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Vida Tapas y Cocteles, Mountain View

Vida Tapas y Cocteles, located across from the Mountain View station, is a relatively new addition to the Castro Street dining scene. With an upscale vibe, the restaurant dishes out tapas and paellas authentic to Spain. Although well rated on Yelp, we were hugely disappointed by our experience, and have rated it 2 SolaraStars out of 5. Here’s the reason why:

👎The restaurant is located right next to the train station, because of which you hear the train rumbling by while whistling loudly, every 10 minutes. The outdoor chairs are extremely hard and uncomfortable.

👎We had the most atrocious service. Our table setting had no knives, and got them 30 minutes later after multiple reminders. Our drinks arrived AFTER our tapas, again, after multiple reminders. Our waitress went absconding, and we had to go to the hostess twice to ask her to send our waitress. Our paella took 45 minutes to arrive (again after multiple reminders). Birthday flan came without a candle and was charged to our bill (not expected from a $$$ restaurant).

👎Although the tapas were excellent, the paella and drinks were lacklustre.


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Here’s what we ordered:

👎Drinks : NA-IPA and Passion fruit mocktail which was sour.

Passion fruit mocktail

👍Tapas : Pimientos Del Piquillo, Papas Bravas and Canelones, all of which were excellent.

Taps L to R : Pimientos Del Piquillo, Papas Bravas, Canelones

👎Paella : Vegetarian paella which didnt hold a candle against the delious paella served at Cascals, down the road.

Vegetarian paella - meh!

🎂Dessert : Birthday flan, which came without a candle, and charged to the bill.

Birthday girl with the birthday flan

This was the first time we walked out of a restaurant without a tip. We regretted choosing this restaurant for my birthday dinner.

Skip this restaurant and go to Cascals down the road instead!!


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