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La Vida Cantina

4.2
4.2
278 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Vida Cantina is an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar with a captivating atmosphere and a menu of fresh, high quality ingredients where traditional recipes are presented with a modern twist.

Guests will enjoy a spacious, lively and beautifully designed atmosphere patio with a large pentagon-shaped bar, ample lounge seating and five fire pits, all under tow over-sized palapas. The interior features dark wood, warm lighting and contemporary Mexican murals.

The extensive cocktail menu features premium tequilas, an amazing array of uniquely crafted margaritas and signature martinis.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Tue, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (949) 612-2349

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Juan Martinez

  • Private party facilities

    La Vida Cantina Costa Mesa is available for all of your special event needs including holiday or private parties - both small and large, photo and film shoots, corporate events and more!

  • Private party contact

    Chelsea Hayhurst (Restaurant Manager): (949) 612-2349

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Cross street

    19th Street

  • Parking details

    7 levels of convenient, free self-parking is available in the center's parking structure. Valet parking is also available.

  • Entertainment

    Live music every Tuesday, Thursday & Friday!More to come!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 278 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Orange County

    Late Night Find

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  1. h

    hungryhungrycustomer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La Vida Cantina was the perfect place to have get together for a birthday party. Good drinks, and good vibes! Service was excellent and worked with me to even add more veggies per my vegetarian request.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Cool spot, good music, but overpriced.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went early so we were seated fast and food came to us on a good timely manner :)
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Friend gathering. The hostess was friendly and helpful. Our server took 30 minutes to attend to us, after the 30 minutes it took another 10 minutes to deliver two waters along with four Luke warm beers. Finally our server changed for a better one and the rest of the night was fair. Food was good and decently priced. Only thing I recommend is getting a good good server.
  5. G

    Greatmeal

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Margaritas were yummy blended Mango Margarita especially and a nice presentation
  6. LM

    LisaMarie

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing and I love sitting outside feeling as if I was outside of Orange County!
  7. AR

    AnthonyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food is incredible and the dancing is awesome on Fridays and Saturdays. Great place for a night out. Great drinks. A little on the pricier side but the portions are big and the food is so good. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a fun night out with great food and drinks.
  8. KA

    KarlaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly hosts and servers. Fast service, Good food and ambience. Good drinks and music. Definitely going back
  9. JE

    JESSIEG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were 15 guests, wait time was exceeded, some orders took longer.
  10. JT

    JamieT

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very loud if you want to catch up with friends. You might want to pick another place. But great service. Great food.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our server was super nice and attentive. Great service! Only “bad” thing was that my food was cold but it tasted pretty good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun time for a special occasion! Our waitress was very sweet and on top of everything!
  13. JA

    JoseA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Good place for celebrate, nice ambience, service friendly
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a great time! Thank you to the team at La Vida for providing us a fun spot to celebrate a birthday!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service,and food was salty! We never got a waiter assigned .
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & drinks.Great music. Great way to celebrate a birthday!
  17. DM

    DeeM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and fast service. We made a reservation but made it early and they took us in. Their watermelon Candy shot is amazing.
  18. GS

    GuillermoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibes the waiters were great highly recommended
  19. CC

    CashC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    La Vida Cantina is a fun place to hang out and eat but you must enjoy loud music and a very upbeat atmosphere. It is more of a bar scene but we had fun and the food is pretty good too.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the best birthday dinner/party! Thank you so much 🎂♉️💞
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When we got there for our reservations some guy told us they are not serving food anymore but we might be able to get it at the bar. Even the bar said we couldn’t order food because they are slow. If we knew that. We wouldn’t have driven out from brea to eat. Manager said don’t rely on open table to get a valid reservation
  22. BD

    BreD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I went to La Vida Cantina to celebrate my 30th birthday. I had a reservation for 12 people and they accommodated very nicely. I even needed to adjust my reservation time twice and they worked with me. The ambiance was perfect on a Wednesday night. Music was played at a level you can still have a conversation with and multiple sports games where on the tv’s. They had large fire pits and couch like chairs and and benches to lounge on. The food is very reasonably priced and the food is decent. They have various drinks and a full bar in the center of the patio. Would definitely recommend for any occasion: watch the game, go on a date, celebrate a special occasion etc. Not suitable for 18 and under. Also be aware of the night you go, taco Tuesday’s are like a full club with very loud music and crowds.
  23. JR

