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La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, CA
La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, CA
La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, CA
La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, CA
La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, CA

La Vida Cantina

3.7
3.7
318 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 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 318 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

318 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Poor service. Food is just ok. Elotes was overcooked and dry.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly the first Mexican restaurant that actually tastes like Mexican food. I love tacos de birria and I try from different restaurants but this one surprised me and actually tasted good. The rice and beans fully Mexican taste. Would definitely keep going back. Also the margs.. soo good!

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  3. RajiS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited 5-10 min until hostess got off the phone to welcome us. Food is mid. Drinks are mid. Cust svc dead???

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  4. LaurieT

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were very good. Great cocktails. Friendly and helpful staff. We will be back!

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  5. Alex

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The drinks would be perfect if they would actually use a shot cup to pour that amount to the mixed drinks. I got so bloated after 2 drinks and when I went to ask for a shot and another drink for My friend I saw they only poured less than a shot to her drink and the rest waa just syrup juices.

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  6. LeticiaR

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and the drinks were good. I had a cantarito and steak quesadillas.

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  7. StephanJ

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was good and lively good people nice food

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  8. Sone

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibe is GREAT! Music & atmosphere spot ON! Our food took fooooorrrrever to come out. We had to question the waitress & Management in what the hold up was. They apologized & said it was due to the kitchen being backed up. After waiting for over an hour, they asked if we wanted to order from the other menu? No, we insisted on the Brunch menu. Our meals came out eventually. They offered to continue the champagne they cut-off because at that point brunch was over, since we were waiting so long for our food. Total bummer because we were celebrating our daughters birthday & engagement.

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  9. OCBrunchLover

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We went to La Vida Cantina after the OC Register rated it as the number two brunch in its Best of OC ratings. The food, ambiance and service were horrible. The bottomless mimosas consisted of a premixed solution of way too little sparkling wine and way too much of a Tang like substance. On one side we had the audio from the Sunday football games blasting in competition with music blaring expletives from the other direction. To round out the experience, we had to contend with dirty cloth napkins and a wobbly table. Needless to say, I can no longer trust the Best of OC ratings.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Michele was our server and she was amazing! Food was fabulous and worth the money. The drinks seemed a little bit watered down, and served in very small glasses. It’s super loud as it’s a bar and not a restaurant. We are older and didn’t enjoy the noise and probably won’t come back! Too bad because the food was super super good.

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FAQs

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

La Vida Cantina is rated 3.7 stars by 318 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 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Vida Cantina

1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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