Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers plant-based (vegan) dishes marked pb on the menu. Includes cauliflower al pastor, esquitas organico, el padron and the Spanish lesson. Sharing dishes include tableside avocado hummus and hola hemp mini chimis. Entrees include vida bowl or burrito, bandera enchiladas and hola hemp tamales. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm.

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29 Reviews

First Review by VegFriends


Points +73

19 Sep 2023

Vida dinner

Good location, although for us too cold and loud inside the restaurant so it was nice to have the outside seating option. Food wise Vida Enchiladas, Nachos Vida and Yucca Street fries all good. Really liked the Capirotada/Mexican Bread Pudding too. All good sized portions too. Would like to try a Vida bowl next time, although we won't be regulars due to the prices being a bit high for us.

Pros: Outside seating, Food options

Cons: Prices, Not an option to sit inside



Points +113

17 Jul 2022

Top notch experience

Vida is going for an overall healthy vibe, so the menu has numerous vegan(plant based on their menu) and vegetarian meals. Even the happy hour (until 6pm) has 4 vegan items including tacos. I was there with two other vegans. We were all pretty blown away. If you’ve had tumerico (which I love) I think this compares well. It’s perhaps a bit more upscale/sit down than tumerico which is a bit more Mexican street-food diner. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. They anticipated concerns such as the soup appearing to have meat(jackfruit) or stating that the cheese and sour cream on the plates were confirmed vegan before bringing them out.
2022 edit: even more vegan friendly. Have added Beyond carne, JUST egg, vegan chorizo.

Updated from previous review on 2019-07-01

Pros: Many options, For the price, actually quite large portions, Staff

Cons: Has meat


Points +60

30 Apr 2022

Super lecker und viel Auswahl

Sehr leckere Gerichte und viele verschiedene vegane Optionen. Die veganen Optionen sind auf der Karte gekennzeichnet. Die Mehrheit der Gerichte sind von Grund auf vegan und Fleisch/Fisch kann „nur“ optional bestellt werden.

Pros: Viele vegane Optionen, Speisekarte gekennzeichnet, Es muss nichts „wegbestellt“ werden

Cons: Etwas teurer


Points +30

27 Apr 2022

Good but expensive

There are good and gourmet burgers, bowls (vida bowls) with variated and savory ingredients. However, it is expensive. A lunch for two people can easily go to the >60 USD. Love their yucca fries.

Updated from previous review on 2022-04-27


Points +269

16 Apr 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely vegan friendly! Great service and tasty noms. Upscale vibe, but food cost isn’t ridiculous. Would love to go back again and try more!


Points +710

11 Apr 2022

The bowls are the best thing on the menu…

This restaurant has a huge vegan selection and super fresh and good food! I can’t believe it took us so long to try this place out but I definitely recommend trying once . The chimichangas are absolutely perfect but they’re a little smaller than I expected. The price is up there. We both got burritos and honestly it’s massive but we still weren’t full? I don’t know if it’s just us or what but that’s probably my only con.. And our bill was super expensive after drinks too but definitely worth trying once.

The bowls are the best thing on the menu..

Updated from previous review on 2022-01-01

Pros: LOTS OF VEGAN OPTIONS , Pretty yummy and customizable , Great atmosphere

Cons: Expensive , Not as filling as I would have hoped


Points +61

29 Jan 2022

High-End Veg Mexican Gem in Tucson

We are visiting Tucson for the Gem Show and as the vegan on the team, I had to find a dinner to satiate everyone— this place is PERFECT. Huge menu: nourishing and plant-based, and adding animal protein is an option for every dish. Everybody is happy and full of healthy food! Wish they would open a Houston location! ORDER THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS! #Veganuary

Pros: Bring your omnivore friends, Whole food ingredients, Excellent ambiance and service


Points +297

02 Dec 2021

Full of Flavor

Great restaurant -- so many vegan options to choose from, it was difficult to decide. We shared a grain bowl and tacos, all vegan, all fabulous. Lots of interesting flavors. We can't wait to go back and try more.

