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Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina

Charlotte, North Carolina

(227)
Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina logo

Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina

Charlotte, North Carolina

(227)

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Jody D.

10 August 2019

My office crew eats here at least once a week. Always great service and excellent food.  Ricky & Joe are awesome!  Forgot to mention Kenny too!!  They all provide us with excellent service! More...

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Natalie J.

1 August 2019

VIDA is our lunch spot!  It's not a good week if we can't get to VIDA.  We are always greeted with friendly faces and the service is one of the top reasons we go.  Kenny is wonderful!  He treats us like family and makes our visit fun.  Joe is also excellent!!!!  Joe anticipates our every need and is very efficient.  Fell in love with the queso and the Tortilla Pie!!!  Overall, one of my favs!!! More...

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Joseph B.

30 July 2019

Was in vida for lunch today. Food was excellent and the service was on point. Highly recommend visiting

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Sharonika J.

9 July 2019

These are probably some of the best tacos I have ever had! I was visiting Charlotte for my fiancé's birthday. We stayed in the epic center so we decided to try this place. I have never had or heard of a Philly cheesesteak taco. It was mouth watering that I had to order more. The pricing is pretty high, $4 or more for a taco but it's worth it because it's packed with protein! The black beans was pretty awesome too. I also had the shrimp taco and fish taco which was nothing short of amazing as well. I gave it four stars only because like traditional Mexican restaurants it didn't come with complimentary chips and salsa, which is always a plus for eating at a Mexican restaurant. The next day I had to go back for more! The waitress was really helpful and attentive. More...

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Suzanne A.

9 June 2019

Visited Vida MexicanKitchen y Cantina during a brunch crawl.  A modern restaurant with a retro feel.  They had high top tables, regular ones and even counter service.  Menu was plentiful; many choices.  Mimosas and a corona light started our tab.  The mimosa here were far stronger then one of the adjacent bars.  Definite worth the price point of $4.00.  The chips and queso were excellent.  One of my friends thought it was a little think...I thought it was a perfect consistency.  The portion of each meal was large.  Many taking a to go bag with them.  Service was good. More...

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Cherie S.

19 May 2019

We went for brunch after #JWU19 graduation woot woot! I had Bacon, Egg And Cheese Quesadilla...flour tortilla filled with applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, three scrambled eggs and our specialty blend of cheeses, topped with pico de gallo.  And a Mexican type mimosa ( I don't remember the name) it was absolutely delicious.  I didn't want to share because it was so good. More...

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Nicole M.

17 May 2019

This is a fun restaurant to grab some Mexican food.I went for the tacos and they have a variety of flavor combos to chose from. Every one that I had was very tasty!We came mid-afternoon and service was great. Our waiter was very friendly. More...

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Brett L.

9 May 2019

Had a great margarita to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The chips & salsa/queso were great!

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Jayme B.

8 April 2019

We stopped in here for dinner before heading to a concert recently. We were quickly seated in the bar area and greeted quickly by our waiter. We ordered drinks and also started with the traditional guac and queso dip. They give every table chips and salsa, and honestly... the salsa alone is worth it! It's so good and fresh. It's definitely homemade. I ordered a taco salad with ground beef. The lettuce was dressed in their homemade dressing and it gave the salad a nice flavor. Between the flavors and the service, I would definitely come back here again! I'm happy to have found this place! More...

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Erika M.

6 March 2019

The chips and salsa alone are worth the visit. The staff was incredibly welcoming (especially B who kept me and the other patrons company at the bar). The lunch portions were spot on. I'll be back, great job to the Vida team! More...

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Christina W.

23 February 2019

Last night myself, boyfriend, and friends enjoyed my 41st bday dinner here and it was absolutely fabulous. From our prompt gracious servers to our amazing bartender Connor mixing up the most euphoric drinks, to the delicious food, I couldnt have asked for a better way to celebrate my special day..thank you to everyone last night ..superb More...

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Michaela R.

9 February 2019

So I understand that Mexican food is a common cuisine and this restaurant has typical entrees BUT the carne asada quesadilla is not even close to ordinary. I order this entree every time and try to figure out what it is about the flavors that I find so addicting, and still no luck. Even as I look at the picture, I know that it looks so ordinary but it's sooo good! Add Cholula sauce on top and I promise you will be hooked too! More...

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Leah A.

21 December 2018

Very tasty chicken fajitas and excellent service!! Loved the chips, salsa, guacamole and queso! My fajitas were very good. The service was excellent!!! The only reason this is 4 stars and not 5 is for lack of authenticity. Other than that everything was fantastic. I've been more than once and the second visit was definitely better than the first. I highly recommend the chicken fajitas with the black bean and plantain mash! More...

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Elizabeth Bouldin Harris

14 November 2018

First time eating here. Loved the chips and salsa, and veggie tacos.

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Adam Frank

14 November 2018

We had a very enjoyable experience here at a booth dining for four. The guacamole was a great appetizer, and we found something for everyone (spicy, not spicy). Great margaritas to pair with the food. We made a reservation on OpenTable but it turned out when we got there there was some seating available - never hurts to be prepared, though. We had a friendly and welcoming experience that will definitely bring us back soon. More...

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AprilnShane Burch

14 November 2018

Amazing Food; Service and Atmosphere. Myself and my closest friends ate there yesterday before the Bon Jovi concert! Highly recommend and will return when I’m in Charlotte again?

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Melanie Matthews Green

14 November 2018

Great experience! Service was excellent! Our server, Mitchell, was very friendly, prompt and attentive. Food came out surprisingly fast and was beautifully presented and very tasty. Reasonably priced too! Six of us sat comfortably in a booth and were able to have conversations without too much noise. More...

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Richard Macsherry

14 November 2018

This place was the best. Manager came around to make sure we were happy, which we were!

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Candice Weyant

14 November 2018

We went last week for our daughter’s 16th birthday. She had a table to herself with her friends and had great service and great food!

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Mickey L. English

14 November 2018

Great location for when you have to be downtown for an event like Panthers football. Service made me feel like I was the only patron in the place, they were great. The margaritas were on point with a very good tequila menu to pick from. The food was authentic, I had the combo #1 a little spicy but I liked it. And then when you think it can't get better.... we got the dolce de leche cheese cake, OMG.... wished I didn't share my piece it was fantastic! I will be back!!! More...

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John McCulley

14 November 2018

Just had drinks, chips and salsa ( which was great), fresh guacamole (also great), and shared a combo plate (again, all great). Our server, Selina(?), was awesome. It was an enjoyable time and we will definitely go back. More...

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Richard Willis

14 November 2018

Best tacos in Charlotte by far! Great place to take he kids, the prices are great, the environment is family friendly and service is outstanding. most important, the tacos and burritos are the best in Charlotte. More...

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Tony Adams

14 November 2018

This is literally the best restaurant in the country! I travel pretty regularly and am all over the place - New York to Cali, Michigan to Texas, Florida, etc. The food is fantastic, the vibe is fun and service is superior! You have to go! More...

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Iris Berkel

14 November 2018

A lively upbeat restaurant. The service is quick, and if you need something extra, they will get it immediately. The food is fresh and tasty, and the drinks never end because a tower of margaritas was place on the table- 4 of them! Great ambiance, and the price is very inexpensive. More...

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Mary S.

1 November 2018

Vida catered such a delicious lunch for our office today! We had chicken and ground beef tacos, chips, salsa, guacamole and all the toppings! In addition to the food being awesome, our caterer Lindsay was so helpful in delivering the lunch and setting it up. She made everything go so smoothly. Highly recommend for an easy and tasty catered office lunch! More...

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Maria T.

4 October 2018

This is the place we decided to go to after not being served at another restaurant. It didn't disappoint and it saved lunch! Our server was very nice and attentive, and we got our food fairly quick. We ordered lunch specials and they were good portions, and the prices were decent. Didn't get to take pictures because we were too hungry :P but yeah the food was yum! More...

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Tara E.

29 September 2018

Server was great. The food was good but more on the bland side than expect and small portions for the price. A meal for 2 with 2 alcoholic beverages was $72. Atmosphere was casual. The high top area area felt more casual and good for group of friends or coworkers. The table booth area looked more intimate and good for date. More...

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Janaya M.

23 August 2018

We really enjoyed this restaurant for dinner on our visit to Charlotte . The staff were very friendly. The food was quick and fast and really good. We had the chimichanga style burrito and it comes with chips and salsa and also we had a taco salad. They were both super tasty and hot. The price was very reasonable also. I would definitely recommend this place to eat. More...

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Stefanie C.

9 August 2018

Bartender Rachel is THE best! She made my girlfriend's birthday so special with great drink recommendations and custom shots that were INCREDIBLE!

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S B.

9 August 2018

Rachel, the server was the absolute best!!! She knew the menu and most importantly the drinks!! I wanted to take her home with me (no homo)

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Martha D.

11 June 2018

Loved it! Have tried items from both the lunch and dinner menus and they were awesome. Excellent flavor, good amount of food for what you pay, and servers are very knowledgeable. I will return with friends soon! Looking forward to trying their $2 tacos on Tuesday. More...

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Banks F.

10 June 2018

I had a great experience. I went on a night when there was a concert in the spectrum center and they were very prepared for the crowds coming. The service was great, our food came out very quickly and was great! The hostess and waiters were very friendly. Over all, I had a great time! More...

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Melissa D.

4 June 2018

Sorry no pics good time, but I starting eating before I realized I had forgotten to take one! I had the carnitas, the chicken, and the steak tacos. All were really good. I had never been told that I could mix and match the tacos! Our server, I think Mitchell was his name, told me I could and it was an awesome idea. I must say the chicken was my favorite and since I go here for lunch on occasion I'm sure I'll get the chicken tacos again. I also had a mojito and although not my favorite it wasn't horrible. Maybe next time I'll try a different drink, but either way I thought the food was really good and worth another trip. More...

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Brandon B.

29 May 2018

What a great spot for Mexican food! Recently went for lunch with some buddies from work and the staff was great and we all loved our food. (Go with the shredded beef and queso enchiladas ). Food came out super fast making this a great spot for our business lunches. Also a great atmosphere especially in the bar area making this place an awesome happy hour spot! Definitely going to be making this a regular spot for my coworkers and I More...

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Rosa D.

23 May 2018

Service is always on point here. They know that everyone is on their lunch break so they make sure to take your order immediately so that you don't have to wait long for your food. I got the Vida Chicken which was a chicken break with 2 pieces of bacon on it along with guacamole, and cheese. This dish is now my favorite. It's so good. It al mixes together perfectly. I opted for extra rice since I don't like beans. Their rice goes great with the chicken. This place has a great vibe to it since it's so colorful and they have a great playlist of songs. More...

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Daniel B.

22 May 2018

Great location - right in the epicenter of Uptown Charlotte!  Service was top notch (highly recommend Raymond as your waiter!) and the food inventive!   Fresh, flavorful and nice variety to choose from the regular menu or specials!  Great selection of local craft brews as well.  Great night with friends and family, taking in the young, vibrant scene of uptown! More...

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Joyrc C.

18 May 2018

I'm grabbing  a quick bite to eat I'm so excited this is my first time at this place.  The staff is very friendly and the food looks amazing.

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Stacey W.

3 May 2018

I was so pleasantly surprised by this place. I ordered the enchiladas and it was a homemade corn tortilla, flavorful shredded chicken, rolled right with a cheese sauce. They were nice and different from the norm which I appreciated, and so good. My friend had a mix of tacos and all was fantastic. We also tried the-second Margarita- the one with just lime agave and tequila.. and that was pretty good on the Margarita scale. All in all, pretty impressed... and loved the outdoor seating. More...

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Amanda V.

28 April 2018

I'm traveling from Jersey, for work. This place is AMAZING!!! The shrimp is awesome, as well as the dips and the drinks. They have latin night on Saturday nights; and the crowd is fun, but not overbearing. If you go, you MUST request Jaston (pronounced Gaston) he's very friendly and personable, and goes above and beyond to ensure you're taken care of. Highly recommend! Ps. GIVE HIM A RAISE!!!! More...

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Alyssa K.

21 April 2018

Really nice Mexican place! It's a little loud but I love the uptown feel and our server was very friendly. I had the carnitas tacos and they were delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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Bob V.

11 April 2018

We told our waiter we had to hurry to make our Eagles concert, and were amazed by how quickly our dinners were delivered. The food was good, but the four stars are mainly based on the friendly, and lightning quick, service.

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Jessie S.

5 April 2018

Vida is one of our go-to Mexican spots in Charlotte, especially when we have guests in town. We've rarely (if ever) had to wait for a table, even on weekends. I'm consistently impressed by the service we've received. Everyone is constantly keeping an eye on our drinks to make sure they're refilled and we usually get a refill of chips after we've scarfed down the first basket (because why not?). I usually opt for the taco plate and leave stuffed with leftovers for lunch the next day. The "Shrimp Jalapeno Bacon" is a must-try; very flavorful and unique. Avoid the Carnitas; I'm usually a big fan, but every time I've tried them at Vida the pork has been too dry for my taste. This past visit I tried the "Combo 1" that included a red chile chicken taco, carne asada steak taco, and a green chili pork and avocado enchilada, plus rice and beans. I'm proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone, but still recommend the tacos for dinner. My favorite part about the combo meal was the chicken taco; everything else was good, but again, a bit dry. If you're a salad person, the Vida House is fantastic - very fresh, light, and some unique twists to your typical house salad at a Mexican restaurant (cilantro lime vinaigrette, jicama....). Yum. 4 stars because I think it's a bit pricey, but you do get a LOT of food for your buck. More...

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Krista G.

4 April 2018

Tuna tacos with a pineapple mango salsa. I asked for some hotter salsa and was provided some great flavored sauce. Black beans were good. Chips were fresh. Service was great! More...

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Anisha H.

28 March 2018

I really enjoyed my time at the Vegan night hosted by a meetup group I found. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina offered a four-course meal that was 100% vegan. I was super pleased to hear that the chef spent time creating the menu, ensuring the kitchen was cleaned properly, and that there were no traces of improper food exchanges while cooking. He made everything fresh and wow was it noticeable in the food. I started with the chips and salsa which was very fresh, then they made fresh guacamole. For my entree, I selected the veggie tacos with rice and black beans. They also made vegan beverages, but I wasn't drinking that evening; however, my friends said it was really delicious. My only pit about the event was the wait for our checks. I don't believe they were fully prepared for the processing of our bills. The items they created wasn't in the system so they had to manually enter in 15 orders which took about 40minutes. I would highly suggest for any future events that this is something they have programmed ahead of time. A lot of the guest was irritated and ready to leave. I would recommend they offer more vegan entrees that they offered this night. More...

