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Dining News: La Vida Cantina Celebrates Grand Opening with Two Fundraisers


La Vida Cantina, an authentic yet modern Mexican restaurant and bar, has opened at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. The restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and city officials on July 23 at 5 p.m., along with two upcoming fundraisers for local charities. On Wednesday, August 6, La Vida Cantina will donate a portion of sales to the Orange County Jaycee Charitable Foundation, and on Thursday, August 7, the restaurant will donate a portion of sales to Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. Both charity events are from 5 to 10 p.m.

La Vida will be an inviting Mexican restaurant with a lively bar, boasting an energetic atmosphere and showcasing a patio that will be Orange County’s place to be seen. The spacious patio will have a large pentagon-shaped bar, ample lounge seating to relax and mingle, and five fire pits, all under two Mexican-inspired palapas. The interior will feature beautiful dark wood, warm lighting and contemporary Mexican murals.

La Vida will serve a menu of fresh, high quality ingredients where traditional recipes are presented with a modern twist. Dishes will use organic ingredients whenever possible, and all items will be house-made. Specialties will include the La Vida Burrito (with a choice of grilled chicken or steak in a flour tortilla filled with refried black beans, cheese and Pico de Gallo, topped with red and green enchilada sauce, cotija cheese, avocado and drizzled with Mexican cream), Enchiladas de Langosta (two Maine lobster enchiladas in a poblano cilantro tomatillo sauce topped with cheese and a drizzled with a Mexican cream), Ahi Tostaditas (three small crispy tortillas topped with fresh diced ahi, house chipotle sauce, avocado, mango, red onion, cilantro and serrano pepper) and Shrimp Ceviche (shrimp in a mango, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, Serrano pepper and tomato salsa.)

The restaurant will offer an amazing Taco Tuesday with $3 Coronas, $3 domestic draft beers, $4 imported draft beers, $4 house premium Margaritas with Maestro Dobel Tequila, $3 crispy tacos with chicken or beef, and $5 mahi mahi tacos. Live music on the expansive patio will add to the festive atmosphere.

La Vida Cantina will open for dinner Monday through Friday at 4 pm, lunch on Saturday at 11 am, and Sunday brunch at 9 am. Happy Hour will also be offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 pm, and a Late Night Happy Hour will be available Thursday through Saturday, from 11 pm until 2 am.

La Vida is located on the Entertainment Level of The Triangle at 1870 Harbor Blvd., where the 55 Fwy. meets Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. For reservations or more information, please call (949) 612-2349, visit and

Facts, photos and information provided on behalf of La Vida Cantina

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