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Mi Vida, District Wharf

4.6
4.6
1566 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 113 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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 1,566 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

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

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  1. SR

    SumanR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great. We had the branzino and the duck dish. The food was really good.
  2. KT

    KateT

    Cancun

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing. Atmosphere was great. Service was not friendly.
  3. F

    Foodie12

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had lunch with business friends. Was good. Best time to go is dinner. Lunch was fine. We had tacos and those were good.
  4. SP

    StevenP

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food. Our server was very nice, and helpful. The area we were seated in, on the top floor past the bar, was a bit too loud do to the acoustics of the place, all hard surfaces. We had eaten at Fonda in NYC, equally good food but prefer the environment at Fonda
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    requested seating w/ water-view in rsvp notes, and when checking in seated at table for 4 away from windows, and when asked to move to one of a few open tables by window, was informed all were reserved have been there several times before and accommodated by requesting in advance. curious to know how those were reserved, and mine wasn’t
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and the pinada cocktail was delicious. Nachos were amazing and our server, Joshua, was spectacular. Highly recommend.
  7. D

    Dojo23

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Too expensive for the food. However service was great.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I have been at MiVida several times since 2018 and I have to say that I never got disappointed with their service . I would say that this time the only issue I had is that the hostess did not take us to our table at first. However, this is not a big deal. I went to celebrate a friend’s birthday and we had arrived early than what our reservation was supposed to be. We spent time at the bar while our table was ready. We had a great costumer service at the bar and the drinks was delicious and well done. Our table was available 45 minutes early, which was great. The food was top notch and my friends loved and are planning to go back as that was their first time at MiVida
  10. D

    Diner

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The head chef Andre went above and beyond with a food allergy I emailed that day. This is my favorite restaurant at the wharf. My daughter who lived in Mexico thought best mole in the area. Portions are generous. Suisa enchiladas great. Fish tacos great. Even black beans were elevated to so tasty. Cannot recommend enough
  11. CC

    CCab

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The food and drinks were outstanding as always but the noise level was absurd. I felt I was an actual club scene since we had to yell in order to have a conversation. Too many people clustered together; felt claustrophobic.
  12. LB

    LaurenB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful service and a great atmosphere!
  13. DG

    DaveG21

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Overall, the food is quite good. The carnitas tacos and carne asada are delicious. Venue has a great ambiance for a date and very close to the water.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancés birthday.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    AWFUL service and food. Staff is incredibly disrespectful abs rude. Do not recommend.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lower Saxony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super Service, tolles Essen!
  17. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a beautiful Mexican restaurant in a great location of DC Wharf, where you can go for a long walk with a full stomach.
  18. C

    Cajm

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant of our DC trip! Window seat upstairs overlooking the river. Excellent food and very friendly service.
  19. A

    Arsema

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sara was an amazing and sweet server! Food was also great! Really loved the crab/shrimp empanadas and fish tacos :)
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  21. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mi Vida has raised the bar for excellence in Washington! Not only is the atmosphere and food exceptional, but also the waiters are engaging, knowledgeable, and just plain fun!
  22. AJ

    AngelaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent! Jordan at the front was engaging and accommodating. We asked to move from our original table. We were celebrating a special occasion and he found the perfect spot. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.
  23. I

    Isabel

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was a little disappointing, given the hype around this restaurant. The “medium” burger was basically mooing (my kid wouldn’t eat but was too embarrassed to ask that they cook it more), but the sweet potato fries and guacamole were delicious, and the service was attentive. The view was lovely, and the decor is fun, but the large table for 6 we received was in an extremely noisy and busy area that detracted from the ambiance. I probably would not recommend for a special occasion if you are looking for special food, but it is a fun place for a casual night out —especially if you can snag a table outside.
  24. JG

    JuliaG

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was spotty, although the waiter was pleasant.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  26. HH

    HeidiH

    Jackson Hole

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Really nice Mexican food experience. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered, and the service was friendly.
  27. l

    luv2eat

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent innovative menu that goes beyond traditional tex mex. Bold flavors well executed. Nice cocktails and great selection of tequilas. My only complaint was the noise level - the volume of the music was too high, especially given that there is nothing to absorb the sound (e.g., curtains, carpet).
  28. WE

    someoneWhoEats

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    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.
  30. MW

    MarandaW

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    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.
  31. M

    Margret

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    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.
  32. d

    diplomaticlife

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good, fast service
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Both the service and food as well as the location on the wharf was terrific. Lively but also loud
  36. 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.
  37. l

    luv2brunc

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So Awesome!!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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

FAQs

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 1566 OpenTable diners.

Mi Vida, District Wharf does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 113 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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