Mi Vida

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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 dishes traditional dishes such as Carne Asada and Tacos de Carnitas, Foie Gras with Churros, and Caviar Gorditas.. .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 butterflied red snapper. For dessert, Chef Santibañez prepares classic sweets like Churros con Chocolate, Cajeta Flan, house-made ice creams and Tres Leches.
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KV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Very nice view! Great guacamole and very attentive staff! Would definitely recommend!

a
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for a lunch date. Oscar was our server and definitely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the the menu. The drinks were delicious. We had guacamole and seafood empanadas for appetizers. I had a scallop and shrimp dish. It was 'okay'. The presentation was lackluster and for three shrimp and three scallops thought was overpriced @$35. My husband had the burger it was meh. Overall, it's a beautiful location, great service. Maybe next time we'll try another entree.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wouldn’t call the noise “energetic” as this poll suggest is more like I cannot hear to the other side of the table, annoying noise.
Food is great, I’m am Mexican and this is for me the best Mexican restaurant in DC(as 2020). Tasty food and generous dishes, you get a great value for your meal.
Highly recommended.

SP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We were seated very close to the bar even though our reservation (for a Wednesday night) was made well in advance. Noise level is high. Food was very good but waiter recommended a huge dessert that was much too much food for one person. Service was very good. Margaritas were good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Not very flexible with orders, and chil

R
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt one of best meals I’ve had in over a year! The food was amazingly flavorful with such variety of taste our expectations were exceeded. We had the restaurant week 2020 menu and it was a great tasting of several parts of the menu.

JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific and the service was great! I would suggest better labeling of menu items for common food allergies.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed price menu during Restaurant Week was an outstanding value. The margaritas were excellent, every dish we were served was delicious, and the service was wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage of the outstanding restaurant week offer for $35. An incredible value and the food was outstanding! We couldn’t eat it all and excited to try dishes we wouldn’t have otherwise. I always love Mi Vida, but this was my favorite dining experience and combination of food, tastes and textures from any of my previous visits. Definitely a returning customer.

TO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiance of the restaurant is great. The food was good and of particular value for restaurant week.

KH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came for restaurant week lunch but discovered that it wouldn’t work for us as the fixed menu was all meat dishes and my husband is vegan. All parties at the table would have to order it. The lunch special was only $3 less than their regular lunch special. So we ordered off the menu. The food was good. We then ordered the churros with chocolate. The churros were hard and not warm and they didn’t provide enough chocolate for dipping so I wouldn’t recommend them.

BK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their Restaurant Week menu might be the best and best value in DC. Holy moly, they had to almost roll us out of there. It was not the cheapest and easiest to make stuff on there like a lot of places do. We’re frequent diners there anyway - besides having great good and atmosphere, they are very celiac friendly — but this seals it as our favorite.

n
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Happened upon this during restaurant week. They had a fantastic menu sampling all of our favorites. Our server was great and able to make a few substitutions to accommodate our dietary restrictions. Overall we had an amazing time and can’t wait to visit again.

DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

H
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a huge fan of the enchiladas. While a Mexican restaurant, they have the best burger in DC. So, a friend of mine who never went asked me to go to dinner, I recommended Mi Vida. So when we arrived, we realized it was Winter Restaurant Week and decided to go with that because they gave us every item on the WRW menu. No, select one from each category, they just kept bringing food. On top of the 2 rounds of tequila, I will tell you my friend is still talking about it and he is a foodie. He even had enough to take home for leftovers.

SV
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Restaurant Week and the menu was fabulous. Very authentic and tasty dishes, and at a good price. The drinks were delicious too! It's a super cute place in a great location. Great for a large group or an intimate date. Definitely will be going again.

T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

If you like spicy food, this is the place for you.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the 2020 Restaurant week special. Plenty of delicious food. I have never been disappointed. Work next door so visit a lot.

SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and ambience were great. However, it was family style food but nothing (including the guacamole, enchiladas, or other sauces) came with serving utensils and we had to ask multiple times for them, which I do not expect at a restaurant of this level.

JH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and view were great. A little pricier than you usually spend on Mexican food but we would go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive wait staff

1/11/2020

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food!
A really enjoyable meal!

B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic birthday celebration at Mi Vida. The attention paid to us was just perfect, and the food and setting, thoroughly enjoyable. Wouldn’t change a thing!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had reservations for dinner, getting seated and our service was smooth and pleasant. We sat upstairs on the other side of the bar- looking out over the dock and below. It was a very festive atmosphere. We had a preset dinner for both of us- so multi courses. Some of our food was good- some just so so, it was expensive and I am not sure worth what we spent. Both of my specialty cocktails were just ok but pricey. We had very good service. I would come back, but be more choosy on what I ordered.

AK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mi Vida was great! Would definitely go back

JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, but definitely a bit pricey for Mexican...i.e. $14 guacamole. Was it fantastic Guacamole - absolutely, but that's still a pricey avocado.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to grab food on the Waterfront. Walk after in front of the water.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time!! Quality service and great food! A+++

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time on New Year’s Eve!

O
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and ambiance were outstanding. From the hostess to server to food runner, our service was top notch. We also enjoyed the DJ very much. Great location and view as well. I highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food delicious and waiter fantastic

AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Delicious food and drinks!

JG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter and former chef, Alfredo was superb! The food was amazing and the service was off the charts. I would highly recommend Mi Vida!

DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really nice. The decor was awesome and is in a really nice area to walk around. We had a later reservation and they were able to accommodate us a little early.

HC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced - you're paying for the Wharf location. Mediocre service. Food was good, but not great.

SR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table location on second floor next to windows overlooking waterfront. Wait staff was very attentive, but only when needed. Never felt rushed.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place is beautiful and the food was good.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience and food. Oscar was an outstanding server with perfect recommendations. Couldn’t have picked a better place.

DR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What started as lunch turned into a 3 hour feast. The service was best in class. Thank you Tucker and team. One of my top 3 meals of the year. What didn’t we eat? I highly recommend the duck, oysters and tuna ceviche, the cod, the shrimp and scallops a la plancha, best guacamole ever, washed down with a magnum of rose. Churros and flan for dessert.

k
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was ok and Nothing special