Buena Vida - Silver Spring

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Buena Vida, a light-filled restaurant offering a casual, contemporary dining experience is an exciting addition to Silver Spring launching Spring 2018. This neighborhood spot draws on the warm, relaxed characteristics of Mexico. Natural woods, woven textures, and greenery add to the Buena Vida charm.Buena Vida takes a traditional approach to cooking techniques from all the corners of Mexico, from coastal cuisine to the interior – and provides a fun and modern approach, designed for sharing a variety of flavors. The comprehensive menu offers both the classic meat and seafood preparations, as well as an emphasis on vegetable dishes often left out of Mexican restaurants- and of course house-made fresh organic corn tortillas. The restaurant takes pride in using the traditional flavors to express the local variety of seasonal seafood from the Chesapeake and surrounding waters, as well as meats, poultry, and produce from local Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania farms.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 11, 2019

Ends: February 12, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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KY
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Buena Vida is a little hard to rate, and I'm not certain whether or not I'd recommend it. The problem is that the food is delicious - so good I'd come back regardless of the other deficiencies, but I would not bring anyone with me that I need to impress. The restaurant itself is cold and smells musty, except by the front door which is right next to the restrooms and smells like disinfectant. We were the first people there so it was very quiet at first, and then they decided to blast loud music. We asked them to turn it down, which they did, so that was resolved. We all had the tapas options and the food came out very very slowly. We got things we didn't order and didn't get everything we did order. But we loved everything, whether we ordered it or not, and because there's a fixed price for tapas, there were no pricing issues. So, go for the food, or don't go at all if anything else really influences your decision.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great food! Everything was well prepared and came quickly.

KW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the Buena Vida experience is an excellent value if you are having a few drinks.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our birthday dinner Saturday night. Our waiter, Abdul was AWESOME! surprised us with dessert and birthday songs at the end. Food and service are both great.

EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cute spot. I would never have known it was there, very nondescript location. The hostesses was not the most accommodating or welcoming. I arrived at 1pm without a reservation for Sunday brunch and she informed me that they were booked and would not be able to seat my party. I went on open table and found 3 open reservations for 20 mins later. I waited outside for rest of my party and was seated at 1:15pm. Other than the hostess the rest of the service staff was awesome. It was very busy but everyone, not just our waiter was attentive. The drinks were pretty good, and the food was great. The place has a really nice ambiance. I will be back.

RK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love love love this place! My boyfriend gets annoyed because I always want to go here I love it so much!

KC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this gem due to a google search and let me tell you, I am glad I did. I visited this restaurant for my 30th birthday and I loved it. It is very beautiful inside and the food is delicious! My husband is not the biggest fan of mexican food but he also enjoyed it. My only suggestion is that the buena vida experience should also include non alcoholic drinks for those who are the DD or don't like alcohol. My husband doesnt drink but we found the experience to be amazing. If I didn't live out of the state, I would be here all the time!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice happy hour specials with plenty of drinks and food until 7PM. The barbacoa nachos were especially tasty from the regular menu. Overall, a great place with yummy food.

JF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All of our tapas choices were good. Favorites, Shrimp Ceviche and Lamb. You can order the unlimited tapas with no alcohol at a reduced price. Definitely worth trying different dishes.

KH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!!

JM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic — food, service, and the staff. It was loud upstairs.

KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A relaxing, fun place to kick back with friends. Excellent food and drinks, nice ambience, helpful staff, and reasonable prices. We'll be going back!

DC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. The barbacoa nachos and chicken pipian were excellent!

ND
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was awesome and the service was great. My only complaints would be that the AC was a bit too chilly and a table next to ours was very loud. They can fix the former but I’m not sure how much they can do about the latter. But the food was really awesome and was a great deal.

i
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a good value for ALL the food and drinks during brunch. (went 2 days in a row)

k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant week experience. Service was outstanding. Food was delicious. We will be back with friends.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant Week menu was a real value. $50 unlimited tapas and we’ll-drinks. The asked about allergies and then ordered for us. We also ordered dishes as well.

The ambiance in the restaurant is lovely with lots of neutral colors, natural wood, and colorful artwork. It was our first time there and we’re definitely going back.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch - all the food we tried was really good. The service was also great and there was a variety of drinks to choose from on the brunch option. Highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jasmin was great and the food and drinks were awesome!

