Buena Vida - Silver Spring

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561 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Buena Vida, a light-filled restaurant offering a casual, contemporary dining experience is an exciting addition to Silver Spring launching Spring 2018. This neighborhood spot draws on the warm, relaxed characteristics of Mexico. Natural woods, woven textures, and greenery add to the Buena Vida charm.Buena Vida takes a traditional approach to cooking techniques from all the corners of Mexico, from coastal cuisine to the interior – and provides a fun and modern approach, designed for sharing a variety of flavors. The comprehensive menu offers both the classic meat and seafood preparations, as well as an emphasis on vegetable dishes often left out of Mexican restaurants- and of course house-made fresh organic corn tortillas. The restaurant takes pride in using the traditional flavors to express the local variety of seasonal seafood from the Chesapeake and surrounding waters, as well as meats, poultry, and produce from local Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania farms.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 11 February 2019

Ends: 12 February 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 16:00-18:00

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicely decorated, delicious food. Would go back!

SD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner at Buena Vida. The food and drinks were excellent and the ambiance was delightful. I’d go back!

VR
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Place was great. It was our first time at the place. The lady that helped us first was awesome at explaining the menu. She said she was helping us because the server was very busty. Eventually the server came to our table (30 minutes latter) but did not introduce him self and was not as friendly as the other lady. Not sure if it was because he thought we didn't speak English. everyone who had helped us had spoken to us in Spanish but we are a bilingual group. After that the lady who was picking up the dishes was somewhat rude. I know they were closing soon but we were never notify of that. She tried to make things better but instead it was worst. She was speaking in Spanish but we felt rudeness with us.

P
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Fantastic food. My new favorite restaurant.

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lots of fun, the BV experience is the way to go.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at this restaurant. Great ambience!

C
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and service were exceptional! My first visit and I will definitely be visiting again!!

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fabulous meal with great margaritas and mimosas. The sliders and abondigas are excellent.

v
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great for brunch or a spontaneous evening. Terrific tapas and good cocktails!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Colorado lamb is to die for!! Just 1-2 small plates a person will be enough!

i
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very spotty ~ either overly attentive or forgotten. Took over 10 minutes to get our drinks. Not as good of an experience as my previous 2 visits.

j
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and old fashioned drink was delicious! Service a bit slow. The lighting is very dim - I had a hard time seeing the menu.

t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing but our server was a bit off.

EC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for VAlentine's Day. They had a pri fixe menu available that included unlimited cocktails and food, and one dessert. The food was AMAZING and we left there so full that we were sick. :) The dessert was just ok, but I don't think anyone goes to Buena Vida for the desserts! Highly recommend.

MD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was great but doing the $35 brunch was not worth the money considering the small portions which we were fine with. But then the extra slow service made it even worse. They missed many of our orders. We understood because it was a Sunday for brunch but we were there for over 2 hours. Along with the slow service they missed several of our orders. Overall the service could have better

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Did the unlimited brunch for just food, no drinks. Tried very many small plates options and liked a few, but nothing was amazing. Lots of poached eggs that were overcooked. Interested in going back for more taco options outside of brunch. Drinks looked good.

HE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went to Buena Vida for brunch. It was OK and fine. We just weren't overly impressed. The service was not good. The waitress did not know the answers to the simplest questions about the ingredients and the menu offerings. She was very nice, though, and offered to check on the answers to our questions each time. And then we had so many different wait staff delivering our food and picking up our plates, we didn't know who our main waiter/waitress was! Two of us ordered omelets and they were the smallest omelets I have ever seen. Maybe a 1.5 egg omelet? We thought that maybe the waitress misunderstood us and split one omelet order for us, but we were indeed charged for two omelets, so that was not the case. The brussel sprout hash was very good. And we appreciated the gluten free offerings. Although one person at our table received her food 10 minutes before the rest of us. The atmosphere is cute and funky and it was quite crowded when we got there on a Saturday morning at 11 a.m. I would go back and give them a second chance, if I was in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Buena Vida was amazing and unforgettable. The food was incredibly delicious and even impressed the visitors from California with a very high bar for Mexican food. The service went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. We were dining with a guest who required accessible seating and had some major dietary restrictions. The hostess seated us no problem in the casual bottom floor space and happily provided us with both the downstairs and upstairs menus to choose from. Then, the chef himself came out into the dining room to talk to the guest with dietary needs to make sure that he could make him a dish that was exactly right for him and exactly what he wanted. On top of all of that, they gifted us with churros on the house to make the experience extra special. I wish I were a local so I could come here all of the time, but I highly recommend it to anyone!

F
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food; delicious make-your-own carnitas tacos; good service even on Saturday evening. Margaritas were pretty disappointing

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Selected the unlimited tapas and drinks for $49 and got to try lots of diff dishes. The food was mediocre. Drinks were good. Overall, for the price, it was worth it but was not deeply impressed.

p
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Odd location aside, lunch was really great. You must park in the garage and hopefully figure out what exit is closest to the restaurant. We did the $19 unlimited small plates. Everything was very good. My friend thought the spinach burrito (??) was just ok and I felt the same about the queso dip but overall a really good value. The margaritas were a nice size but I've had better.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, packed with flavor! It came out fast and hot. Service got slow towards the end of the night.

CM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic - food, service, drinks, and decor. This place is now my new favorite!

AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great and the food was amazing !! I can’t wait to go back again.

Z
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not well spiced. The combination of flavored did not mesh. Waitstaff was overwhelmed with many tables, so service was definitely not the best. When you are doing the unlimited drinks/dinner option, the waitstaff should be coming around more frequently. We had to flag him down 90% of the time. Some items on the menu were not available.

JL
Orlando
1 review