Vida & Comida

4.6
552 reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
We specialize in authentic Spanish cuisine with a bit of flare. Our most famous dish is the Fresh Seafood Paella that is made to order. Other popular items on the menu include Medallones de ternera Sautéed veal medallions with jamón serrano in a white wine, sage sauce), Pulpo a la Gallega (Spanish Octopus), Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp with Garlic), and Seared Corvina served with Jumbo Lump Crab and Truffle Oil. The restaurant is BYOB, set in a modern and intimate atmosphere. We are perfect for a date night, dining out with friends, or for group events!
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4.5
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4.6
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VictoriaN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic all around! Excellent food. Beautiful restaurant. Great service. And priced in line with other restaurants of the same caliber. BYOB, too.

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vipjuniepants
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was so delicious from starters to dessert. service was outstanding.
couldn't have been any better

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GregB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy atmosphere and great service. Very tasty food and reasonably priced. We will definitely be repeat customers.

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JaniceS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service.

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RodgerP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vida & Comida is one of our new favorites - we've been there several times for dinner (pre- and post-Covid) and the food, staff and ambiance are always impressive!

The small plates are delicious - I usually get a fish course as well and their attention to detail and service is above and beyond.

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vipwalt
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go early to avoid other diners and it is extremely pleasant to have an excellent and quiet meal at our pace in a very pleasant environment. It is also difficult to overstate the quality and originality of the food when compared with other restaurants in southeastern PA. Hands down our preferred dining destination. Hoping strongly that Covid does not cause them to suspend serving again. Unlike other places we have seen but not elected to dine they take the pandemic very seriously. And BYO is always our preference.

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LizF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Limited menu but everything was delicious. Service very good too.

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vipSteveS
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We both had Gambas al Ajilio & Spanish Octopus both were delicious. For entrees, my girlfriend Corvina & I had Paella both were outstanding. My girlfriend had desert, Tiramisu, my girlfriend said it was delicious.

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JCL1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was delicious and service was great. 3 of us ordered the Paella. Can't wait to go back.

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vipPawriter
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Vida and Comida was recommended by friends. My husband had the Paella and I had the Corvina---both dishes were quite tasty. The atmosphere is beautiful. It's a shame they can't get more tables inside.

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LeslieF
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, quiet atmosphere and wonderful service! It's a BYO and the value is great!

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vipKevH
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I made it to Vida & Comida last week and I have missed dining here so much! We had such a great night. They have tables inside or out, and we opted to sit socially distanced in the elegant dining room. Jim, our server, did an excellent job of making the experience and unforgettable one. I wanted to order everything on the menu and with Manuel back in the kitchen, it was hard not to. I am excited for my next visit and with Restaurant Week approaching, I made my reservation in advance!

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vipAmy5
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Ambler restaurant weekend and everything we ordered from the fixed price menu was amazing. We will be coming back soon for some of the items on the regular menu. The staff was especially friendly and attentive even though it was quite a busy time when we were there.

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vipLOVEIT1
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed Vida & Comida very much. Food, atmosphere & service were all EXCELLENT. Highly recommend. For something special or different because we don’t really get to experience Spanish restaurants locally.

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vipBeth
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy that Vida & Comida is back! Food and service were both terrific. Tried a new appetizer which was braised oxtail in puff pastry with a port reduction sauce. Sumptuous! Also loved the piquillos rellenos!

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vipcyclemike
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Place was virtually empty on a Wednesday given the pandemic so we felt very safe. But even with very few customers the food was outstanding and the service was friendly and attentive.

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vipking
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great people.

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vipsukie
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious beet salad with orange slices WOW! The bread was outstanding as usual. Shared the charcuterie and I had the lamb chops done perfectly! What a treat.

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Lefty
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unique European cuisine in the heart of ambler. Meticulous attention to detail. Excellent service by all staff members and the ambience was excellent as well. We had Paella and the cod. Both They both came out hot and a very tasty. The presentation was superb. The salad was large enough for two and the desserts were scrumptious. We had the apple tart and flan. Highly recommend.

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vipLindaB
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We shared everything and the paella was great. So nice to be back to dining in the restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The corvina dinner was one of the finest meals I've ever had. This restaurant is a gem.

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vipJosephE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Ambler...hands down!

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vipMegW
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding!!

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vipLindaB
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Two old friends from way back had a great meal catching up on things. Our waiter was terrific and the food was delicious. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Waiter was not attentive and had to be reminded multiple times of simple requests.

