Buena Vida - Silver Spring

4.4
437 reviews
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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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1 free drink on us :)

One Complimentary Sparkling on us :)

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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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CT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and service

DM
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
17 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
57 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.

JG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food at Buena Vida was delicious. I thought the service was solid, but there were a few occasions where we had to ask for our service more than once or twice, which felt like a miss. It was my first time with my family and it was good, when I wish it was great.

I
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant consistently fails to register my Open Table points. Other than that .... the place is AMAZING!!!!

IF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food options and drink selection for bottomless brunch. Good value and we will for sure return. Just make sure your server writes down your order. We have to ask several times for a few items we ordered.
Ample county parking just behind the building.

ME
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch and got the prix fixe option The food was creative, delicious, and plentiful. The servers were friendly and very attentive, with the small plates coming out one after another. Amazing food and a really light and sunny atmosphere inside. The one minor issue was that the music was extremely loud, which made talking to my partner at the table difficult. Otherwise, perfect.

EC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing dinner experience- waiter couldn’t answer basic questions about menu and then when the wrong food came out, kept asking if we wanted to keep the wrong food (we didn’t). A second waiter saw we were unhappy and worked to rectify the situation which we appreciated, but the food quality also seems to have gone down since restaurant opening.

CL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and well presented by friendly staff. Nice casual atmosphere. The only problem is noise. I will go back, but I will have to consider my companions. If food is the focus, okay. But if we wish to have a conversation, I’ll choose another restaurant. I’d love to hear that they have fixed this in the future.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Also a great meal experience!

MP
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food choices were very good. The all you can eat option was very good. Did not receive the free drink that was mentioned in the Open Table ad. The margaritas were very good but the glass was 90% is 10% drink but otherwise very good. I would go again.

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

The server brought us four different items that were the wrong ones...wrong type of guacamole, wrong type of tacos, wrong type of enchiladas, wrong drinks...it was comical at first but seriously...the food is just mediocre...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was ok, but not special. Lack of staff, delay with everything. Won’t go back.

G
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and convenient location.

The booths upstairs are perfect for a date.

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They don’t have enough staff for brunch or their system is failing them. Server did her best to track down food that never arrived, but we ended up leaving before I dessert arrived...if it arrived. Food has all the elements, but the food was only just meh. Skip the shrimp nachos.

LK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $35 all you can eat/drink brunch is a good deal. Margaritas were tasty, the Michelada was disgusting (like drinking hot sauce). Food was good and plentiful. Don’t skip the plantains and churros.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I went for brunch and the food was good. Overall it was a great value!

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here with my girlfriends to celebrate birthdays. We opted for the all you can eat - which I recommend. The plates are like tapas. And you’ll want to try more than a couple times off the menu.
Our waiter was wonderful, very friendly and attentive, and even brought us churros and margaritas for our birthdays. The food was absolutely amazing. Pretty much everything was delicious. The barbacoa nachos were fantastic, as well as the empanadas, flautas and queso.
I did have a plate I was not finished with get picked up without being asked if I was finished or not. I didn’t see it being picked up - I was speaking to my friend, turned around and it was gone. Also the ladies bringing out the dishes weren’t the most friendly. But overall a fantastic experience, and I’ll definitely come back again.

YM
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Extremely loud - but a nice overall atmosphere.

S
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place! Their food is amazing!! I’m a vegetarian and they have outstanding options for my likings. Highly recommend this place. Just remember to reserve a table before you head over, because there’s usually a wait.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Buena Vida is always a great experience! This time was no different.

c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at the $20 lunch special. Consistently great food and services! Enjoyed the varied selection of food. Enough to share with 4 people.

TE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have celebrated a number of family and friend occasions at this restaurant, and each time it has been a huge success!

DR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised my husband with dinner here for Father's Day & it was hands down one of the top 3 dates we've been on in 13 years! Food was absolutely AMAZING. Drinks were STRONG. Service was impeccable. We were seated immediately upon entering and the atmosphere was intimate. They even surprised us with a platter of churros. We will definitely be back again...and again...and again!

DJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD! Service was OUTSTANDING! The manager at the time, Melvin, was SUPER helpful in helping us decide what to order for our taste! My only regret is that my stomach wasn't big enough to sample all their DELICIOUS dishes.

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