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Buena Vida - Arlington, Arlington, VA

Buena Vida - Arlington

4.4
4.4
321 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

Buena Vida promises more than great food; it provides a space to make memories. We pride ourselves in guiding customers through a curated menu, going beyond the expectations of hospitality, and leaving them to enjoy the company they are with.

Our tables are a gathering place for good conversation and community so people feel energized by the creativity of the food and drinks, excellent service, and time with loved ones.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 888-1259

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jaime Pelayo

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Filmore Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking or Public lot

  • Public transit

    Buena Vida is located at 2900 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, Virginia 22201, just two blocks from the<br />Clarendon metro accessible on the orange and silver lines. Parking is available in the Colonial<br />Parking Garage at 1303 North Filmore Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Mon - Fri 11am to 3pm

Express Lunch

$25. Unlimited small plates must be enjoyed by the entire table 2 hours time limit

    Soups & Salads

    • Chicken & Vegetable Soup

      pulled chicken & root vegetables in smoky chipotle pepper broth

      • Poblano Bisque

        poblano cream, chilli hair, micro cilantro

        • Roasted Beet & Heilroom Tomato Salad

          orange segments, feta cheese, baby arugula, pickled white onions & black currant vinaigertte

          • Caesar Salad

            romain lettuce, bonito flakes, parmesan cheese house made croutons and caesar dressing

            • Watermelon-Jicama Salad

              watermelon, jicama, and baby arugula gently tossed with lemon vinaigrette, garnished with sweet pickled jalapeñoand tiny popcorn

              For the Table / Tentempie

              • Guacamole

                hand-crushed avocado with serrano pepper, onions, cilantro & fresh lime juice

                • Salsa Verde

                  fresh and herbaceous mild tomatillo sauce

                  • Salsa Roja

                    smoked tomatoes with roasted onions, garlic, chipotle and cilantro

                    • Salsa Matcha

                      nutty, silky & spicy blistered jalapeño sauce

                      Queso Fundido

                      • Queso Fundido

                        with apricot chutney

                        Raw Bar

                        • Tuna Ceviche

                          diced sashimi grade tuna, red onions, pickled corn, cucumbers, cilantro, orange segments, veneno sauce, red beet noodles, cilantro

                          • Shrimp Chamoyada

                            poached shrimp, red onions, jicama, cucumber, roasted peanuts, chamoyada sauce, golden beed noodles, sweet potato, cilanto

                            • Steak Tartare

                              hand-chopped beef tenderloin, red onion, cilantro serrano pepper, veneno & cumin-jalapeño sauces garnished with fried amaranth

                              Slow Cooked

                              • Cochinita Pibil

                                slow-cooked pork shoulder in sour orange and annatto paste served with Habanero-pineapple chopped salsa & pickled red onion

                                • Lamb Barbacoa

                                  slow roasted adobado lamb shoulder garnished with pickled cabbage, scallion & radish coins

                                  • Braised Chicken Enchilada

                                    braised chicken tights in slasa verde, fried flour tortilla chihuahua cheese, onions and cilantro

                                    • Carnitas Pork Ribs

                                      slow cooked confited baby back pork rib carnitas served with pascal sauce

                                      Grilled Meat

                                      • Pork Collar al Pastor

                                        chamoy sauce, pico de pineapple, grilled pineapple

                                        • Grilled Chicken Skewers

                                          pickled cherry tomato and jalepenos

                                          • Cecina Steak

                                            grilled scallions

                                            • Asada de Boda Chicken

                                              asada de boda sauce, sauteed fingerling potatoes, zuccini and tomatoes, topped with sesame seeds

                                              Seafood

                                              • Dorado al Pastor

                                                grilled mahi mahi marinated in pastor adobo served with grilled pineapple pico de pineapple & chamoy sauce

                                                • Mussels a la Diabla

                                                  garlic butter & tequila-wine sauce, special a la diabla sauce garnished with chilli hair and spiced pork rinds

                                                  • Shrimp al Ajillo

                                                    wine sautéed shrimp with guajillo pepper and cilantro-garlic butter

                                                    • Rainbow Trout

                                                      grilled filled of trout in salsa verde served with sautéed fingerling potatoe coins & crispy amaranth

                                                      Chef Specials

                                                      • Tortilla Azteca

                                                        house-made corn tortilla layered with tomato broth sautéed spinach and swiss chard, crema fresca and chihuahua cheese gratin

