food proudly made in the mexican
culinary tradition

Buena Vida, a light-filled restaurant offering the curated traditional dishes from the homes and streets of Mexico City.

living the good life

… if Aristotle had cooked, he would have written much more.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz


2900 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA
703 888-1259

Sunday to Thursday 12PM to 8PM
Friday & Saturday 12PM to 9PM

Sunday to Thursday 12:30PM to 8:30PM
Friday & Saturday 12:30PM to 9:30PM

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This is the bond that holds everything together. Food connects the family, family necessitates food. We wish to show you the warmth of a Mexican Sunday family meal. And that family is not only made by relatives.


The tradition in Mexican cuisine is long and colorful, all the while one of the most important components. As with everything else – tradition is the spice that gives the final touch to everything we do.


History played a big part in forming the cuisine of Mexico. Mexico City, one the capital of the Spanish colonies, served as a trading hub, merging the influences from the East and the West.