Costa Vida

Posted on Monday Aug 9, 2010 under Mexican in

Costa VidaAddress: 1200 North University Avenue, Provo (Also in Orem & American Fork)
Phone: (801) 373-1876‎
Tab: $11.70
Ordered: 2 entrees, 2 drinks

DAN: The price isn’t totally accurate since we had a coupon for a free entree if you buy two drinks and a meal. Something like that. Either way, cheap. The one thing I hate about Costa Vida is parking. The little area in Provo where it is located is very crowded. It’s kind of annoying. But the food is good and the prices are good. If you don’t know what Costa Vida is, think Cafe Rio or Bajio. Same thing, but I prefer the other two to Costa Vida. Something about the sauces I just don’t like as much. Still, if you are short on time and want good Mexican style food in a hurry for cheap, Costa Vida is a good choice. But if I have time, I would probably never choose Costa Vida over Cafe Rio or Bajio.

My Rating: ★★★½☆ 

MICHELE: Like Dan, I feel the need to compare Costa Vida to Cafe Rio. Essentially they are almost the same thing. I tend to like Cafe Rio more though. I love the food at Cafe Rio, I just like the food at Costa Vida. Costa Vida does have a few perks though, the line is never as long as Cafe Rio’s, Costa Vida seems to have more seating and the restaurant is not quite as noisy. I also find more coupons for Costa Vida, which is always nice. It’s also a good spot for BYU students because it’s closer to campus and I know they have daily specials for cheaper. With a BYU ID you can get any of the specials any day of the week. Unfortunately I am no longer a BYU student, but it’s a great plus for those who are. This trip I decided to change it up and get nachos. I usually get a salad. I liked the nachos, but in my opinion the salads are a better choice. I also like the fact that Costa Vida lets you pick a small or a large salad, it’s nice to have options. All in all, I like it. But if I had my choice I’d go to Cafe Rio.

My Rating: ★★★★☆