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About La Vida Cantina

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.

1870 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Monday:
4:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday:
3:00pm - 2:00am

Wednesday:
4:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday:
12:00pm - 1:00am

Friday:
12:00pm - 2:00am

Saturday:
11:00am - 2:00am

Sunday:
10:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
19th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 612-2349

Website:
http://lavidacantina.com/

Entertainment:
Live music every Tuesday, Thursday & Friday!

More to come!

Parking Details:
7 levels of convenient, free self-parking is available in the center's parking structure. Valet parking is also available.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
La Vida Cantina is available for all of your special event needs including holiday or private parties - both small and large, photo and film shoots, corporate events and more!

La Vida Cantina Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.6

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Casual (4)
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Good for Groups (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Cozy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Once we sat ourselves near the bar during happy hour. The buss boy was auick to bring us chips and salsa. However, it took quite sometime for our waitress to realize that we were never attended to. We were nearly done with our chips amd salsa by that time. But once our order was in. Time for service was appropriate for the crowd that was there at that time. They also had live entertainment, but was unable to hear unless you sit closer towards him.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating, People Watching, Casual
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food5
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service3
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Perfect location for a birthday dinner. The service from the entire staff was on point, starting with the host.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We always eat at the bar. Great food and Ryan is the best at the bar!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Hot Spot, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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food5
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service5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was really bad. Service even worse.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Horrible service!! Poor job with chef/waiter with costumer severe allergy to ingredient, still brought the dish out with the ingredient! Waiter was not attentive at all. Manager on duty was not very helpful. Waited 40 minutes for the bill and there were charges on the bill that were not part of our party. Overall, worst experience ever. The only good part about the night was the Dj that was there! He rocked it!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Poor service. The ambiance has drastically changed over the last year. Will not be returning

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food3
ambience1
service5
value3

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We sat outside and enjoyed our time. However, it is very dark and the candles on the tables provided little to no help. A better table candle would be very welcome for most people.

Tags: Fun
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food4
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service4
value4

 
·Dined on September 13, 2017

Was super excited to try this place, but our server was rude from the start and was no where to be found the whole time. We would of ordered a lot more drinks if we was checking in on us. Ruined our whole experience there. Never again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food,

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

The food is great but service was far from friendly and very slow. I had to ask for water several times and my bill was wrong too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual
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food5
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service2
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Tuesday was amazing ‼️loved the music 🎶🎶

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great experience

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Came here for a going away get together with friends before we went out to go to the bars in Newport Beach and it was a great start to the night! We sat outside in one of the big booths, our server was great, and the food and drinks were awesome.

The restaurant had a nice ambience and I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

P.S. our server was extremely accommodating and did not make us feel bad about any of the requests that we made... did not catch his name but I believe he had ginger hair. If you are reading this and you are management you should let him know he is a great employee!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great food, and drinks.Service can be slow and fyi Taco Tuesday deals only at the palapa bar not at RSVP tables which was pretty bumbed but overall great atmosphere. Sundays are fun!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Service was the worst...we had to get up several times to ask again for things....napkins, water (3 times), lime for drinks, utensils (after food came), xtra plate...basically everything we needed. We listed our complaints to the manager...all he did was shrug his shoulders. Didn't care what so ever.

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food3
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The food wasn't that good all around. The salsa is blan. Service was great however!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Not ready for prime time ...good food but slow service ...should be two working the bar.. Staff worked hard but organization needs work

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Our waitress was horrible. Food took forever to come out.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Nice place for brunch. Good food, non-stop mimosas and good music.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Service was horrible, we had two different severs wasn't sure witch one was the official one. We waited for an hour for one of them to take our orders. Also we waited too long for our food, honestly me and my boyfriend were really disappointed. We did not like this place we won't be returning to this restaurant anytime soon.

Tags: Happy Hour
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food1
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Our server was AMAZING! Made my friend's birthday very special. Loved the food and ambience.

Tags: Live Sports, People Watching, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 21, 2017

I have been several times and this was by far my least favorite. The food was ok, some of ours came out incorrect and some cold. The customer service was not what is was in prior experiences.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I went for Mother's Day and the food was beyond horrible. My mother in law is Latina and the second she tasted the food she knew it was a day or two old even the rice was hard from being re cooked over again. It was very disappointing and over priced for two day old food. I paid 100 for a dissatisfied brunch.

Tags: Happy Hour
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ambience3
service3
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Always a great time! Food is wonderful and the ambiance is great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Food amazing! Ambiance lovely! Service great! Definitely recommend trying their tequila! My hubby & I love this place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 23, 2017

I've been a regular costumer for awhile now. I've been pretty happy with the service, food and drinks. But last time at brunch (4/23) the serivce was really slow and everything was taking awhile from the food and getting drink refills. Our server looked like he wasn't paying attention to our table and seemed in a rush to get our order and we had to repeat our order to him a few times. If the service continues to be this slow i am going to brunch somewhere else and i'll let friends and family know not to waste there time.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Service was poor. We had two different waiters, not sure which one was the official one. Forgot our drinks after waiting 20 minutes. Food was dry. Service was extremely scattered. Carnitas was very dry - not that edible. Guacamole was excellent !! It was close to the theatre and that was good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This place is great! The Food is good, however service is horrible. We went to celebrate my friend's birthday and had the worse experience ever.
Service was horrible. When I asked to speak to the manager (female) she came over to our table didn't introduce herself and asked if we asked for her.
I thought she was a person dinning in the restaurant who just came over our table. I would reconsider to celebrate a special occasion there.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The service was not good. Despite having a reservation, we were not seated promptly. We rarely had contact with our waiter, so getting utensils and water was nearly impossible. They also let us know that they would set up the outdoor heaters, but they were not set up until we were about to leave. The atmosphere was great, though. If the service had been better, I would probably return.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Loved the live music by Tian! Food was great and server very friendly!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 7, 2017

It was OK forgot to bring my hot saucethey take really long for the food to come out

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Love this place! So fun! Amazing happy hour!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Hostess was not friendly!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I was disappointed with the food and service. We had a party of 8, and they got everyone's dinner order wrong - My sister is prenant and she asked for no cojita cheese, yet they delivered her food with the cheese. They switched my salad instructions (chicken with dressing on the side) with another persons steak salad (no dressing). It's a fun environment but they need to work on their service . The food wasn't that great either. Better go for drinks and eat prior.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The service was atrocious. We waited forever for everything and the kids menu was incredibly weak. My husband had to constantly hunt our waiter down and he had to get our drinks himself at the bar! I won't be returning to this restaurant anytime soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The food was okay and the service was absolutely horrible

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went on Valentines day. Service was quick, great ambiance, awesome drinks, and delicious food. Surprisingly quiet when we got there but quickly filled up. We were in and out within an hour.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great vibe, great food, nice outside bar with TV if you wanted to catch a game, good service. highly recommend

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fun, Live Sports
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Service from our waiter was great. Other staff members not so much. When you come by trying to clear the table of empty dishes but you only try taking the glasses that are still half full and leave all dirty empty dishes and glasses just doesn't work with a party of 8. The food is usually great and this time was very generic. Margaritas are usually awesome, which was the whole point of the happy hour timing and this time it lacked alcohol and was all sugar.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2016

We went on A Tuesday night and enjoyed live music. The food and service was okay.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun
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