                                                        • Ancho Glazed Pork Belly

                                                          pressed pork belly, ancho sauce, watercress & pickled onion salad with lemon vinaigrette

                                                          • Salpicon Venado

                                                            avocado spread tostada topped with onion cilantro & chilled venison meat tossed in sour orange dressing garnised with cabbage chifonade

                                                            • Huitlacoche Enchilada

                                                              corn truffle, fried flour tortilla chihuahua cheese poblano cream, cilantro

                                                              Kneaded

                                                              • Pork Carnitas Tamale

                                                                corn tamal filled with slow cooked confit pork topped with salsa verde cruda

                                                                • Pork Belly Gordita

                                                                  corn masa gordita stuffed with compressed pork belly shaved green cabbage, crema, and cotija cheese

                                                                  • Huitlacoche Huarache

                                                                    corn flatbread topped with salsa verde traditionally prepared corn truffle melted chihuahua cheese, goat cheese garnished with scallions

                                                                    • Picaditas Acapulco

                                                                      hand-made sopes topped with salsa verde salsa roja & chopped onions

                                                                      • Plantain Tamale

                                                                        corn tamal filled with black bean paste, sweet plantain topped with crema, cotija and microgreens

                                                                        • Mushroom Quesadilla

                                                                          traditionally prepared corn smut and chihuahua cheese in folded corn tortilla, topped with salsa verde

                                                                          Vegetable

                                                                          • Brussel Sprouts

                                                                            orange juice reduction, peanuts & lemon yogurt

                                                                            • Empanada Jamaica

                                                                              sautéed hibiscus flower & chihuahua cheese empanada served over mexican labneh

                                                                              • Chile Relleno

                                                                                halved filled poblano with chihuahua cheese, on a bed of pascal sauce, topped with crema fresca

                                                                                • Shishito Peppers

                                                                                  blistered shishito peppers and onions tossed in veneno sauce served over jocoque sauce garnished with sesame seeds and chili hair

                                                                                  • Corn Ribs

                                                                                    mexican sour cream, tajin & queso fresco

                                                                                    • Plantain Croquette

                                                                                      Plantain beignet, chipotle aioli, micro cilantro served over black bean pure

                                                                                      • Potato Flauta

                                                                                        long rolled corn tortilla, filled with smashed potato & onions served over salsa roja with lettuce and crema fresca

                                                                                        • Amarillo Cauliflower

                                                                                          roasted-fried cauliflower florest over mole amarillo garnish with fresno peppers, sour cream scallions and fried amaranth

                                                                                          Sides

                                                                                          • Rice

                                                                                            cilanto

                                                                                            • Black Beans

                                                                                              chopped white onions, crema fresca & cotija cheese

                                                                                              • Fajita Veggies

                                                                                                veneno sauce

                                                                                                Last updated: May 18, 2022

                                                                                                What 321 people are saying

                                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                4.4
                                                                                                4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                • 4.3Food
                                                                                                • 4.4Service
                                                                                                • 4.6Ambience
                                                                                                • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                  LisaS

                                                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                  The Dinner Experience was fun and allowed us to try some different takes on Mexican cuisine. The staff were lovely and accommodating and other than a small hiccup with a fish dish, we enjoyed our evening there.

                                                                                                2. SY

                                                                                                  SaruY

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                  Over priced drinks; a modelo and Corona cost over $18 absurd really!!

                                                                                                3. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  New York Area

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                  overall1food1service5ambience3

                                                                                                  The food was not worth the price

                                                                                                4. m

                                                                                                  mick

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                  Overall a good experience. Myself plus two did the all inclusive menu. Server was great, she was knowledgeable and made every effort to check back and encourage us to order more dishes. Some places where it’s all inclusive the servers don’t do that. Not the case with our server. For drinks we started with two of the Oxacan express’s and the bacon fat washed cocktail, forgetting the name. The Oxacan cocktail was delicious and well balanced. I would reconsider the coconut flakes garnish. It didn’t improve the taste in any aspect and gave a distracting texture when drinking through a straw. Drinking from the side of the glass did as well. Just a thought. I swapped to DJ anejo margaritas after and am sure it wasn’t Anejo in there. All good though. Food was inconsistent. Some dishes were excellent while others fell flat. The corn was delicious, the barbacoa disappointing, etc. Given that they just opened I would consider visiting again in six months and see if the food improves. As far as the inclusive dining option, was it worth it? I believe it was for the experience. Given rising food costs I’m sure that is a factor in the price point, plus they obviously have to make a profit. I would pay it again but my two companions said they wouldn’t.

