Pura Vida by Brandt Evans serves up contemporary dishes in a New American cafe. The chef, Brandt Evans, prepares unique dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Guests can stop in for breakfast or have delicious offerings dropped off or catered for that early morning meeting. Midday visitors can enjoy African peanut stew paired with a quinoa salad, or share a plate of chickpea jar or BBQ duck confit fries.
Pura Vida serves a variety of vegetarian dishes, such as vegan nachos and burritos or the veggie big mac. Dinner or Urban Picnic options include grilled tandoori chicken, the Pura Vida burger and sides like the sea salt and rosemary fries. Guests with heartier appetites will enjoy the Ohio double bone pork chop or the smoked Ohio beef ribs. Don't forget to leave room for Smore hand pie, gluten-free berry crisp or a vegan chocolate shake to finish the meal.
We were really excited for our date to Pura Vida because they're known for their vegan menu. Our appetizer was good, and the Chinese rice was decent, but the chicken fried cauliflower was HORRIBLE. It was freezing on the inside, the breading and gravy were awful, and the biscuit was very dry. Not good at all. Our server was great, though, and bought a round of drinks once we told her. I'd say they get high marks for service, but we won't be back.
My wife and I and another couple were in Cleveland for a Cavaliers game. We chose Pura Vida due to the good reviews, and the great menu with many vegetarian and meat options. The place is modern and sleek, and the food was simply outstanding. Our server, Lilly, was a huge help and handled our needs beautifully. We made an excellent choice!!
The food was amazing! Everything we tried was delicious...African peanut stew, crispy mushrooms, hummos jar, etc. Service was fantastic...very helpful and efficient.
We had the peanut stew & the squash bisque for the appetizer which was really good. We also had the special which was the sea bass and it was excellent and done to perfection. We will definately come here again.
Other than the fancy shredded butter, the place was a disappointment. The ambiance had neon lights that changed colors way too often and the food was okay at best, despite the price tag put on it.
Beautiful, classy, contemporary decor.
Our server Kelly was great and quite friendly.
Food was good, but too salty.
I have dined at Pura Vida several times and the food has always been great. Definitely recommend it for a dining option downtown.
The food is great! I appreciate the diverse vegetarian options! The service is top notch! Wonderful place for a special occasion, but I've also been there for lunch. It's definitely more of a fancy dinner place I'd say.
Unfortunately can't get enough patrons to make this place work
Absolutely amazing food w/creative tasty vegan options. When we finished our leftovers the next day, we talked about going back to order the exact same dishes again!