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Kathia V.

7 March 2018

This place is in a great location in the heart of Charlotte they have outdoor seating. Their salsa is homemade and delicious. They are pretty generous with the servings. I had great service the 2 times I've been. Their Guac is made to other, very good but pricey. I'll probably go back. More...

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Bailey G.

6 March 2018

This restaurant has terrific food but if you're sensitive to spicy I would be wary, as my meal was spicier than it indicated on the menu. The decor is very fun and fitting and the atmosphere is decent. They seemed to have good deals during happy hour as well. More...

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Mayra F.

3 March 2018

All the carnitas! It was the perfect day to sit outside and enjoy some of the delicious eats Vida has to offer. Our server was awesome and very attentive. Everyone tried something different and enjoyed their dishes, but my carnitas was a crowd pleaser...good thing I don't mind sharing-ha! Loved the pickled onion for contrast and how crispy they were. More...

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Caleb A.

27 February 2018

Really enjoyed the environment and most of all the tacos! Service was great and the tacos were delicious! Highly reccomend to groups of friends going out for a fun dinner or as a meal before watching the Hornets play.

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Jennifer T.

9 February 2018

Rounding up from 3.5 stars because the host was funny when we came in. Above average mexican-ish food that feels like a chain restaurant. Service was distractingly fast. I felt like I was rushed through my meal even though the restaurant didn't seem overly crowded. I wouldn't make a special effort to come back, but wouldn't fight it either. More...

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Bryan P.

21 January 2018

My wife and I had a chance to get away for a date night, and decided we wanted something light, but also with a Margarita. So, we stopped into Vida. It was 6:30 on Sat night and surprisingly we were immediately seated. We opted for a high top in the bar area. We started with Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole. The Guac was very good. I liked how they put chopped tomatoes on top of it, and it was just the right spiciness. Then we decided to split the grilled salmon, grilled corn, and fried plantains. This was very good eats. Excellent flavor and not an overwhelming amount of food. Did I mention we split it? Some mexican places tend to give you so much food you can't eat it all, this portion size was pretty reasonable. By splitting, we ended up with a lite meal for both of us. The Margarita's were good as well, we stepped up one notch from the house version. Although, they weren't very strong. I like my Margrita's to pack and punch and these were definitely on the not strong side. It was a nice date night experience, as we prepared for a show at the Blumenthal Theater.  The only downside was the cost. It ended up being a pretty pricey meal considering we only had 1 entree, but the 5 Margrita's was a bill breaker. So, great place, good food, be prepared to pay up. More...

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Celeste K.

21 January 2018

So what if it's not authentic? So what if it's not the way your great Abuela makes It? This place may favor the American palette but It ain't Taco Bell! It's friggin delicious! I've been here for lunch and dinner many times. Today I came with a group of friends for their first ever Drag Brunch. Food and a show? Count this piggy in! We started with a brunch buffet. I gorged on the breakfast favorites- scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and home fries. Eggs were seasoned well, home fries were cooked with onions for that extra oomph of flavor and bacon, well, bacon is never bad. Then add in brunch the Vida way - chicken taquitos, mushroom sopes, carne asada y arroz, chorizo tacos and cheese quesadillas. Oh my goodness. No, I'm not even done yet. Throw in some pastries, cornbread, fresh fruit and countless tequila shots. Yep, that's how I Brunch! Everything I ate was delicious but the chicken taquitos were by far my fave. There were 4 different salsas - but no chips. No worries, I sopped up the salsas with my meal. Well, meals. Let's face It, I probably had 4 full plates of food. Cheat day, ok? After we ate, we enjoyed a wonderful show put on by the lovely ladies. This was their first Drag show at the restaurant and I really really really hope it's not the last. I enjoyed myself so much and know my girlfriends all did too. More...

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Nicole E.

28 December 2017

Vida has ridiculous good food right in the heart of uptown. A group of coworkers came here for lunch it was nothing but good food and good service.Start with the guacamole. It's fresh and delicious with chunky pieces of avocado. They bring chips and salsa to the table. The salsa is also fresh with a spicy kick. No oily chips here. For my lunch, I had two tacos. You can mix and match if you want to try different items. So I ordered the shrimp with jalapeno bacon and a shredded beef taco. It also came with beans and rice. I loved both tacos. There are amazing sauces on each one. The shrimp were plump and tasty. And the combination between the sweet mango and spicy jalapeno paired well. The shredded beef taco was seasoned very well. And the avocado poblano sauce on top was spicy and creamy. The only thing I disliked was the seating. We were at a high top and there were no purse hooks or good places to put our coats. Other than that, I highly recommend this restaurant. More...

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Brandy S.

26 December 2017

This place has amazing salsa and their food tastes good even if you get it to go!!! Would recommend highly to give it a try:)

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Annalyn H.

23 December 2017

First time visiting Charlotte, boyfriend and I dined here on a whim (after walking around downtown deciding for an hour), and it was hands down the best choice! We arrived a little before 10pm on a Saturday and were seated immediately , then as soon as we were seated David brought us fresh chips and salsa (Yum!). I got the chicken and spinach enchiladas with fried plantains and the chile rice, and my boyfriend got the beer battered fish tacos with the corn queso and chile rice. Both were delicious! The tacos were definitely my fav though, and the fried plantains were done to perfection! Really nice atmosphere and incredible service! Connor was friendly and helpful, and made our overall dining experience so enjoyable! Definitely will return if ever in Charlotte again. Highly recommend. More...

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Bradley D.

2 November 2017

One of my all-time favorite Mexican restaurants in Charlotte! Great food, great drinks, and great service. Nice view of uptown while dining, also! One of my go-to spots whenever I am in the mood for chips and salsa :-) More...

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Raymond T.

9 October 2017

The family and I were in here a while back,  coming off the road from NJ.  The menu is quite extensive and after a 10 HR car ride a little overwhelming. But we figured it all out and we were not disappointed in our selections. The food was overall very good, my wife and son had the burritos and I had the Pork Green Chile. Their cocktail and beer selections were excellent, I opted for a local brew which was great. The best part of this visit was the outstanding service, great staff here. Would definitely stop in again. More...

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Evan M.

3 October 2017

I find myself stopping in at Vida Vida more than this place now, but came back by recently to mix it up a bit. I have never been for lunch, only dinner, but have done everything else in between from grabbing a bucket of beer to doing a full sit down dinner with visiting family. Highlights include spot on food for each occasion, good free chips and sala, and an amazing guac dip that may have been my first real love with the food. Our most recent trip was before a show at the Blumenthal so we just came in to grab some beers and aforementioned guac. Per our recent usual, we sat at the bar for a quick service / low thrills approach, which works well for us. We ordered the large bowl of guac - big mistake as it is almost the size of your head. You can make a pretty filling meal of the chips, salsa, guac, and beer - and that is exactly what we did. On previous occasions we have ordered some other food including burritos and enchiladas, all excellent. Some menu items can be a bit pricey, but they come with a great presentation and ample portions - so take that into consideration. All in all a steady and solid option that has been a staple at the epicenter for longer than I have been in Charlotte! More...

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Sarrah D.

24 September 2017

This is not exactly authentic mexican, I would call it Mexican for gringos. However, it is very good food and reasonably priced. The chicken in the quesadilla was tender and tasty, and the plantain mash was delicious. Our food came out very quickly, and the restaurant was a nice escape from the high volume of people and sound that was outside. More...

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Kathy R.

6 September 2017

My family and I visit this restaurant frequently. We love their delicious margaritas, fish tacos, queso dip, and let's not forget..cheesecake. YUM!Wonderful customer service. Highly recommend. More...

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Jacqueline M.

31 July 2017

This place is awesome! Great service and good!! So fresh and tasty. I suggest margarita tower. Everything on menu is so good!

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Julia R.

29 July 2017

This was my second visit to Vida, and it was very good. The chips and Salsa are delicious, and we also ordered queso which was really good! I enjoyed the veggie burrito which was huge and stuffed with rice, black beans, veggies and cheese. I enjoyed a side of plantains and they were absolutely delicious. The Sangria was too sweet, and there wasn't much. (Mostly ice) However, the frozen margarita was perfect. The ambience is relaxing, and open, and I would highly recommend if you are in the uptown area! More...

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Brooke B.

24 July 2017

I love this place, so my husband reached out to host a small graduation/birthday party for me in May 2017.  He worked with Ann Marie McNemar and she was so great to work with!  She helped him set up a semi-private space in the bar area for our party to set up decorations, section off the area and pre-order bulk apps for our guests.  The staff was so friendly and worked to make sure everyone was getting their drinks and food as they ordered them, working with several different checks.  The margaritas are so good and we had queso, guac and salsa for the group.  Some people ordered full dinners while others grazed.  It was a great time as always!  Great margarita options and tequila specials! More...

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Michael T.

6 June 2017

What an awesome place! Very creative taco menu makes for many awesome choices. Personal favorite is definitely the Asian Shrimp. The sauce is great! We came for the food but stayed for the drinks. More...

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Brittany S.

30 May 2017

Got the vida chicken with rice and plantains (and my friends side of beans). SO good! I'm Cuban so I'm pretty picky about Hispanic food and my sweet plantains. These are legit!

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Leslie W.

28 May 2017

The food was amazing, drinks were delicious, but customer service was over the top great! Waitress was wonderful!I noticed the following day that I had a pending transaction on my credit card as an over charge of what I paid on my bill. After calling the restaurant the manager Ricky looked into the issue and called me back explaining what happened and that the correct amount will be charged. Great service, so polite and helpful. Thanks Ricky! More...

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Shevolkia A.

22 May 2017

Overall it wasn't a bad experience but I wasn't 'wowed.' We had a reservation and were seated immediately. It wasn't very crowded, but we were there rather late so I wasn't terribly surprised. The server was very polite and attentive. The food was okay. I had the chicken and corn enchiladas but it wasn't anything the write home about. The queso, guacamole, and salsa were delicious though, and you get plenty of it not to mention they also have a great selection of tequilas! That was enough to bump them from 3 to 4 stars More...

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Nick D.

7 May 2017

Great food and service. Margaritas are killer and not priced like others in the epicentre.Guac is phenomenal and salsa is fresh

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Robert P.

3 May 2017

The food, service, atmosphere, speed, and politeness were fantastic. I went out on a limb with the 3.5 star rating, but fell to my love for Mexican food. I'm truly glad I did!

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Sanjay G.

22 April 2017

My take was, one cannot go wrong with restaurant near ritz Carlton. We were happy with our selection. The guacamole was good. The soft veggie tacos were great. The fajita can serve more than 1 person easily, just ask for additional tortillas. The tables were a little tight. Music and environment was great. More...

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Colinda P.

5 April 2017

Two adults, one child. Great service (Kyle).Salsa and house-made guac were tasty, but too spicy for our daughter. I had the Tortilla Pie, sauce on the side, with fried plantains and grilled corn. Everything was delicious (although the corn lacked "grilled" flavor).Hubs had the green chile pork entree with grilled corn and black beans.  He liked it, but felt he'd not order it again in the future.Daughter had the beef taco and fresh fruit. The taco was a bit spicy for her, but she devoured the fresh pineapple and watermelon in between bites!We ended dinner with the churro dessert. Yum!!!! More...

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Tiana M.

25 March 2017

This restaurant is in a great location in the Epicentre, less than a block from the Spectrum Center. We were seated and greeted by our waitress very quickly. We sat outside which presented minor issues with insects but the weather & people watching was nice. The food was great and arrived at our table in no time, minus the chips & salsa which came out after our food. The drinks were good, we had a strawberry mango frozen Margarita & millionaire _______. The millionaire was $15 alone, I didn't taste it but my bf said it was strong. I ordered a combo 2 and he had a combo 3. We finished EVERYTHING! I recommend getting corn tortillas, you get a choice of flour & corn which were both pretty good but the corn melts in your mouth. I felt the food was overpriced compared to what I pay for Mexican food in Atlanta, we paid over $60 for 2 meals & drinks & a small side of Queso, for freaking $1.50 More...

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Greg L.

19 March 2017

Pricey but worth it. Quick and attentive service. Tuna Tacos were good as was the guacamole....my 17 year old finicky eater enjoyed his meal as well.

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Tracy M.

8 March 2017

So again I forgot to take pictures! But wanted to say I was hungry didn't want to go far and since my hotel is so close I thought I'd stop in for dinner to go. The host was really sweet allowed me to order my food at the front desk. I ordered the carnitas enchiladas and the shrimp appetizer. The enchiladas were really good, definitely order again. Although I liked the shrimp as a starter not sure if I'd order again, it was good but not special I ended up eating it with my enchiladas as I felt they needed something more. Bartender was really nice, I would go back and order another margarita from him. More...

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Suset M.

7 March 2017

I really regret not taking a picture of the food. Today was my first time eating here and... i loved it! I had the Carnitas Tacos and they were awesome. They're a little more than what I like to pay for tacos but definitely worth it. I will be coming back regularly. More...

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Julianne W.

2 March 2017

Blackened Ahi over salad greens, avocado, cilantro lime vinaigrette and side of pico de gallo - so good! This California girl is happy.

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Kent A.

31 December 2016

Kind of stumbled upon this one pleasantly.  After a ballgame and everywhere was slammed busy.  Lucked into a table and the food was very good.  Our table had a wide variety of dishes from enchiladas to tacos to carnitas.  Everyone left happy and said the food was good. More...

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Mary W.

9 December 2016

Loved the warm chips and Salsa. I ordered the Tortilla Pie. It was served with black beans and rice. It was very tasty and delivered to my table fairly quickly. I agree it's pricey for Mexican, but this is uptown Charlotte. It's to be expected. Would definitely come back! More...

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Jocie S.

9 October 2016

Was craving quality Mexican food like my favorite restaurant (Rojo from back in Minnesota) and stumbled on this place! Atmosphere- I loved the clean atmosphere and the views of the city were a great bonus! As car lovers we were thrilled that we were able to sit across from the Ritz and watch the valet take the nice cars out! Ate here on a Friday night so it was great to view the busy city! The popular music playing was also greatly appreciated, helping the place feel hip and fresh!Service- Loved the service! I felt like we really were valued customers! The seating was quick (about 8pm on a Friday), we were asked what our seating preferences were (yay!), and our servers were wonderful (two because we had one who was training in)! Food- Yum! I loved the food (almost as much as Rojo!) They start you off with warm tortilla chips and salsa and it was oh so good! We also ordered their queso as an appetizer and that was a good choice! I was sad to see that they had no nachos on the menu though as I love nachos! I ordered combo plate number 4 (the vegetarian options) and substituted my sides for roasted corn (bad choice, the corn was gross. Tasted like tin.) It also came with a side salad so there was a lot of food! My boyfriend ordered the carne asada tacos and loved them! I sampled them and they were delicious! The steak was tender and flavorful! I'll be getting that next time! Price- Reasonable! I think that mexican food like this is typically more expensive than the average town joint as it is more upscale, this fit the bill and we got a great amount of food without bank-breaking prices. More...

