This was our first experience at Pura Vida and we were so impressed. The food was amazing and as a vegetarian/vegan I was super impressed with the amount of veg/vegan options... which were wonderful and filling! My husband was mostly impressed with the happy hour prices :) We'll be back!!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Visit to Cleveland
We were in town for one night only. The locally found food descriptions attracted us. The lentil-based appetizer was unusual and very good. Both our dinners were excellent. It was a slow Tuesday night, so we can't say what it is like on a busy weekend evening. We recommend this place for informal dining with very good food.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time and we'll be back again with friends!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic and delicious!
Excellent service, fun atmosphere, phenomenal food and drinks! Highly recommend!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner in the heart of the city
We have been to Pura Vida several times and we love it. The service is so friendly, the food is the best in Cleveland and the patio view of Public Square the perfect entertainment of city life. We love the fresh made dishes, they always do a great job and we look forward to dining at Pura Vida as often as we can.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the restaurant the atmosphere was great and the food was wonderful, nice to have such a separate menu for vegans- lots of choices for meat eaters and vegans, which is unusual would recommend
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our party of seven met for dinner before the fireworks/Cleveland orchestra concert. Our party included adventurous and not so adventurous eaters. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The not so adventurous were more than satisfied with the house burger and macaroni and cheese, and the slow roasted pork ( large portions!)
The rest of the group enjoyed a variety of dishes including the African peanut stew, sweet potato hash, fish tacos, and trout po' boy.
The trio of gelato for dessert was a nice finish.
Our server was great - genuinely interested in making sure we enjoyed our evening, without being over the top. Will dine her again and recommend it to others.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Innovative cuisine. Very reasonable prices given the caliber of the food. Have eaten here multiple times. Really appreciate the supplemental vegetarian/vegan menu. Only complaint is the service is consistently slow. Overall - great restaurant!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a delightful dinner at Pura Vida. I was impressed by their menu and chose from an extensive list of vegan and vegetarian items. They also had a menu geared to meat eaters and my daughter had the salmon. Both dinners were excellent. Our waitress was attentive and there were no delays or problems with food service. If I had to say anything negative it, would be that the ambiance is a little lacking. The space was very open and bright with wood tables but there wasn't any thing to create an intimate setting. I would certainly go there again,
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was fantastic and the
Food was fantastic and the menu selections were distinctive and unique. You won't find many of these selections anywhere else on the fine dining scene. From tofu tostadas to hoummos, pesto and goat cheese dip, there are a multitude of vegetarian options but there are also several carnivorous alternatives. Good wine and craft beer selection as well. Best of all, not at all over priced like so many of the restaurants on nearby E. 4th street.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the turkey cobb salad and it was by far the best salad I have ever eaten. Our waiter was very personable and even made us laugh with his off the cuff humor. I will definitely go back, very soon. Although I think this is what I will order every time (it was that good) I hope to branch out and try many things on their menu. The noise level was a litte loud for me.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Cleveland's Best
Pura Vida turned up in the top 5 of my search list for "GF restaurants in Cleveland" - my wife is celiac, and that pretty much drove where we would eat during our 7-day, 2000 mile road trip. The preparation and presentation of the food was top-notch - what I would call "casual gourmet" - and it turned out that the owner of the B&B we stayed at in Chesterland (the Marigold) is friends of Brandt. Outstanding restaurant - will definitely dine there again if we're ever in Cleveland again.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The flavors of the food was outstanding and the mixed drinks fantastic ~ will definitely return.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pura Vida had a great vegan menu and we loved everything that we tried.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Vegan options
The food at Pura Vida is flavorful. The menu has many Vegan options which is great to see. The vegan sliders are very tasty and the African vegan stew was excellent. The Cuban sandwich has a ton of flavor. The prices seemed reasonable. The atmosphere is very plain/stoic which is a bit odd for a restaurant in that location with that sort of menu.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time as always
I have dined at many placed in downtown Cleveland, and Pura Vida offers the best food and service. When I read some review from people, I wonder if they are happy in life? It is just food....and I have been a server for many years and appreciate what it takes to work in that business. Imagine if your job was rated for the world to see. Enjoy life that have great food at Pura Vida!!!!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there two nights in a row was so good!! Had a few suggestions as fair as pairing of foods and kitchen was really responsive !!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience in Cleveland
We had walked by this restaurant many times and did not even notice so when I found it on Open Table I hesitated, but I am glad we had dinner there. The waiter was excellent and the food was both beautiful and delicious. I would recommend this place as a great restaurant. We had the fish special which was a bass with crispy mushroom and a wonderful multi grain and tomato salad. There was a wonderful sweet and spicy sauce that was drizzled on the fish. Excellent
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Place for Cleveland Vegans
