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Vida Cantina

4.2
677 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina is uptown Charlotte's first Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, serving traditional Mexican cuisine alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas and signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is located at Charlotte's most vibrant corner - the intersection of Trade and College Streets - Vida is the perfect location to enjoy specialty Mexican fare for lunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(704) 971-8432
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Todd Steinhardt
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Catering
Now offering catering services by request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
College Street
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Parking details
There are various parking lots available within walking distance to Vida ranging from $5-20. There is also a valet at the front of the EpiCentre that charges $20 for the night.
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Public transit
We are on the light rail line at Spectrum Arena/EpiCentre stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 677 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food, great service ! I would recommend this restaurant 20 times

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Great as usual! See you soon!

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Birthday celebration staff was great food was so so

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food served quickly by am attentive staff. Lunch menu was reasonably priced and had good variety. I had the chicken visa and loved it.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

All-around great experience. I went a little off-script from my usual food, but the ground beef is so well- seasoned, it doesn't matter what it's in. The host/hostesses, Ricky and Kenny always make us feel so welcomed and appreciated. 'Til next time.

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2017

It was my sons birthday we had a brand new waiter that was not properly trained. My husband and I got a salad with shrimp which was one of the worst looking salads I have ever seen. It had plain lettuce and the shrimp was just boiled with no taste. I never write bad reviews but I was at this restaurant 5 years ago and it was delicious back then!!
I really was so disappointed in the night!!!!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2017

We went out for dinner on a Saturday night--5 girlfriends. Seated at 8pm and place was busy but not packed. Service was slow and we sat outside so it was quite loud. Busy road runs right next to the patio. I had high expectations as this place was recommended by a friend. Food and service were mediocre. Next time we will drive elsewhere to find quality Mexican!

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Made reservations 6:30 and hostess told us when setting us that we would have to be done by 8, that she needed our table 8:00 for a large party. WTF!! What restaurant puts their guest on time limits? Then the service was horrible, as I had to ask the busser and the food runner both to get our server to refill my tea and then bring a glass with ice for my tea. Food portion was lacking for the price. And the food when it came out was lukewarm at best. The only thing that was worth the visit would be the chips and salsa. Would not go back or recommend. What a disappointment!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent guacamole and tequila!! Great location at epicenter! Friendly service!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was quick but delicious. The chile verde is very spicy, and I loved it. The pork dishes were fantastic, nice pieces of pork and well-braised. The cocktails were great too; as I favor a margarita with Gran Marnier and that was not an option on the menu, I tried the blood orange margarita and I was not disappointed one sip!

Our waiter was also very attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Another great lunch at our favorite Mexican in Charlotte. They do everything well here from the light and crispy chips and good salsa to the warm welcome to the reasonable prices. Definitely a step up from your average Mexican spot. Only downside is dealing with parking, but that's the case for most all Uptown restaurants.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2017

The food was good and an excellent value. Service was inconsistent, however, the wait staff was extremely knowledgeable. The drinks were good and the atmosphere was fine.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2017

Great food and amazing ambience!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

Liked the food and location. Will visit again.b!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Overall it wasn't a bad experience but I wasn't 'wowed.' We had a reservation and were seated immediately. It wasn't very crowded, but we were there rather late so I wasn't terribly surprised. The server was very polite and attentive. The food was okay. I had the chicken and corn enchiladas but it wasn't anything the write home about. The queso, guacamole, and salsa were delicious though, and you get plenty of it! They also have a great selection of tequilas!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

A great place for an excellent Mexican meal before a concert or Hornes game just across the Lynx from The Spctrum Center.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Our family enjoyed dinner at Vida Cantina prior to attending a Neil Diamond concert in Charlotte. The service was unbelievably quick considering the restaurant was PACKED! The food was delicious and the wait staff helpful. It is a wonderful and fun place to enjoy a meal or drinks prior to attending an event at the Spectrum Center. I would recommend you obtain reservations due to the popularity of this venue. A+ on every level!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I was a bit anxious because we had concert tickets at the Spectrum for 8 p.m., and I could not get a reservation until 6:30. But our table was ready a few minutes early, the service was excellent and we had a good meal and were done in plenty of time.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I've been to Vida Cantina several times before and always had great meals. I took my parents there tonight and everything about the food was wonderful. However, one of the servers spilled almost an entire drink on my dad's lap and while the server was quick to clean it up and apologize no manager ever came over to speak with us, offer to pay for his dry-cleaning, etc. That part was very disappointing and not something I would expect from a restaurant of this level and price point.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Food was excellent. We had tacos and taco salad entrees, both were very tasty. Guacamole, was good & fresh but on the bland side. Salsa and chips were the best I have ever had - salsa was medium spice and finely chopped, chips were freshly made and denser than most.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