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Kristie C.

6 August 2016

Very good selection of food and drinks at a reasonable price. The portions were average for a Mexican type restaurant and the service was very fast! This is located in a great part of the city where you can sit inside or outside. It is great for large groups as well as there is a lot of group seating. More...

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Paige J.

9 June 2016

This is in a great spot for people watching in uptown because it faces the outside corner. It also has a great big patio out there. Who doesn't love margaritas on the patio!? They are a little pricey for Mexican Food, but it's because of location, so I can put up with it since it allows me to walk here from home. They have a variety of drinks, which is appreciated. The meals I've gotten here, all chicken dishes, have been delicious. The portions are huge so I end up sharing or taking half home. They also have really good, fresh salsa here, which is probably my favorite thing about Mexican food. Maybe that's why I can't finish my meals - too many chips and too much salsa. :) Ambiance here is also cool, it's not traditional it's modern and elegant. I like this spot. More...

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Katrina W.

18 May 2016

Come here for lunch quite often. Ordered the chopped salad today and it was tasty. There was a ton of bacon on it and my lunch dates all enjoyed their meals as well. Our waiter was great and there was no wait. The queso is also spot on, yum! More...

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James M.

4 May 2016

Man, can't go wrong here.  Love the tuna tacos!  Great drinks too if you like to indulge in that type of thing.  Check it out for yourself.

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Douglas B.

6 February 2016

Our Waitress was excellent. I ordered the Salmon and it was the driest Salmon I have ever eaten. My waitress quickly changed my order and I got the taco that were great. My wife ordered some pork and green chili's plate and it was amazing. In fact I added it to my tacos and oh my!!! More...

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Yang O.

16 January 2016

Came from Chapel hill for a weekend relax, and my Airbnb host recommended this place. It's super popular, perfect location, as well as GOOD food!

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Dana G.

15 December 2015

Had a great visit on the patio this weekend! Great service and delicious margaritas.  Really liked the vida salad.  Soup was a little on the bland side but it was still good.  Would recommend when in the area

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Tim B.

6 December 2015

I have gone to Vida twice in the last month.  Both visits were pretty good.  I enjoy the fresh made tortilla chips and salsa.  They provide those endlessly!! The lunch combos are very good.  Only challenge is getting to Vida without having challenges with parking.  Otherwise all good.  Great service.  And delivery time for lunch was very quick.  Have to go back again soon!  But will take the shuttle!! More...

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Kayla B.

19 November 2015

A bit pricey, but it is "high-end" Mexican cuisine. I've tasted various items on this menu, from the combos, to the tacos and burritos, everything is always so well prepared. I've experienced a few soggy tortillas at times, but that's just to be expected when dealing with corn tortillas. The service is always outstanding, the bartenders are always attentive and accommodating. While this is not as "authentic" as going to a mom and pop type of Mexican restaurant, the spin they put on it helps you indulge in the flavors of Mexico without worrying about eating too much. Aside from that, the frozen margarita has me feeling so good by the end of the meal that I can never order less than 1. Vida is definitely a staple (for me), just as long as they keep making those margaritas just right. More...

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Ruth Y.

8 October 2015

Pricey, but tasty! I love the guac and the enchiladas. Last time I was there I also had a pretty good margarita. I would eat at Vida more and give it 5 stars if it was a bit more reasonably priced. Last time I was there the host was a little snooty about my group not having a reservation even though the restaurant wasn't very busy. More...

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Tricia G.

4 October 2015

I loved the flank steak salad and the margarita was sufficiently potent. The chips are a little too salty but the salsa is perfect. We had a party of 14 and the wait staff didn't miss a beat. More...

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Samantha R.

24 September 2015

We walked into Vida Vida, seemed a bit low key. Glad we asked our server - through the door we found Vida, less casual and more comfortable restaurant. Appears this location has two parts.. The faster food, casual area and the more formal side.Overall casual Mexican restaurant. Ordered the the Seared tuna over mixed greens with avocado, corn and assorted vegetables. The tuna was bright pink (I'll admit it kind of freaked me out a bit BUT) all in all it was delicious. Not the most Mexican Mexican dish around but defiantly beyond satisfying!Perks: Always love me some free chips and salsaPerks: Margs were good, not overly sweet More...

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Aldo T.

17 August 2015

Delicious Food, great service... (Carnitas tacos were perfect) I also tried the taco salad which had spectacular guacamole and a nice selection of margaritas to spare

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Ed Z.

17 August 2015

I'm giving it a 4 star because they got our drinks wrong twice and the waitress wasn't the most pleasant! The food was great, tried the guac and it was good and carne asada! I would come back again!

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Nick C.

11 August 2015

Excellent food and service - I ate the shrimp and it was outstanding....my friends ate the taco bowls and they loved it too....

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Hania A.

10 July 2015

Love this spot in uptown Charlotte!  It is a little pricey.  The atmosphere is cool, the best is sitting outdoors on a nice day.  Their enchiladas are very good, but their shrimp tacos are even more delicious.  I wish they made their guacamole table side, that is something that could make the experience even better in the future.  They margaritas are small but strong.  Definitely would go back! More...

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Zach W.

8 July 2015

Good uptown place for Mexican. Used to be a bit better but the family and I enjoy the food. Rice and beans are good and the carnitas taste great.

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Mya R.

3 July 2015

First time here and I'm in love with Vida! Just had their Chimichanga burrito with shrimp and it was the best I ever had! It was super tasty ! Their coronitas were awesome as well! Service was exceptional. Our server Cameron was super friendly and on point. Drinks were fill and our table was kept clean through the entire meal. I'll be back soon ! More...

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Danielle B.

28 June 2015

Loooove Vida. Consistently good quality food and great great service. Came this afternoon for margaritas and our awesome server got us a second round for free!Best skinny margaritas in town let's me indulge in just the right amount of basicness. Vida is the only place in the epicenter with quality food/drinks at reasonable prices. More...

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Emily M.

19 June 2015

Yum!Finally decided to pull the trigger and try Vida tonight. I have heard mixed reviews but decided to try it myself. We made a reservation on OpenTable and were promptly seated. They had Coronas and Coronaritas on special but I opted for a Blood Orange Margarita because I love blood orange - it was great!The salsa was really good and they will refill it whenever. I chose to get the Tortilla Pie even though I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was delicious! Filled with mushrooms, chicken, spinach, and a great tomatillo cream sauce. I also liked the cheese on top. Great that you can choose two sides instead of the typical rice and beans. The grilled corn was yummy!Also I must say our service was awesome. Our server was super friendly and attentive and gave great advice.Can't wait to come back. More...

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Amber K.

12 June 2015

I went here for happy hour one evening before dinner. We just ordered an app and a drink, but had a fantastic experience. The queso dip was unique with a strong adobo seasoning, and the margaritas were delicious! I can't wait to go back and try other dishes!  Since my first stop I've gone back several times for just their guacamole. This is the best guacamole I've found in Charlotte, with a very decent price for the amount you get. And I keep coming back for the margaritas! This is the only place in uptown that makes a decent margarita, and one of the few places in Charlotte that makes them strong but limey. Perfect margaritas for this West Coast girl! More...

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Kirsten H.

2 June 2015

I stopped in here for a late lunch when it started pouring outside and I needed to take cover! My waitress, Jen, was really helpful in describing menu items and directing me towards the right choice. She brought out warm chips and salsa right away and continued to check on me/refill my drink throughout my time here. I ordered the house salad with seared salmon, which came out to less than $15. The salad size was perfect and the salmon was great. I was pleasantly surprised by this meal and would definitely stop in next time I'm in Charlotte. More...

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John H.

30 April 2015

So I totally didn't know the difference between Vida Vida and this place... but I had frequented Vida Vida for lunch during the weekdays and just assumed it was the same place?  My bad...  So VIDA is a more sit-down restaurant type while it's neighbor is more casual... but still both very good!Live and learn, but now that I've experienced the full blown Mexican kitchen and cantina... I may never go back to the casual.  J/K I live off of their lunch tacos!  Dinner here the other night was pretty amazeballs.  Just finished an amazing yoga class on the rooftop and ate here afterwards.  Needless-to-say, I was super hungry and downed my bacon jalapeno shrimp tacos in no time flat.  The side rice and black beans stood no chance as well as the plate was CLEANED!The menu has a ton of options - we even had a friend that was on some crazy paleo + diet and the kitchen was able to accommodate after lots and lots of questions ;).It was pretty crowded (but no wait) for a table.... I'm sure this is a good spot to go before a Knights game or going out somewhere Uptown. More...

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Ginger B.

26 April 2015

Always enjoy the food and drinks here after work.I love the salsa that comes with the chips!  Drink specials are great - always a good place for margaritas. Whenever I come with a large after-work crowd they are able to accommodate us.  The food is good, not true authentic Mexican but delicious.  This time I had tacos, three different kinds.  Shrimp and fish and pork.  More than enough food (especially after enjoying the chips and salsa!) More...

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Samantha C.

15 April 2015

Came here yesterday with a girlfriend for the $2 taco Tuesday special. We were seated quickly and before we got settled at our table we had chips and salsa placed on our table (which was amazing!) I ordered a mango margarita that was oh-so-good. I ordered 3 tacos: 1) Fish taco was my least favorite. It was fresh tasting but seemed it needed more seasoning. Probably better fried. 2) Beef taco was good. Typical. 3) Chicken red chile taco was great! The grilled onions and spicy sauce made the taste even more complex and tasty. The only downfall with service was that our waiter made us feel a little rushed to leave near the end of our meal. Outside of that, overall good experience. I'll definitely be back. But probably only for the taco Tuesday as the prices seem a little high to me for Tex-Mex cuisine. More...

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Caroline S.

7 March 2015

Met up with some college girlfriends to drink, eat, and reminisce last night. This was a great place to do so. The service was great and the food was even better. We started the the chips/salsa, guac, and cheese dip. The quantities of the dips are big, in my opinion. Very fresh and yummy. The friend sitting next to me got the red chicken chili chopped salad which she raved about and cleaned her plate! I got the chicken taquitos from the appetizer menu which were very tasty and the perfect portion for me..I'm "that" friend that will eat an entire basket of chips and be full! In terms of drinks we tried the pear margarita, which was really yummy. The pomegranate margarita I wouldn't recommend. Basically, I would recommend this place to anyone passing through Charlotte. Good atmosphere, good food, great place to catch up with friends! More...

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Wendy S.

17 February 2015

Food and atmosphere were amazing. My friend and I recently visited Charlotte and had lunch at Vida. Service was great and food is wonderful. I had the Vida salad with red chile chicken and he had the pork tacos, both were to die for! If even back in Charlotte I know we will return. More...

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Michael S.

14 February 2015

Great atmosphere, awesome food....Victoria beer, what more could I ask for. Excellent service. And by the way, next to the epicenter ....Great place to start the night.

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Marco F.

26 January 2015

This is my GO-TO spot after any event I go to at the Time Warner Cable Arena. I went to the Knicks - Hornets game on Saturday night and after the game was over and I was many beers into the night, I decided that I was in the mood for some Mexican food. (I always leave TWC arena in the mood for Mexican.) Why is that? Because it's probably one of the closest places that I can walk to haha. I always order the same thing. Dos Equis Lager, the Queso Dip, and their combo #1. Food wise, I would give this place a 3...maybe 3.5 -- Will it be the best Mexican food you've ever had? Absolutely not. However, does it have an awesome ambiance, great décor and is it conveniently located? YES, YES, and YES. I have only sat at the bar when I have come here. All the bartenders I've had are excellent and the food gets out to me pretty fast. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a solid bite to eat. More...

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Ray A.

26 January 2015

While trying to enjoy our very rare alone time away from the kids, the wife and I decided to tumble around Metro Charlotte to see what we could get into. Hey look, there's the Epicenter. Passed by but took notes on Vida to look for the entrance to Enso Sushi Lounge or whatever it's called. We saw that it was to upscale for our toned down casual attire seeing as they had a rope and security guard at the front. Guess this sushi is served on naked women or something. LOL Erase Enso. Saw Whiskey River, sounded like a good restaurant. Low and behold its a damn club. Looked around and EVERY BUSINESS IN THE EPICENTER TURNED INTO A CLUB! Cover charge to enter boring ass Wild Wing Cafe? Cover charge to enter a regular ass bar? Cover charge for Walgreen's and Kinko's?  Get tha fuck outta here(insert gtfoh meme here)!!It's almost midnight. Hurry up... club, bar, turn up in Walgreen's or go home? Wait Vida was still open. Guess we'll settle for that. Very friendly greeting, chips&salsa better than Chili's! Excellent and attentive staff(shout out to AURIEL D.) that corrected a kitchen mistake before we even noticed it. I had the combo #2. The fish taco was good, the shrimp and crab enchilada was MAGNIFICENT!  They have over 100 different tequilas according to their menu. I had one of their exclusive drinks that had a Brazilian tequila in it which was really good. Like most of you, we ate before we thought about a Yic (yelp pic). So I took a pic of a piece of their bathroom wall art. I highly recommend if you want to go to a restaurant without a weekend cover charge at the Epicenter!!! More...

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Lori L.

14 January 2015

Came in and was quoted 20 minutes and we ended up waiting over 30 minutes. Chips and salsa are good. Chips aren't too salty and not too thin. Salsa was so good and delicious. I liked the little pieces of onions in it. Just so flavorful. I got the skirt steak tacos with flour tortilla and rice and corn. Tacos were good. Steak was good around medium and it was tender and juicy. Rice was good, not dry at all. Corn was delicious! That fresco sauce they put on there really gives it a kick. I would definitely go back. More...

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Kans M.

14 January 2015

Delicious. From the drinks to deserts. Waitress was nice. I guess her name is Ashley. Definitely deserves 5 stars!

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S. N.

12 December 2014

Great atmosphere, great service, amazing margaritas!It was just 2 of us and we made a reservation about 2 hours before dinner (dinner at 6:45) which was a smart choice.  It was definitely busy on a Friday night.  We sat upstairs and the service was fantastic!Highly recommend the guacamole and queso to start with!  Enchiladas were good; however, the rice and black beans weren't so good.  Overall, great meal! More...

