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Mi Vida, District Wharf

4.6
4.6
1612 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 101 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 1,612 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

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  1. KH

    KayH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Service was great as well! Our waitress Aubrey was so kind and checked in on us regularly to make sure everything came out okay. Definitely will be coming back again and bring family this time! 10/10 experience for it being my first time there!
  2. MM

    MargaretM

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great date night sitting outside and people watching/watching the sunset on the wharf. The waitress was attentive and helpful, and the pacing of dinner was perfect. I loved the carnitas tacos and the mole enchiladas, and we also tried the guacamole and the queso.
  3. S

    Samantha

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Elton John Concert
  4. G

    Girl49erfan

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the experience and location! Server greeted us quickly and made recommendations for our vegetarian friend. We started with yummy guacamole and chips and then I had the carne tacos. It comes with black beans and a small spicy fresh salsa. Perfect lunch and left happy!
  5. d

    diner305

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was pretty good, but mostly overpriced. The drinks were skimpy and also overpriced. The server was pushy and interrupted our conversation multiple times, but still attentive. I knew what I was getting into because I've been here before, so I was not surprised.
  6. G

    Gabby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice restaurant. The food was bomb and the atmosphere was fun. We will be going back!!
  7. BM

    BergjM

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ok experience overall. The service was slow and some food came out lukewarm. The plantains were dry and the churros were overcooked. Not the worst but I was disappointed especially with all the good reviews.
  8. CJ

    ClaudiaJS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Stumbling service and only OK food.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant on the bottom floor was pretty loud. But once we were seated at our table on the top floor, it was much quieter. Great view of the wharf. Oscar, our server, was awesome! Very knowledgable about the menu and could recommendations if overwhelmed. We even left it to him to pick a cocktail for each of us. He chose well.
  10. PA

    PAULAK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food, good ambience. Would go back in the future
  11. FF

    FoodForLife

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner on a beautiful summer evening. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience from start to finish. The staff and waiter were engaging and made sure we had a great evening celebration. Our waiter, Miguel, was very knowledgable and shared several recommendations that we accepted. We started with the guacamole, queso fundido and zarape de pato which were each excellent. Our entrees were the chamorro and birria. The chamorro was cooled perfectly and the crispy outside was truly a unique way of preparing this dish. The birria was prepared flawlessly and it fell apart with my fork. For dessert, we shared tres leches which was a beautiful way to finish off our meal. We've dined at other Knead Hospitality & Design restaurants and each one provides a consistently delectable experience. You can't go wrong and we look forward to our next meal at Mi Vida.
  12. RG

    RuthG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best night…delicious food and cocktails, our amazing server Phillipe treated us so special and was very attentive providing exceptional service. We will definitely be back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Orlando was amazing
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend brought me here for the first time and OMG. I am not exaggerating, I had the best chicken enchiladas of my life! The sauce was 10/10 itself. Loved the ambiance too, I will definitely be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The restaurant is cute and a great location but the food and drinks were just ok. Prices not too bad for the location.
  17. RM

    RichardM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    So I thought overall it was a good place. From the moment I say and hit my food it took 40 minutes, not bad since it was super busy. The food is good but please don’t go if looking for a Mexican food like your mother made that’s not this place. It’s a bit pricey but your paying for the location and ambient. House margaritas $14 and super small one chug and done. I had left note saying it was my wedding anniversary and wanted nice few. They didn’t even look at that sat me anywhere. However overall a nice place.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! The food is delicious and the service is phenomenal!! Couldn’t ask for more.
  19. CM

    CMCG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks. Not pricey compared to other wharf restaurants. Stunning decor and fun music
  20. S

    Seating

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The service and food and ambiance are great. Only slight issue is the mosquitoes for outside diners. Bring your repellent from home.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, and food delicious. Our best option for food and Cocktails 😉 ponche de Lola is fantastic perfect flavors . The best of the best !!!!! Restaurants in dc
  22. SK

    SeonjuK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food and service were ok. We were sitting outside for brunch while sun was out and the view of water was great. However there were mosquitoes all over under the table biting our legs and arms. The table next to us even brought a bug spray in the middle of their meals. The servers didn’t do anything as there was only one candle. It was not a good experience since we couldn’t enjoy the food.
  23. S

    Stefan

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice service and great atmosphere !!!!!
  24. MF

    MiracleF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was good I was able to get work done and have a lunch date at the same time. And they also have amazing fish tacos!
  25. T

    Twensj

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Mi Vida was really great! Our waitress was so kind and attentive. The cocktails are delicious and the food was amazing! I had the branzino, which was divided into a spicy and mild side. My goodness that was exquisite! My friends ordered enchiladas and we all had plantains as sides. Great evening celebrating a friend’s birthday at a great place. Will definitely be back!
  26. JK

    JK123

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and drinks, reasonably priced! Restaurant was super busy/packed but staff was so friendly and accommodating despite some longer wait times for food/drink.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mi Vida is one of the better upscale Mexican dining experiences. Strong service to accompany the outstanding menu. Highly recommend the duck appetizer.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    It was just so-so. The server I had was not attentive. Including fans outside would be helpful since it is directly in the sun and there’s no protection from the constant heat.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Everyone at our table had cold food delivered. And come to find out, the table a few tables down.did too. Service was slow. Food had no taste. Even after the waitress replaced our food it car back cold and took forever. Go figure. They offered us some chips and salsa I guess as a consolation prize And then never bought it out. Never will be back. Bad food, poor service, not authentic. Slow slow slow!cold food. We suspect it's microwaved
  30. A

    Anon

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was pretty good - little pricey for lunch.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The service was great, but the food was sub par. For the price, I would expect high quality food.
  32. G

    Gracias

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When my friend and I decided to try Mi Vida on the Wharf after a show at the Arena Stage, we misinterpreted the Restaurant Week offerings and were pleasantly surprised when we actually got more than we thought we would! The multiple appetizers were all absolutely delicious, especially the oh-so-fresh guacamole and chips and the shrimp cocktail. The entrees were almost too much…and the servers were happy to substitute a vegetarian dish for the meat entree. In the end, we got all of them ( as my friend does eat red meat, but I don’t). Ending up being full before we could finis, they happily gave us to-go boxes and I’m looking forward to having leftovers! It was the perfect end to the weekend, with an extra addition of a little mole sauce. I had two La Frozena margaritas which were so delicious I didn’t take full recognition of the strength of the cocktail. But it was worth it! I will definitely visit again!
  33. SB

    1SueB

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mi Vida provided the best Restaurant Week meal experience anywhere! Food was fabulous and plentiful. Fixed price for 4 courses with terrific dessert served family-style for 4 people. Beautiful view, perfect service from fun waiter, festive atmosphere and great table. Can’t wait to go back!
  34. KB

    KrissyB

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top favorite brunch spot in Dc
  35. R

    Randolph

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    4 star for restaurant week should indicate 5 for other times.
  36. JS

    JoleenS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Server Fiorella was super efficient in ensuring we had everything we needed and provided suggestions and great service with a smile. The food was great Carne Asada was seasoned well and very flavorful.
  37. A

    Alchess

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience sitting outside during a beautiful summer night! The food was amazing and service was great, will definitely go again!
  38. LA

    LASM

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall the food was excellent. Some of the best Guac and Queso Fundido ever. Carne Asada was outstanding. Very energetic and noisy but great fun.
  39. O

    Oldphysics

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Positive. Very good, inventive food and plenty of it. Smart use of quality vinegars and chilies.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were very pleased with our experience. Overall great food, service, and environment. Would visit again!

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

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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 1612 OpenTable diners.

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

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 101 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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