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Pura Vida  by Brandt
Pura Vida by Brandt

Pura Vida by Brandt Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.puravidabybrandt.com
  • Phone: (216) 987-0100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4:00 - 8:00 pm
    Dinner: Thursday - Friday 4:00 - 9:30 pm
    Dinner: Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Brandt Evans and Scott Coffman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner packages available. From 10 to 1000 people, we can offer drop off or full service catering!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join our newsletter at www.puravidabybrandt.com for our up coming events and specials. From Beer vs Wine events to Farmer harvest dinners...and everything else in between

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario
  • Public Transit: Euclid Coridor located across the street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available Tuesday - Saturday starting at 5:00pm. $5 per car
A word from Pura Vida by Brandt
Pura Vida By Brandt is all about living for today! Located in the historic May Co. Building in the heart of down town Cleveland! Serving lunch dinner. We offer craft beers, boutique wines, creative cocktails, gourmet cheeses, unique dishes and a one of a kind ambiance. Owned and operated by Chef Brandt Evans and his experienced team, Pura Vida is all about making your experience fantastic!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "It was my first time eating at Pura Vida and I left wondering why it took me so long to get there. I am a vegetarian and apart from ethnic restaurants have not experienced a fine dining establishment actually cater to veg heads. What a treat! The wine we had with dinner was excellent and the service was attentive and accommodating. We enjoyed our table next to floor to ceiling windows looking out onto Public Square. We look forward to return visits."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "There was a large group of us and we sat on the patio. It was so much fun and the food was so delicious. Our server jen was amazing. It was a perfect night with great friends!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food, great service, close to everything Cle....a great time had by all!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "There aren't too many restaurants in Cle that will go out of their way for allergies and dietary needs. Pura Vida has many gluten free items noted, a separate vegan and vegetarian menu and offers such quality food and service. This is truly my favorite restaurant in Cleveland! A must try if you have not!!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We only get to Pura Vida once every few months, but always leave satisfied. Actually, we haven't found a menu item that is not a winner. The vegan options are creative and delicious, and the rosemary fries are an addictive must!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The best. I brought friends that have not been here before, and they were thoroughly impressed. It continues to amaze me how good the restaurant is every single time I come here. The menu has changes depending on the season, so while I might be disappointed that I am not able to order that same amazing dish from last time, I get the opportunity to try something new. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I personally find the noise level to be quite high. There really is no noise absorbing material. The menu is vast and varied. I like the fact that you can eat vegan and eat glutton free. I would go back. Don't let the name mislead you. This is not a Costa Rica restaurant."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "More excited about the menu when viewing it on line. My husband's grouper was wonderful and the African Peanut Stew was very good. My portobello gyro was OK good but not memorable. Disappointed in desserts. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Waiting an incredibly long time to get water, have our order taken, receive salads and then main meals. The server mixed up 2 of the salads and brought the completely wrong dish for 1 of our main meals. Being that this was a client entertaining lunch, we were polite, but very disappointed. Our client received the wrong lunch meal and by the time it came (1 hour later) he didn't have time to even have them bring him a new dish before having to get back to the office."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Family went there to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. Great menu and particular to her, a nice vegetarian menu. Great service, awesome cocktails and appetizers!! Can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Fresh, flavorful, just wonderful! We went there on a week night for dinner. I had the shrimp and corn chowder and chicken and dumplings as my entrée. Both were prepared wonderfully and I definitely will stop in Pura Vida next time I am in Cleveland!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I have been to Pura Vida twice. Sometimes when I have found a restaurant that impressed the first time, the second time is a disappointment. Not so with Pura Vida. In fact, I think the second time was even more delicious. I have been telling all my friends how unbelievable my dinner was. And understand, I had the chicken and dumplings, a basic comfort meal, but the chef took the chicken and dumplings to a place I have never been. And our wait staff each time I have been there added to the experience. They are friendly, intelligent, and personable. Right now, Pura Vida is my new favorite restaurant. I can't wait to go back and I live 55 miles away."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Get the Korean BBQ, Bibb salad and s'mores! Good location near public square and the casino. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have been trying to get to Pura Vida for a while thanks to lots of recommendations, and we were not disappointed! Our waitress was great and made a nice wine recommendation for our simple meal, which was a series of shared appetizers. We really enjoyed the beet salad and duck wings, but we were not blown away with the frog legs. They were good, but not as good as the other dishes. We also tried the s'more dessert with homemade marshmallow gelato, and it was very good. We were in a corner of the room that was somewhat private given the many customers, and the whole place had a nice energy about it. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Noise level was too loud for client lunch meeting."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant and it does not seem to get the "play" it deserves in the media and restaurant world in Cleveland. Lunch is always good; dinners are fabulous. My adult children are vegetarians, live in New York City and are foodies. They rave about selections and preparation, and those of us who are not vegetarians have plenty to select from. Food is great; service is wonderful. It rates in my top 5 in Cleveland."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our server Bell was very professional and properly attentive. My kale salad ROCKED! My husband kept saying all the next day how good his meal was - he had a chicken dish. Glad to see the crispy mushrooms back on the menu!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It's a great place downtown. Good food and service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were looking for a nice (but not $$$) place to go with kids. I was intrigued by the fact that they had a vegan menu as well has items to please the meat eaters. The peanut stew and the bread and butter app were very good. I had the vegan ravioli and that was not good. I think the rest of my family had beef and chicken dishes. Very pleasing to the eye and tasted good but not great - I was expecting more. The s'more dessert was great but they need to have a gelato option for younger diners. My 8 yr old was not going to eat avocado jalapeno gelato! One other thing, the lighting would change color every few minutes, pink, blue, green. I understand trying to be innovative but this was kind of bothersome. Service was nice & and attentive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My husband and I introduced four friends to Pura Vida. It's our favorite place to take people because the menu is creative and outstanding, always blows people away! Once again, just excellent."