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Erin B.

21 November 2014

One of my girlfriends and I decided to take a trip to Charlotte and splurge and stay at the Ritz Carlton. This restaurant was across the street so we ended up here purely by location. The food was good- I had tacos, she had one of the soups- but nothing that stood out entirely. Service was above average but our waitress could have been more attentive to our water refills. I recommend it for a good lunch, and I suggest sitting outside if the weather is pleasant. More...

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Lisa F.

8 October 2014

Awesome Tequila shots and ok food. This place is great to stop over on a way to other bars in the Epicentre

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Jonathan C.

4 October 2014

Sehr gute bar, welche schön, modern eingerichtet ist und ein nettes ambiente bietet!Das Essen ist sehr gut und viel. Ich hatte einen wrap mit shreddered beef und das war hervorragend und für einen Preis von 5.99$ sehr günstig! Dazu ein soft drink mit kostenlosen refill! Insgesamt waren es nicht mal 8$ was ich zahlen musste! kann ich nur weiter empfehlen! More...

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Rachel K.

27 September 2014

We hosted an event here and were so pleasantly surprised with the high quality of the food and service! Everything was fresh and had a little delicious twist or upgrade on "normal" Mexican fare. I wanted to take a giant bowl of guacamole home with me. Staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, especially Lindsay and Eli. When we're back in Charlotte, will definitely visit again! More...

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Cheryl M.

24 September 2014

Friendly staff, fast service, attentive servers and fun atmosphere. Easy access to parking deck. I'll go back again!

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Nikki W.

19 September 2014

I'm pretty sure every single review I've written this week has been about Mexican food. Maybe I need a chips and salsa intervention? NahhhhhhhI bounce between a few items here. The tuna tacos, the crab and shrimp enchiladas and my new fav- smoked salmon tacos. Smoked salmon tacos you ask.... why yes, this is in fact a brunch item. I never thought of Vida as a brunch place until I had these. All the brunch plates come with fruit and jalapeno potatoes. I'm a big fan of the salsa here. I love guac and queso, so sometimes I have a hard deciding which to order at a Mexican restaurant. When it comes to Vida, I go with the guac. Personal preference.Now this is important, sit outside. IMO, Vida has the best patio for sight-seeing in uptown. And by sight-seeing, I of course mean people watching. Bubble (directly above it) also has a killer patio, but they don't have chips and salsa.The Epicentre parking garage is a total rip-off. Unless you are heading to the movies (which validates), park anywhere else or take the lightrail here. There is an Epicentre stop. Parking on the street is free after 6pm. The Wake Forest deck (next to Fitzgerald's) is usually only five dollars. Fitz also validates that deck is you feel like popping in for a drink before you head home. More...

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Kate D.

13 September 2014

The mushroom goat cheese quesadilla is so yummy and a respectable amount of food. The sangria was delicious, albeit a bit pricey. The churros with chocolate sauce are totally worth saving room for! The patio atmosphere is really nice as well. More...

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Doug R.

9 August 2014

Another great visit at Vida. Lauren did a great job taking care if us. Carnitas Tacos were great! Located in lower level Epicenter, restaurant was really busy yet good still came out timely. Will recommend.

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Robert H.

5 August 2014

Very solid option for Mexican food up-town Charlotte.  Lunch is very reasonably priced ($7.50 out the door for burrito, chips & salsa).  Good sized portions & really enjoyed the Carnitas burrito.  Multiple taco, salad & other mexican options available. More...

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Ro H.

4 August 2014

We were in Charlotte over the weekend and this was among the few places open for lunch near our hotel (being from New York, we were surprised that so many places were closed on Saturday). We got lucky with this place though. We had the chile chicken tacos with plantains, the huevos rancheros, the chicken burritos and the mango crisp. We were very happy with our entrees and the plantains were some of the best I have had. The service was very friendly as well. More...

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Jamie Z.

20 July 2014

The place is very nice and the employees were friendly.  I started with a tasty frozen margarita, and the chips and salsa were good too.  My server recommended the tacos because they come on flour tortillas instead of corn.  He also said the shredded beef was best so I got the 3 taco combo with  shredded beef, carne asada, and ground beef.  All 3 were very good but my favorite was the shredded beef, it was the juiciest!  Each taco had a different sauce and there was plenty of meat in each toasted homemade flour tortilla.  The black beans and spanish rice were also delicious.  Of course this is not the kind of place where someone's mexican grandma is cooking in the back so don't expect truly authentic homemade mexican food but you will still enjoy your food.  Everything was fresh and flavorful.  The portion size is perfect and you will leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed like a fat pig lol.   I will definitely go back and I highly recommend the shredded beef.  You can get carnitas anywhere so try something different! More...

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India W.

5 June 2014

Great food with a nice outdoor option! This is a great Sunday afternoon spot to eat at with friends or solo. My fiance loves Mexican so we decided to try them out due to the fact that we could not eat there on Cinco de Mayo like we wanted to. The food was delicious and service was nice. More...

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Moses S.

3 May 2014

Whether you want to go for lunch with your colleagues, happy hour, a few drinks after work, Vida's a great place. I know because I've done all of that multiple times and was never disappointed.Vida Chicken, the tacos, sandwiches are all good. Drinks are good too. Personally, wasn't so crazy about their Enchiladas but it could have been that I wasn't so hungry. I'd say the best thing about this place though, is that if you are looking for a place to eat/drink as a group in center city, and there's no consensus, this place is perfect.Now, I must advise you to make a reservation if you are heading over for lunch on a weekday. It will be packed! If you don't you'll most likely wait. But luckily, the servers are nice so it makes up for the wait. Thanks. More...

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McQuinn T.

6 March 2014

CIAA day party off the chain. Grat venue for a day party. Good DJs and fast and prompt bar service.

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Eric G.

21 February 2014

Visiting with my parents and they were pretty indecisive tonight. We ended up at vida and they my parents were super pleased with the food. I'm updating this to five stars because my parents don't stop talking about the food they got here. My mom loved the chips and salsa on top of everything else she ordered as well. More...

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Alexis A.

7 January 2014

I've been to Vida quite a few times. I was hooked after attending the grand opening party. The service is consistently good and the food delicious and fresh. Highly recommend the guacamole, crab nachos and tequila flight. The tacos are great too. More...

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Ashley V.

31 December 2013

First, let me say that they have great customer service. Everyone serving us was super nice, friendly, and helpful.Prices are a little expensive, and some portions are a little small, but even so, it's all full of flavor and deliciousness. All in all, this place is pretty solid. I think this would be a good place to come with friends for some after-hour drink and food specials before getting your night started. More...

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Kevin B.

30 December 2013

Moving from Southern California to Charlotte has been amazing minus the food options.  Casual Mexican is just not good here.   No I don't want your crappy 7 eleven nacho cheese on my food.   At least say queso fresco or creme fraiche so I know its real cheese. Vida has been my one saving grace.  Is this an authentic wonderland... no but its got some good food and the basics on its menu with nice twists like pickled onions etc. The trndier taco prep style these days.   The carnitas tacos are great, the drinks and salsa are good.  Everything is fresh and properly made.   Now if someone can find me a [place that sells Steak Picado in Charlotte I will openly weep but until then this place is fine by me. More...

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Harriet D.

28 December 2013

How could you pass this place and go to any other restaurant at the Epicentre?I will start by saying...I absolutely dislike mexican food. I've never been a fan and will choose a grilled steak over mexican fare, any day. But this place was soooo trendy that I had to try it.My boyfriend and I started at the bar with Margaritas and wholly guacamole and tortilla chips! Yum, Yum, Yum. The drinks were superb and my boyfriend loved all of the tvs. The drinks here are very creative and you will want to try more than one.I ordered the chicken enchilada accompanied with some sort of corn side dish. I am a corn freak! That corn stuff was tasty! The enchilada was good (remember i don't like mexican) but I wouldn't order it again. My boyfriend loves any kind of food. He ordered the chicken fajitas and plantains.  He never picked his head up. Lol. He was in heaven. He doesn't even do that when I cook. :O4 stars because service was great, the place is trendy, the drinks are great, if you love mexican food...you'll love this place.I didn't have a problem with the music...I like dancing at the table. hehe More...

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Elizabeth M.

18 November 2013

Came here on Friday night (around 6pm)........should have known better and made a reservation. Since the Eagels were playing that night, Vida was slammed! Without a reservation, it was an hour and a half wait. We had other plans for the evening, so we decided to see if we could grab two seats (or heck, one would work!) from the bar. No such luck. I felt bad cause there were many couples, like us, hovering around the bar just waiting for one of those coveted seats. No joke, we literally stood behind these two women sipping their beers for almost 45 minutes. Probably, two of the most slowest beer drinkers I have ever met....but I digress.....Anyways, we soon discovered that the wait to sit outside wasn't very long and we put our name on the list. We were seated outside (wasn't too cold....they had a heater out there but it wasn't turned on).We ordered a bucket (5 beers) of Coronas and some guac. I really really love guacamole.....like, it's an issue. They have some fantastic guac. Nothing truely beats the guac I make, but this is a close second. We also chose to split a burrito meal. We were bar hopping that night and figured we didn't need two meals. Man, so glad we split. The serving was huge!! The burrito was delish. The grilled corn as the side was so good! All in all, I would have given this place 3 stars, but the food was so good it made me forget about standing behind the slow beer drinking women! Since we walked here, I can't comment on parking. We have been here numerous times in the past and will continue to return. More...

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Alycia B.

14 November 2013

LOVED the sangria here, made with tequila, and since I had about 4 glasses, I'm a little hazy on what the food tasted like haha but from what I remember, I had some type of appetizer platter with some great chicken quesadillas that had a yummy sauce, some type of shrimp that were weirdly seasoned, like Mexican shrimp scampi or something, wasn't a fan...and the weirdest app ever which was like a flauta or something filled with mushrooms - yucky. The chips, salsa, and guacamole were all just ok, nothing special but great stomach coaters for downing all that good sangria! More...

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Patrick M.

23 October 2013

Great taco salad, superior waitstaff; we live out of state, and can't wait to get back there

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Stephanie T.

27 September 2013

I'm basing this review only on the lime shrimp salad because it's all I ever get! I freaking love this salad.  Plenty of avocado, crunchy jicama, sweet mango chunks, and the most wonderful garlicky shrimp you've ever had. It's one of my favorite salads in Charlotte! I also really like the salsa they serve with the chips. It's got a great flavor and isn't watery like so many Mexican restaurants serve.  I just had lunch here and our server overheard my friend and I talking about her birthday. She treated us to a piece of Banana Tres Leches cake "roasted banana tres leches with Mexican coffee crème anglaise". I really am a sucker for tres leches but I am also very critical of it. Once you have a good one, it's hard to beat. This is not your everyday tres leches. The banana flavor is not overpowering, but is just enough to get that flavor.  The whipped cream on top had a nutmeg flavor that was so warm and delicious.  I mean, I want to go back and get another piece! It's a MUST try. More...

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Julia M.

27 September 2013

We had a big group of people that ended up at Vida last night for drinks & dinner.  We were a pretty wild bunch, but the servers took care of us and kept the food & drinks flowing for us.  After having a couple of margaritas, I ended up having a chicken taco with a side of black beans. Kudos to Vida for keeping up with a demanding (& probably obnoxious) group! More...

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Lavinia C.

16 September 2013

Amazing food :) try the Carne Asada Tostada Salad... Yummmm!!!

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Teddi P.

16 August 2013

Uptown window seat people watching my kind of after work spot! Great laid back place. Awesome drinks and drink specials! Great ceviche!

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Adam C.

6 August 2013

The garlic shrimp, corn, plantains, the lighting, the amount of windows overlooking the city.....it's all just a great experience.

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Danielle A.

4 July 2013

I have been to Vida twice while working in Charlotte. It is a co-workers favorite restaurant. The service is fantastic!  The staff is friendly and fast. Also fantastic are the drinks!!!  They are tasty and strong; just the way I like it!  The food is good. I wouldn't say it is out of this world, but good. I always start with guacamole followed by a chicken burrito. Vida is in a great location and easily accessible from the uptown hotels. I also appreciate the fact that both times I didn't feel rushed. I sat with co-workers, both visits, for hours drinking and talking and never felt like the staff wanted to turn the table even though they were busy. Thanks, Vida!  I will be back. More...

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Ashley V.

17 June 2013

Vida has really good cocktails and margaritas.  The food is also pretty good.  I think it's a good choice for somewhere yummy and not TOO expensive in Uptown and especially at the Epicentre.  The place is also set up nicely for outdoor seating and for parties. More...

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Kevin K.

7 June 2013

Have visited Vida a handful of times, all great! The service is always top notch and the food to match. Bit more expensive than your typical Mexican restaurant, but well worth the price. My go-to are the enchiladas.

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Benjamin G.

23 May 2013

I've been to Vida multiple times and seen all iterations of service here. Lunch, dinner, brunch, special events, during the DNC. It's a prime location in the EpiCentre with a killer patio and great mezzanine. Here's the breakdown:Bar - Two. Upstairs and downstairs. Both have relatively the same offerings. Bartenders are friendly and attentive and make up a mean margarita. Most recently, we had some killer margaritas with Cointreau Noir -- much better than standard Grand Marnier. They have a decent selection of beers, but they stick to the Mexican food-centric bottles/draughts. Food - Incredible guac. Let me rephrase that -- I'd eat a whole meal of guac and chips and be a happy camper. I've never had anything from Vida that I wouldn't get again. I will say that my favorite time to dine is now brunch on Sunday. Try the chilequiles and thank me later. *drops mic*Only downside that I can really comment on is the unassociated parking situation for the EpiCentre. "Yeah, yeah, yeah....WE KNOW, Ben," they exclaimed and clamored exhaustively. We all know it. We all hate it. It's expensive, validated parking isn't the norm, and so on. Just buck up and pay the piper. It's worth the meal. OR, find a spot on the street post 6pm or on the weekends when it's free as well.Vida, thanks...for everything. I can haz guacamole? More...

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Bruce K.

23 May 2013

"Mexican" and "Brunch". Two words that typically don't go together in my mind. But we saw that they had a brunch menu and thought to give it a try.We looked at the menu online so we'd know what to have. Unfortunately, the menu we had on this particular day didn't have the "Mexican Toast" so we had one order of the "Smoked Salmon Tacos" and one of the "Carne Asada and Eggs". The tacos were excellent - they had the right amount of salmon and a really good load of eggs and cheese. I especially enjoyed the steak and eggs. It was cooked well, the eggs were poached perfectly.Parking is an irritant. If you're already in Uptown, hey, great. If not, expect to either drive around the block (yes, even on Sunday) or pay for a garage. More...

