Mi Vida

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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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Mi Vida will be serving the dinner menu all day with Thanksgiving additions available a la carte.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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RL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the family style brunch! So much food! All super tasty! Great deal, well worth the money!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. End of story.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really delicious food - exceeded our expectations. elevated mexicain fare without being too over the top high end.

KM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some people in our party must follow a strict gluten-free diet. They had many choices on the menu, loved their food, and felt healthy after the meal. The waiter showed particular care in communicating with the kitchen about our order. I should also note that the leftovers from the generous portions were delicious the next day. Recommended!

d
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Beautiful restaurant with great views of the wharf. The table service was good and seemed efficient, but my main course arrived a bit cold, which was disappointing. The deviled eggs and orange enchiladas were delicious starters but the chilaquiles were not. The chips are heavy and absorb all the sauce and flavoring. They are piled on a thick slab of ham that has no flavoring, and an egg omelette is served on top with no sauce or flavoring. The server brought us three sauces at our request - but they were cold as well. If the eggs had been hot, the sauces might've improved the dish. But the chilaquiles are just heavy comfort food that are served with two ingredients, ham and eggs, that are not cohesive elements of the dish. I am still surprised that such a nice restaurant with a lot of staff especially at 11 am before all the tables were full could not bring the food to the table before it started to get cold.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are a Mexican looking for real Mexican food in DC, this is one of the best options!!!

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Server was awesome, margaritas delicious, food very tasty. Great location.

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Like most places at The Wharf, the space is beautiful, the food is okay, and the prices are high for what you get. Certainly can find better drinks and food elsewhere in the city, but this is a fine option if you need to be at The Wharf. Just don't expect to exactly be wowed by anything besides the decor and your bill.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would recommend to everyone.

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner! Everything, from the food and drinks to the attention we received from our server, the manager, etc., was perfect! You can tell that everyone there is dedicated to making sure that you have a wonderful dining experience.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Over priced, crappy service, good food. Customer service should be valued as much as the ingredients.

MB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If you have gluten sensitivities, be careful. The menu marks which dishes have gluten (the opposite of most places). But the waiter can help you navigate if need be. Really good food and I would definitely go back.

S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The greeters are always gracious, service is always excellent and the food terrific. The variety of menu choices offers something for every taste and I have never been disappointed for myself or my guests. It is my “go to” place for showing offThe Wharf especially to out of town guests

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night in DC made reservations based on TripAdvisor rating and was so good that we are eating there again for our last night as well! Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 46th anniversary. The view, the food and the service were absolutely fantastic. Thank you for the experience!

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good. Seriously. Great drinks. Great food. You will experience Mexican food and culture in a new way.

J
Charleston
124 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Door personnel are very dismissive and on their cell phones. Asked fir a table in first level and they refused and walked us up to the next level. This is our 5 time there and the food is mediocre. The caritas were greasy and the tortillas soggy. The fish tacos were incredibly spicy hot.

We go because our friends like to meet there but it truly is always a mediocre experience.

BB
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love the food, the location, the service, and the price!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining before walk to watch Nationals clinch NLCS!!

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great meal, great setting

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place!!! Delicious food!!!

MA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for a birthday dinner. The restaurant is beautifully decorated though I felt the lighting was to dim, especially in the women's bathroom. We had a 4:00 Sunday reservation but arrived early and were seated right away. Our drink and appetizer orders were taken quickly. We ordered the Queso Funido appetizer which were not as flavorful as others we had elsewhere. The salsa versa with it made it much better. For dinner we ordered the suizas enchilada, Polo Chilango and Mole Enchilada Beef. The dinner meals were delicious. Will be going back

J
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Had to wait over 10 minutes to be seated with a reservation and there were several seats around. Service was extremely slow. The menue was very limited and the food was average. Sat outside on balcony all of the heat lamps except the one by my table worked. We were very dissatisfied at the end of the meal

m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

While the food was delicious, the increase in price for a side of beans with the tacos was disappointing. No one at my table wanted or ate the beans. There should be an option to order the tacos without the beans.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mi Vida never stops to surprise me in terms of both food, service, and the ambiance. They changed their menu since I was here last time and I was pleasantly surprised at their new creations. Cocktails are always awesome, the wine selection is great even for a wine connoisseur like me who is never happy with wine selections (but these are great), and food is out of this world. Highly recommend!

S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mi Vida is my go-to restaurant for introducing people to The Wharf. The staff is excellent as is the food.

M
Washington DC
261 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is authentic Mexican food - it a place that wants to be trendy - i will try it again

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went there for brunch with a friend. Menu for brunch options was a bit limited, but you were able to order from the main menu. I had Enchiladas Suzie. It was good, but not exceptional. Could have used more flavor. Roasted veggies as a side dish were lovely. Cocktails/mocktails were also good and staff was nice. I didn’t try the mole to see how authentic it is. I would say if you are looking for very authentic Mexican food, you might want to try somewhere else. If you are looking for location and ambiance either for friends’ get-together, date, and maybe business with some great drinks and don’t mind the price then check the restaurant.

KR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very good guacamole and chips, good tacos, great margaritas. Very good service. We ate outside which was pleasant. Overall, a good experience, but a little pricey for pretty simple food.

SR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice views, parts of restaurant itself were very attractive, others not so. Service was pleasant & attentive. Temperature was poorly set inside. Despite their best efforts, it was freezing. Food a bit above average.

F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Restaurant staff were responsive - we arrived early for our reservation, but were seated anyway which we appreciated on a hot day. However, I can't say that we enjoyed our food - for one think it was luke warm at best - suspect it was sitting out for a while before being served. I am a huge fan of huevos rancheros, but this was honestly the worst version I've ever had. Sadly we won't return.

GK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place, great location. Food was very good. Very nice waitress. I gave it a 4 star, food portions were on the small side.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was fantastic and the food and drinks were actually all great. I did the family style brunch and every item was worth it!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Loved the fresh food !

N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent. I wish I remembered his name..but he definitely added a flare to my birthday celebration.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from Mexico City, I have got to congratulate Mi Vida's Chef Santibanez for having a menu and preparation of dishes perfectly aligned with authentic Mexican recipes and ingredients. Also the assortment of Tequilas and Mezcales is outstanding. Keep up the good work.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, food is well prepared, drinks are phenomenal. Extremely soothing after a week of work to eat outside with breathtaking views of the waterfront. The team at Mi Vida knows how to treat its customers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience. The guacamole was amazing! The customer service was above and beyond my expectation!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, bar, atmosphere were all wonderful! Very reasonable & fun! Would definitely go again.