    JoseR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    drinks awesome but i dont think people come here for food.....its lively and energetic so if your a square u wont like the vibe
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Security needs more training
  25. g

    ginas

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food and service was mediocre to maybe average and the place just looks like it can use a bit of TLC. The Drinks are definitely the main attraction
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went there for Easter brunch, were seated immediately and drinks and chips came quickly. Took a while to get our main dishes but to be expected on Easter. Overall staff were very attentive, food was great and loved sitting on the patio.
  27. G

    Gloria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Very poor service in my opinion. Had to hunt done waitresses to ask for things.
  28. s

    shelleym

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Clean beautiful restaurant. Friendly and quick service food quality was high. Only issue is they put 6 of us on two small tables and it was too tight.
  29. S

    Stephanie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Service was bad , took a while to get are orders to our table .. Food I do not recommend!
  30. j

    jessicar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will definitely be going back. Food and drink above expectations
  31. PL

    PaulL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The short of it is that we sat down, a waiter came to us after ten minutes to tell us he is off and someone else will be coming. Cool. Twenty more minutes later, nobody came. This was not on an extraordinarily busy night either. Rather than address management, I took my immediate business elsewhere. Do as you all please, this was simply my experience.
  32. MS

    MohammadrezaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered Carnitas and that was awesome. The environment was phenomenal and I liked it.
  33. MM

    MalMarge

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Ordered red chilaquiles, not really what I was expecting, red sauce didn't seem authentic for that platter. Try the green ones instead. Plus potatoes were tasteless. Churros were 🤷🏽‍♀️. Costco churros better. Drinks are always delish. Had 4 drinks, (no beer) chilaquiles platter, and shared churros paid $65, not including tip.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the outside bar. Food was good. Great time.
  35. BS

    BS23

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Fun place, good vibe.. Food is good, not great but the atmosphere is incredible!
  36. SH

    SHANDRAG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time and will not be my last. I loved everything about it.
  37. BA

    BreahnnaA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Waitress wasn’t the best. Constantly looking for someone to help.
  38. JR

    JoeRocker

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    What’s the point of making dinner reservations when they seat you in the bar at a high table? I asked the host to give us a regular table and he said to ask the waitress, then she said to ask the host?? Seriously, I asked not two, but three times, very politely and was told they had “no other tables available”. Then I go to the bathroom and they had plenty of empty tables under their big outside area and inside near the kitchen. Why did they lie? Again, what is the point of advanced reservations? Will never go back, that’s for sure.
  39. H

    Hysel

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The food wasn’t good. The flavor of the rice was bad.
  40. SP

    ShaeP

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    SUPER WINDY when we went for my birthday in March. We were sat outside in the coldest place possible with no working heaters. Asked if we could possibly get another table- was asked to wait in the cold wind tunnel of a table. Waited maybe 15-20 minutes. Was finally given a table indoors for 5 - even though we were a party of 8. But hey- I guess beggars can’t be choosers but should we really be begging???? It was the worst table ever. Bad birthday experience. As far as food- it was ok just cold by the time we got it. Drinks were good!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Vida Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 612-2349.

La Vida Cantina is rated 4.2 stars by 278 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for La Vida Cantina

1870 Harbor Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Additional information

  • Cross street

    19th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Tue, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    7 levels of convenient, free self-parking is available in the center's parking structure. Valet parking is also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Juan Martinez

  • Entertainment

    Live music every Tuesday, Thursday & Friday!More to come!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 612-2349

  • Private party facilities

    La Vida Cantina Costa Mesa is available for all of your special event needs including holiday or private parties - both small and large, photo and film shoots, corporate events and more!

  • Private party contact

    Chelsea Hayhurst (Restaurant Manager): (949) 612-2349

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