My wife and I ate at Pura Vida for our anniversary. The service was excellent, and the food was great. I had a gazpacho soup followed by their linguini with summer vegetables; my wife had the vegan Caesar salad the the African stew. We shared a piece of vegan chocolate cake. The balance of flavors was perfect, and all the dishes were plated beautifully. At one point we asked about the brand of vegan cheese they used on the Caesar salad, the manger came out with a bottle to show us and a piece of paper with all the information written out. It was a bit noisy at first (there was a large party nearby) but things settled down quickly. We had a great evening.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My date and I really enjoyed sitting on the patio and people-watching, as plenty of people were out and about near Public Square on the weeknight we went. The only drawback was the setting sun was blinding until it went down. Our vegetarian appetizers, sandwich, and entree were exquisite and we especially enjoyed the happy hour price for fancy cocktails. We don't get out too much....but this was definitely worth it! I would highly recommend it, especially sitting outside.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful all around
We really enjoyed our night out at Pura Vida. The service was perfect and knowledgeable and the food was amazing. The pork chop special was the best pork chop I have ever had!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my dining
I really enjoyed my dining experience at this restaurant. The waitress was very knowledgable about the menus . I love the vegan/vegetarians menú . This is my favorite restaurant because I am a vegetrian but you also make delicious dishes for my meater friends.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, Chic and Great Service
I came with a group of 11. We all had specific food requirements. We were given the best server - Thank you Belle! The food was fantastic and beautiful. The vegan/vegetarian menu was sublime. The presentation of the food was artful and chic. Belle was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and ingredients - a must for our group. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Thank you for having a menu with many selections that DID NOT have added sugar. That was a requirement for this group. You showed that delicious and nutritious meals can be created without it. THANK YOU!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was phenominal. Though not vegan/ vegetarian myself the menu included options for all special "diets" including gluten-free. Everything was same day fresh, cooked to perfection, and very nice presentation. When we were there they had an additional special to add two scallops to any entree. So glad I did. They were the best scallops I've tasted, pan seared with white peach & butter sauce. Fabulous. I often order scallops out, because they're not something I like to prepare at home, and again these were the freshest; best I've had. As if the good food wasn't enough, our server, David was a gem! Took the time to answer all my friend's questions (she's not much of a "foodie"), with patience and great detail.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Pura Vida on a warm Wednesday evening (with a gift card) and decided to sit inside. Outside patio was busy and setting sun was too intense for us. Inside was mostly empty - and quiet - which we enjoyed. Our server was prompt, friendly, and informative for first time visitors. Food selection was unusual - which we knew going in. Calamari in a soy dressing was almost caramalized - good! - with a spicy side sauce. Salmon a bit over done but tasty. Corn chowder to die for! Chicken thighs also great. It was 'wine wednesday' with a nice selection of $15 bottles of wine. Not sure if it's usually this quiet but we enjoyed it. We would go back. Patio with a bit less sun looked very nice as well - viewing the Public Square activity.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoy this space. The menu is creative and focused on healthy eating.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
VEGAN VEG OPTIONS EVERYDAY
I had a delicious vegan lunch at Pura Vida. For vegetarians and especially vegans, it is so nice to go someplace with lots of options as regular menu items. I was so happy when a friend introduced me to Pura Vida and have made the recommendation to other people too. I highly recommend the food here no matter what your taste.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Food Experience
I have patronized Pura Vida several times. I always receive excellent service and the food is always divine. I appreciate Chef Brandt stopping by our table to say hi. Also, Katie, as usual, was awesome!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food; great service
The food was fantastic and the service was great. I had the fish tacos and those were delicious. Would definitely recommend to a friend or family member. Great atmosphere as well.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great vegan options
As a vegan I'm used to settling for side dishes or salad in a restaurant. They have a full vegan menu and the food was delicious. My carnivore husband enjoyed his meal just as much
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for vegetarians
Only upscale place in Cleveland that offers an entirely separate, creative vegetarian menu with numerous vegan choices. Everything our party ordered was excellent. We will definitely be back to frequent Pura Vida. Easy, inexpensive valet parking right outside.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A made reservations for a party of 5 co-workers. The restaurant is setup in a very well-lit, open space that can accommodate the large downtown lunch crowd. The food was excellent. My fish tacos were very good and the lady who ordered the vegetarian Portobello gyro even though she isn't a vegetarian loved it. I've been to Pura Vida before and one unique stand out is that they do vegetarian menu items so well, they truly worth considering even if you love meat. The only glitch was slow service this particular day. We arrived early and the entire restaurant was full 30 minutes later. The only problem was that there was still zero food coming out of the kitchen. Not sure what was up that day, but the end result was worth the wait.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our lunch was perfect. I had the butternut squash bisque and Cuban. They were both so good, the soup was amazing! Pura Vida is my favorite restaurant in down town Cleveland!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife there for her birthday and she loved it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time for me and my 3 friends as well. It's hard to change first impressions and that's why the hostess did a disservice to the restaurant. She was not friendly and seemed to be unhappy in her role. What's with that?!!! It took quite some time for someone to show up and take our orders. However after that, our knowledgable and talented waiter and delicious food did serve to turn around my initial negative reaction. I definitely plan to return and try other interesting dishes but the scallops were out of this world!!!!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
review of fine restaurant
We ate at Pura Vida without prior knowledge of the place. We have eaten in many restaurants all over the world. From the first bite until the last the food was outstanding. I ate braised short rib and my wife had the salmon along with the african stew and the chickpea salad. It was so good we returned the next night with friends-the result was the same, we also tried the trout-outstanding. The dessert was medicre.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's all good!!!