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Pamela S.

18 May 2013

My husband and I attended a Yelp Brunch at Vida on Cinco de Mayo.  We really enjoyed it!  The ambiance was very nice, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious!  We had the Guacamole and Chips, Beef Brisket Tacos, and Carnitas Tacos and everything was fantastic!  I am super picky about rice and theirs was really good!  Can't wait to go back with the rest of the family...I know that they will love it, too! More...

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Michelle P.

17 May 2013

There are a few things I like more than a good brunch: Cam Newton, driving a convertible, the Charlotte Bobcats winning a game and a pair of shoes that actually fit my stupid arches... I like Vida just as much as I like those things because they don't have just a good brunch; they have a great brunch... The staff was fantastic... You could barely finish your meal before they would ask if you were done with it... They do not believe in letting plates sit around and clog up a table... I like that... The refills kept coming without a lull, which was also great... I went for the chorizo tacos and I was not disappointed... You could probably put jalapeno bacon on anything and I'd eat it, though... lol  Seriously, scrambled eggs, cheese, cilantro and chorizo?  All wrapped in some floury goodness?  I was full midway into the second one, but I kept trying to finish... I still get a tear in my eye when I think about that last bite I left on my plate... I couldn't focus on just the tacos, though, because the potatoes they give you were awesome!  That's probably because they had jalapeno in them as well... The fruit was very good... They've got to get their stuff from a market, that wasn't grocery store fruit... lolI loved the look of the restaurant and since we were seated upstairs, it gave us a nice view of all the goings on downstairs... The drinks were fantastic... I had Cointreau Noir and Vida margaritas... They were both sublime... The frozen Vida margarita didn't have that weird, watery taste that most frozens end up with, so I was very excited about that... The prices weren't bad at all, but they don't validate parking, so I would suggest going there, but making better arrangements than the dreaded Epicentre lot... lol More...

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Super A.

9 May 2013

I did not think that the food was going to be good. It's in the Epicenter and it was PACKED! I was not going for the partying, I was going for the partaking- of good food! I ordered a special and the food came out super quick. Usually that's a bad sign because that means they just plopped something on the plate that was premade and usually stale. It was pretty tasty though. My waiter was nice and patient. The menu was reasonably priced. The drink specials were decent as well. Overall, no complaints. More...

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Keisha P.

8 May 2013

Yummy brunch food, delicious margarita! Vida doe not disappoint for Cinco de Mayo....

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Trey S.

7 May 2013

I really like the ambiance of Vida.  Located in the heart of the Epicenter, Vida is perfect for dinner before Bobcats games or events at Time Warner Arena, or before going to the clubs, bars and lounges that populate the upper reaches of the Epicenter.  I had the pleasure of dining at Vida for brunch on Cinco de Mayo, and was treated to a Cinco de Mayo to remember.Ordered the steak and eggs which was amazing.  The steak was juicy, tender and had a great grilled flavor to it.  I will say, I asked for my eggs scrambled w/cheese and received no cheese.  But other than that, everything was spectacular.  The fruit cocktail containing strawberries, watermelons, and a variety of other fruits was great and the perfect complement to the meaty steak, eggs and bacon.  I also had the chance to sample their margaritas and was truly impressed.  And of course, the Dos Equis Amber on draft might be the single greatest beer drinking experience known to mankind.  Be careful, parking can be expensive in the garages near and around the Epicenter and Vida doesn't validate parking (I know because I asked).  Overall, I must say, brunch at Vida for Cinco De Mayo was nothing short of Cinco De Amazing! More...

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C B.

28 April 2013

We drive 20 miles just for the Taco Salad! So many Tequilas you could spend days! But the most important thing about this Uptown Charlotte Restaurant is the Customer Service. Mary, the Manager here at Vida, has blown us away with her consistent, positive, personal, and attentive attitude each and EVERY time we come in. She needs to manage so many other restaurants in this city to positively turn them into better experiences. Thank you Mary for always providing us with an excellent experience here at Vida!!!! More...

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Dan M.

24 April 2013

For a Mexican place in a mall like setting, I expected something average, but boy what a pleasant surprise.  Vida Rocks.  The chips and salsa are good (check), the drinks are good (check check), and the enchiladas and tacos are tasty(check, check, check).  There are many great sounding items on the menu, and the combos are a great way to help you sample several different items.  Ricky the water was super efficient and very friendly.  Oh, and they are open late weeknights for a good late night meal option. More...

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Maureen B.

23 April 2013

We went for Margaritas - they are so good!  The place was packed and the service was still excellent.  I love Vida every time I go there :)

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Stephanie W.

10 April 2013

Love Love Love Vida.. I've been for lunch and Happy hour. Great both times except for at lunch I couldn't indulge in a Margarita.. Skinny Margs are even really good! The Pork soup/stew is amazing, shrimp tacos are great as well! More...

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Peter H.

5 April 2013

My wife and I went to Vida's based on good Yelp! reviews.  Once again, we were not disappointed.  Made a reservation through Open Table and were seated at a great table on time.  The restaurant was very busy due to the Eric Clapton concert later that evening.Our server (Rick?) was awesome - perfect balance of knowledge, presentation and attention.  Chips and salsa were very good.  I had the Vida Chicken and my wife had the Lump Crab Nachos.  The chicken was good + although the queso was a bit much.  The crab tacos were a perfect small meal for my wife.Nice, fun experience with good food, service and atmosphere. More...

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Kellie L.

3 April 2013

I don't know how they did it, but even on a Tuesday night when they were completely slammed with people before a concert at the arena, Vida managed to provide 5-star service and food.  From the minute we got there til the minute we left, everything was awesome!  We started with a delicious, refreshing margarita for me and a snifter of tequila for the fella - he said it was the best tequila he's ever had.  We then moved onto dinner and I got the tacos (1 al pastor, 1 carnitas and 1 beef).  They were all really good, but i loved the pineapple on the al pastor - good mix of sweet and salty.  Fellla got the chicken taquitos, and they were crispy, light and fresh.  Our waitress, Jackie, was so engaging and personable, and she had great food/drink recommendations, and the sales and marketing VP, Andrea, even checked in on us to see how we were and chatted for a few minutes.  I don't know how they all found the time to provide such great customer service, but it's a rare thing these days, and I love patronizing places that put such a great emphasis on it.  I'll definitely be back soon. More...

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Jesse G.

29 March 2013

GREAT house margs hit the spot along w/ guac and con queso. Lively vibe on a thurs night - will be back!

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Andrea T.

25 February 2013

Great atmosphere, poor customer service.

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G P.

17 February 2013

I'm a fan of this modern Mexican restaurant.  I celebrated my bday bash here and the food and mojitos were delish.  Being vegetarian i was apprehensive about this place, but the options and taste was YUM! The portions are huge, so if you want to watch the calories and fat definitely share your entree. If you decide to make it a event with a group of friends I recommend to make reservations a week in advance, that way there is no wait and they can make the necessary accommodations for your party. More...

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Greg W.

11 February 2013

Was in Charlotte just a couple of days the week of Jan 27th, and went here twice. Love this place. The guac is one of the best. Went in for lunch, and although crowded, we were still able to get a seat. The place emptied out as thelunch hour came to an end and it quieted down a bit. Had a pork burrito and a shredded beed taco the two different times I was here. Loved them. Highly recommend if your in Charlotte, looking for a quicj mexican restaurant. More...

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Erica P.

21 January 2013

Vida is a great spot to bring friends or family, or grab a drink and yummy mexican with a date.  We had a lovely time, great margaritas, great atmosphere for people watching but quiet enough for chatting and serviced was incredibly attentive.Highlights:Crab NachosTaquitosQueso DipCarne AsadaWe will definitely return! More...

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Engy A.

13 December 2012

Kinda surprised this place only has a 3.5 average rating. I really like Vida. I have been here several times over the last year and always had a good experience. The margaritas were outstanding and the portions were pretty sizable (I couldn't finish my meal!). And oh, the ceviche cocktail is heavenly (I included that in one of my tips). I get a fair amount of really good Mexican food in Chicago and Vida sizes up pretty well. More...

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Ruby C.

13 December 2012

Delicious quality prepared mexican food with quality ingredients and very filling portions.

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Fei W.

9 December 2012

I'm always skeptical of Mexican places outside of SoCal, but the food here was top notch.The ceviche was tasty and the pork green chili was so delicious I wanted to drink the sauce.Our waiter recommended a tequila for shots, and I really didn't care for it.  I would've preferred patron I think.  The margarita he recommended was delicious though, so he totally redeemed himself.They were able to split our bill for each specific order and split the margarita and ceviche among only the people who ordered those.  Very impressive. More...

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Keith R.

27 November 2012

At first I was skeptical about Vida simply because many of these trendy mexican places often offer only mediocre food.  However, I've been there several times, and yes, I am fan.  In all honesty, I wish I could offer a review of more dishes, but I go there for one reason--the naked burrito with queso or as I refer to it--heaven in a bowl.  The burrito comes with a delicious grilled corn, which is the best I've ever had.  I've also sampled their chicken tostada for lunch which was also excellent, but the burrito is special.  While I haven't strayed from this dish much, my wife has enjoyed several dishes there, most recently the shrimp tacos.Overall, the service is excellent because of their quick and attentive staff.The lone drawback for me is that they don't validate, so you're left for looking for a space in uptown or paying for parking. More...

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Chris B.

25 November 2012

What an outstanding place.   Extremely well trained service staff, wonderful chips and salsa, and beautifully plated food with great flavors.

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Carl C.

12 November 2012

Fish tacos are outstanding as well as their margaritas. This place is a very wise choice. The group of four of us each had different meals and none of us were disappointed.

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Julie G.

5 November 2012

My fiancee and I were in Uptown a few weeks ago and wanted to stop somewhere for Sunday lunch.  We found Vida and I have to say that the Yelp reviews do not do this place justice.  It was so delicious!  I had the chicken and roasted corn enchilada and my fiancee had the green chile pork and avocado enchilada.  Both came in the perfect portion size and were amazing.  However, I do have to say that the green chile pork and avocado enchilada was much better than my meal - I kept stealing bites off my fiancee's dish.I also enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant and the service was great (caveat: this was Sunday lunch and it wasn't crowded - not sure what it's like on a typical Saturday night). More...

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Mike L.

3 November 2012

The carne asada Vida burrito was pretty decent, but don't expect an authentic Mexican burrito. Service was excellent. Only complaint is that the first batch of tortilla chips they brought out was pretty cold and stale. Overall a good place to eat at.

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Sarah N.

15 October 2012

Really like this place!  You aren't going to find a Speedy Gonzales on the menu, that's for sure.  Fresh, interesting food, friendly waitstaff and great outdoor seating on a nice night. The chips and salsa are good (as I've mentioned, I judge a Mexican restaurant on their chips and salsa), the enchiladas are really nice (especially the corn/chicken, shrimp/crab and mushroom) and the sides are great.  The plantain black bean mash is my favorite followed very closely by the plantains.  This place hits the list each time I'm staying in uptown Charlotte. More...

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Christian S.

13 October 2012

I just stopped here during a business trip to grab dinner. I received a coupon for a free app from my hotel (Hilton) so I figured I would check it out. Hands down I was extremely impressed and will certainly be back. The shrimp appetizer I had was out of this world and not what I was expecting. The main dish, I forget the name of it, but there was a good mix of different foods. The services are not huge but don't let that worry you because you will definitely be full. Check out Vida if you're in downtown Charlotte. More...

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Aubrey F.

6 October 2012

As an Angeleno, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Vida holds its own against some of the better taco places in LA. Sure, it's not Grand Central Market where there's sawdust on the floor and a guy in a stand serves you one pound cabeza tacos on a double layer of freshly made corn tortillas, but this is the Epicenter of Uptown Charlotte, NC. I wasn't expecting much. In fact, from the outside, I thought I was going to get stuck with overpriced, Americanized Mexican food. I was mistaken.My colleagues and I ended up splitting an order of the guacamole. $8.99 seemed mighty pricey at first, but they give you a veritable fuck ton of it in a mortar-style bowl and it was friggin delicious. Granted, it wasn't made fresh at the table (oh how I wish it was), but it was very nice. Lots of avocado, both on the front of the palate from the first bite and also in the large chunks that were mixed in. I ordered a lunch special of the house salad plus a carnitas taco. The salad was above average, with a healthy mix of greens, a slice of avocado and some corn. The black beans + rice was surprisingly tasty, maybe even ranking near the top of what I've had. Black beans especially were sinfully fatty.The taco was excelente. Carnitas were tender and full of juicy flavor, showing that they had indeed been marinated and then cooked over several hours. The tortilla was warm and melted in my mouth. If it wasn't made fresh that day, it sure tasted like it.Overall, the lunch was fairly light: one medium-sized taco, a small mix of rice and beans and a small house salad. Were it not for the guacamole, I would have walked away feeling pretty good about my portions.Will I race back here? Probably not. But it's a solid place to have lunch or dinner... and I'm dying to try out their tequila selection. More...

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D N.

22 September 2012

My fave mexican place anywhere. Food typically very very good, they have a plantain and black bean mash that is to die for. When in Charlotte, i usually find myself here multiple times during my stay. Prices very reasonable. Agree  with one reviewer... not a fan of the chips, but the salsa is amazing. Isn't it always that way... can never got both :-) More...

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Cheryl K.

15 September 2012

Great food, good service & loved the tequila selection.  Just wish we had ordered a little less, portions were very generous.

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Kathy B.

15 September 2012

Great skinny margaritas, great food, great service, great patio! Jalapeño bacon -on the salad- OMG! Need I say more?

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Phillip A.

19 August 2012

We had a great time at Vida we frequently eat here it's a great location with a lot of traffic. The service food,bar scene, and the mixed drinks are really good. The main types of food are Mexican with an American twist. More...

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Jay K.

1 August 2012

Taco Sociale Tuesdays. I shouldn't have to say anything else. $2 tacos, $3 modelo and great service - at EpicentreThere are other great specials on other days that in combination with other nearby events and specials make Vida the perfect start to any Uptown Charlotte evening. I don't too much care for the chips, but the salsa is nice. The tacos were.... tacos.... so yeah... that.There's a patio. It's awesome. you can sit on it and people watch quite effectively. I recommend it. And coronaritas. More...

