood gem (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
- Great Place for a Group CelebrationOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014We had a group of 8 there to celebrate a friend. We were in the bar area and it was great. We had a long table and although it was noisy, I thought the environment was wonderful. The food was delicious as always (steak quesadilla is the best!). We were on a tight timeline and the waitress was very helpful in getting us out on time. The waitress was good but didn't offer up a lot of suggestions. Overall, I love this place and would recommend it to anyone.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent for the east coast.ChefCrostiniDined on 9/28/2014Hello. I am coming from the southwest so I know what real good Mexican food tastes like. I am here for for college and decided to give this place a try. And for the east coast this food was outstanding. I got the shredded beef tacos and they were full of flavor. They had the right balance of spicy and savory. The rice and beans were the perfect compliment to the meal and the chips and salsa were very good. The chips were crispy and the salsa was full of flavor. The service was very friendly and I will be coming back here more in the future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good ServiceMS1025Dined on 9/27/2014Service was good, food was good. Only exception was appetizer which was lobster nachos was a little over done. Burned tips of chips. I should of sent them back but ate around it instead. The rest of the chip was good. Chef should of not let it go out. They brought out the wrong burrito for dinner but as soon as my husband started cutting into it someone case to the table and said sorry wrong plate and swapped it out. They caught it right before he took a bite. These 2 reason why no 5 starSpecial Features:
- WFood4ThoughtTDined on 9/19/2014A great restaurant for patio seating and people watching, the guacamole, shrimp tacos and grilled corn were disappointing but mojitios were tasty and service was on par.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 9/18/2014Great weather so we ate outside. Fantastic service and, as always, very good food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but been betterOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/17/2014I have always loved Vida but this time the shrimp tacos were a little drier than normal. Could have been an off night though. Overall it was delicious!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SangriaOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/5/2014Red sanngria was awesone. Customer Service was great. Loved the Guac.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyable spot in UptownOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/31/2014Good ambience, service, and food. Best when you can dine outside. Inside is a little noisy. Good lighting, comfortable seating. Enjoyed very much.Special Features:
- cold foodsallllllllllllllDined on 8/23/2014food was cold. ordered a quesidilla with goat cheese and spinach. it was cold. so were the black beans and riceSpecial Features:
- Consistently GreatCatherineVIPDined on 8/18/2014Vida 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.Special Features:
- Great food!MDS1Dined on 8/16/2014Great food, great service! Will definitely be coming back!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/15/2014Excellent service, great food, great location what else is there to say.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome awesomeLoveVidaDined on 8/14/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall GoodMS1025Dined on 8/12/2014Great 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.Special Features:
- My Take on the ResturantOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/9/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!Rebkop21Dined on 8/8/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lionDined on 8/7/2014lovely! service was great fodd was great. would definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Vida was so-soFoodieMeVIPDined on 8/3/2014Went 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.Special Features:
- Always a hitSCsFoodyLouVIPDined on 7/21/2014One of my fav places for lunch and Cinco de Mayo! Always a repeat with groups/friends.Special Features:
- Great food and ServiceSpannmanDined on 7/19/2014Make sure you go to any event before you eat because to food is so goodSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, great serviceSCgirlDined on 7/16/2014This 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This is our stop in Charlotte!Sgchoate87Dined on 7/12/2014This 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!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/7/2014Very good lunch menue - always consistent. Service just okSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding!!!love2eatDined on 7/5/2014Wonderful waitstaff and wonderful food. The location was great for nightlife. Lots of things we wanted to try on the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- killer dishesyummyVIPDined on 6/30/2014spicy 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 451 reviews are from the Vida Cantina reviews archive.
- Expecting moreMackVIPDined on 6/21/2014I'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).Special Features:
- Worst food not Mexican foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/20/2014From 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
- Great Food!cotterDined on 6/14/2014Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Perfect spot to start a night out in Uptown.Special Features:
- Great Mexican FoodGAgirlfoodie1Dined on 6/14/2014This 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.Special Features:
- Lunch special is fabOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/6/20142nd time here for lunch. Server was having an 'off' day. Quality mexican food. Nice shaded patio. Will be back!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 5/30/2014Great good and service. Always consistently good food, love the corn!Special Features:
- AAAAA+OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 5/21/2014The 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Mexican FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/20/2014It's not California or Texas, but its pretty good for Charlotte Mexican food. Enjoy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High end MexicantfossumDined on 5/17/2014Food was great- amazing Guacamole! Price good and lots of food.Special Features:
- AshleyDined on 5/17/2014We had a light lunch on the patio. It was very good as well.Special Features:
- Horrible ServiceNicola9297Dined on 5/11/2014We 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.
- Not very impressedOtu229Dined on 5/10/2014Stopped 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.Special Features:
- Cinco de MaioFMSCDined on 5/5/2014Had reservation and arrived early, seated immediately. Very crowded, it was Cinco de Maio. Food was excellent, noise level very high.Special Features:
- Cinco De MayoDrdsolimanDined on 5/5/2014We 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.Special Features:
- Nice FindOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 5/4/2014A 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.Special Features: