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Mi Vida, District Wharf

4.6
4.6
1703 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4656 ext. 9

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Santibañez

  • Catering

    Contact for details

  • Private party facilities

    We offer various private and semi-private options to 400 guests. We also offer custom menu options for parties of 10 or more. Please contact our Events Director, Kaye Newsome, Kaye@kneadhd.com, for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Kaye Newsome: (844) 487-4608

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Cross street

    9th Street and Maine Avenue SW

  • Parking details

    Street and Parking Lot available underground

  • Public transit

    Waterfront and L'Enfant Plaza Metro Stops

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,703 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Avg food. Loud.
  2. DN

    DebiN

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate in the heated patio and watched the water taxi. Nice, relaxed lunch with great margaritas and tacos! Service was excellent!
  3. JL

    JorgeL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service, looks like a tourist trap but food is quite good. Did no like how somewhat pretentious to meka reservations, credit cards, for bigger groups menu limitations etc
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    The food was really good didn’t like the way they sell the food without any sides you got to buy them separately but everything else was really good even the service
  5. BG

    BarbG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican cuisine we have ever had! High quality, flavorful, beautiful presentation. The food was soooo good!
  6. NP

    NicP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reasonably priced restaurant with good, healthy food. Nice view.
  7. s

    shabyg

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so good! The food, service, ambiance, value - all perfect! One of my favorite restaurant to celebrate special occasions 😊
  8. JH

    JoeH

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent- the best Mexican food in DC. The service was excellent too, the waiter was attentive without being pushy and he knew the menu in and out. Definitely a great spot.
  9. g

    gspag

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Attentive service; high quality & innovative food selection thoughtfully presented. Will def return.
  10. AC

    AnnieChiquitica

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful setting and decoration, amazing food with high gastronomic standard. Unfortunately our waitress didn’t make the restaurant excel. Manager was kind and personally took care we were well served.
  11. MM

    MonicaM

    Miami

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Wharf was wonderful! The restaurant was delicious ,clean and lovely. We had a great experience
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time here. I absolutely love it. The food is amazing, service is great, and the noise level is good. There is music but it is low enough that you can hear yourself talk you don’t have to shout.
  13. KO

    KevinO

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had really good tacos and really, really good margaritas before Billy Strings at the Athem.
  14. JV

    JessicaV

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent for someone looking for gluten free options. Dedicated fryer to accommodate people with Celiac.
  15. E

    Elise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    We set a reservation for our anniversary and was put at a corner table. Did not feel extremely special but service was good and food was decent.
  16. T

    Tatyana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great, the ambiance was great and the drinks were strong. Definitely going back. This was my first experience on the Wharf and I loved it!
  17. V

    Voyager

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was fantastic. Wonderful variety and combination of flavorful food and drink. And if you're a fan of mole sauce theirs is delicious! Super friendly and accommodating staff. Thank you Mi Vida!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful place. They have traditional dishes and then offer some added flare in others. This restaurant is owned and operated by native Mexicans. It reflects in the food and service. Look forward to a return trip.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Bad service ok food
  20. CA

    CATHERINEM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food tasted good but was way overpriced. 16$ for a standard serving of guac. Went only with the intention of going for HH which had decent pricing and a solid menu but you only get HH pricing if you sit in the bar area (which at most had seating for 14 people). Great location and beautiful waterfront spot!
  21. VM

    VailMan

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Noise was WAY too loud...could not have a normal conversation with my family
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The atmosphere was great but the food was not very good. Taco’s looked good as they came by but our non taco food was presented good but did not taste good.
  23. PA

    PamaiA

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was perfect. It’s right on a boardwalk/pier which was beautiful. The food and service was great too.
  24. MJ

    MikeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Mi Vida! Fantastic margarita pitchers, and the food was great too! You have to get the fresh made guacamole!
  25. GL

    GerardL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Oscar was a wonderful server and the food surpassed expectations
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing, like what all Mexican food should be and not Tex-Mex Americanized. The quality of the food for the price is also very fair value. The views of the wharf are beautiful
  27. J

    Joyful365

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had a great time at Mi Vida. My friend and I sat out on the top patio and it was great to people watch and get a view of the scenery. We had a great server who’s name was Fatima. Super knowledgeable of the menu and friendly. Overall the food was good although my sweet potato fries were a bit cold. They didnt appear to come out hot. But overall the food and drinks were good.
  28. DO

    DianneO

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal as always! This time I ordered the beans and rice as a main! Absolutely delicious. My manager ordered the enchiladas with mole and he loved his meal too. Wonderful service and ambience.
  29. JW

    JillW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service, food and ambiance was wonderful! Highly recommend!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding.
  31. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Mi Vida. We loved it.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific in every way.
  33. d

    dinerps

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Enjoyed our food and the ambience with very friendly service. Favorite dining spot is the upstairs patio with views of the wharf. My only observation is that prices have really gone up with now $15 plus cocktails (but at least still taste good and not diluted with too much ice), and some entrees are approaching $40. Yikes! I would recommend Mi Vida for a special occasion, not casual dining. (I don't think Oyamel is as expensive but will see.....)
  34. JC

    JimC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Once again, we were seated in the noisy bar at a high top despite a reservation. Very noisy. A lot of people standing around our table waiting for a spor at the bar. Never again.
  35. J

    Jones

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    chicken tacos were delish! my husband had the beyond burger and was skeptical because we were at a Mexican restaurant but he said it was the best he's ever had!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Orlando was our waiter and he was amazing. Made awesome recommendations for both drinks and food. Definitely will be back!
  37. TL

    TameraL

    Washington DC

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing like its venue on a beautiful day. Good food and environment.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food & ambience. Waiter disappeared a little but was very nice & food came out quick.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food5service4ambience1
    The fire alarm was going off the whole time we were at dinner
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    We arrived on time was seated and after 30 min fire alarm went off with a very bright flash directly on our table and the table surrounding. The sound was extremely loud and the flash hurt our eyes. The staff did not communicate what was happening until we asked. The flash and alarm stayed on for an hour. Our food came out and was cold and fries were soggy. The spicy pomegranate margarita and guacamole with chips was very tasty. Overall our dining experience was not enjoyable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Mi Vida, District Wharf is rated 4.6 stars by 1703 OpenTable diners.

Mi Vida, District Wharf does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 77 times today
Google Map for Mi Vida, District Wharf

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Street and Maine Avenue SW

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street and Parking Lot available underground

  • Public transit

    Waterfront and L'Enfant Plaza Metro Stops

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Santibañez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4656 ext. 9

  • Catering

    Contact for details

  • Private party facilities

    We offer various private and semi-private options to 400 guests. We also offer custom menu options for parties of 10 or more. Please contact our Events Director, Kaye Newsome, Kaye@kneadhd.com, for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Kaye Newsome: (844) 487-4608

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