                                                                                                5. p

                                                                                                  peaches

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  18 reviews

                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  18 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                  My business group had a great experience! I would definitely return.

                                                                                                6. JM

                                                                                                  JessicaM

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Food was phenomenal. However, for bottomless, I'm usually used to seeing $25-$35 for bottomless food only or $35-$50 for bottomless food AND drink. I found $45 to be expensive for food only, especially with cocktails being $13-$15 each. Would be nice if at least a limited drink menu could be included in bottomless where drinks are cheaper (e.g., even $5 per cocktail in addition to bottomless food for $45 would be more reasonable).

                                                                                                7. JL

                                                                                                  JessicaL

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                  overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                                                                  I was really excited to visit Buena Vida, however the experience left us feeling confused. We participated in their unlimited brunch. However, instead of being allowed to order the small plates we desired, our waitress told us that we had to go in order. We had to order pretty much in the order to which she suggested, appetizers, scrambles, etc. as if we couldn’t come back to something we desired more of, or somehow order something further down on the menu. They were times she brought dishes we did not order. At one point, I was eating and she expressed that she was going to get me a new plate, but with the fork in my mouth, she stood there and waited until I put the fork down and took the plate I was still eating from. Which I felt was rude. The drinks were great, and a great price. The plantains were delicious. But my guest and I just felt as though we were somehow, doing something wrong. I would go back to try dinner, just to see if it’s a different experience. Great location, decor is beautiful, lovely large rooms for private parties.

                                                                                                8. M

                                                                                                  Marianna

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                  overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                  Food is great. Quality of ingredients complements the variety of options in the menu. There is something for everyone. Burritos are delicious and the torta ahogada is fabulous. This place is perfect for brunch (with friends or family), lunch and dinner.

                                                                                                9. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                  overall1food2service3ambience1

                                                                                                  Their hard press push to the “all experience” menu was annoying and set a tone of them trying way too hard to control our dinner experience and manipulate us to extract as much money as possible. Money was not the issue, more resistance to feeling controlled, so out of principal we ordered a la carte. We all ate to comfortable fullness and out of curiosity did the math — our party of 6 saved $120 by going our own way. We’ve never written a review before but eat out a lot and feel it’s important for others to know. Food was pretty good and we’re confident staff was just doing their jobs but strongly suggest they lose the hard press for the silly “all experience” forced experience.

                                                                                                10. MB

                                                                                                  MelissaB

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                  Great food, waitress was overwhelmed, but fun atmosphere and fun place

                                                                                                11. CK

                                                                                                  CoraK

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                  They closed to “revamp” they didn’t revamp they were better as TTT was a bit disappointing

                                                                                                12. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 21, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Omg! We had the most amazing time! Everyone was so attentive, the food was phenomenal, we had a great experience tasting all the different dishes that were served! The restaurant definitely lives up to the expectations we had. We were totally indulged in the ambiance, and are looking forward to the opening of the rooftop! This restaurant is certainly one to make sure to visit if your in the area! We will certainly be back! Thanks Buena Vida!

                                                                                                13. Z

                                                                                                  Zana

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Great food and service for a newly-established restaurant. I hope they can maintain the quality of their offerings.

                                                                                                14. A

                                                                                                  Ainsley

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 19, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Everything was fantastic! Our waiter Henry was super knowledgeable about the dishes and helped us curate an incredible meal. We will absolutely be coming back!

                                                                                                15. HF

                                                                                                  HollyF

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 17, 2022

                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                                                                  It took about 40 minutes for us to get our drinks, but the cocktails were great once we got them. The food was okay but lacked a lot of flavor, and some of the food that came out wasn't warm. Still, it's a great value for the unlimited plates; it's more of a quantity versus quality thing. As a new restaurant, I think they're still trying to work out the kinks.

                                                                                                16. q

                                                                                                  queshar

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 17, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Really loved the experience at Buena Vida. Food was great and the endless small plates fill you up! The wait staff was super attentive and even had a chance to speak at length with the Chef/Owner. Looking forward to my next visit.

