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Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Second Ward, Charlotte
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8.3/10
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  • Jess ⚓
    "Try the Skinny Margarita for a delicious low-cal alternative."(3 Tips)
    Stefannie B.
    "Ceviche and tortilla pie is to die for!"(2 Tips)
    Tanaura
    "Love the Vida burrito."(2 Tips)
    Jeffrey B.
    "Vida chicken without queso was excellent."(2 Tips)
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  • Brian T.
    Brian TramueLJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp Jalapeño Bacon TacosListen, "Grilled shrimp with jalapeño bacon, a blend of cheeses, cilantro, pico de gallo and mango habanero salsa." #Delicious served with black beans and rice.
  • Arron M.
    Arron McGillJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Expect the best when you are here! The food has been amazing since day 1!!! Get into the drink list and make sure to stop in after work!
  • J N.
    J NealNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Outlets are under bar to charge phone or to work. TV's at bar to watch games. Steak or crab nachos w/ their homemade sour cream....YES please!
  • Joshua D.
    Joshua DrownJanuary 16, 2014
    This is one of my favorite Uptown outdoor dining spots. Great people watching on the patio if you are playing hooky from work.
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WurdemanMarch 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Smaller portions and cheaper prices than vida. Order tacos, burritos and salads on sushi style pads. Excited for this new spot!
  • Steven L.
    Steven LaboyAugust 22, 2013
    The surf and turf tacos and the guacamole appetizer are amongst the all time Mexican restaurant greats! Order them both!!!
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BytomskiMarch 21, 2015
    Vida chicken without queso was excellent. Chips and salsa good too.
  • Joshua D.
    Joshua DrownFebruary 7, 2014
    The Corona-Rita will help you find your own beach, any time of the year.
  • Derek E.
    Derek EidFebruary 24, 2015
    I liked the place , good food, the steak nachos was a pretty tasty night snack and the margarita was fine , would recommend it.
  • Rach B.
    Rach BApril 2, 2014
    Definitely do a combo of tacos!! So delicious and good value
  • Tanaura
    TanauraSeptember 30, 2012
    I've been here a few times. Food, service and bartenders have always been great! Love the Vida burrito.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AdamsJune 7, 2013
    Food is fantastic. Salsa a little spicy. Ok for me. Add lime and salt to cut the heat. Just a little.
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YarboroughMarch 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Ancho Grilled Chicken paired with sautéed greens and coleslaw will treat your taste-buds to a delicious carnival in your mouth!
  • Jess ⚓
    Jess ⚓October 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome tacos. Try the Skinny Margarita for a delicious low-cal alternative.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SMarch 8, 2014
    Great drinks...get drunk and eat free chips + salsa. Don't forget to tip your bar tender!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MurilloApril 12, 2014
    Weekend brunches are delightful. Mimosas are off the menu but can be ordered
  • Scott D.
    Scott DotsonNovember 3, 2011
    Food was very good. Salsa and guacamole were very good. I normally don't eat guacamole, but I really liked. Service was above average.
  • Jerald P.
    Tacos are really good. For great prices, go during happy hour!
  • Amy W.
    Amy WittApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The carne asada nachoes are amazing! The bartenders pour strong drinks as well
  • Logan S.
    Logan SelbertMarch 27, 2013
    Come for the guac. Stay for the black bean and plantain mash.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KaczynskiApril 28, 2011
    The tableside guacamole and red sangria outsdie is a great treat on a sunny day!
  • Whitney G.
    Whitney GonzalesApril 25, 2012
    Get the guac 3 ways! Seriously. Get it. Mango guac on the real.
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel H.March 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Frozen margaritas are stronger than on the rocks! Try half mango, half strawberry. 🍹
  • Chelsea G.
    Chelsea GardnerJune 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the frozen!!! Well worth your money!! Hot bartenders ask for misha and Chelsea :)
  • Kellie G.
    Kellie GoreJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the half off margarita Mondays! Staff is not so attentive though!
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YarboroughOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken Tinga is amazing. Like a Mexican soup/chili/fiesta. Get it.
  • Natalie H.
    Natalie HymelMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Cabo salad w salmon ... And don't be scared to try the filet... Amazinggg
  • Prateek R.
    Prateek RungtaNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chips and Salsa is pretty great. As are the tuna tacos.
  • Kai E.
    Kai EnglishJanuary 14, 2012
    The crab nachos and the crab and shrimp enchiladas are amazing!!
  • Theodore H.
    Theodore HuffMarch 26, 2014
    Queso and Beef Enchiladas are shockingly good, but a little small.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SJanuary 6, 2011
    The service was extremely attentive and the guacamole is amazing. The food was very good.
  • Stefannie B.
