Mi Vida

4.7
1013 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.

Support Mi Vida during COVID-19

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
What 1013 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will not disappoint . Great food . Great Drinks. Good people.

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vipNice
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. We particularly enjoyed the zarape de pato as an appetizer and the buena vida margarita.

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TeekS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall2Food4Service5Ambience2

The low markings were due to the outside dining experience. It was not good. It was too cold to get comfortable and where I was seated I was getting wet from the rain.

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johng
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Truly enjoyable break from pandemic closeting. Can't say enough about Mi Vida from start to finish.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night was amazing. We sat on the upstairs patio and it was fabulous. We felt comfortable with the atmosphere and safety measures. The guac was amazing. Our server was incredible. Overall, great experience and meal.

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Fallon
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister and I went to Mi Vida for a Christmas Eve brunch and had a blast the food was amazing we have a few of the deviled eggs, the french toast and ham it was so tasty! The service was great we were greeted by a very nice host at the door and our waitress was extremely attentive. All safety protocols were observed. They made our rainy Christmas eve a lot of fun!

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CPhillip
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were great! The drinks are definitely overpriced and not well made!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely recommend the spicy cranberry margarita and the guacamole!

CM
ClintonM
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great location. Nice food. Great service. Nice drinks.

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vipFoodieInTraining
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service from our waiter who was obviously experienced and made great recommendations. The heated patio was comfortable on a very cold December night. We had beef enchiladas and the carne asada. The carne asada was good, the beef enchiladas were very filling.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent

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NicholasB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great night celebrating my birthday. Everything that we order was amazing! Our server (David) was the best! The ambience and atmosphere was everything we needed it to be. First time there and it exceeded my expectations. Will definitely be back! I only have one picture (dessert).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Very average experience. Second time here(first time the food was better but the service was worse). Obviously won’t be back. The food lacked flavor(either salty, or tasteless)and looked like it was sitting under the heating lamp for a while. One dish we didn’t even eat and mentioned that we didn’t like it. Not even apology was said. Service was on the level of take orders and bring food. There was no recommendations made except one dish even when asked. Nowadays that’s just not enough.

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MeredithW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, although don't think salsa should be something that you pay for at a restaurant. Queso fundido was excellent. Service was good.

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shannanv
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good view! Fast service and really good food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Best Mexican food in DC!

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JKNYEDINNER
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 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 15 November 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 14 November 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 13 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was great!!!!!

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vipAlexisM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 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 6 November 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 4 November 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 30 October 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.

MD
vipMonicaD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 28 October 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
15 reviews
Dined on 28 October 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 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was Flawless with an outdoor view

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Icekoph
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 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
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 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 25 October 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 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Food came out ASAP and was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

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BirthdayCelebration
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 October 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 23 October 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
13 reviews
Dined on 21 October 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 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JerryL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 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 18 October 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 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mi Vida using the Order Online button. Mi Vida also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Mi Vida also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 516-4656 ext. 9.

Mi Vida is rated 4.7 stars by 1013 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.