                                                                                                17. YB

                                                                                                  YvetteB

                                                                                                  Mississippi

                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Great vibe and service. The chips, quacamole and salsa was delicious. Food items were repetitive in nature and nothing was amazing. Lacked wide variety in food options. I love the concept but price didn’t justify the menu. I think Ámbar has much better variety. Would recommend for the ambiance.

                                                                                                18. SH

                                                                                                  SueH

                                                                                                  Baltimore

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                  The food was pretty good but we like Ambar better. Unlimited tapas is a great way to try a lot of new foods. The food at Buena Vida was not too memorable. Brussel sprouts and cauliflower were my favorite. Don't order dessert, the raspberry tamale is nasty. The cookies/ice cream - ice cream delicious, cookies - no taste.

                                                                                                19. Q

                                                                                                  Quita

                                                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  It was a really nice restaurant and the food was really good. Well worth the money!

                                                                                                20. RF

                                                                                                  RachelF

                                                                                                  Dublin

                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Great food for a great value

                                                                                                21. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Great dining experience that allows you to taste different specialties from several regions of Mexico! Cochinita pibil is a must! We are a Mexican family that recently moved to the US and we really enjoyed having a genuine taste of home in Buena Vida.

                                                                                                22. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  I visited restaurant for Chef Mehmet! Everything was perfect

                                                                                                23. C

                                                                                                  Christian

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  This place is great! I came here for the brunch experience. Unlimited tapas for $40 with 99 cent margaritas and mimosas. The food was really on point and the service was fast. Our server Alyssa was so sweet and gave amazing suggestions. The atmosphere is beautiful, the menu selection is great, and the food does not disappoint. Such a good value. Highly recommend.

                                                                                                24. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                  We went there for Mother’s Day. It was a great experience, except for service being a little slow. Our server was extremely nice and accommodating, but they were busy hence slow. We enjoyed our brunch there.

                                                                                                  Buena Vida - ArlingtonResponded on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                  Thank you for your great response! We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Buena Vida and very appreciative of your review. Please come back and see us again soon! Best, The Buena Vida Team

                                                                                                25. LR

                                                                                                  LRSEATS

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                  This was our first time dining at this restaurant. We were there for brunch. The food was fine -- nothing spectacular and probably not worth the price. The bigger issue though was the uneven pacing of the meal. Our drinks took over 30 minutes to arrive. The servers choose food items for the table based on what you tell them you like; although you also can order for yourself off the menu. This ended up being very strange. We had no idea what items the server had placed and often the person bringing the food to the table didn't know what the item was. This was an issue because there was a vegetarian in the group and it was unclear which dishes she could eat. Moreover, we got several orders of one dish and none of another. A bowl of soup showed up for one person and then much later in the meal another bowl of soup randomly showed up. It was a disjointed experience with mediocre food. I think it would work much better to just let people at the table pick which dishes they wanted instead of having the servers make these selections. The staff also needs much better training both in terms of the menu selections and getting food/drinks to the table in a reasonable time frame.

                                                                                                26. F

                                                                                                  Foodie

                                                                                                  Philadelphia

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Great food and friendly service. I loved the whole experience.

                                                                                                27. S

                                                                                                  Sofiegal

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                  Way better than the last restaurant here TTT. Bueno feels less like bro bar and more like a good place for a couples evening out. The tapas was really good. The majority of plates brought out were well prepared and tasty. A few were just ok. The lower lever seems a bit chaotic and noisy. We got to sit up the stairs in the loft style area which was very nice. Given the price and the amount of food I feel like this is a special occasion place.

                                                                                                28. KC

                                                                                                  KyleC

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                  overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                  Imagine leaving hungry from an all you can eat brunch. That is what happened to us. Less than half of what we ordered actually came to the table. They claimed the "kitchen was backed up" and that was why they couldn't give us our food, and then kicked us out without giving us the food we ordered. We were all still hungry after we left. Pass on this one.

                                                                                                29. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Dallas

                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  BEST.EVER. Our servers were amazing explained the experience it was beautiful! Our first time in DC and 1st dinner so it was the perfect way to start our girls weekend! The shrimp, the CORN OMG, and the potato situation lol it was chefs kiss!

                                                                                                30. JC

                                                                                                  JessicaC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  We had the best waitress Danille! She was so attentive and up beat!

