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Mi Vida, District Wharf

4.6
4.6
1538 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Chef Roberto Santibañez creates a menu inspired by Mexican street food and traditional home cooking of his country, but in a modern, elevated presentation. Guests can enjoy traditional dishes such as Carne Asada, a variety of Tacos, Seasonal Fish, Ceviches and other Contemporary Mexican creations.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today
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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4656 ext. 9

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Santibañez

  • Catering

    Contact for details

  • Private party facilities

    We offer various private and semi-private options to 400 guests. We also offer custom menu options for parties of 10 or more. Please contact our Events Director, Kaye Newsome, Kaye@kneadhd.com, for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Kaye Newsome: (844) 487-4608

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Cross street

    9th Street and Maine Avenue SW

  • Parking details

    Street and Parking Lot available underground

  • Public transit

    Waterfront and L'Enfant Plaza Metro Stops

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,538 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

  • District of Columbia

    Scenic View

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  1. WE

    someoneWhoEats

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    While the food wasn't bad, it was sub-par at best - definitely better options around; especially for the price point.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and our service was as well. We had beautiful views of the water and loved the ambiance. It can add up quick, but was all high quality.
  3. MW

    MarandaW

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was decent. Nothing spectacular. I think it would beneficial for them to open the side patio all day. There were tables sitting out there but when we asked for that area, they said it was closed until 4:30… seamed odd but may have been a staffing issue.
  4. M

    Margret

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Our waiter was not communicating what meals were like very well and we both ended up getting something we didn’t like and had to ask for things multiple times. Waiter never came back to table until once we were done except for the time we asked someone else to get us water and he was the one who brought it.
  5. d

    diplomaticlife

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service above all, the food was very tasty and fresh too. Highly recommended to anyone looking for good Mexican food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good, fast service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fun ambiance, cool area
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Both the service and food as well as the location on the wharf was terrific. Lively but also loud
  9. CG

    CarolineG

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive.
  10. l

    luv2brunc

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So Awesome!!
  11. KB

    KayBee

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning aesthetics, excellent service, and fresh food. Everything was perfect.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The experience was great.. Our waiter Raphael was awesome..His suggestions from cocktails & food choices were spot on. The Chamorro was done to perfection & Birria. Thanks for a great experience.
  13. JF

    JFil7

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, clean margaritas. No sour mix, just fresh lime juice and simple syrup. The fish tacos and enchiladas were excellent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entered with BIG eyes and smiles. Left with full bellies and an amazing experience. Every dish was perfection. We will return for sure.
  15. JC

    Juan CarlosD

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Buen restaurante mexicano, rica comida, buen servicio
  16. CW

    CourtneyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We received our food very quickly. The tacos are great and good portions. There was a concert at the anthem while we were eating outside which decreased the ambience, but nonetheless, the outside view of the waterfront was beautiful.
  17. ME

    MicheleE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service is what gives it 5 stars! The servers in the bar table area were amazing!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation. Looking for a fun dining experience at the Wharf
  19. EP

    EstherP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Súper recomendado ! Buena comida y el lugar bonito a la orilla de rio Potomac
  20. SB

    SamanthaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed sitting outside in the shade, for a late lunch. Food was absolutely delicious. La Frozen margarita was amazing and didn't melt instantly hi h was so nice
  21. m

    msdillo

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the best Mexican restaurant in the metro area. The margaritas were some of the best and the enchiladas suizas are to die for.
  22. m

    mbcorb

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service NEVER disappoint at Mi Vida. The servers are very attentive. We stayed longer than we should, but never felt pressured to give up the table- there were plenty of empty tables- it is just tough for a server to have customers that linger. It was a work meeting and we lost track of time, but never would have known it by the kindness of the staff.
  23. AC

    AnnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic margaritas excellent tacos wonderful cheerful prompt service they even gave us a complementary birthday dessert when we mentioned our birthday boy at the table. Great view of the river. very noisy place but we loved it and will come back
  24. FR