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Christine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

After several great experiences, we took our good friends out to experience Vida & Comida. We were underwhelmed with the menu, between seasons, the tasting menu wasn’t recommended, several dishes weren’t available, etc. I could have dealt with that but our waiter couldn’t be described as anything but rude, he was sarcastic & impatient and really left me feeling like I had taken our friends to the wrong place! We left feeling like we had spent a pretty penny for terrible service and mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a girls night out celebrating a friends bday. We were lucky enough to be seated in VIP. This was our first time dining at Vida & Comida, but have been wanting to try this place for a long time! And it did not disappoint! The service was exceptional from the moment we were greeted and seated by Tim, who was so kind and friendly, to Ricardo, who served us that night. He was so amazing and accommodating to our group. He was also able to make recommendations for the bday girl who was gluten free. And the owner-Cindy coming by to check in on us, made our dining experience truly amazing. The food was excellent. The mussels and Seafood Paella were my personal favorites. Please get the creme brûlée for dessert! It was delish. Hats off to the chef. We will definitely be coming back!!

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vipMandes
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with a girlfriend who’s never been at the restaurant before. I’ve been many times with my husband and friends too! She was impressed delighted with all the great tapas we ate ! It’s nice to have such a great restaurant that serves delicious Spanish foods right in our own backyards ! We don’t have to travel to Spain to taste magnificent food prepared by Cindy’s husband !!! I will continue to bring more friends and try other delicious plates !!

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vipellenV
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Our food was delicious.
Our waiter was very robotic and unfriendly.

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PhilaFoodie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Soooo happy Vida & Comida is an Ambler! We loved our experience and will be back! We had the spanish octopus which was nothing short of amazing. The Paella rivals that of any we have had during our numerous visits to Spain and the Dover Sole was awesome! It was perfectly cooked and adeptly filleted table side by our server. Service was knowledgeable and friendly, without being obtrusive, and all of our needs were anticipated and met with grace and style. The owner, Cindy, stopped by to make sure everything was perfect and her welcoming charm made us feel like were truly appreciated. She let us know that her husband, Chef Manuel, was back in the kitchen full time bringing back some of the recipes (the Sole, Osso Buco, braised rabbit, among others she mentioned), that we had missed of late here. Can't say enough of our pleasant experience, but that we will be back often!

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vipTAG611
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

One of the owners stopped by our table to say hello when we arrived. We had an early reservation so we were the first ones there. The server was very attentive and answered all of our questions.

The appetizers were amazing. The fish and corn were absolutely delicious and I would eat this every day. The paella was good but not the best I've had. The fish in this dish was a little overcooked.

It was our first time at this restaurant because it was on my restaurant bucket list but I would only go here for a special occasion.

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TLTO
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. It was a quiet Sunday evening. Not many diners. Our server was very attentive and there was live music, which added to the ambiance of the restaurant.

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JoshD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

I worked as a server for 17 years and I was surprised that the waiter never said “you’re welcome after” we said thank you. When asked if there were any recommendations, he said “of course” but never told us if there were any dishes he would recommend.
Because he didn’t have any recommendations, we went with the tasting. Overall, the food was average at best, and 3 out of the 5 courses were complimented with mash potatoes. Needless to say, it was the worst tasting I’ve ever experienced.

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vipsuziandfun
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food outstanding. Our server was not. Very angry for some reason and kind of ruined the atmosphere. There are many other places to eat and while we though the food was amazing, it’s not worth being treated like that.

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viplove2dine
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We always love this place - lovely decor, pleasant atmosphere, solid service and consistently good food. Prices overall are a bit high for the Ambler area, but you get what you pay for.

One thing we object to is the fact that servers don't state the prices for specials, which are typically almost double the price of entrees on the menu - an unpleasant surprise when the bill comes. We now always ask what the specials cost, which is a bit off-putting in a fine dining situation - recommend prices are shared up front so patrons are not forced to ask the question.

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YuliyaK
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere and good food. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a party of six people and every one loved this place.

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GEORGIAD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

the menu was not to my liking, I couldn't find anything I really wanted and I thought the prices were high.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love eating here-the food is great-there’s always a great special and everybody who works there is extremely nice the setting is beautiful and it’s our favorite BYOB thank you Rande and Howard Levin

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vippunkyjam
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was good. The atmosphere was lovely. The resteraunt ran out of menu items on Valentine's day weekend and we thought the food was very overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Highly recommended. Authentic dishes and flan is a must for dessert!

FAQs

Vida & Comida offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 641-0900.

Vida & Comida is rated 4.6 stars by 552 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.