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JC M.

31 July 2012

I grew up on the Texas border and decided to give a Taco place in Charlotte a shot. Had the carne asada tacos on corn and they were great. Slightly greasy corn tort is just right! Good service too. More...

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Lindsey D.

22 June 2012

I came here as an out-of-towner, looking for a place to sit in the shade and have a cold drink on a ridiculously hot afternoon.  The staff was upbeat and attentive, the patio wasn't too crowded, and the music was...interesting.  (I was psyched to hear Maxwell's "Ascension", but not so psyched about the mash-up of "D.A.R.E." and "Big Time" by Peter Gabriel.)  The Partita margaritas were solid, and there was no one breathing down my neck as I sat there and read for 1.5 hours.  Might have gotten five stars if the waitress hadn't kept on calling me "Ma'am" -- I'm only 28, damn it! More...

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TS K.

8 June 2012

Love their Saturday and Sunday brunch menu. I like the chorizo tacos the best, comes with jalapeno home fries and FRESH fruit. Ask them to double up on the corn tortillas otherwise the chorizo juice will tear right through the one tortilla shell. And order the spicier salsa. So good. More...

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Kelly H.

19 May 2012

Great atmosphere. I love sitting on the patio on a nice day and the bar is lively. Lots of variety in terms of tequila, and the food is reliable. My regular choices are the ceviche and the salad with shrimp. I love their salsa also. More...

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Crissy H.

8 May 2012

We came here the other night to just grab a round of drinks before we headed to dinner at a different place - but after 1 hour, 1 pitcher of sangria, and 4 mojitos - we were hooked. Not sure if it was the drinks or the addicting chips and salsa they kept feeding us. Either way - we ended up spending close to another 2 hours drinking and eating. For dinner I would recommend the chicken and shrimp fajita. It's delicious and serves enough food for two! Oh and love the atmosphere....and the music! More...

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Brian K.

29 April 2012

Great location.  The shrimp tacos and tuna tacos are outstanding.  The guac is great and the outdoor seating is a prime spot in uptown.  Yummy.

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Tyler R.

26 April 2012

Chips, Salsa, CLUBBING.Well, not really.  But almost.We walked past two ladies taking some serious booty pictures by the door as we were walking in.  Yes, they were literally pulling their pants up high (way over the butt makes the best booty pictures?) and posing.  Mmmmhhhmmm.Walking in the door I was hit in the face with the Manhattan club scene - Sean Paul was blasting and I could barely hear the hostess over the music and the people.  I'm good with that - I've been to plenty of Mexican restaurants that play authentic Mexican-style music, but I say there's nothing wrong with a little dance dance music while you taco up the night.We opted for guacamole to start, which wasn't quite table side - we got a bowl of pre-chopped avocado mix with another bowl of chopped cilantro, onions, and tomatoes that was mixed in by the guy that brought it over.  Table side or not, it was still pretty good.The thing that stood out to me the most was the salsa - we pretty much drank the stuff.  It was super smooth, and had the perfect mix of cilantro and onions.  It was the closest thing to my favorite salsa ever, handcrafted by La Carreta in Nashua, NH.  So now I can say my two favorite salsas can be found in New Hampshire and North Carolina, two places which fail to share a boarder with Mexico and probably wouldn't pop into your mind if you were asked to "name states that makes the best salsa."  So far - NH, NC.  Boom.  There it is.For food, we both opted for some type of taco, one with beef and one with chicken.  They came on a not quiet hard shell not quiet soft shell briefly fried taco deal, which was actually pretty good.  It was crunchy but still foldable.We left full, happy, and after a day's worth of driving causing what might be referred to as mild dehydration (mixed with exhaustion)....a little tipsy (let's call it SUPER relaxed) after the second round of house margaritas, rocks, no salt. More...

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Kel L.

6 April 2012

The atmosphere here is great, with well dressed people and friendly staff. I was there with my wife on a Friday night, and it was a bit busy. We went to enjoy the $2 tacos, and they were the best tacos that I've ever had, especially considering the price. They have a great menu, but if you're there for the $2 tacos they'll give you a separate menu, kinda like a notepad. One has the option of selecting various sides and toppings on his/her taco. This ranges from beans and rice to spicy tangy cream cheese. Whatever you select, I assure you it will be delicious!!!!!!!!!! More...

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Kellie K.

29 March 2012

Nice atmosphere, service and food. It is not the most authenic Mexican I have eaten but it is pretty darn good. Their chips were fresh, light, crispy and not too much salt. Their salsa was not spicy but it was packed with flavor. I ordered a dinner combo that came with three different kinds of enchiladas and rice topped with black beans. The star of the dish was the rice topped with black beans. I could eat that all day long if I could. The enchiladas were OK. They didn't look anything like how I pictured it in my head when I read the description on the menu. I finshed only half of each enchilda. For my drink I had a flavored mojito. It was strong and not too sweet. If you like that sort of drink the mojito is for you. As for me, I lean towards the sweeter side so it could have used a little more simple syrup. For dessert, I had to take it to go because I was so full. I wanted the creme brulee but the waitress said it wouldn't pack well. So I ordered the banana tres leches cake. Oh my lawdy! When I opened the container I was looking for bananas. Where were the bananas? It was soft, moist (as it should be) and was dripping nwith all the yummy goodness of all the three milks in my to-go container. It was topped with whipped cream and three different berries but the cake tasted like banana. There's the banana. It must have been a banana liquer that they put in it. It so darn good, ya'll. More...

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Joy S.

25 March 2012

The tortilla chips with the queso chipotle dip is very flavorful and delicious.  I had the chicken and spinach enchilada which was only so so due to the chicken being dry.The dessert ibarra mexican chocolate creme brûlée was very rich creamy chocolate which I absolutely loved.  I had the day's special margarita and I can't remember the name or what exactly was in it other than it had malibu rum in it.  I don't usually like malibu, but the mix of liquor was just right and probably the highlight of the evening.  The meal was a dinner on a week night and the atmosphere was that of a nightclub with the lighting dimmed and the music blaring.  The waiter was very attentive and the service was great as well. More...

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Kim W.

14 March 2012

I've only been there once while in town for a conference, but MAN OH MAN was Vida ever delicious. I was with a group of 7 and expected sub-par service with such a large group, but our waiter was on point and very responsive. The chips & salsa and guac weren't anything earthshattering but better than your average Mexican dive restaurant. The entrees really brought down the house. I had just the simple tacos and was blown away. The tortillas were just ever so slightly cripsy, light, and very very fresh tasting. I generally hate when beans and rice get together (and they were definitely frolicking together on my plate), but the black beans were seasoned just perfectly and made a great complement to the meal. More...

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Sarah K.

5 February 2012

Went here for a private event. We got there slightly early but our table was ready to go and the server was on point with taking our drink and app orders while we waited for everyone else to get there. We got seated upstairs and yes, the floor is really slippery. Have someone to hold onto and be careful going up and down the stairs too. The upstairs was awesome! I wanna sit here every time. It had its own bar and waitstaff. Our waiter and waitress were awesome! They were so attentive and even with our large group they were patient and got everything right.We got the margaritas, crab nachos and taquitos. Even splitting it, it was too much food and we were very hungry when we got there. The portions were overwhelming and since the food was heavy, we got full quickly. They had some wonderful desserts on the menu but we didn't get to try them, next time for sure.A few notes, there is valet service or you can park in the Epicentre garage. Valet is 15/20? and Parking is 10bucks typically. You can also take the light rail, the stop is right behind the restaurant. Get the back bean plantain mash, I didn't get it but I tried my brother's and it was good. More...

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Eric K.

9 January 2012

We visited Vida for the first time this past Saturday.  I made my reservations through OpenTable.com on Friday.  Saturday afternoon while I was at work, I received a voicemail from the restaurant asking that I call them back to confirm my reservation.  Naturally, I didn't get the message until 6:30 p.m.   I understand they want to ensure that they're not holding reservations for people who aren't going to show, but I like to use the online service so I don't *have* to call.  Otherwise, I'd just call to begin with, wouldn't I?I never did call to confirm but we arrived 15 minutes ahead of our reservation time.  They still had our reservation and even seated us immediately!  We were very impressed.  Someone brought us the traditional complimentary chips and salsa.  The salsa was delicious!  It had a unique flavor to it.  I think it may have been chargrilled?I was happy to see that the menu items (drinks and entrees) were reasonably priced considering the restaurant's prime location in the Epicentre in Uptown Charlotte.  There were three different entrees that jumped out at and appealed to me (that's always a good sign for a restaurant!).  I opted for the Green Chile Brisket Tacos.   There were three tacos (more than plenty!).  Additionally, Vida offers you your choice of two side items.  I was very happy to see such unique choices on the side item menu.  Wanting to try something different, I chose the (1) ripe plantain and black bean mash and (2) grilled corn with queso fresco.  The corn was delicious; the mash was just okay.  It was a weird combination, and I think I should have just gotten one or the other by themselves.  My partner ordered the one thing on the menu that first jumped out at me:  Tortilla Pie with Poblano Cream Sauce.   I was thinking about ordering that without the listed mushrooms.  It's a good thing I didn't, because it was basically ALL mushrooms and I would have been left with just a couple of sad-looking tortillas.  If you love mushrooms, *that's* the dish for you.  It was a tortilla with layer upon layer of mushroom filling topped with another tortilla and then smothered with melted cheese.   It looked good, but wasn't for the mushroom-hater in me.  The service was great and we were in and out of there quickly, with a lot of extra time before the movie we were going to see.  The interior of the restaurant was nice, too.  It had a modern look to it; nothing "Mexican" about it.   I'd definitely return. More...

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Alisa N.

9 January 2012

I went here for lunch with a friend who was visiting from out of town. It was busy but the food was so good! The decor and ambiance was very upscale, modern and upbeat. I will definitely go back here for dinner in the near future. More...

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Avi A.

29 November 2011

I'm still rating this retaurant a 4 star for previously mentioned reasons, but tonight I just sampled the Chicken Tinga entree, which was absolutely delicious and deserved a shoutout. It's definitely one their most flavorful dishes on the menu. The chorizo adds a whole new depth of flavor and every now and then you get that hint of cilantro which meshes well with the tomato-based background. I'm eating it right now and it may well become a go-to item whenever I come here. More...

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Caroline O.

21 November 2011

Had a departing dinner here with some friends, and we had a blast. The margaritas helped that happen as did the cool atmosphere. Even though it wasn't crowded at all (Sunday night) it was still great. The food was delicious and I highly recommend the black bean/plantain mash. I may want to learn how to make that one day. The guacamole was great as well. (and yes, some places do manage to screw this up!!) I'd go back. More...

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Santiago C.

14 November 2011

Nice decor, reasonable prices , quick service , good food, good ambiance !

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Ken M.

16 October 2011

Guacamole starters Bliss!! Great setting and the staff are tremendous. OK I suppose I better review the food...Outstanding would not be an understatement.

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Ziggy J.

11 September 2011

Great "modern mexican" place.  Don't go here looking for anything authentic.  It is certainly on the pricier side of mexican food, but it is fairly priced for what it is.  We ate here late on a Saturday night and got the "front and center" outdoor table.  We had a blast, as the people watching on a nice night is outstanding (WHERE do all of these crazies come from, really!! )So long as you know what you are walking into here, you'll have a great experience. More...

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Hannah L.

11 August 2011

5/5 stars for sure- great food, even better service. Had the mushroom flautas as an appetizer, which was awesome. John, our waiter who was GREAT, brought us salsa and chips that were really fresh and still warm- YUM. I had the grilled shrimp tacos as the main entree and they were alright. I think the main reason why I'm giving Vida five stars is because of the service: we were waiting for a friend who ended up not arriving until after closing (10 PM). We didn't know that she would also be bringing two more people with her. John gave us no problem at all. He was very courteous even though we ended up staying until past 11 PM. Overall, it was a great first experience here! I would definitely recommend it. More...

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Sara L.

29 July 2011

The Guacamole here is amazing! It is made table side from fresh ingredients.. definitely the best thing on the menu! The portions are huge so order accordingly.

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Ravi M.

10 July 2011

This would have been a 1-star review with me vowing to never return here if it weren't for two wonderful people at Vida Cantina - April (our waitress) and Sean (the Manager).  The waiter that we had initially took down our whole order and even agreed enthusiastically to help us split the guacomole with my portion having onions and my friend's having none. Then we waited. And we waited. No water, no salsa or chips and no sign of our waiter again. Then suddenly we had April coming over to say that she would be taking over as the other waiter was about to leave. We were there for nearly an hour and kept seeing our 1st waiter hanging around even when we were leaving. What had been the real reason for the handoff we never found out, but we were puzzled and annoyed by this. Blame it on miscommunication in the handoff but our guacomole arrived with onions in it. When my friend complained about it, April quickly apologized for it and offered to get a fresh bowl - which she did quickly enough - and brought out onions on the side for me. But think the chef wasn't very happy - our new bowl of guacomole was more like guacomole flavored salt! I was so hungry that I ate it despite the salt and we really didn't want to complain a second time.Our main course arrived and I could see immediately that my friend wasn't happy about it. She was picking at it and apparently it had onions in it. I guess that the fact that she hated onions was also lost in the handoff. April noticed it, much to her credit, and came around to ask my friend what was wrong. She immediately apologized and offered to swap with a new plate free of onions. She whisked off the old plate and quickly got a new one. But my friend found the new one terribly spicy. By then it sounded to me as if the waitress was terrific but the chefs spiteful. I liked my main course (chicken fajitas) well enough and ate well. But my friend was miserable and that put a dampener on our spirits. And we kept getting angry over our original waiter (Alex?) who was still hanging around and probably responsible for the whole mess. We were wondering if we should ever come back! We both agreed that April had been as nice as we could have wished for, but the overall experience was still terrible.Then we had the manager, Sean, turn up at our table and introduce himself. He apologized for everything and said that he was sorry that we had a bad experience and "trust me, we aren't always like this!". My friend had dined there before once and had a great time. She told him exactly that and why she was disappointed this time. He said "that is why I'd like this meal to be on me!". We were floored. The whole meal! Not just taking the offending items off the bill, but the whole meal! That was tremendous customer service. Sean asked my friend if he could get us both anything else. My friend didn't want another entree to replace hers and I had nothing to complain about mine to begin with. We finally got some dessert (my friend did and I shared) and was surprised that even that was on the house!Thanks to Sean and April, we are convinced that we need to go back to Vida Cantina and give them another chance. The customer service alone turned what could have ended as a one-star experience to 4-stars (I am not giving it 5-stars only because we have yet to go back and have a truly delightful experience start to end). More...