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-02

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Variety of options - salads and fried food, Packed full of flavor

Cons: Lots of fried food - not that healthy


Points +1446

26 Oct 2021

Enjoyed my grain bowl.

I enjoyed my grain bowl. They have a lot of clearly marked vegan items and the food was really good.


Points +717

04 Oct 2021

just wow!

absolutely delightful. not you average options for a mexi restaurant. so i didnt love the texture of the jackfruit on top of the chimis (soft, i added it) but the taquitos with jackfruit we’re amazingggg! such good flavor! probably because it was just a little jackfruit. the chimis by themselves were really good as well, pretty much just cheese in the middle but their cheese is amazing. good planet, never tried it but it had no weird plasticky flavor most packaged cheese have, it was so good! i did have a quesadilla when i came back and it was really odd and creamy, did have a little bit of the plasticky flavor so i was confused but maybe its the difference in the type of cheese? not sure but the taquitos and chimis were to die for! hubby got the quesabirria tacos and he lovedddd them, still talks about them haha! they werent my favorite but they were probably just not my kind of flavors, they were really flavorful. other than that it has a really nice atmosphere and design. our server was really sweet and the lady i ordered takeout from was wonderful, really helpful with suggestions. oh also their guac is amazing! it’s a chickpea/avo guac mix but i couldnt even tell. i was so happy i got the nutrients from a little chickpeas in it, that was wonderful. will definitely be back every time we’re in tucson!

Pros: beautiful ambiance , different options you dont expect!!, so flavorful

Cons: a little pricey


Points +278

30 Aug 2021

So many vegan options!

We ate here after getting off of our plane and the food was fantastic. I’m the only vegan out of 6 and everyone tried our vegan apps & loved it. The appetizers were the best to share! I was nice to have options for all. The menu is very busy but clearly labeled! Some of the best vegan food I’ve had! Super cute atmosphere.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Food that anyone will love, Options for all!

Cons: Expensive


Points +62

29 Jul 2021

Amazing food

My fav place to eat in tucson! Lots of amazing vegan options. The one thing I didn’t like was the tamales. The taquitos, birria tacos, salads, and the nachos are my favorite


Points +69

23 Jul 2021

FIVE STAR Vegan Mexican Food!

This place has sooo many options for vegans and vegetarians alike. I loved the Jackfruit Quesabirria tacos, and the Nachos are amazing! The chips alone are fantastic. Thick, fresh, and crispy. Can’t go wrong at Charro Vida.


Points +26

03 Jul 2021

Delicious and artistic menu

Nicely appointed restaurant with lots of vegan menu choices. Delicious and affordable. I discovered “Just Egg” there and it is a great vegan omelet substitute. My favorite restaurant in Tucson!

Pros: delicious food, good portions, lots of choices


Points +125

08 May 2021

5 stars if I could!

Charro Vida was one of my first vegan experiences 2 years ago and I've been hooked since then.

Drinks are a bit pricey, but the food is well priced and always delicious.

The vegan enchiladas are to die for, this last time I had a bowl with jackfruit and it all blended so well!

The churros were vegan friendly and delectably crisp.

Pros: Location, Location, Serving sizes


Points +253

28 Apr 2021


Wow this place made my trip to Tucson SO worth it. Not only did they have a bunch of vegan options like jackfruit taquitos but they had several vegan dessert options!!


Points +61

14 Apr 2021

Amazing amazing amazing!!

My new favorite all time restaurant. Brussels sprouts appetizer, Vegan cheese enchiladas with Beyond carne, and Portobello Burger were hits!

Pros: Tons of VERY tasty vegan options , Healthy low fat options


Points +203

23 Jan 2021

Love this place!

Quesadillas and nachos are fabulous. Everything is super tasty!!


Points +53

09 Aug 2020

Good stufff

Food is really good! I just wish there were more plant-base options.


