La Vida Cantina

4.6
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196 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Vida Cantina is an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar with a captivating atmosphere and a menu of fresh, high quality ingredients where traditional recipes are presented with a modern twist.

Guests will enjoy a spacious, lively and beautifully designed atmosphere patio with a large pentagon-shaped bar, ample lounge seating and five fire pits, all under tow over-sized palapas. The interior features dark wood, warm lighting and contemporary Mexican murals.

The extensive cocktail menu features premium tequilas, an amazing array of uniquely crafted margaritas and signature martinis.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my friends Birthday at La Vida.

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great prices and delicious food. Our host was very helpful and friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Well it wasn’t really date, it was really celebrating myself trying to find a date.

BA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Amazing food, great environment, more heaters is possible, service is a little slow but for the most part attentive. I’m here every Tuesday and I love it!

JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Really great cocktails and tasty food. Good value for money and friendly service. Not a thing to complain about there!

OT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall satisfactory experience, the food is flavorful, and waiter was nice. I felt like the servers were slammed, maybe management should consider more staff. We were asked by three various servers if we'd been helped, showing that tables weren't assigned. I loved the chicken tortilla soup, best one to date. Since there's a nightclub nearby, the crowd is loud and lively. Outside is well heated and spacious for large groups. We came on date night.

Y
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group did make a reservation in advance and boy, was that a good idea. From the host to our wait staff, everyone had a great attitude and made easy conversations. Food was yummy.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Eloy always makes our visit pleasant. The only thing I wasn't happy about was the music. They need to play more latin music since this is a mexican cantina.

BA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have attended taco Tuesday for about a year now and I am always satisfied and my night is always made by the service I receive and the kindness of all who work here. I love it here!

AL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect good dinner good music and good service
I recommend this place

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place! In CM light meal before going to the movies

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun atmosphere for Taco Tuesday Night.

JF
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very lively restaurant! Servers are great and attentive but not annoying - food and drinks are always yummy and interesting - not your standard food flavors - really nice and large patio - need to go more often

GF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

La vida used to be my favorite spot for taco Tuesdays. Not anymore and my friends will not be coming back either. I had a reservation and still wasn’t allowed inside? La vida still had the audacity to email me saying I didn’t show up for my reservation when it was the staff not letting me in? Unorganized and it just isn’t the same anymore. La vida is going downhill.

CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The server came over to remind me 2 times that he would only be able to serve me till 10 my reservations wasn’t at 9:15. He also never came to check on me order? Food drinks etc. I had to o go find him so that I can order

CT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome Potato Tacos and Margarita! This place is excellent!!!

d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

place was not busy but we waited an inordinate amount of time for little things -- and then toyed with leaving without paying because it was impossible to get our check in time to catch the 7 pm movie next door. food was good. they would have sold more of it had they been more attentive, but they werent

when we got out of the movie, the line to get into this place was around the corner and down the block. so they must have a thriving late night business.

but from 5:30 to 7 pm, the staff got their rest. we ended up with food and drink, yes, but will allow more time next time --- and order en masse IF WE GO BACK

AC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun atmosphere and good drinks and food! We live an hour and fifteen minutes away but it’s worth the drive! Sunday brunch Reggae music is great!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food not as good as I'd hoped. Service just ok. Sitting outside was nice. The musician was excellent.

SA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We love the location but we were not made to feel particularly welcome on our last visit. We arrived early for our 6:15 reservation and the hostess told us we could not be served until 6:15. We told her that was fine, but we would like to be seated and we could grab a couple of drinks from the bar. She then decided she could get us service, and tried to give us seats in the sun on an extremely hot day (Tuesday, July 23). We refused those seats and asked for one in the shade. She haggled with us, and eventually we reached a "compromise" on the seat. It was OK, but still not what I really wanted in their at that point empty section. There were big parties coming, which was clearly all they were concerned about. She then proceeded to tell us there was a two hour limit on our table. I assumed she meant from the time of our reservation (6:15), but she clarified it was from the moment we sat down (even though five minutes before she wasn't able to seat us. Overall, her petty attitude set a poor tone for the evening. The server was OK, although probably had been "warned" that we were troublesome. Honestly, we are friendly patrons and tip well, so this was foreign territory for us. I will think again before I go there. They need to reign in the children that are the first face you encounter. My vegetable quesadilla was outstanding, but my husband said his beef tacos had an odd flavor, and he didn't eat them. We told the server - I'd say he was more annoyed than concerned. Had no comment. We weren't looking to not pay for it, but he could have demonstrated a bit of concern that we weren't fully satisfied. Generally meh.

