Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina


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About Us

An unexpected and hidden gem on Route 1 in Portsmouth, NH, Vida Cantina is a chef-driven restaurant celebrating modern Mexican cuisine. Chef/Owner Dave Vargas pushes Mexican cuisine to the limit, bringing bright, adventurous flavors and locally grown ingredients together on a plate. Inspired by his Mexican heritage, Vargas takes each dish to the next level with superb technique, product and creativity. Look for an array of tasty signature tacos, the pigs head carnitas platters with 20 tortillas, and margaritas with a choice of 40+ tequilas. Ask about the Salsa Flights and the Tequila Flights. General Manager Caitlin Casper runs the craft cocktail program with a keen eye to fresh ingredients, fresh-squeezed juices, and plenty of tequilas as her team makes the best margaritas in the city. A local favorite gaining national recognition, Vida Cantina is considered one of New England’s best Mexican restaurants. Honor and awards include Hot New Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, Best Mexican Brunch, Best Chef-Seacoast Nominee, Top Ten Restaurants in New England, and more. Chef Dave has also been nominated as a James Beard Best Chef Northeast Semifinalist, 2020 & 2019. Co-Owner, Jay McSharry was also recently nominated as Outstanding Restaurateur, 2020.


Enchiladas at Vida Cantina
Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche at Vida Cantina
Bar dining area at Vida Cantina
Hola sign at Vida Cantina
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Salsa flight at Vida Cantina
Chilaquiles at Vida Cantina
Bar at Vida Cantina
Dining room at Vida Cantina
Table setting at Vida Cantina
Private dining at Vida Cantina
Guacamole at Vida Cantina