• Three tacos, lime wedges and spicy sauce dip on a board
  • Grilled chicken covered with cheese sauce, pineapple slices, served with rice and salad
  • Red cocktail drink garnished with lime and orange wedges and mint leaves

VIVA Mexican
Restaurant Urbandale

Our Story

It all began when owner Juvencio Ramirez worked various jobs around his uncles' restaurants. Through mastering these tasks he became more and more passionate about the restaurant business with the goal to one day open his own place. One day in 2004 after driving by an empty building in the middle of Des Moines Juvencio, along with his dad, decided to take a chance on a dream. That year they opened Viva and 6 years later opened a second location in Urbandale.


Our Values

As time goes on we continue to learn from our customers and push to please everyone who steps inside our doors. These things guide us to accomplish our goals:

  • Serve the highest quality of fresh ingredients
  • Give customers an experience to remember with modern plating
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Have a good time. Especially when $2 margaritas are involved