CP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Service was top notch food was nice and fresh. Perfect place for brunch.

G
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

$49 for bottomless small plates and drinks was a great deal. The food was definitely tasty, but not revelatory. We had to re-order some plates several times because they never came. The restaurant had a nice look and I’d go again.

SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant! The food was amazing and the wait staff was so friendly. Definitely coming back here!

CT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited during Restaurant Week so we got to sample a lot of the menu offerings. Sadly, this did not include any desserts but we enjoyed most of the plates that we ordered.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and service

DM
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice special for restaurant week.The beef taco was great as w lol as the shrimp tapa. All are small plates but very tasty! Plaintains and lamb were nice although the veggie had a spicy sauce. Nice atmosphere and plenty of parking in the nearby garage.

BC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food and ambiance. The white sangrias were delicious. My guest and I don’t eat bacon, So they modified some of their dishes to accommodate us. Much appreciated!

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect place for a Friday Happy Hour. Delicious margaritas and small plates are fun to share. Staff is very attentive. Most small plates are definitely worth the $$. Barbacoa is YUM. Only one or two plates missed the mark. Definitely worth a try!

SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ray was AMAZING!! And GM was extremely nice. On top of all that the food and value was great. Had an amazing time

AI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It's good food and it's a great deal for brunch. The room is echo-y. So when it's half full and people are laughing or talking loud it can be very difficult to hear the people at your own table. But the food is good. Go with the unlimited option, ordering ala carte isn't really worth it.

C
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Other than the server being a little bit forgetful the experience was excellent.

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly without being obsequious. The potato and cheese flautas were delicious followed by the sweet corn empanadas that had a little kick. The salads were fresh and flavorful. Delicious food, excellent variety

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a nice place with great food, but like many places for young people, very noisy. The service was excellent.

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poor service, not enough meat in the servings and the drinks were meh. All together the food was pretty mediocre.

AF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great value and a great atmosphere for a good time. I will definitely be returning again with more friends ☺️

MP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

I live in Silver Spring and have been to Buena Vida for brunch several times. Usually, I love it, but I have to say, the service this time was not good. I don't put that entirely on our server either. Management gave her three massive tables near us -- they had 10 or more people. That would be a challenge for anyone. Maybe she could have done better, but it was obvious she was overwhelmed. We ended up spending more than two hours there. Not a big deal because we weren't in a huge hurry, but still, I finally had to ask a manager to go run my credit card. [I still gave the server nearly 20 percent because she was pleasant and I think she was sincerely trying. I only dock them when they show little effort and they're rude.] My good times at Buena Vida far outweigh the bad times and I will return and I still recommend it highly. Plus, the food still was very good. But I am hoping it can do better in the future.

KG
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mexican tapas in an energetic but loud setting. We enjoyed everything from the complimentary chips and salsa, through ceviche, papaya salad, chicken and pisco cocktails. This restaurant is a nice addition to Silver Spring.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was friendly but about half of the orders were not delivered. Food took a long time to reach the table

AP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the Buena Vida ‘experience’, which includes continual drinks and dishes for an all-inclusive price. The food was outstanding and the wait staff kept all our dish and drink orders coming without any lags. We were repeat customers and will be back again!

L
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I was disappointed this time around. The chicken quesadilla was strange - came out burned and the smokey sauce on the top was not a hit with my teenagers. We sent it back and asked for a regular cheese quesadilla, only to be served the chicken quesadilla again. The waitress was nice though and took both off of our bill. Her English was not good so it was hard to communicate. My teens basically had chips and salsa/guac for dinner. My salmon was just ok. The guacamole didn't taste fresh, almost as if it were store-made in a container. I'm sad because this restaurant is so cute and it was good the first two times I ate there! Probably will not go back.

BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved our experience at Buena Vida. We decided to do the small plates and enjoyed tasting so many different foods. Loved the Yucatan Guacamole! This was a birthday celebration and the surprise birthday dessert was so nice. The presentation with Happy Birthday written on the platter was muy bueno! We will definitely come back and bring more friends.

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