Mi Vida

4.6
1256 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1256 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.7
Ambience
4.3
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Kortez
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Downstairs manager was very rude and aggressive when we walked in. We had a reservation for a party of 4. 3 of us was in the restaurant the other was parking the car, the manager with a very rude tone let me know that she could not sit the full party until we were all there. so we were waiting for 1 person to be seated.

When we were finally seated we asked for straws multiple times and did not receive one until 10min after.

It wasn't looking like we were going to have a good night, until the upstairs manager, I believe her name was Erin. She took good care of us after we were not having a great time.

Thank you to Erin and our waiter, they helped turn this experience around.

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MariaR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The mezcal cocktails and ceviche are always my favorite. Unbeatable view!

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vipJenniferS
Denver
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, yummy food!

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vipMarlenej
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a treat. My guest loved his enchiladas, and our drinks - with strawberry and lime were exquisit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tremendous food - great service.

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vipAlanP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Also delightful setting with great food and attentive service.

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FeliWray
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Not much to say, but that it was not special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome. We had a wonderful time

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ArmandoH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Orlando was awesome, making great recommendations to each of us in our party. We had wonderful food and a great time. Thank you!

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vipPortiaW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was really tasty and authentic. Our server was attentive and humorous. Great guy.

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vipBren
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visiting family

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Mosquitoes and uncooperative hostesses! I took my managerial staff to MiVida for a thank you management luncheon, and we were semi-disappointed with the service, ambiance, food, etc. I was initially very frustrated with the hostess. We had a party of 6 people, and she insisted on seating us at a table for 4, outside, in the direct sun. I asked if she could add another table, so that we could sit comfortably, but she said she could not “break up” the other tables. Instead, she added a chair at either end of the table. So two people sat on the bench seating, two people had chairs, and then two people were squeezed into both ends of the table. They would not add another table for us, even though there were several 2-person tables that were empty, right next to our table. When I asked for a larger table, she said that they could not accommodate us, even though the restaurant was empty!!! Then the sun was beating down on my guests, so I asked if they could lower the shades. They REFUSED. So we asked for another table, inside. In the meantime, my guests were getting bitten by mosquitoes, and there were flies everywhere. They moved us inside, and it was much better, although there were a lot of mosquitoes. The food was okay — not great, and not a good value. One of my guests did not want spicy food, we we ended up having to order a second dish for her. The “special” mango juice did not taste like it was made from fresh mango. It was watery. Overall, a terrible experience.

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vipERH3
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food and cocktails were delicious. We got to eat outdoors, which was great! It was not cheap, but we all thought the food was a good value (and definitely tastier for similar-priced restaurants at the Wharf). Perfect for a date night. The service was good, but not great, but it was extremely busy and our waiter was trying his best.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!!

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful meal at Mi Vida - service was excellent and food and drinks were AMAZING. Highly recommend!

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DavidM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great. I have an energetic vibe and would definitely return.

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jaclynt
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat outside on the top deck. Our hostess and waiter were amazing and made sure we had a great experience for our anniversary!

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vipValerieK
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

It seems like the prices have gone up, portions gone down, and the food quality has gone down. So sorry since we loved it before!!!

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vipArturo
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The brunch huevos rancheros were excellent. Tacos dorados and the chicken taco plate were also enjoyable.

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vipKevinS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Mediocre food. Mediocre service. You're paying for location, and that's about it.

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Ames
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice location but the flavors of the food was lacking.

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BasilT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

The waiter ignored us and the food was very slow.

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vipB1111
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Feels very corporate. Food is mediocre and overpriced.

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ElaineS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

went for happy hour, service was really good! nice atmosphere and good value for happy hour tacos and drinks.

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vipSavvySav
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience - food, service and atmosphere!

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Donna
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Good was nothing good at all. Way overpriced for what you get. And the food is very mediocre if not just gross.

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jackieO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

We ordered drinks off the happy hour menu, but the server brought out drinks from the regular menu ($6 vs. $14 Chardonnays, for example) and then charging for the more expensive drink. We had clearly ordered the $6 drink, but had to pay for the more expensive b/c that's what he brought out and we unknowingly drank them. We were also double charged for a single margarita, and charged for another table's enchiladas. Mistakes happen, but the games with the happy hour pricing is unfortunately a pattern here.

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Vida
Austin
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The dishes we ordered were not as good as they were a year ago, but still good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Freddy was amazing! We will ask for him in the future.

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ChristopherW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great ambience, very friendly staff. Very interesting interpretations of Mexican street food. We really enjoyed it.

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lmgpsu
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Everything was great. The food options were limited. It appears they removed quesadilla off the dinner menu. Please add it back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Food, ambiance and area was amazing! Service was a little slow

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ElenaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place to sit outside and catch up with a friend. Food and cocktail were great. Service was great as well.

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vipJakeJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Love the place but limited menu (eg no salads) is unfortunate.

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vipalexisp
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great first time here

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Sadie
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, drinks, and ambiance were all fantastic! Server went about and beyond to provide a wonderful experience for my boyfriend's birthday.

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SherylS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, high end cocktails and amazing service. Employees are professional and pleasant and work together to create a unique experience. Some successful establishments take their customers for granted. Never at Mi Vida! Each time I'm there feels like the first time. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really nice! They recommended us drinks and food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

The management team was great after my server wasn’t doing his job and I had to keep calling him over to Tahoe my order but overall food and drinks were amazing 🤩

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NeishaB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The staff from the front desk to our waitress were all kind and amazing! I reserved our dinner for the wrong day & the front desk staff was so awesome and accommodating. Our waitress knew the menu so well and answered all of our questions thoroughly. We had a mango margarita that was DELICIOUS! 10 out of 10 would recommend.

FAQs

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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 516-4656 ext. 9.

Mi Vida is rated 4.6 stars by 1256 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.