YL
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was good, went well. Very easy and quick to make reservation. Only thing, it took a while for our waiter to take our order, we weren't sure who our waiter was for the first 10 minutes. They did bring chips and salsa and then for 10 minutes just wondering when they'll be back. BUT once we asked the host, he came out and took our order and was a fabulous waiter, checking in, and refilling. Overall a good experience, I will definitely be back. Thank you!

K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

WAY loud!! Probably a good place if you're there to party. Food (nachos) were mediocre at best. Heavy on the refried beans, very light on cheese. Even though only a few people during lunch on Friday we never did get a refill on our salsa. My friend and I won't go back.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Service was very slow. We sat for 30 mins before our waiter came back to take our food order. At least we got our drink order right when we sat down, so we had our drinks and chips. But finished our drinks way before we were able to order food or more drinks.

RG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I m from Costa Mesa California East coast Costa Mesa and my is Ramiro Gonzalez 37 years living here this my town and family with all my respect
La Vida Cantina the best /bartender mi frank /Sabine /angel y gordito Y todos good person y doing service 🤗👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

I went there for brunch and my experience was horrible!
I had reservations, I was seated righ away ok cool. But then, the waitress showed up 15 minutes later... we ordered bottomless mimosas, water and a guacamole appetizer.
10 minutes later we finally got our waters and 15 minutes after that our mimosas. 45 minutes had passed by and i had to remind the waitress about our guac and mimosa refill. finally we got our guac but no chips. we waited about 10 more minutes for our chips after asking multiple times for them. Finally our food was served it had been over an hour and no mimosa refills. i was so mad and i told our waitress to cancel our mimosas since there was no point of us paying for something we werent drinking. we ordered 3 margaritas, well those never arrived!!!. finally we ate and left. my friends and i were so dissapointed and agreed to never come back to this place. We had a Horrible experience!!! i had been there a few times before and always told my friends how much i enjoyed La Vida but after this experience im never coming back!

D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the location. Wait staff was great. Food was typical Mexican food and a bit pricey, but we had a nice time!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with my 2 friends for taco Tuesday. The tacos came out within 10 minutes of ordering and they were very good. The service was great I even got a free shot since I was celebrating my birthday. There is a 2 hour limit on the table but other than that I would highly recommend this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

My group and I had fun! Loved the atmosphere and the decor and location of the restaurant. The food was good, the drinks were alright...they could have been made better. Overall, I was satisfied

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Mimosas with the brunch were terrible! They were served in a mixed drink style glass, not a champagne flute and did not taste like OJ or champagne. They were COMPLETELY flat, not bubbly to taste or see, the color was not orange like OJ, but rather a color that looked more like a margarita and tasted like lemon. A waste of $12.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

The service was horrible the waiter was just horrible. I will come back just for the food, but i will definitely come back for the food

JH
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. A very cool vibe with a delicious but relatively inexpensive menu. Particularly on Taco Tuesday!

OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good time. Great environment for a friend get together

OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was THE BEST. I didn’t catch his name but he was an older Hispanic gentleman and he was very attentive. He made the experience much better!

MS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

My first time their and was not impressed. Went with someone who had really liked in the past. Wasn't extremely busy but the service was really bad - the basics, utensils, side plates had to be asked for as well as clearing our table when new food was coming out. Waited a long time for initial contact by server and drinks.

k
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of the best places to celebrate a birthday, especially one’s 21st

L
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience1

The service was poor I know you guys are busy but being nice isn’t that hard. The food was cold and the tortillas were soggy. Highly wouldn’t recommend going on taco Tuesday ever again.

KB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Meh
I mean it was ok - food average drinks just ok
Hostess had on a beanie and waitress was pretty stupid

KC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

What a great and fun place ! Service a little slow, but place was extremely busy. Definitely will return. Free parking and just around the corner from movie theater.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks, great food, great taco tuesday deals... and a HOT date to boot! Taco Tuesday at La Vida itself was a wonderful experience! However, I wish my broken Chanel shoes felt the same way LOL

OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great for taco Tuesday. It's busy so definitely make a reservation if you want a table and make it a few days in advanced!

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