Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina

Mexican Restaurant and Bar · Uptown
210 E Trade St (at College St), Charlotte, NC 28202, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina serves traditional, regional and contemporary Mexican cuisine presented with refreshing style alongside an extensive list of tequilas and signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is evolved Mexican cuisine. Open 11 am – 11 pm M-Th, 11 am – 12 am F-S, 11 am –... (See all)


Based on 193 votes

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    Stefannie B.
    "Ceviche and tortilla pie is to die for!"(2 Tips)
    Jess ⚓
    "Try the Skinny Margarita for a delicious low-cal alternative."(3 Tips)
    "Love the Vida burrito."(2 Tips)
    Will B.
    "The carne asada tacos are amazing"(12 Tips)
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  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • tortilla pie
  • seafood
  • tacos
  • vida burrito
  • nachos
  • crab
  • tequila
  • enchiladas
  • great value
  • chicken tinga
  • outdoor seating
  • trendy
  • ahi tuna
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • steak
  • red sangria
  • fajitas
  • Vikram E.

    Crab and shrimp.. Slruuupp..

    Vikram El · August 14
  • Kellie G.

    Love the half off margarita Mondays! Staff is not so attentive though!

    Kellie Gore · July 30
  • Zaki N.

    It's ok. Good spot to go after drinks.

    Zaki Nefertiti · April 13
  • Jeffrey B.

    Vida chicken without queso was excellent. Chips and salsa good too.

    Jeffrey Bytomski · March 21
  • Derek E.

    I liked the place , good food, the steak nachos was a pretty tasty night snack and the margarita was fine , would recommend it.

    Derek Eid · February 24
  • Brian T.

    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.

    Brian TramueL · January 22
  • Ryan E.

    Leaves a lot to be desired

    Ryan Edge · January 19
  • Prateek R.

    Chips and Salsa is pretty great. As are the tuna tacos.

    Prateek Rungta · November 3, 2014
  • Brent D.

    Legitimately tasty Mexican food. Good guacamole, and reasonably priced main dishes. The place smells like cleaning products though...

    Brent D · September 5, 2014
  • Anil C.

    Good Mexican.. but lite in quantity.

    Anil Chittimalla · August 19, 2014
  • William P.

    Lunch service incredibly slow, hour and a half for tacos..

    William Phillips · August 13, 2014
  • Sherry P.

    Yummy margaritas.

    Sherry Pendleton · August 7, 2014
  • Gregg D.

    $3 A là carte tacos

    Gregg Delpino · April 14, 2014
  • Eric M.

    Weekend brunches are delightful. Mimosas are off the menu but can be ordered

    Eric Murillo · April 12, 2014
  • Marie M.

    Don't think I will be tacos tasted very oily...

    Marie McDonnell · April 9, 2014
  • Rach B.

    Definitely do a combo of tacos!! So delicious and good value

    Rach B · April 2, 2014
  • Brittany W.

    Smaller portions and cheaper prices than vida. Order tacos, burritos and salads on sushi style pads. Excited for this new spot!

    Brittany Wurdeman · March 28, 2014
  • Theodore H.

    Queso and Beef Enchiladas are shockingly good, but a little small.

    Theodore Huff · March 26, 2014
  • Rachel H.

    Frozen margaritas are stronger than on the rocks! Try half mango, half strawberry. 🍹

    Rachel H. · March 20, 2014
  • Jessica S.

    Great drinks...get drunk and eat free chips + salsa. Don't forget to tip your bar tender!

    Jessica S · March 8, 2014
  • Joshua D.

    The Corona-Rita will help you find your own beach, any time of the year.

    Joshua Drown · February 7, 2014
  • Joshua D.

    This is one of my favorite Uptown outdoor dining spots. Great people watching on the patio if you are playing hooky from work.

    Joshua Drown · January 16, 2014
  • Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0

    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.

    Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0 · December 20, 2013
  • J N.

    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!

    J Neal · November 9, 2013
  • Bharati W.

    The shrimp salad is beyond delicious, if you add some freshly ground pepper it's heavenly!

    Bharati Wilde · October 9, 2013
  • Steven L.

    The surf and turf tacos and the guacamole appetizer are amongst the all time Mexican restaurant greats! Order them both!!!

    Steven Laboy · August 22, 2013
  • Lorraine C.

    Vida burrito with shrimp...yum!

    Lorraine Cruse · July 15, 2013
  • Mark A.

    Food is fantastic. Salsa a little spicy. Ok for me. Add lime and salt to cut the heat. Just a little.

    Mark Adams · June 7, 2013
  • Deanna P.

    They make tacos the right way!

    Deanna Postlethwaite · May 12, 2013
  • Logan S.

    Come for the guac. Stay for the black bean and plantain mash.

    Logan Selbert · March 27, 2013
  • Jordan K.

    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.

    Jordan Kolenc · March 21, 2013
  • Erin

    The ahi tuna salad is amazing!

    Erin · March 10, 2013
  • Arron M.

    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!

    Arron McGill · January 15, 2013
  • Jess ⚓

    Awesome tacos. Try the Skinny Margarita for a delicious low-cal alternative.

    Jess ⚓ · October 15, 2012
  • Tanaura

    I've been here a few times. Food, service and bartenders have always been great! Love the Vida burrito.

    Tanaura · September 30, 2012
  • Shamil S.


    Shamil Shalwani · July 22, 2012
  • Chelsea G.

    Get the frozen!!! Well worth your money!! Hot bartenders ask for misha and Chelsea :)

    Chelsea Gardner · June 1, 2012
  • Stefannie B.

    Ceviche and tortilla pie is to die for! Plus 100 calorie skinny girl margaritas!

    Stefannie Bell · May 18, 2012
  • Whitney G.

    Get the guac 3 ways! Seriously. Get it. Mango guac on the real.

    Whitney Gonzales · April 25, 2012
  • Gabriela R.

    2 dollar tacos after 9:30 pm

    Gabriela Rangel · April 19, 2012
  • Amy W.

    The carne asada nachoes are amazing! The bartenders pour strong drinks as well

    Amy Witt · April 12, 2012
  • Heavy

    Service in the bar area is awful. Consistently.

    Heavy · March 4, 2012
  • Laura M.

    Love the Skinny Margarita :)

    Laura MacLeod · February 4, 2012
  • Kai E.

    The crab nachos and the crab and shrimp enchiladas are amazing!!

    Kai English · January 14, 2012
  • Corey A.

    No beer special and angry bartender

    Corey Anderson · November 8, 2011
  • Scott D.

    Food was very good. Salsa and guacamole were very good. I normally don't eat guacamole, but I really liked. Service was above average.

    Scott Dotson · November 3, 2011
  • Alex H.

    The margaritas are worth a visit. The food is good, not great and service was mediocre

    Alex Heintzelman · October 25, 2011
  • Jason Y.

    Chicken Tinga is amazing. Like a Mexican soup/chili/fiesta. Get it.

    Jason Yarborough · October 23, 2011
  • Nikki M.

    Great guacamole ... And carne asada fajitas...

    Nikki M · October 9, 2011
  • Alyssa J.

    Ok...not great...but margaritas yum o.

    Alyssa Jones · September 22, 2011

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