    FaithRhodes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner has been here before, but this was my first time. Our server, Orlando, was the absolute best and was extremely nice! Next time we go back, we'll be requesting him because he was the best. The music was great background noise and there was always a fun/energetic song playing, and even with a lot of people being there on a Monday evening, it was easy to hear my partner and have a conversation! The food was AMAZING. I got the carne asada, my partner got the enchiladas rancheras and both dishes were amazing. We also got the queso fundido which was such a yummy appetizer. For drinks, they were delicious and great to sip on. I got the piñada and my partner got the ponche de lola which was a great summer drink too. The interior is BEAUTIFUL. Whoever designed the restaurant did a fantastic job! The walls are all decorated with different pieces of art (my favorite is the butterfly wall), the lighting isn't harsh, the booth was comfortable, and it was spacious so it didn't feel like we were on top of each other! This restaurant is perfect for a fun date, birthday parties, grabbing a drink or a quick bite, and the menu is big enough so you can come back and try new things!
  25. K

    Kmis

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We loved this place the first time. It's probably cause the rain on the patio dampened the experience for us this second time but we would still come again.
  26. DJ

    DoniceJ

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The taco were amazing and so was the service!!! I will be going back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food, good service and great ambiance. will definitely return
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute reservation, great location, great food
  29. DC

    DaveCoop

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food at Mi Vada is exceptional. The service was excellent. The noise level is a bit high, making it hard to talk sometimes. And the prices are a little high, even for upscale Mexican food, but not unexpected for downtown D.C.
  30. JW

    JasonW

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Fried plantains were amazing
  31. NK

    NancyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alfredo was going excellent! Great server at the restaurant.
  32. MG

    MelGG

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Server and food were fantastic, however we made a reservation and called ahead to request outdoor seating. We were informed it wasn’t guaranteed but they would try to accommodate us. Upon arrival we were informed there was no outdoor seating, despite walking past a number of open outdoor tables that were then seated less than 10 minutes after we arrived… despite having asked to sit outside because we were with a baby we were escorted upstairs to a table next to the bar (which was incredibly noisy) and sat next to another table with a baby, and watched 2 other parties with strollers be sat in the same section as we ate. It seems that our request was ignored so that we could be relegated to the “baby section” of the restaurant. Again, our server was fantastic this time, but this is the second time we have experienced less than ideal customer service from someone at the restaurant. They are clearly used to a lot of one time clientele from the nearby hotels and having worked in the industry I understand you cannot accommodate every request, but we have felt less than prioritized the last two times we dined there for various reasons.
  33. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Sunday brunch on the outdoor deck at Mi Vida can't be beat! My only complaint is that the server seemed distracted. We wanted tap water with lemon, simple enough. The server brought the sliced lemon. Wonderful! When I asked if he'd please bring the water, he seemed completely mystified.
  34. A

    Amanda

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! I always order deviled eggs if they are on a menu and these are in the top 3 deviled eggs I’ve ever had at a restaurant. Excellent!
  35. TM

    TMac

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! From the appetizer (fresh guacamole and chips) to the entree (ribeye) to dessert (churros with chocolate sauce), I enjoyed every bite!!! The décor, ambiance and service was on point. Sara was exceptional and provided great customer service. I’m putting Mi Vida at the top of my list. Loved it!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was amazing.
  37. LJ

    LisaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Only real downside is the best seating is up A LOT of stairs. It's definitely not quiet, but the food is WELL worth it. Particularly the queso fundido!
  38. s

    samanthac

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Sat outside which was nice but food was average and so was service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Mi Vida Memorial Day weekend. This was my 3rd time there. We had reservations for 8pm but where seated as soon as we arrived (7:45am). Even though the place was crowded the service was impeccable. Sara our server was so courteous and made some great suggestions. We had the guac, queso fundido, quesabirria and steak and chicken tacos. Everything was delicious. Awesome time!
  40. GM

    GMcLean

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mi Vida continues to impress. Great service, colorful waterside ambience, and delicious food. We tried the duck appetizer and it was fabulous -- although spicy! Margaritas made the whole experience fun.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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You can order delivery directly from Mi Vida, District Wharf using the Order Online button. Mi Vida, District Wharf also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Mi Vida, District Wharf also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 516-4656 ext. 9.

Mi Vida, District Wharf is rated 4.6 stars by 1538 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today
Google Map for Mi Vida, District Wharf

98 District Square SW Washington, DC 20024

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Street and Maine Avenue SW

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street and Parking Lot available underground

  • Public transit

    Waterfront and L'Enfant Plaza Metro Stops

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Santibañez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4656 ext. 9

  • Catering

    Contact for details

  • Private party facilities

    We offer various private and semi-private options to 400 guests. We also offer custom menu options for parties of 10 or more. Please contact our Events Director, Kaye Newsome, Kaye@kneadhd.com, for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Kaye Newsome: (844) 487-4608

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