    Stefannie BellMay 18, 2012
    Ceviche and tortilla pie is to die for! Plus 100 calorie skinny girl margaritas!
  • Sam M.
    Sam MartinFebruary 22, 2011
    Great food. Little over priced. Worth it. I would come back
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TraversieSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Opens end of September be sure to try the large selection of tequila
  • Denny D.
    Denny DonofrioOctober 24, 2010
    Delicious upscale mexican food! Try the guac!
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YarboroughFebruary 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Monday nights: Vida Fiesta = $5 margaritas. Tuesday nights: Vida Sociale = $2 Tacos & $3 Modelo draft.
  • Anil C.
    Anil ChittimallaAugust 19, 2014
    Good Mexican.. but lite in quantity.
  • Quan J.
    The Vida chicken is everything!!!!
  • Tamara L.
    Tamara LynchOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Be careful when you get a sangria, it has an unexpected kick!
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki MOctober 9, 2011
    Great guacamole ... And carne asada fajitas...
  • Jacque T.
    Jacque TomasFebruary 21, 2016
    The food here today is horrible. This is a slow day, the chef is cooking on a dirty grill. You can taste the cross contamination.
  • Marie M.
    Marie McDonnellApril 9, 2014
    Don't think I will be back...fish tacos tasted very oily...
  • Gregg D.
    Gregg DelpinoApril 14, 2014
    $3 A là carte tacos
  • Chester B.
    Chester BaileyJune 15, 2011
    Horrible! Too pricey. Listen to the other reviews. This place food is nowhere better then even Tacobell. I feel so robbed.. I thought the other people were too negative, they were correct.
  • Ingrid P.
    Ingrid PulliamJune 3, 2016
    Taco, salsa, plantains
  • William P.
    William PhillipsAugust 13, 2014
    Lunch service incredibly slow, hour and a half for tacos..
  • Deanna P.
    They make tacos the right way!
  • Will B.
    Will BlairAugust 27, 2011
    The carne asada tacos are amazing
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KolencMarch 21, 2013
    Average at best food paired with a drink menu double the price of a true Mexican joint. Tequila shouldn't start at $10 a pour. Chioluha is the only hot sauce on hand? Lame.
  • Shamil S.
    Shamil ShalwaniJuly 22, 2012
    Delicious!
  • Lorraine C.
    Lorraine CruseJuly 15, 2013
    Vida burrito with shrimp...yum!
  • Gabriela R.
    Gabriela RangelApril 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    2 dollar tacos after 9:30 pm
  • Lacy L.
    Lacy LangeAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the prickly pear margarita. It's amazing!
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TraversieDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Be sure to try the tortilla pie
  • Alex H.
    Alex HeintzelmanOctober 25, 2011
    The margaritas are worth a visit. The food is good, not great and service was mediocre
  • A L.
    A LochAugust 8, 2011
    Cactus Pear Margarita! Read more
  • Kristen G.
    Kristen GillardJuly 14, 2011
    Fajitas and skinny margarita. Delish!
  • Kyle A.
    Kyle ArnesonDecember 19, 2010
    Food was not good. Good thing I used a gift certificate. I would have sent everything back except the drinks. hey....it was worth a try....
  • Laura M.
    Laura MacLeodFebruary 4, 2012
    Love the Skinny Margarita :)
  • Jenni H.
    Jenni HarrisAugust 20, 2011
    Great chips and salsa.
  • Vikram
    VikramAugust 14, 2015
    Crab and shrimp.. Slruuupp..
  • Sherry P.
    Sherry PendletonAugust 7, 2014
    Yummy margaritas.
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea JonesJuly 22, 2011
    Try the Partita...amazing!
  • Kimberly H.
    Kimberly HubbardNovember 19, 2010
    Skip the food - instead go straight to the caipirinhia!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EdgeJanuary 19, 2015
    Leaves a lot to be desired
  • Christian C.
    Christian CaiazzoApril 7, 2011
    Don't try the mojitos... about as strong as water
  • Zaki N.
    Zaki NefertitiApril 13, 2015
    It's ok. Good spot to go after drinks.
  • Heavy
    HeavyMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Service in the bar area is awful. Consistently.
  • Alyssa J.
    Alyssa JonesSeptember 22, 2011
    Ok...not great...but margaritas yum o.
  • ronald r.
    ronald ruleOctober 7, 2010
    Not that good, meal and the salsa. Overpriced, two tacos should not be 9 dollars. Would not recommend.
  • Beau S.
    Beau SalsiJune 1, 2011
    My tip is to go somewhere else. Expensive yet bland greasy food + bad service
  • Tate H.
    Tate HatcherJune 24, 2010
    Opening Summer 2010!
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