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La Vida Cantina – Mexican Food at its’ Finest at the Triangle in Costa Mesa

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October 8, 2014 by danisdecadentdeals

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

My love and I outside of La Vida Cantina

Last week La Vida Cantina invited me in to have dinner at their restaurant.  La Vida Cantina is located at The Triangle in Costa Mesa at 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.  I love going to this center to hang out as there have been so many changes it has went through over the past 20 years or so and they are always keeping everything hip and fresh.

I was unsure of what to expect at La Vida Cantina, as the restaurant before them, El Corazon did not last very long and I only heard negative reviews about it.:( I never did get a chance to check it out, but since it was the predecessor of La Vida Cantina, I had no clue of what this new restaurant would be.

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Outdoor Seating and Bar La Vida Cantina

When I arrived at La Vida Cantina I was very impressed by the ample space surrounding me.  There was such a gorgeous patio to dine, a beautiful bar, lots of seating, fire pits; heating lamps…I could go on. I really loved this patio! It made me feel like I was on vacation at a resort. There is also seating inside, but do not be afraid to sit outside even if the weather is chilly because there are many heating lamps to keep you warm.

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

La Vida Cantina Margaritas and a Beer

We were seated at a nice table close to the fireplace and a heating lamp, overlooking the bar area.  The place was packed!  La Vida truly had a lively atmosphere which is what I love!  We started off our evening by ordering 2 margaritas. Our selections were the Blackberry Jalapeno margarita made with Don Julio Reposado Tequila and hand-shaken with fresh blackberries, jalapenos, agave nectar and lime juice and we also had The Spa margarita- A refreshing blend of Tres Sietes Tequila, Herradura, agave nectar, cucumber, mint, lime juice and a splash of sweet & sour.  The Spa Margarita was so refreshing and made me feel like I was away at my favorite Spa getaway, South Coast Winery.:)  The flavor was smooth and this is definitely a drink I would recommend on a hot summer day! My husband’s Blackberry Jalapeno drink as also quite delicious, but I am not really a spicy person, so I could not handle too much of it.:)

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Tostaditas de Ahi at La Vida Cantina

For dinner we started with an appetizer that was recommended by both our fabulous waiter and the manager of La Vida Cantina. This item was the Tostaditas de ahi.  For $14 these three small crispy tortillas topped with house chipotle sauce then layered with fresh diced ahi, mixed with mango, red onion, cilantro and Serrano pepper & Garnished with an avocado slice definitely hit the spot!  ILOVED these! The ahi was fresh and made me think of one of my past vacations in Hawaii!

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Lobster Quesadilla at La Vida Cantina

For our main courses, we went with the Quesadilla de langosta- A flour tortilla filled with sautéed Maine lobster, onions, garlic, mushrooms, chopped poblano peppers with a splash of white wine topped with chipotle cream, cotija cheese and Mexican cream & served with guacamole and salsa fresco.  We also ordered the Enchiladas del mar.  This dish had two Dungeness crab and shrimp enchiladas in a tomatillo poblano sauce. They were topped with avocado, cotija cheese and drizzled with Mexican cream and is served with white rice and black beans.  To go with these dishes we ordered another round of drinks which included the Blueberry margarita made with Patron Silver, Agave Nectar, Fresh Blueberries, Basil and Lime Juice. And my husband had a Dos Equis beer.

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Enchiladas Del Mar at La Vida Cantina

Both of the entrees mentioned above were delicious. I was definitely more partial to my lobster quesadilla because I have been obsessed with lobster lately and the cheese blend was pure perfection!  The enchiladas were also tasty, but a little spicy for me, but remember I am the person that cannot handle any spice…I steer clear of most salsas unless they are extremely mild. 🙂  I loved the food and the drinks and cannot wait to visit this place again!

The location of La Vida Cantina cannot be more perfect. Situated in one of my most favorite cities, Costa Mesa there is so many things to do in the area after lunch or dinner. 

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Homemade Churros – La Vida Cantina

Lastly, for dessert we had the homemade churros with a caramel dipping sauce & the Creamy Berry Crunch with Vanilla bean ice cream in a crispy cinnamon tortilla bowl filled with a layer of chocolate. This dessert was topped with a warm mixed berry coulis.  At $4 & $5 respectively for each of these desserts, you seriously could not go wrong.  Honestly the value of all items above is a very good deal in my opinion. There are not many places that offer lobster dishes for under $20 & both of our dishes above were only $17 each! The servings are large and the food is very flavorful. I look forward to going back to visit La Vida Cantina one of these evenings before visiting my favorite stomping grounds, Pierce Street Annex.:)

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Dani with General Manager, Isabelle Rodrigues

Have you been to La Vida Cantina yet? Please share your thoughts below about this restaurant if you have been. 🙂  If you have not yet been, you must go because this food is delicious, the drinks  are tasty and the atmosphere rocks!!

La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa, Mexican Food, The Triangle

Me and My love at La Vida Cantina

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16 thoughts on “La Vida Cantina – Mexican Food at its’ Finest at the Triangle in Costa Mesa

  1. The food looked really delicious! Glad you had fun!

  2. Jane says:

    I love La Vida Cantina! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. These items look so delicious. Do they deliver?:=)

  4. looks like a lot of fun! Good food, good hubby. Life doesn’t get much better than that 🙂

  5. Laurel Bill says:

    The lobster quesadillas sound unbelievable – I will definitely check out this restaurant when I’m in the area!

  6. I loved La Vida Cantina! The seafood enchilada was delicious. I liked the ambiance as well.

  7. Manu Kalia says:

    The Homemade Churros – La Vida Cantina is my favorite! Lucky you!

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