Points +1998

16 May 2020

we all need a vegan nutella tamal in our lives

Charro vida is a charming overall experience, so far the best in Tucson offering vegan options. Since the shabby chic mexican decoration, a small terrace with mountains view, the music, friendly personal and a well form menu that includes variety of cocktails you can't go wrong at any choice because they have fresh and selected products, everything is perfect. As they have a separete cooking area for plant base meals they deserve a full star.


Points +40

07 May 2020

Great Vegan and Veg Options

Got some takeout jackfruit taquitos, and they were delicious!
Hoping to get to try them in person someday


Points +235

14 Mar 2020

Nachos are amazing!

So many options - really great for gluten free vegans too! Very accommodating and great service.


Points +21

29 Feb 2020


Delicious food and excellent service

Pros: So many vegan options, Great service


Points +213

27 Jan 2020

Worth a full star rating for the churros alone...

We had two entrees, a dessert, and two drinks and it all came to $50, so we felt like it was a pretty great deal! Plus came with chips and amazing housemade salsa.

I ordered one of the combos which came with an enchilada, a flauta, their mixed grain blend, and chickpea-bean stew, topped with a little cabbage salad. I didn't care for the enchilada. It was listed as containing "vegan queso" which was really just commercial cheese shreds - Daiya or a cousin. This is a theme so if you are not a fan of Daiya/FYH or that "category" of cheezes then just be careful what you order.

The cabbage salad was incredible as was the flauta and the chickpea-white bean mix. The ancient grain and peas blend was yummy, but did have a heavy taste of vegan butter. All in all it was a very satisfying plate of food.

My partner had the tamale plate. It appeared at least one of the tamales had some of the cheese in it too, FYI. Otherwise, both were delicious and interesting.

We had the gluten-free chocolate churros with elderberry sauce for dessert and I could die happy. Absolutely incredible. Also had the horchata cold brew and a plain horchata for my partner. We were super happy and full.

Edit: went back a second time. Got the tempeh asada bowl, jackfruit taquitos, and street fries. Everything in that meal was 10/10 again. This place is so great.

What a wonderful place with many creative plant-based options on the menu. They do serve meat but I'd describe the menu as 65% vegan. There is still more I want to try. It seems like they also have a lot of vegan staff, from chatting with some of the people who worked there. Definitely a great place to support, with super unique (but almost completely Mexican influenced) food.

Pros: Very reasonably priced, Creative vegan food you couldn't get anywhere else, Conveniently located near hikes!

Cons: A lot of commercial cheese substitute, Not a pedestrian friendly area


Points +190

16 Dec 2019

Great food and lovely atmosphere

I could eat heaps of the jackfruit taquitos! We also loved the hummus. Fantastic happy hour. I can’t wait to take my fiancé.

Pros: Delicious, Lovely, Good wine


Points +21

25 Nov 2019


Can't say enough good things about this restaurant! Many vegan options on the menu and that is so satisfying! Plant-based cheeses, sauces, interesting combinations, jack fruit meat substitutions. Also, many, many gluten free options. It is a combination of Mediterranean and Mexican and it works! You won't find it anywhere else. (And that is unfortunate!) I wish you would take your wonderful creation on the road and open one in every city I visit.
And did I mention dessert? Over the top. Thank you for your dedication to providing this. Talk to Ray, the owner. He is passionate about his creation. Let him know how much you appreciate it.

Pros: Many choices on menu. Other restaurants in Tucson, Gluten free options, Owns many other restaurants in Tucson, AZ.

Cons: Can't think of any


Points +374

19 Oct 2019

New favorite restaurant!

I adore this place. The food was incredible. Not only is food labeled vegan but so many of their dishes were created vegan. They even cook the vegan food in a different area! They have cheese substitutes, vegan carnitas, tempeh, and vegan dessert. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, even our waitress was vegan! I can not say enough good things about this place

Pros: Tons of options, Cute and comfortable atmosphere, Knowledgeable and friendly staff

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