Mi Vida

4.8
1117 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. Hand-crushed guacamole is offered in unique iterations including a version with blue cheese, grapes and almonds. Santibañez has also commissioned a Hearth Oven to create roasted presentations of roasted chicken, Bone-In short ribs and Fresh Seafood. For dessert, Chef Santibañez prepares classic sweets like Churros con Chocolate, Cajeta Flan, house-made ice creams and Tres Leches.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1117 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Waitress was rude as well as the hostesses. Never again! Place is whack!

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MaryP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we had the family style for lunch - it was a great sample of a lot of the menu!

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tloc
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio. Leo el mesero fue espectacular

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Meli
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Went here for my anniversary and it was beautiful. We sat outside and it was perfect. Will definitely be back again! Carne Asada was delicious!

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Sanj
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was awesome and the day was beautiful! My wife took me to Mi Vida for the first time and I loved it!! The drinks were also yummy! Good options for vegetarians and vegans!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Been to the nearby Del Mar which is WAY more expensive but the food at Mi Vida is better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were amazing! Thanks for making the birthday amazing!

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RyanS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife and daughter out to dinner while on our vacation to DC. We dressed it up for a classy evening in a wonderful place - Mi Vida.

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AndresH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and ambiance. I recommend a table on the third floor by the window

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vipLEP2520
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice restaurant with good food. Manager was a bit rude telling all the guests to eat, drink and be out within two hours.

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Washingtonian
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view on the Terrace. Food and drinks were amazing. Bathrooms needed attention but overall, I’ll be back.

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Joanne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers. Guac was just ok. The lola drink was very refreshing.

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Rowe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & Service! The only thing to consider is street parking is hard to find. The garages are a little expensive.

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Nayy
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wasn’t a fan of the chicken, but everything else was good.

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vipJW16
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time sitting outside at a restaurant since the “before times”. Enjoyable experience, food good but not a lot on the plate.

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vipMike
Cincinnati
103 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Food was amazing and service was great. All of us loved our dishes. Ate on the patio and had a great view

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DaveG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with equivalent drink options. Very creative menu with fresh ingredients, cooked to perfection time after time! I've never been disappointed by anything I've chosen.
Service is equally wonderful. Waiters know the menu in detail and can make suggestions you'll thank them for. Very friendly and attentive.
Both lunch and dinner options are the best I've seen in DC . I'm looking forward to my next visit.

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vipClarenceL
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect....Cocktails Amazing !! Food the best in its category in DC!!!

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Coop
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Great company. Great service. Very happy with my first dinner during Washington DC visit.

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vipLocal
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience. The food was amazing and great service and ambiance. I had vegetarian tacos, while others in the part were heavy on meat selections. All was wonderful! Highly suggest this place for a wonderful meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, seasoned perfectly, great service, waiter was knowledgeable of food and drinks. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gave us an amazing balcony table for our reservation!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got the family dinner style for 2 people. We were thrilled with the food and the value but I was too much for two and definitely for more 3 or 4 people. We were celebrating getting married so we were happy to try so many things. Service was welcoming and no intrusive to our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great lunch date with my partner! A nice quiet Tuesday afternoon with a great view of the warf! The food was outstanding! I had the empanadas (a must). Along with plantain and rice and beans! The service was great. And for get your wallet!! You can tap to pay! If your not a local there are quite a few hotels in walking distance from this gem!

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Lisa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice staff. There are a few vegetarian items, but would like for there to be more.
The 2nd level seating offers a nice view.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

They have a bouncer at the front door of a Mexican restaurant! Even though we had a reservation, the guy was beyond rude. Manager could care less when brought to his attention.

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TerrieM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was fantastic. Staff VERY attentive and food great. Drinks were great also. I’m not a tequila drinker and they made an Old Fashioned for me. It wasn’t a problem. The only issue was the noise. Music was loud and another table was enjoying themselves so much it made it difficult to hold a conversation.

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vipOTB1
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Wonderful outdoor deck even when a big chilly outside since it’s covered.

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Kima
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first time at Mi Vida. My sister and I were celebrating our other sister’s birthday. One sister had never seen the cherry blossoms as she lives out of town and had come up for the Birthday so we thought mi Vida would afford somewhat of a view, which it did. Oddly all the tables that would have had the best views on the top floor where we were were kept empty because of covid and the less optimal tables were open. Waitperson would not make a change; likely he couldn’t but he just didn’t seem interested in helping—or smiling. Also, our reservation was at 11:30, which happens to be when they open. We arrived about 15 mins early as we tried to time our arrival to be on time given heavy cherry blossom traffic coming across the bridge from Virginia. Anyway, it was very cold, gray and windy, but they wouldn’t let us wait inside the door. In fact they were a couple minutes late opening knowing we’d been out in the wind and cold for 15 minutes. Again, the woman who came to the door was a bit dismissive and not very friendly when she told us we’d have to wait outside. It was odd, because the people who answered the phone were very friendly. The food was wonderful, though; I just wish the waiters and Front desk person had been nicer. It definitely took some pleasure off the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - food was great and the service was perfect.

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Laura
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mi vida is one of my most fave place in DC. Everyone we bring over loves the ambiance and food, a big s/o to our server who accommodated a special request for a friend with her dinner, I don't know his name but this was the second time we got him as a server and he never dissapoints.

Gracias :)

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Arvin
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food taste phenomenal and reminds me of five star restaurants of Zona Rosa in Mexico City. Request for outdoor seating to get magnificent Potomac river view.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food with great service! Try the mole, best in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view and food.
Casual dining by the water

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JaimieP
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Mi Vida for my birthday last night! It was such a wonderful experience - the food was excellent and our server Orlando was wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

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vipHeiZel
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our table wasn’t too great, it was position awkwardly next to a patio door. Other than that, service & food never disappoint.

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ConnorS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would recommend this restaurant to another person.

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Destiny
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a WONDERFUL experience!!! The food was soooo so so good and the service from the greeters and waiter was phenomenal (I wish I remembered her name). I can’t wait to come back.

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vipDaniaJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ma Vida is my neighborhood gem! The food is delicious. The Guac is always on point. I had the Seared Cod for the first time and it was so yummy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The carne asada was some of the best I have ever had.

FAQs

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

Mi Vida is rated 4.8 stars by 1117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.