La Vida Cantina

4.4
219 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Vida Cantina is an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar with a captivating atmosphere and a menu of fresh, high quality ingredients where traditional recipes are presented with a modern twist.

Guests will enjoy a spacious, lively and beautifully designed atmosphere patio with a large pentagon-shaped bar, ample lounge seating and five fire pits, all under tow over-sized palapas. The interior features dark wood, warm lighting and contemporary Mexican murals.

The extensive cocktail menu features premium tequilas, an amazing array of uniquely crafted margaritas and signature martinis.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 219 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vida had a great vibe, great food and drinks, and everyone had a great time! Will be returning for taco Tuesdays!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and music was on point. Bartenders make really good drinks here.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at LaVida Cantina was exceptional. The drinks are artistic and extremely flavorful! The staff and atmosphere is hard to beat. Mucho gracias!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The table next to us had way too many people. Otherwise the food and service were good.

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vipNicole
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Understaffed and inattentive to customers. Two waitresses tried to help make up the gap but they were still understaffed

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place has great service and a nice outdoor ambience but their margaritas have always been on the weaker side.

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DianaA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here love the ambiance. Music is great customer service is always great too.

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maria
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to come for your Mexican food! Great food, aviance, service and margaritas! 😊
Maria

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vipKathyM
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

very good food and atmoshphere!
Enjoyed our family dinner and all very reasonably priced!

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RuthP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The waiter took for ever to bring the food something that you guys should be careful is that this same waiter was to touching to every body taichung the shoulders, backs also the tables there were to close that that you guys were short on waiters... the place was pack with people we have to wait almost 45 min for get the food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had to wait over an hour when we had a reservation. They got almost half our tables order wrong. :(

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vipAndy
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Would recommend Sunday Brunch for all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I've been going to La vida Cantina for years. This las visit was a total fiasco. The waitress was a joke. You can just tell he was very inexperienced. Our pancakes had salt instead of sugar, the waitress just giggled when we told him and walked away. My huevos rancheros came with scrambled eggs, waitress never bothered to ask me how i wanted my eggs. I was very disapointed since I took two guest and I was embarrassed at their service. Definetely I missed their old waitress Eloy. He was the gold star for costumer service. I will not be going back to this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Wonderful and different

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vipTracyB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Always good

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FlorP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon I arrived, I was greatly and checked in. Every staff member was super friendly. I loved the vibe the restaurant has, and specialty the food. The food was delicious and I will be back to dine in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is absolutely amazing! We have been there multiple times and have never been disappointed. They’re also dog friendly on the patio and that is a plus for us.

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veronicag
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I was in Southern California visiting my son, we were looking for an outside venue for dinner, since all dining inside was out of the question. This place was not worth our money or time we spent driving here. We looked at the menu, which you have to scan to your phone, not everything on the menu was current, the waiter told us that we were looking at an old menu, when we had just scanned it from our table, anyways, we ended up ordering something that originally we did not want to. When I placed my order, I asked the waiter if this plate consisted of an actual piece of breast, not shredded, he assured me that I would be getting a piece of breast, that is was not shredded. When I got my plate, the first thing I seen was that it was not a breast, but shredded. I was not going to try it, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt, very dry, no flavor, not up to my expectations, I didn't even eat a quarter of my plate. My son's plate was just as bad, this place was expensive, but if the food was good, we wouldn't of mind paying for it. Hands down, I would not recommend this place if you are looking for authentic Mexican food.

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Madi
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The restaurant has taken the appropriate precautions for the current situation during dinner time which is nice but the bar gets busy and made me feel uncomfortable

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I left my sunglasses at the table and they didn’t return them to me ! The server was disorganized, did not bring our waters or checked up on us at all

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Madi
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We went on a taco Tuesday & we were asked to leave two hours after our reservation. Wish we would have known this prior to making the reservation. Food & drinks were delicious!! Our server was great but the host was asked by management to ask us to give up the table. Kinda lame.

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amybri
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best experience I’ve had at vida with new bartenders

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I hate that they don’t do individual checks. How are big groups supposed to come and split it only 3 ways? The waiter always has an attitude when I ask if they can individually do checks. It’s really frustrating. I love this place but I don’t want to go because at the end of our dinner my group is scrambling to figure out how to split up the check. It’s not fun.

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vipJackieE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my friends Birthday at La Vida.

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jasminr
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great prices and delicious food. Our host was very helpful and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Well it wasn’t really date, it was really celebrating myself trying to find a date.

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BrigitteA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food, great environment, more heaters is possible, service is a little slow but for the most part attentive. I’m here every Tuesday and I love it!

JM
JoanneM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really great cocktails and tasty food. Good value for money and friendly service. Not a thing to complain about there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall satisfactory experience, the food is flavorful, and waiter was nice. I felt like the servers were slammed, maybe management should consider more staff. We were asked by three various servers if we'd been helped, showing that tables weren't assigned. I loved the chicken tortilla soup, best one to date. Since there's a nightclub nearby, the crowd is loud and lively. Outside is well heated and spacious for large groups. We came on date night.

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Yummo
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group did make a reservation in advance and boy, was that a good idea. From the host to our wait staff, everyone had a great attitude and made easy conversations. Food was yummy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Eloy always makes our visit pleasant. The only thing I wasn't happy about was the music. They need to play more latin music since this is a mexican cantina.

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BrigitteA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have attended taco Tuesday for about a year now and I am always satisfied and my night is always made by the service I receive and the kindness of all who work here. I love it here!

AL
ArthurL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect good dinner good music and good service
I recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! In CM light meal before going to the movies

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere for Taco Tuesday Night.

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JFA2
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very lively restaurant! Servers are great and attentive but not annoying - food and drinks are always yummy and interesting - not your standard food flavors - really nice and large patio - need to go more often

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GenesisF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

La vida used to be my favorite spot for taco Tuesdays. Not anymore and my friends will not be coming back either. I had a reservation and still wasn’t allowed inside? La vida still had the audacity to email me saying I didn’t show up for my reservation when it was the staff not letting me in? Unorganized and it just isn’t the same anymore. La vida is going downhill.

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ConstanciaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The server came over to remind me 2 times that he would only be able to serve me till 10 my reservations wasn’t at 9:15. He also never came to check on me order? Food drinks etc. I had to o go find him so that I can order

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ChrissyT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Potato Tacos and Margarita! This place is excellent!!!

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dee2
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

place was not busy but we waited an inordinate amount of time for little things -- and then toyed with leaving without paying because it was impossible to get our check in time to catch the 7 pm movie next door. food was good. they would have sold more of it had they been more attentive, but they werent

when we got out of the movie, the line to get into this place was around the corner and down the block. so they must have a thriving late night business.

but from 5:30 to 7 pm, the staff got their rest. we ended up with food and drink, yes, but will allow more time next time --- and order en masse IF WE GO BACK

FAQs

La Vida Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 612-2349.

La Vida Cantina is rated 4.4 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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