I have been dining at Pura Vida for more than a year. I was estatic to find delicious range of vegetarian & vegan food with excellent desserts. Everything I have eaten at Pura Vida had been outstanding - obviously prepared with close attention to flavor, presentation and detail. I enjoy the staff - the service and the conversation. When I meet with friends and colleagues at Pura Vida, they have also been impressed - very pleased with their food and service.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vegans, veggies and everyone else!
I 've been here a few times before and always consistently good. The food is varied and very different. Something on the menu for everyone. A true gourmet restaurant for for vegans and veggies alike but don't feel that it only caters to these special diets. There's meat and fish on the menu as well. Each dish has a fusion of flavor and herbs that you will certainly be surprised and delighted.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent for ALL Palates
Awesome food, fantastic. Good for vegetarians, meat-eaters and special diets alike!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We stopped by Pura Vida for dinner, the food was simply amazing and well portioned. Fresh, local and tasty, some of the best cuisine I've ever had. I had the African Peanut Stew, it was hardy a tad spicy and so different than anything I've ever had. For dinner we had the Scallops and Short Ribs...both were so flavorful and well presented.
We simply could not pass up the "snickers" tri of house gelatos, the perfect finish to a fantastic meal.
Service was awesome and we look forward to our next trip back to Pura Vida
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Jars of Bacon Oh My!
Went to Pura Vida with a group of gals for a night out - none of us have anything negative to say -
The service was outstanding; the food delicious; atmosphere energetic; and JARS OF BACON is some deliciousness
We even had a visit from the Chef himself; because he couldn't believe a table of girls kept ordering more bacon!
Must go! Must eat!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our group of 6 had reservations for a Saturday night and the place was packed! It was nice to see the restaurant busy but not overly loud. We were there to celebrate a friend's birthday and had a wonderful time. We started off with amazing cocktails before enjoying our wonderful entrees. Everyone raved about the food. We ended our dinner with a round of desserts that made the evening complete.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent All Around
Wonderful place - innovative menu for both vegetarians and carnivores. I have eaten both lunch and dinner and quality of food has been consistently excellent. Good cocktails, nice wine list, knowledgeable and efficient service, and wonderful interior setting - and to top it off you can actually carry on a conversation with others at your table without screaming. I have ordered the steak special twice and both times quality and preparation are as good as anywhere in the city. Vegetarian guests from New York rave about quality and wide selection. I think this is the most underrated restaurant in the city.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Cleveland Chicken Dip and the Cuban sandwich are incredible. I loved the homemade pickles. The Taste of Thailand cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. The spicy is not overwhelming, it's a nice tingling after you take a sip. Amazing place. Would definitely return.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific vegan options
Everyone's food was outstanding but having an extensive vegan/vegetarian menu to choose from as well was a pleasant surprise!
They also serve an amazing gluten free almond cake. YUM
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We will be back
As two ovo-lacto vegetarians, it was fantastic to have a full menu to choose from. We will come back.
My wife thought it was a little loud, but understanding it was a Saturday night, I was a little less critical.
With regard to the food, it was fantastic. The only criticism was the ice cream sandwiches were so mild in flavor that they bordered on bland.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
vegan/vegetarians will be happy
We stopped on a Tuesday evening ...at 6 ...so the place was rather empty. Since my wife and I are vegan, we we excited to see a menu with so many options. I had the vegan pot pie ( very savory ...great veggies inside) also tried the peanut soup (we would get that again) . My wife had the kale salad and vegan sliders ...and loved them both. The service was great!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome as Always
Pura Vida has become my favorite place to eat in Cleveland! The food is always amazing, as is the service. If you've never been, you MUST try it!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Date night gem
Took my future wife to Pure Vida before heading to a theater performance. Dinner was unrushed yet appropriately paced because the server knew we were going to the theater that evening. All aspects of the meal were delicious - and I must recommend the peanut soup as an appetizer. It is by far the best appetizer I have ever had. The environment had a romantic ambience as well.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful, right on Public Square
What a wonderful place to grab lunch at!!! I loved Pura Vida. My husband and I went there for lunch prior to seeing a play downtown and I have to say, WOW; I will be back! The food was amazing. My husband is vegan and they had a completely separate vegetarian/vegan menu which had many great selections! The view from the patio was great, however next time we come, I have to sit inside; as the atmosphere was so beautiful.
This is a great place to meet for drinks, have a romantic dinner or just a fabulous sandwich prior to going somewhere downtown. Close to everything, with something for everyone to eat!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM