Mi Vida

4.7
1179 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 1179 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and the the patio is fantastic! Will definitely go back!

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vipJaimeM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have some friends over for lunch visiting from Mexico!!! We seat the the patio enjoy the nice weather and the view of the warf.

We start with some guacamole and queso fundido, absolutely delicious, I got the steak salad, very tender and the amount of dressing was just perfect.

My friends got salmon and some pipil tacos! We all enjoy ourselves. Our waiter very on point and polite.

Definitely I coming back! Thanks for great experience.

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TomE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We had reservations and were seated right away. Food and service were excellent and the views were amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipRonB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was not particularly memorable and made less appetizing because plates sat too long under the heat lamp causing a drying sauce skin in the presentation.

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SheilaD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great margaritas and pescado tacos

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VickyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and the food was good! I usually get a shrimp dish that is no longer on the menu but I was told it would be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a vibe! From top to bottom!!

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BrandiG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I'm always surprised when Mexican food is priced this high and the restaurant charges you for chips and salsa. I don't mind paying for great food but this was only fair. Perhaps if you have appropriate expectations, you might have a better experience. Do not expect real Mexican or Tex-Mex. It's sort of a Mexican base but it feels like they are trying too hard with the flavors. It tastes nothing like abuela makes at home for family gatherings Salsa and enchilada sauce were too tangy. The pork tacos were fine but also had a weird tang and nothing worth coming back for. The desserts sounded good but were disappointing.
My search for good Mexican in DMV continues.

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CarrieF
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and we had amazing service! Lovely location on the marina.

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fjcujdi
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i thought the experience was amazing. the food, service, and overall vibe was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a lively atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic style Mexican! I only wish that they had chips and salsa, though we ordered the queso fundido and it was some of the best I’ve had.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and service. Billy was great and suggested great drinks on the menu. Definitely will be back again!!!!

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vipJaz1
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice day date

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Pablo
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, drinks and vibe. Sat upstairs with a great view of the water just before sunset. Would definitely eat here again. A great date spot or fun small group place.

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jklem
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and did a decent job of living up to the higher prices. The guacamole and house margaritas was delicious (maybe the margaritas were too delicious), and the mole sauce that came with my ribs blew me away.

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woohah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food was great. I was impressed.

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KristinG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time at Mi Vida and I can definitely now say it’s solid. My friend and I ordered vegetarian and vegan this time and everything was amazing - guac (with toppings), enchiladas rancheros, and the vegetables tacos. All the food leans toward the authentic style Mexican side. It’s a good date night or drinks/before going out type of spot - the decor is pretty trendy and stylish, it gets dark, and a bit on the loud side but it’s a good vibe, very fun.

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RaymondD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated on second floor, overlooking the river. Excellent seats. Very good server had great recommendations for drinks and food.
We ate slowly as we talked, so food was brought when needed, not piled up when the kitchen wanted to give it to us.

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KenS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Like everything on the Wharf, this place is designed to fleece tourists. Food was just ok, nothing really stood out. Cocktails were kind of watered down. Servings are kind’ve small and the prices are about 30% too high. Extremely loud.

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CurryL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Gorgeous food. Would definitely recommend!

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SteveG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Extremely loud inside - had to yell at guests across from me. Had requested water view seating as this was an anniversary celebration-were not seated directly next to windows which was also disappointing. Service by waiter and food was outstanding

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Kpossible
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Stephen was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I took my mom there for her birthday thinking that we will have a great time at Mi Vida’s restaurant but not. They took so long between the appetizer and the main course. Then the food arrived cold and dry, we asked for a new hot plate and the beef arrived hard and over cooked when we have ordered medium rare. My mom ordered a margarita and it wasn’t good either. Then to close the night we waited around 30min for a happy birthday dessert. We thought that maybe they will be making something wow and we got a super dry brownie with a bad shape ball of whipped cream in a really bad presentation. I feel bad because we couldn’t enjoy the dinner for her birthday. I choose that restaurant because it has a great environment and beautiful location for a birthday celebration but We definitely won’t be back again.. sorry

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Kelly
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It’s money better spent elsewhere. Food was luke warm, frozen margarita was mango flavored (with no option given for a regular one!), but the citrus cake was good.

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Nancy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great setting outside with view of the water which was a highlight. Service was good and attentive. However the food itself was just very average and overpriced for what it was. We had fish tacos and a quesadilla. Not inspiring. Might consider going back for drinks but not food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Magnificent service. Fair price.

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vipJILL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Frozen margarita good. Soup of the day gazpacho too spicy and no other flavors. Butterfly sea bass very good but lamb shank very underwhelming. Churros too crispy and what was left inside doughy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and laid back vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good spot at the wharf.

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hungrydriver
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice night out! Parking -- even in the garage was difficult and expensive but it was nice once I got above ground!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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vipNora
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is consistently good. No easy feat in these uncertain times. And the restaurant itself is tasefully decorated to reflect the beauty of Mexican cuisine and culture.

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DylT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Great outside spot for lunch.

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ChanningS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and eat lunch there all the time. superior Mexican food and drinks.

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MichaelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upstairs balcony is fantastic for a nice cool summer lunch. Margaritas are equally great.

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KamicaP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great and our waiter was really nice and recommended great drinks and desserts.

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JustinG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, although quite different than most mexican places I've eaten. For example, not chips/sales served. I ordered cheese dip as appitizer but it came with tortilla rather than chips. They did bring me chips upon request.

Also, my entre was carne asada, which was great. It was very different in that in came in a red mushroom cream sauce (very "Italian") but quite good. Also, the entres are very ala carte, so I had to order rice and beans.

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Hanna
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaritas and tacos were both great! Patio ambiance was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing cocktails. Amazing staff.

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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 4.7 stars by 1179 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.