                                                                                                31. LD

                                                                                                  LouiseD

                                                                                                  Richmond

                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  My sister and I decided to visit Buena Vida for an impromptu lunch after seeing a post featuring the restaurant on Instagram. We were very pleased from the start with the overall feel of the space. Our server Destiny provided us with first-class service starting with the tastiest mocktails we've ever had, and by also providing us with a guided selection of several delicious menu items including dessert. The price was amazing and the food was even better. I will make sure to visit again soon.

                                                                                                  Buena Vida - ArlingtonResponded on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                  Thank you for your great response! We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Buena Vida and very appreciative of your review. Please come back and see us again soon! Best, The Buena Vida Team

                                                                                                32. AB

                                                                                                  AaronB

                                                                                                  Little Rock

                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  An incredible experience… good just kept coming and coming! The margaritas were great as well!

                                                                                                33. KS

                                                                                                  KeithS

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                  Their new system seems very chaotic in how they present & deliver the food. I've been to many tapas restaurants but felt like every minute, someone was at our table with something or cleaning up something. Was not enjoyable at all & had asked them 3 times to stop bringing food so that we good actually have conversation but that never happened.

                                                                                                34. CP

                                                                                                  CharlotteP

                                                                                                  Baltimore

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  We went here for a birthday and had a blast! The server ordered for us for the first hour, and then we ordered dishes for the second hour. It really took the pressure off of ordering so we could relax and enjoy the company. Margaritas were especially great!

                                                                                                35. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  New York Area

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Hip, trendy and delicious!

                                                                                                36. OT

                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                  Raleigh

                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Loved the plates especially with the server choosing the first 2 to jumó start us. We couldn’t get enough!!!! Everything was tasty and delicious. Would definitely recommend. Destiny was our server and she was engaging, knowledgeable and fast.

                                                                                                37. C

                                                                                                  Clarendonrunner

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                  Food was excellent. It’s geared to having the price fixe “experience” so come hungry. Great drinks too.

                                                                                                38. SJ

                                                                                                  SarahJ

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  Everything was amazing!! We love Ambar so we knew we would love Buena Vida. Our waitress walked us through everything and started us off with a few of her favorites. We have to go back again because the menu had so many things we wanted to try!

                                                                                                39. M

                                                                                                  M991

                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                                                  It is LOUD... can only hold a conversation if you shout in your fellow diners' ears (we were there for Sunday evening dinner). Portions are SMALL.

                                                                                                40. CS

                                                                                                  CharlesS

                                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                                  61 reviews

                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                  61 reviews

                                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                  We regularly dined at Buena Vida before the pandemic, so we were delighted to learn that they have resumed the fixed price/unlimited small plates concept. We favor seafood, and we were quite pleased with the flavorful tuna ceviche and the excellent, moist mahi mahi. The vegetarian dishes (e.g., brussel sprouts and the watermelon and jicama salad) were also excellent. We sampled 17 dishes out of the 40+ items on the menu. Small plates add up, and we left very full. Buena Vida is once again our go-to dining destination in Clarendon!

                                                                                                Safety precautions

                                                                                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                  • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                • Screening

                                                                                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                  • Staff is vaccinated
                                                                                                  • Staff temperature check required

                                                                                                FAQs

                                                                                                Buena Vida - Arlington offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 888-1259.

                                                                                                Buena Vida - Arlington is rated 4.4 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                Buena Vida - Arlington does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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                                                                                                Google Map for Buena Vida - Arlington

                                                                                                2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 1 Arlington, VA 22201

                                                                                                Additional information

                                                                                                • Cross street

                                                                                                  Filmore Street

                                                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                                                  Arlington

                                                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                                                  Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                                                  Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Latin American

                                                                                                • Dining style

                                                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                                                • Dress code

                                                                                                  Casual Dress

                                                                                                • Parking details

                                                                                                  Street parking or Public lot

                                                                                                • Public transit

                                                                                                  Buena Vida is located at 2900 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, Virginia 22201, just two blocks from theClarendon metro accessible on the orange and silver lines. Parking is available in the ColonialParking Garage at 1303 North Filmore Street.

                                                                                                • Payment options

                                                                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                • Executive chef

                                                                                                  Jaime Pelayo

                                                                                                • Additional

                                                                                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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