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Steve L.

17 June 2011

Food was amazing, guacamole was the shit. Cooks get behind. Appetizer came after dinner

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April S.

14 June 2011

I gave Vida 5 stars because I really can't remember any bad experiences I have had here. It's in a great busy uptown location in the Epicenter and has a great patio. Their patio overlooks the busy intersection of Trade and College and if you sit outside on a nice day, you will definitely get lots of people-watching action. The inside decor of the restaurant is modern and fun, while the music is always upbeat but not too loud. I have sat in a booth and have also sat in the bar area as well as upstairs. If you have a choice, sit downstairs as there is not much going on upstairs. That area is mainly used for private events and opens up on the busier nights to overflow. Insider tip: Ladies, if you wear heels here, be very cautious! The weird tree-ring like floor and stairs that lead to the upper seating area are extremely slippery! Each time I wear heels in this place, I think I may cause a scene if I eat it.. but thankfully, I don't. I have enjoyed a couple cocktails here with dinner and I would have to say that the flavored margaritas are my favorite. I have had a regular margarita, as well as their famous "Skinny Margarita" and I still would go with a flavored variety, but that may be because I am not a huge tequila fan to begin with. Only downside of their liquor is that it is a little expensive. You will easily pay $10 for a specialty drink.. but when in uptown... When this place first opened I heard a few people comment that it was too expensive, but I really don't think that is the case. I think the drinks are expensive but the food is not. You could score an app for about $8 and an entree easily under $15 and they are a good size! So if you are on more of a budget, try their drink specials, grab a beer or just stick to their yummy food. My suggestions for food: You have to order the table side guacamole! It is made at the table for you if you sit in an area where those guacamole-making-carts can fit. They now offer 2 different sizes of guacamole, which is good because while on a date after they first opened, we were served guac made with like 4 avocados or something crazy! So make sure to specify that you want the small helping if you are only dining for two. Everything else I have had has been very delicious. The fare is new-Mexican style and tastes very fresh. Nothing tasted old or too heavy. I believe I have had certain types of tacos several times and enjoyed them each time. (I am usually too stuffed to go for a huge meal after all that guacamole and a drink or two.) I also have shared the quesadillas before and they were yum as well. The service at Vida has always been speedy and attentive. I know a couple people who work here and they seem to enjoy it. The staff is professional, friendly and helpful. I once projected an entire champagne flute-full of Prosecco across the bar (I may have had a couple drinks before that particular one as well...) and the bartender just smiled and helped me clean up my mess. Thanks for that! =) Parking is in the Epicenter garage (which is ridiculously expensive) and I am pretty sure that Vida cannot validate parking. If you live close enough to walk here, then do that. If you have family visiting and would like to make a nice day of the Epicenter or uptown, I would suggest picking this spot for a fun and enjoyable treat. This is also a good casual date spot! It is nice to have a fresh, new Mexican joint with delicious food so close to us that live in Uptown! More...

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Travis W.

23 May 2011

First off, love the decor here! It's not a very typical Mexican decor but more along the trendy side of the tracks, which I am perfectly OK with.  I mean once you've seen one sombrero hanging on the wall, you've seen the all right?I had the Mexican Cobb Salad and it was really good and not all together that different from a Cobb salad you would get at a non-mexican restaurant honestly.  Looking back I wish I would have gotten something more authentic but meh....maybe next time.Service was great, very attentive and polite.  The bar area (although unvisited by me, other than to say hello to a friend) seemed really cool and looked like a great spot for an after work cocktail or two.  The location of this place lends itself to a great social setting given the perfect location of the patio.  It's right at the heart of the Epicentre and so people watching (my favorite sport) is pretty fantastic here. More...

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Cristina R.

16 May 2011

Sooooooo yummy! Their carne asada is amazing and the carne asada tacos are pobably one of the best tacos ive had in the usa. Their deserts are not as great. Ive had the flan and the tres leches. More...

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Cathy B.

8 April 2011

Holy guacamole, batman! Definitely order some as it's so fresh and delicious, but keep in mind that you will receive a ridiculously large amount served with warm tortilla chips. Went last night with a group of six people and we couldn't finish the bowl, which is unprecedented.This was my second visit to Vida, and it was just as delicious as the first time. The decor is quite trendy (check out wood chunks in the floor) and the bar area is large and generally busy from just after 5 p.m. until the wee hours. There are a ton of seating options as well as an upstairs area that's great for small groups. Our server was a bit slow last night, although other servers/food runners were all over keeping our water glasses and chip bowls full. The chicken and corn enchiladas, garlic shrimp quesadillas, and chicken tacos ordered at our table were all very good. And the plantains are a must have if you're a fan. Keep in mind that portion sizes are humongous, so you may want to share. And for beverages, there is a full bar, multiple beer and wine choices, and skinny margaritas or sangria for those who would like a specialty drink.Uptown needed a solid Mexican option, and Vida has definitely fit the bill. Salud! More...

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Amber M.

23 March 2011

Two words: SHRIMP TACOS!!  Went here for lunch today and I was really really pleased with the shrimp tacos!!  I think I ate them too fast they were that good.  Great place, great vibe, service was good and waiter was super friendly.  Will def go back for dinner! Oh and the salsa rocks, too! More...

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Ronnie V.

17 February 2011

Was in uptown Charlotte on a Sunday afternoon for a Home Improvement Showcase at the Convention Center. The showcase didn't last that long and it was a beautiful day outside, so decided to take a walk towards the Epicenter and find a place to have a late lunch. Walked up on Vida Mexican, and decided to give it a try. The restaurant was empty inside, and everyone was sitting outside because of the beautiful weather. We sat at the bar and ordered a drink while our table outside became available. I ordered a Classic Mojito which ended up being really good. I find Mojito's can either be really bad, or really good. There seems to be no in between. Once we finally got seated, our waiter brought us out some Chips and Salsa. I'm not sure what kind of salsa it was, but it was rather tasty. It definitely had a different kind of zing to it, but was enjoyable. I ended up ordering the easy and simple Chicken Tacos which used grilled red chile chicken with black bean puree with a specialty blend of cheeses, chopped cilantro and pico de gallo with a side of red chile rice. No complaint here, and they definitely hit the spot. Vida was quite enjoyable, but was rather pricey for Mexican. Its in a great location with being connected to the Epicenter though. I'm pretty sure it gets quite busy during the evenings. I definitely recommend for a nice lunch during a Saturday or Sunday afternoon if you happen to be uptown. More...

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Karlo C.

13 February 2011

Ate at the bar, so service was meh.  Great guacamole, chips were really salty.  Had the carnitas tacos for entree, which were good.  Surprisingly good mexican food, totally unexpected for Charlotte, NC. More...

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Kenny R.

25 January 2011

This is one of the times I really wish we could do half stars, cause 5 stars should only be for perfect meals and it wasn't quite there, but it was close.  A definite 4.5From reading the other reviews I kinda wonder if this is the same restaurant.  We called 45 mins in advance on restaurant week, and they said no problem.  Place was packed when we got there, but we were seated right away.  Chips, salsa, and water almost instantly.  We were obviously wanting drinks, so our waitress asked quickly, but it took us a while to decide.  She came by 3 times before we were ready.  Finally said Partita Margaritas for all.  Sweetened with agave nectar, so not too sweet and better for you.  We had the table side guac, that I thought was pretty tasty.  Was hoping for a performance or something of the sort, but was still nice.I had the tortilla soup, good, but not memorable.As per entrees.  I sat and looked at all the taco's over and over.  I wanted to do the mix and match of 3, but everybody else at the table was doing that.  Knew I could just poke at those.  I went for the Salmon with Manchamantel Sauce.  Never heard of it before, so what the hey.  The sauce was simple but spot on.  A kind of fruity puree with adobo sauce.  SPOT ON!  The salmon was tasty but a hair over salted.  No consistency between every body's sides.  Corn with queso fresco was awesome, plantains were pretty good.  Red chile rice and beans were good also.  They messed up on the cole slaw.  no papaya, very little pineapple.  Mostly just raw cabbage.  Have had better at crappy hot dog carts.  The sauteed greens were so salty there were barely edible.Then dessert, OH YEAH!  Not normally my thing, but i did the restaurant week deal and nobody else did, so figured I'd share.  Mango crisp was like grandma's apple pie with Hagen Daz ice cream.  Highly recommended.A little pricey for Mexican, but you can get out pretty cheap compared to the rest of the epicenter.  A must try if your in the area. More...

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Shauna C.

24 January 2011

Holy Guacamole I am in L-O-V-E with theirs! First off you get a ton so you wont end up with guac-envy if the table next to you hasn't finished theirs (hey it happens). Second of all it's fresh and made at your table with love - well maybe not but it really tastes that way.Next we had the garlic shrimp which was mind altering good. I could have drank the delicious sauce it was swimming in...mmm. Last we had the wild mushroom flautas which were a bit greasy and disappointing compared to the other two fabulous appetizers. I wouldn't get this next time.We had two drinks - the Sangria which was pretty delicious. It was fizzy though which I haven't experienced before- but in a good way. The agave margaritas were all natural and quite refreshing as well. We then decided to step it up a notch and have a shot of tequila (rough week!) we asked our server for a recommendation - he inquired about a price range and then came up with something that suited both our tastes and wallets. We were told they have a large selection if you're a tequila connoisseur. Our server was friendly although at times MIA- we did have to track him down for drink numero dos. He also charged my card three times ($48, $66, $75) and never told me about the two voids. The next day when I went to check my account the charges were pending so they withheld that money. A quick call to the manager and my bank took care of that. I had wished the server told me that up front. I will be going back for the guacamole and shrimp for sure. This is a great option for uptown eats albeit slightly pricey when compared to other Mexican options in the area. More...

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LaToya W.

24 January 2011

I love and adore Vida! It is very cute and the architecture is amazing. The location is prime time as well! My fave meal is the Shrimp Quesadillas =) Yummy to my tummy. And the table side Guacamole is KILLER! I eat here at least 4 times a month. And typically it is for lunch, To-Go due to my schedule. The service is typically exceptional. I only had one bad experience where a host basically called me a liar to my face about a reservation. However, management took care of me and I am not sure what was done with her but I haven't seen her since. Go here if you want a delicious meal! More...

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Arin D.

8 January 2011

I really liked the atmosphere.  It's warm and inviting.  We sat at the bar and ordered the giant and I do mean giant guacamole.  It was amazing!  Such great flavor.  Do give it a try.  Don't let the $11 price tag scare you it's worth it.  Corona's at $5 a piece?  Now...that's a bit much for a Mexican restaurant.  Shouldn't that be a special. Seemed a bit pricey to me.  But overall I am a fan so I'll come back. More...

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Cara C.

8 January 2011

We celebrated my husband's grad school graduation here last month. I made reservations in advance for our party of 8. When the ceremony ran long, snow was falling, and traffic was miserable, I called ahead to the restaurant. The girl who answered the phone seemed genuinely happy to accommodate us 45 minutes later than planned.Upon our arrival, we were immediately seated. I had also brought along some personalized graduation cupcakes (which I'd gotten permission for in advance when making my reservations). The hostess offered to keep them in the back, in the frig if necessary, and deliver them to our table following our meal. The dessert delivery happened without me needing to remind anyone.Tableside guacamole was terrific! I've had this several other places but Vida's is the best in my opinion. The generous serving size was plenty for our table of 8. Heard nothing but positive food reviews from everyone we dined with - some got lunch, while others got brunch. Service was good. Drink refills could have been a little faster. We had two servers (one in training, perhaps?) - they were both very friendly, and offered meal suggestions.Several of us agreed we'd be back. I'd like to go back to sample one (or two!) of the many tequilas they had on their menu.My only reason for withholding the 5th star - paid parking at the EpiCentre garage. More...

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William B.

7 January 2011

Surprisingly good guessied-up Mexican food.  Be sure to get the tableside guacamole, which is as good as everybody says.  My entree was carne asada, which was fine and tasty, although probably not quite worth the price.  Overall, the food isn't bland-- it just tastes strongly of lime and salt and little else. More...

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Will H.

28 December 2010

It was a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon... this reads like the start of a horror movie, but in the case of Vida there was no scare, just an relatively awesome food experience.Now in fairness, it was snowing outside and it was a holiday weekend, so my party of 3 basically had the whole restaurant to ourselves.  Our server spent all the time in the world making recommendations on the menu and describing the dishes while making sure our drinks never ran empty.  Real world experience?  I dunno, but our server's knowledge of the menu and the preparation of the dishes was impressive and spot on, so I'm impressed regardless of whether he was resigned to the fact we'd be his only table for lunch service.What impressed me most were the little extra touches that accompanied most dishes and drinks.  For example, I'm not quick to choose a margarita because of the sweetness or the cake of salt rimmed on the glass.  Vida, though, has a Partita, which uses agave nectar in place of sugar and fresh squeezed lime juice.  No salt needed because this guy is smooth and dangerous- as in, "I could've drunk them all afternoon and gotten seriously messed up."I also appreciated the inclusion of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce mixed into the salsa- it added that smoky zing that made the salsa memorable.  It was also adjustable according to your level of spice preference.  Perhaps it was the Partita getting to me, but I think I liked the first bowl clean.  Table-side guac is as fresh as it comes and also adjustable according to your likey of the spicy.  Just tell your chef as he mixes it all in the huge stone bowl before your eyes.  Freshly made chips, fried in-house accompanies your order, and our party of three cashed the whole thing.  My table shared three main dishes- the tortilla soup, a shrimp and lime salad, and carnita tacos.  All were very good.  The carnitas were some of the best I had, the meat was awesomely flavorful and moist.  The shrimp were grilled just right and the salad portion was sufficiently large.  In all, we three were stuffed and happy.But we couldn't stop there- we also were talked into the homemade churros.  They come out piping hot, freshly fried, with a bowl of rich and dark dipping chocolate.  Calories be damned, because these things were worth every extra lap around the neighborhood I'll have to run to work them off.  One plate was enough to share.Mexican is plentiful around Charlotte, but well-executed Mexican that stands out from the competition is hard to find.  Luckily for Vida, I think they've done it.  Each dish was smartly prepared without being an order-by-number conglomeration that is common at most Mexican joints.  If I had one suggestion, it would be that these guys get away from the mainly traditional dishes that populate their menu and get a little more creative.  The hints of inspiration are there and the kitchen obviously knows what it is doing, so I'd like to see them find new and interesting ways to bring those flavors to the table.  In the meantime, I will return, lured back by that awesome drink.  Viva Partita! More...