A very nice place to eat outdoors during warm weather and is perfectly situated for people-watching. The food was very good (the salsa that came out with the chips was amazing!) and our server did well considering that she was also single-handedly serving a table of 12 college-aged men out for what appreared to be a pre-bachelor party meal. The only two things that could have been better were that my mojito was very small and filled with a ton of ice, and that the patio floor needs to be power washed. Still, the location makes up for quite a bit and we will certainly return.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2017

I usually love Vida, but I was disappointed with this recent visit. I ordered the chicken tacos and the quality of the chicken was poor. I never recall a mix of white and dark meat, but there was plenty of dark meat that I picked out. The rice appeared to be overcooked and dry. The queso was okay, but a smaller size should be offered, $7 for a bowl of queso is outrageous. The positive was the service and the salsa, but not much else.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

First visit, but will return the next time I'm in town

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

The food is always so fresh and delicious at Vida Cantina. I always ask for Jen W. to serve us as she's the best server I've ever had. She makes our dining experience so much better because she always anticipates our needs. She always has a smile on her face and a "can do" attitude. Thank you, Jen - you rock!! I hope Vida Cantina realizes what a valuable employee she is.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2017

I take meet clients here at least 2X a month. Great location, Great food.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Vida is one of my favorite spots for lunch with co-workers or after work with friends. Good food options, reasonable prices, great outside seating!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

We had lunch on the day of the Charlotte St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl. Thank goodness the festivities did not start until about a hour later. The service, food and atmosphere were all excellent. The house margaritas hit the spot. The location is very convenient to the Spectrum, the Lynx and the theaters uptown. Really worth a stop if you're craving Mexican food.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Food was ok, nothing special...there are better Mexican restaurants around Charlotte. Drinks were small, weak for the price. VERY loud! Atmosphere was dirty and unkempt. Good location for uptown events if you just want a "food joint".

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Dined at Vida Cantina prior to a concert at Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Arena). Seated promptly, drink orders arrived quickly and food was also delivered on a timely basis. Taco salad was tasty, as were the other two entrees. Margaritas were also nice. Great, convenient location for a meal prior to an event across the street at the Spectrum Center. Good access to LYNX light rail.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Interesting menu with big flavors; perfect location for dinner before or after events at the Spectrum Arena. Seated near bathrooms, which was strange for reservations but it was ok.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Every visit to Charlotte, we have to stop in for at least one dinner! One of our favs!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Friendly staff and we were seated right away!. We order our food and it was ready in less than 5 minutes. The waiter was excellent and attentive!. Busy night but the service was excellent!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

My wife and I went to Vida Cantina to get a relatively affordable and quick meal before the symphony. the restaurant met our expectations. the service was prompt and friendly; the food was good and well seasoned, if fairly standard Tex Mex fare. The guacamole was excellent. The margaritas were excellent; they did not seem to be made with mix.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Took our daughter and her friend to the circus. Great location to park, great food, and convenience to Spectrum Center.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2017

Good food and good experience!!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2017

Vida is consistently good and we go there often for work lunches. We had the best server this time who went out of his way to make sure we were happy with our meals. They have healthful food options and are usually able to get you out the door quickly.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2017

Great downtown location , bar , and menu.
Outdoor seating is great!

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1.0Dined on January 7, 2017

Restaurant accepted booking but was closed down. Restaurant accepted booking but was closed down. Restaurant accepted booking but was closed down.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Food is disgusting. Cheese dip tasted like velvita. Not anywhere near the cost. Drinks were watered down.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

The cheesecake with the cajeta was amazing! !

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