Mi Vida

4.7
996 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
What 996 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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JKNYEDINNER
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for a special occasion and absolutely loved it. The food was fantastic. We were seated outside under a heater and the ambiance was just perfect. We completed the meal with desserts. They told us when we checked in that a 2hr limit was for everyone at each table. We maxed that out as we savored both happy hour and the regular menu. Highly recommended!

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lyssah
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive dinner but it was so goo. I recommend the family style dinner.

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KristaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent diner at Mi Vida down at the Wharf. Definitely recommend, and we will be going back soon.

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vipAlysonM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was great!!!!!

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vipAlexisM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The service was not that great. It took the waitress a long time to take our order and check on us. I take it because the tip was already included secondary to the pandemic so maybe she felt the need not to give exceptional service. Also, we were served alcohol beverages that we ordered. 15 minutes later, the same drinks come out again though we had already received them. I made a joke with the waiter who brought the drinks and said, “if you’d like to give them to us for free, we will take them”. He turned around and said, “you know what, sure. You got it. Why throw it away?” We responded, “wow. Really? That’s so nice of you, we were joking.” Within 10 minutes, a short guy (I’m guessing a manager) comes to our table and tells us that they thought we hadn’t received the drinks and he was there to take them back b/c the margarita was frozen and wouldn’t taste right anyway as we were still working on our first round. I asked him if he had come out to the patio to question us-the customers-about a mistake the restaurant made and tried to say the quality wouldn’t be the same bc the drinks were still sitting on the table. He proceeded to say, “no, but I can get you something else”. It was really weird and unprofessional. We didn’t ask for the 2nd round of drinks. The restaurant made a mistake and brought them to us and the guy told us it was on him...just to have the manager come out and remove them from our table and give us a lame excuse about the quality of the frozen margarita sitting out in the heat. So again, you’d rather throw the drinks away, than do something nice for your customers that was offered by a staff member? Hmmm. Other than the service and the manager removing drinks from our table and giving a lame excuse, the food was good.

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calvin
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place has a great vibe. I love the ambiance by the water at the Wharf. Happy hour pitcher is also a great value!

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Mackey
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The early lunch was perfect and the overall experience was great. We look forward going back soon.

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vipBMorgan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Mi Vida was excellent, among the best Mexican we've had this far north. They handled the covid protocols very well.

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vipMonicaD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. Plantains and guacamole were delicious. One of my favorite spots.

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Nikki
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The top level has an absolute awesome view of the Potomac ! Great drinks with affordable happy hour prices !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Flawless with an outdoor view

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Icekoph
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was stellar. It's a little pricey, but you know it's worth it when you taste it. Can not recommend this place enough!

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vipDyleH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location with multiple outdoor spaces (2nd floor is great for sunset). Approachable, upscale Mexican food and drinks. Beverages come in glassware and the bathrooms are automated (simple pleasures during COVID). Solid HH, too.

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LanceB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hard to find a place these days that actually has the space to keep 6 ft apart even with every other table is being not used.

Menu changes every 6 months or so, so the breath taking meal I previously enjoyed at this place last year, was gone. The entrees that took it's place werent disappointing either, but having whatever that dish was before, would have been the bees knees.

Either way, great service and good food. Prices definitely reflect the location, but with that being said, cost is pretty much what we expected in this setting. Recommend for special occasions or if you got the money to frequent this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food came out ASAP and was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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BirthdayCelebration
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience at Mi Vida! Plenty of outdoor seating was available, sat on the upstairs balcony with a great view. The service and food were outstanding as well, had guacamole for the app, then had the baby back ribs and squash side, wife had the Branzino filet, both were delicious. Highly recommend this spot if you’re in The Wharf area of DC. It was crowded on The Wharf, but 90% wore masks.

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RC2463
Key West
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding. Best queso I’ve ever had. Service was attentive but never felt rushed. Will definitely return. Thank you!!

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vipDottiesMom
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We sat outside on the third floor balcony with a beautiful view of the harbor. I have generally avoided the wharf area in the past because it gets so crowded but Mi Vida was very relaxing (probably about 25% capacity). The food & drinks were good - we were able to take advantage of happy hour specials - and the service was very friendly while maintaining all of the COVID requirements. Will definitely go back again.

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JAsminej
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual, a bit pricey but totally worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mexican food, margheritas, and reasonably priced at the wharf!

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JerryL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our seever was A1. Her section was dry and we could tell that her tables were no fun at all but she kept her poker face. I hope she see's this. We will be back

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EllenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit, and it won't be our last. Wonderful food and ambiance. We were seated on the outdoor balcony which was the best! All dishes were raved about by our party of 4.

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Sherikas
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food I had in a long time. Very romantic setting

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Anniversary you guys did a great job

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MaritzaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service, awesome as usual! The place and view is soooo beautiful. My only complaint is that they eliminated the “Chamorro” which was the most spectacular item they had and the reason I kept coming back. Their guacamole is still “out of the park” Love it!

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Kaykay
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great view from the balcony, we were the only family there and felt very covid safe!

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Mackey
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for a lunch anniversary date. Exceptional meal and the margaritas were perfect. It was a bit windy but otherwise was a perfect afternoon. We’ll be back

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Pumpkin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is amazing. Must order Empanadas De Mariscos . Will definitely be going back. Ambiance is nice inside and outdoors seating is beautiful at night.

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MeaghanR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at Mi Vida was amazing. My husband, who is not a huge fan of Mexican or Spanish fare, gave Mi Vida a chance...and LOVED it. We ate every bite. We sat on the balcony overlooking the water, the view was incredible! Oh, and HANDS DOWN the best Churros on the east coast!

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vipLovejoi76
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. The food was amazing! Our waiter, Nester was excellent! We will definitely be back!

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vipBrantC
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was excited to come to DC and experience some Mexican food . Me being Mexican and after reading the reviews was expecting nothing but good /traditional Mexican food . What a disappointment!!!!!! The enchiladas de mole were horrible , the tortillas were too thick and the filling /carne was cold and dry, the enchiladas suizas tortillas were also HORRIBLE....We Mexicans know better that the tortilla is the main component not to mess with when making enchiladas ! Please google how to make a traditional Michelada and POR EL AMOR DE DIOS either make a good 3 Leches or just take it out of the menu (Sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk :evaporated,condensed and heavy ).
The one good thing about our experience was the service ... Thanks Miguel for your great customer service!!!

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vipFoodie4life
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a perfect choice. The food was gastronomically delicious, the drinks were intoxicating and the service was phenomenal.

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vipDiningchamp
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time and the server was phenomenal. Would recommend!

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Mi Vida, made reservations ahead of time. The staff was friendly and super helpful. We got to sit outside on the upper balcony and the views were amazing! Service was quick and attentive even with the covid procedures and the food arrived quickly and tasted great. I would say this is a great place to catch up with friends or meet people for drinks.

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richardw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience at Mi Vida. The location was outstanding, the ambience was ideal and the food was probably the best mexican food we've had since Mexico. We will certainly return.
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vipTRob
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful service, ambiance and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Amazing!

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Letisha
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and margaritas were absolutely amazing! My friends and I are already planning our next visit!

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Mack416
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had an amazing time. The food was great and the drinks were fantastic. I will definitely be back again.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mi Vida using the Order Online button. Mi Vida also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 996 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.