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Veronica O.

19 December 2010

We went to Vida with apprehension because of the mixed reviews that it has received both on Yelp and word of mouth. We made a reservation at 8pm on Friday and were seated right away. Our server was very attentive from the beginning and throughout the meal. The chips were good and the salsa, which had a smoky chipotle flavored twist, was great. We had 4 people in our party, so we ordered a classic margarita, a partita, Vida's specialty frozen margarita and the Skinny margarita. We all decided that the Skinny was best. Do not miss the ripe plantain and black bean mash side! Awesome. Also good, the grilled vegetable tacos and the green chili rice. We'll be back and will recommend Vida to others. Be sure to make a reservation and be prepared to spend some time there, the food is slow to come out, but I don't think that's a bad thing. More...

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Steph A.

12 December 2010

Good lunch with the business-y types of Charlotte. Prompt service, good menu, great food. Decor is beautiful and location is central.

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Todd W.

12 December 2010

After a few trips here for their soft opening a few months ago, I finally got back for a full meal. Very good IMO! Went here with another couple and started with the tableside guac, which like everyone says, is huge and awesome! Server was a little weird, but fun, and was quick with the drink orders and recommendations. Ordered the carne asada tacos and they were good! My only complaint was that the plate had so much going on that I couldn't get through it all and truly dissect the meal. Not a problem though as I didn't have much room left after the trough of guac :). Can't wait to go back! More...

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Darci V.

1 December 2010

I went here with a group from work for lunch. Everyone seemed pleased. I had the Carne Asada Tacos and they were wonderful and just what I expected. Grilled steak cheese and pico de gallo. The side I chose was the fried plantains and they were GREAT. A lot of people said they were greasy but they were no more than could be expected for being fried. We also ordered the Guacamole. It was wonderful! Just like I had made it in my own kitchen. It was a good size for 6 of us so if its just you, you might want to not order a meal or just wait for another time. The service was good, not exceptional but not bad either. I want to go back and try the margaritas. More...

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Rose S.

30 November 2010

Have been to Vida 2x.  Both times everything was rocking.  1st time was for dinner with a gf right after it opened.  We both lived in Southern California so our expectations for Mexican themed cuisine are high.  The made to order guacamole was sensational & the portion was more than enough for 2 single ladies.  3 women could have easily shared it as an appetizer.  I had the 3 enchiladas with plantains & she had tacos.  Both were generous proportions.  We loved hte plantains, tacos & the enchiladas.  It was so good that I took my partner who also has a high bar for Mexican style food.  We ordered the shrimp appetizer, sandwich & tacos.  All exceeded expectations again.  All portions were generous.  The shrimp appetizer the waiter had thought was only 5 shrimp.  It came out & it was 15.  The garlic cilantro sauce was sheer perfection - a great combination of flavor.  I have been trying to copy it ever since.  All in all fantastic.  Have never had to wait for a table or sit at the bar.  Have been lucky enough to get there right before rushes each time.  Loving this place and easily my new "Mexican" go to in Charlotte. More...

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Mindy V.

15 November 2010

Had the she crab nachos and was totally blown away, so darn good!  The service was great and there is supposed to be a great club upstairs after hours.  The service was great and the table next to us was raving about the avacados. Yum, will def be back here!Mindy More...

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Andi M.

12 November 2010

I've been to Vida twice now - once for lunch and once for dinner. And both times have been great experiences.For dinner, we had the unbelievably awesome tableside guacamole served with not one or two, but THREE avocados!  Wow - the portion was huge but the four of us were able to polish it off.  He he!The tacos are served three for dinner, two for lunch.  You also get to choose two sides for dinner and one for lunch. I tried the shrimp tacos for dinner and they were very tasty! I had the green rice and fried plantains, both delicious. On my lunch excursion, I had the carne asada tacos. They were pretty good as well, and I had a repeat of the plantains for my side, I loved them that much (just be prepared for a bit of grease.)On both trips, we had reservations, were seated promptly, and service was exemplary.  Vida is a great addition to EpiCentre and we will definitely be back! More...

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Nicole W.

11 November 2010

So finally I made it back to Vida after enjoying their soft opening a while back...ole! As others have mentioned - the decor is lovely. It's a well appointed restaurant with plenty of booths, large bar area, great patio (perfect for people watching) and sweet upstairs area for smaller groups. Our service last night was just about perfect - efficient, friendly, helpful and considerate. Case and point? Hubs and I dined with another couple, and my friend is about 7 months pregnant. When the server brought three of us our margaritas, etc. she also brought a mocktail for my buddy with baby. Sweet! Here's my take on the food...Guacamole: 5/5: Some of my favorite guacamole in Charlotte. It was super fresh, well made and gigantic. The four of us barely finished it. It may be more expensive than other places, but it is delicious and feeds many. Skinny Margarita: 4/5: It is indeed a skinny margarita. I believe Vida touts this as fewer than 100 calories. It's a good margarita - especially for that caloric intake. Chicken Enchiladas: 4/5: I thought I ordered the chicken & roasted corn enchiladas...but maybe they were just plain chicken. Regardless, they were flavorful, cheesy and filling. While some may say $14+ for enchiladas is pricey, this portion was mighty large and with the two sides I was plenty full. Fried Plantains: 4/5: I love fried plantains. These are done right, albeit a teeny tiny bit greasy. Corn con Queso: 3/5: It's a general ear of roasted corn with a bit of queso. Nothing to write home about, but it was fine overall. So, overall a really solid experience at Vida. I'll be back soon...as long as I come with a reservation! More...

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Lauryn C.

29 October 2010

After reading all the reviews I was excited about trying this place.  We had a work event here the other night and I think it was the perfect spot for it.  They closed off the upstairs area and it was the perfect space for a small group to get together the bartender was awesome as well as the other waitstaff and I know my managers were very pleased with the whole experience.  They served light appetizers nothing that really made me go wow this is awesome but I really can't judge the food till I get a chance to sit down and check out the menu.  Margaritas were spot on  - looking forward to coming back soon. More...

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Tiffany N.

20 October 2010

Ok so I know there are some people hating on the Vida but I've been nothing but pleased during my visits there. I am totally digging that there is another option Uptown for Mexican besides the fast food Mexican places like Salsarita's and Qdoba. Some co-workers and I went for lunch today since one  had a free guacamole coupon and  were the first ones there. After 10 minutes of being there, the dining area was almost packed so obviously this place is doing something right.We had prompt service with a friendly and knowledgeable server who gladly gave honest suggestions on what to order (seriously, request Matthew-he is wonderful!). The rolling guac cart came around right after we had our water filled and started to go to town on the fresh made guac. I love anything that I can see being made in front of me. Served along with that were some of the freshest and warm tortilla chips I've ever had with just the right touch of salt. And the guac? I almost asked guac man for his hand in marriage since it was rich, creamy and delightful. I wanted to scrape the bottom of the bowl but didn't think that would be ok since it was a business lunch and all. Our server suggested the carnitas tacos so I had to go with that and dare I say there were the best I've had (and I'm an Arizona transplant so I like to think I know good Mexican food). I had the plantain and black bean mash with was equally as awesome. We had no problems at all and checks were given in timely manner. I left with a feeling of happiness from exceptional service, amazing food and a food baby sitting in my belly. This place is one block away from my office which is going to be way dangerous for me but also way good for me. More...

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Michele C.

16 October 2010

4th time dinig at Vida and it is still as good as ever. The table side Guacamole is HUGE, but extremely fresh. Every bite of it is a burst of different flavors. I also have tried the carne asada quesadillas and tacos, the corn queso fresco (side item and it's ah mazing) as well as the shrimp and fish tacos w rice and the 2nd time, plantains. All very awesome with little or no grease (you know how mexican food can be...)The atmosphere is inviting with a funky "wooden" floor you will have to see for yourself. 2 thumbs up on the sangria, it definitely lacks that awful "sangria bitterness" and that is why it tastes sooo much better than most places.Staff needs a little more training, but I respect the fact that its all so new. On another note, they are super friendly and timely.I will be dining there a 5th time, 6th time, etc etc you get the picture..... More...

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Jane F.

6 October 2010

I went here on a whim while waiting for the train station to clear out- it was packed after Disney on Ice. I was greeted instantly at the bar and given a drink menu. I got a Skinny Margarita- very good. Their tequila selection alone takes up 2 of the 6 drink menu pages.The menu selections were a little limited, in my opinion. I just wanted something quick, but if I came here for dinner I would want some more options. I went with the Lime Shrimp Salad. They brought out chips and salsa for me while I waited. The salsa was excellent, there was a little something extra in it, a rich bold flavor. I kept trying to figure out what it was but couldn't put my finger on it. The chips came out in a deep metal bowl with high sides- it kind of looked like a mixing bowl. I thought that was a little weird, like they ran out of bowls and just had to grab something quick.My salad took a little bit longer than I would have expected a salad to take, but right when I was about to ask about it, it came out, so no big deal. Forgive the squealing but it was SO PRETTY, very nicely plated. I considered taking a phone picture of it for a moment, but then I was too hungry to wait. The salad was excellent- lettuce, mangoes, avocados, a very light cilantro dressing, and of course the shrimp, which were well-seasoned. I think the menu is slightly over-priced, but I guess that's to be expected for the location, but it's not outrageous. I probably won't be dropping by every day after work for $10 margaritas, but I'll be back for a nice dinner. More...

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Chad E.

4 October 2010

To mix cultures, a Mexican Haiku:Carnitas tacos.Tableside guacamole.¡Vida Cantina!We stopped into Vida during their grand opening weekend, deciding that 5pm would be a reasonable time to try and catch a table without a reservation.  We were almost turned away.  The patio was packed.  The inside was empty, but about to fill up.  Consider yourself warned.If you go, you absolutely must try the tableside guacamole.  It is made to order  from three avocados (six halves), cilantro, onions, tomatoes (and who knows what else) in a giant stone mortar and pestle, which stays on the table.  You unfortunately do not get to keep it.  That would be amazing.This thing is as large as my head and I have a big head.  If you're there with one other person, you should try this before ordering dinner.  It might fill you up all by itself (and it doesn't really keep for the next day).  If you have a large group, it will probably do as your only appetizer.  Even after eating two bowls of chips with this guacamole  - and salsa, which they mix with what seems to be adobo at the table to suit your heat preference - we still had a massive amount left to take home.For our meal, we had tortilla soup, corn with queso fresco (corn and cheese?  Awesome.) and carnitas tacos.  These might be the best tacos I've had in Charlotte.  The pork was so tender that after my first bite, I wasn't sure if I had any meat in my mouth.  It was that good.  The second bite gave me a bit of the skin, which was crispy and juicy at the same time.  But to eat meat that just melted in the mouth?  Nice.  I actually couldn't finish them because of the guacamole (unlike the guac, the tacos were good the next day).The only bad side?  I wasn't terribly impressed with the sides.  The rice was average, the corn was decent, but how bad can it be - put cheese on something after you grill it and it's going to be good.  But still it seems like Vida is off to an excellent start.  Service moved along nicely - I heard they had some bumps earlier in the week, but it seems they have them ironed out now.  Why are you still reading?  Go get some of that guacamole. More...

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Angel D.

2 October 2010

My husband and I went to Viva the day after their grand opening.  The decor is very modern, clean lines, nice layout, full bar, plenty of seating in the bar area and generous porch seating that over looks the intersection of Trade & College.  Perfect for people watching.Although the salsa is very fresh it has the consistency of apple sauce and it is very bland.  We thought we had observed some people requesting additional seasoning in theirs but we could not catch our waitress at the bar.  For some reason there was only one bar tender serving 15-20 people ordering lunch at the bar as well as preparing all the other drinks for lunch hour.I ordered the chicken & corn enchilada.   It was delightfully different that the typical enchilada covered in cheese and red sauce.  My husband order the tacos.  He asked for one pork and one brisket.  The waitress didn't hear him so they brought out two brisket.  Upon request they promptly brought out a pork taco.  He said the pork was better than the brisket.  Unfortunately, we felt a little put off when we got the bill and they charged us for the extra taco.  Some how we paid for their mistake?  The sides of beans & spinach were also a little bland but it is nice to have your not so typical side selections to choose from.  They guy next to us got an ear of corn.It seems they changed the music since opening night.  It was more mellow and fit the ambiance of the restaurant.  However, since they weren't properly staffed it took a solid hour for lunch.  This is simply too long for a working lunch hour to compete with other service in the area. More...

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Lindsay H.

1 October 2010

They really did a wonderful job on their grand opening.  I was quite impressed.  The service was fantastic, even with a full house and it being their first big day. They really use the space well, it's a bit oddly shaped inside (it's on a rounded corner in Epicentre).   The bar area is spacious and there are long tables to stand and enjoy cocktails at while you wait for your table.  Our server, Jackie, was very knowledgeable, nice and amusing.  She recommended the carnitas, which my boyfriend ordered.  I had the barbacoa.  She made sure our food didn't come out too close to the tableside guac.  We joined "The Good Life" club before going so we had a coupon for  a free tableside guacamole.  Which was MASSIVE.  I swear he use like 6 avocados!  It was very tasty and we ate so much of the yummy guac that by the time our food came I was almost full. I definitely recommend joining "The Good Life" and using the coupon, it's was some seriously good guac.  The barbacoa was just as barbacoa should be, tender and almost melt in your mouth.  I thought the sauce was a bit too sweet, but they didn't smother it in the sauce so it was okay.  The carnitas was definitely the better choice, it was smokey and slightly crisp.  We weren't too fond of the taco shells (they're similar to Loco Lime's) and slightly sweet.  It might just be that they're corn and that's how freshly made corn tortillas taste, but they were a little too heavy and sweet for me.  Jackie told us they come from a family business in Monroe and are brought in fresh every morning.  They are trying to use as much locally sourced products as possible.  The plantains were outstanding, i'm a huge sucker for properly done plantains, I also had the black beans and they were equally yummy.  The carnitas came with lettuce, guac and cheese and the barbacoa came with a mexican slaw which was okay, i'm not a slaw fan of any kind so i'm not the best judge.  Be forewarned, the drinks are STRONG.  I had a frozen strawberry margarita and it was very heavy on the tequila.  We had churros for dessert, which were a little too doughy in the middle for me, but the outside was perfect and they come with chocolate to dip them in. My only complaint was the Abercrombie & Fitch music.  My boyfriend commented that he felt like he should be buying clothes not eating.  A little too club dance party for a restaurant.  I get that they're trying to be hip, but that's a bit too hip while i'm eating dinner. More...

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