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Mi Vida, District Wharf

4.6
4.6
1694 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

19:00


Booked 109 times today
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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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 1,694 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mexican

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  1. g

    gspag

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    AnnieChiquitica

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. MM

    MonicaM

    Miami

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  5. KO

    KevinO

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

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

    JessicaV

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2022

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

    Elise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 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.
  8. T

    Tatyana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 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!
  9. V

    Voyager

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 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!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 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.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Bad service ok food
  12. CA

    CATHERINEM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 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!
  13. VM

    VailMan

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 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.
  15. PA

    PamaiA

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2022

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

    MikeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2022

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

    GerardL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 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
  19. J

    Joyful365

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 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.
  20. DO

    DianneO

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 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.
  21. JW

    JillW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding.
  23. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific in every way.
  25. d

    dinerps

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 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.....)
  26. JC

    JimC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 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.
  27. J

    Jones

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 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!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2022

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

    TameraL

    Washington DC

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful inside, but we couldn't resist dining al fresco on the upstairs patio overlooking the Wharf and the rainbow of fall foliage. The nachos, birria quesadilla, and the carnitas tacos were super tasty as well as the margarita flight! The service was fast and friendly, and the bathrooms were kept clean. I can't wait to go back and try more things in the menu!
  34. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was tepid, not warm enough, probably left standing in the kitchen too long.
  35. VK

    ValerieK

    Washington DC

    123 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Lovely as usual. However when the drink’s accidentally were spilled on a person in our group we were surprised that no manager came to check on her or offer free replacement drinks since her outfit was covered with beer and needs to be dry cleaned. Our waiter was sorry and was verbally excellent.
  36. m

    melindam

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful, I love the way it looks and the nice open windows. The food was great -- could have been hotter. But our waiter had an attitude. I felt on edge around him. Also, bring us some spoons!!! How are you supposed to service a plate of enchiladas, one to each person, without a spoon!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    So, I recommended this place because I had just went to Mi Vida and n 14th Street in DC. So I suggested my friends and I try out this restaurant on the Wharf due to proximity and ease of parking. Had I know this would be the experience, I would have taken my chance with the parking in DC. So our waitress was a little slow with the service, but that is understandable given dinner. The food we ordered was returned as my carne asada was burnt; tasted like straight charcoal. My friend’s chicken tacos were over cooked. My other friend, her salmon was bad but she decided to still eat it and not complain about it. She did order churros and those things were hard as a rock!! The waitress did take the meals off the menu and offered us the option of getting something else, but we really didn’t enjoy that either. I was really shocked because my experience at Mi Vida in 14th street 2 weeks ago was phenomenal, but my experience at the Wharf was trash. The drinks were trash too. They weren’t as smooth.
  38. RC

    RCSdeli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and the margaritas were phenomenal. The overall vibes were great.
  39. DO

    DianneO

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inviting ambience, courteous staff, and delicious gastronomy! We ordered the churros (get them!), assorted cocktails, and hongos al pastor. Come to Mi Vida for authentic Mexican food! Everything was scrumptious , including the churros. Additionally, our waitress, Mia, provided excellent service throughout. 10/10 highly recommend. We cannot wait to come back to sample other menu items!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, first time as a couple at Mi Vida and the food was fresh and delicious. The chips and salsa were pretty great too. It was my girlfriends birthday and they sat us down at the 3rd floor with a nice view of the Wharf. Experience couldn’t have been any better

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

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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 1694 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 109 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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