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We found this restaurant on Open Table. I had the chef special pork chops with apricot glaze, maple/bacon Brussels spouts and rosemary fingerling potatoes. My wife had the shrimp corn chowder and the wedge salad. We finished the meal with the "s'more" desert and glasses of port. The food was amazing, it had a great view of public square and while it was cold that day, when the outside seating is open it would be a great location. It is more open bright energetic than a quiet romantic restaurant - open high ceilings. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food for the price - most dinners are under $30 and you'll be hard pressed to find better food for that price elsewhere downtown. Menu appears to change and rotate through the year which is a good indication this chef likes to design dishes. I'd rate the food 4 to 4.5 stars but considering the dollar value it makes it a great place. This isn't a quiet place - conversation noise level is high - but not overly loud to the point you have almost shout. Service was fantastic and we were attended to frequently but not obtrusively."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went to Pura Vida with a work group for lunch; it was fantastic as always! The peanut stew is always a hit; and the salad special of the day with grilled salmon and an almond brittle was excellent. The brittle was a great replacement to a traditional crouton. Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the dinner; exceeded our expectations. Food was excellent, perfectly prepared fish, interesting and flavorful sauces. Only downsides, it took awhile to get the bill handled, and providing some bread for the table would be nice. The place is loud; don't expect a quiet little corner for conversation."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We dined before a concert at the Q and the restaurant was full. The food was fantastic. Chef does an excellent job of pairing complimentary tastes to make a meal memorable. The bibb wedge salad with the house made bacon is the best wedge salad i ever had. That night they had heirloom pork chops that were locally sourced, they were perfectly cooked to the temperature i asked and the slightly sweet fruity sauce made them special. The only reason we didn't give the service 5 stars was the bar service was relatively slow (but in all fairness the restaurant was packed)."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Prices were high for lunch, but would be reasonable for dinner. The food was fantastic. Service was a little slow, but friendly & pleasant."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Lots of vegetarian/vegan choices, Even a separate veggie menu! Interesting selections, not the standard fare. Really worth a try!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The menu offers a great variety of vegan dishes. My kale salad and falafel sliders were quite good. The service was friendly and attentive. The ambiance is a bit stark and cold, but overall, our party of four had a terrific experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Would not seat us at a table away from the cold air coming in from the door despite our reservation and several empty tables further away from the door, one of which remained empty almost the entire time we were there."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Pura Vida was a fantastic restuarant in the downtown location."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Pura Vida has a creative menu and at two visits, one lunch and one dinner, everything I tried was delicious. The African peanut stew is really tasty. Also the vegetarian pot pie was very good. My date had a lamb special that he said was excellent---best meal he'd had in a long time. It's not a vegetarian restaurant, but they have many vegan and vegetarian options-even a separate vegetarian menu. The decor is simple and modern. The front is all glass windows, overlooking Public Square with outdoor seating for warmer months. Overall a great place that I'll definitely visit again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food, especially the Beef Brisket Stroganoff and Shrimp and Corn Chowder. Being near the casino, the ambiance definitely had the Las Vegas vibe. However we went there for a special occasion for two and the lighting was two bight and the noise level was high."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Northeast Ohio especially if you are looking for a restaurant with vegan options that is nice enough for special occasions. The African peanut stew is the best soup/stew I have ever had. We have been there several times and have always had excellent service but Dave is our favorite. He's very knowledgeable and fun."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went for lunch for the second time. The only difficulty we had was in deciding what to order. The menu is filled with delicious sounding, imaginative choices. So far we're 2 for 2. I'm a vegetarian and typically, finding something on a menu is easy because it's either a salad or one of a few veggie friendly selections. In addition to the great regular menu, there is a vegetarian/vegan menu that is bigger/better than any I've seen. Oh, and every meal we've had so far was extraordinary."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food is excellent, so many wonderful choices for vegans and vegetarians!! Location is great, and we love the patio in the warm weather (it will get here again soon). Trendy and interesting design. Also quiet enough to have a nice evening talking with friends."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Pura Vida features in season fresh preparations. We had a group of five and all enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! Great location on Public Square. Can't wait to visit in spring or summer when outdoor dining is an option. Large number of vegetarian & vegan options. The food and service were excellent and the wait staff was very knowledgeable. The African peanut stew is outstanding. My wife and I have eaten here three times and she has ordered it every time for an appetizer. The menu changes with the seasons so there are always new menu items to try. The crispy polenta was very tasty and the presentation very artistic. The vegan big Mac came to the table plated in a similar box as it's namesake version. Nice touch! The dining room ambience is very warm, hip and inviting. Definitely on the top of my downtown go-to list!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "As a vegetarian I am not used to being overwhelmed with options when I go out to eat. At Pura Vida I had to ask the waitress to give me another minute while I pondered my options. We started with the chickpea jar which I would recommend to everyone. The hummus was that lovely smooth texture as opposed to grainy. We did have to ask for more bread (which we promptly received). Dessert was chocolate trifle. And here was my biggest issue with the meal. Cake served in a small jar. Raspberry sauce served outside the jar. Difficult to combine the two. Overall a lovely meal. Would go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great chefs, plenty of options for all diets including vegans. Very attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I enjoy hosting lunch meetings at Pura Vida. Parking can be a bit of an effort in challenging weather, but any other time, it is simply a nice walk to a wonderful destination. The lady at the door is warm and inviting. The service is prompt and interested in their diners' culinary experience. Brandt has something special here. The food is well seasoned without masking the essence of the item being seasoned. The atmosphere is energetic and when I leave, I am left wondering when I can schedule my next lunch meeting there."
    Dined on 3/7/2014