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Pura Vida

4.2
4.2
676 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American

Literally translated, Pura Vida means "Pure Life". That is the feeling of Pura Vida Tapas & Bar. It is a celebration of good food, wine, friends & fun. Different Latin American countries as well as Spain inspire chef-Owner Hector Santiago's menu. It is the blending of these Latino ingredients that makes Chef Santiago's food so unique. The food is done in tapas-size portions (appetizer size), meant for sharing. This enables guests to try lots of different items… and therefore get more enjoyment out of the dining experience. Sharing food with friends adds to the whole evening of enjoyment. Pura Vida has been voted "Best Tapas" by Creative Loafing, the Sunday Paper, and Atlanta Magazine, and "Restaurant of the Year" by the AJC.

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience

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  1. JB

    JBPanic

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    This was my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Sad to see it go. I will have sad dreams about those pork belly buns I may never see again. On the bright side I hear that Hector is busy working on his next project and am anxious to see what and where it is!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are so sad that this place is closing, but we feel fortunate to have experienced it, even if it was only for one time.

  3. B

    Bill

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sadly, Pura Vida will close on New Years Day. It has been a special destination for us for many years - now we wait to see what Hector and Leslie can come up with for the next iteration. Looking forward to something as intersting and tasteful as Pura Vida.

  4. B

    Becca

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Love this place--my favorite in Atlanta--and so terribly sad they will be closing :(

  5. N

    Newlyretired

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This was our last chance to visit Pura Vida since it is closing at the end of this year. We are severely bummed about this because it is my favorite Atlanta restaurant. Hector is a genius and we will miss him. The restaurant had it all; fantastic food, friendly and great service, nice atmosphere, and intimate setting. I guess all good things must come to an end but this closing leaves a big hole in the Atlanta restaurant scene. Thanks Hector for 12 years of bliss.

  6. G

    Gopi

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Whats the point! Greedy landlord is forcing the restaurant to shut down :(

  7. LD

    Luv2Dine

    Atlanta

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We love this place and we're going to miss it... ordered some empanadas to go at the end for lunch.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Traffic was HORRIBLE the night my friends and I visited Pura Vida. It took us 2+ hours to drive from Alpharetta to the restaurant, and we were 45 minutes late! But, the hostess on the phone couldn't have been more polite and accommodating. Then, the drinks... so delish (and plentiful)! But the food was the best. I will miss you, PV, but it was nice while it lasted...

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2012

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Been looking forward to this for sometime and I was sadly disappointed. Some dishes were okay, like the goat empanadas, but most things were either greedy (fried almonds), or lacked a flavor (terrible slaw with the pork belly coconut buns!). Malanga Chips weren't bad, and the chaffa rise was enjoyable, but even as a "small dish" I'm not sure how they could charge for that on its own. Drinks were consistently had. The Sangria was a glass full of ice, one teaspoon of fruit, and a splash of red wine. The Agricola should be avoided at all costs, and the several other cocktails ordered were equally lacking. There was no depth to any of the drinks and the over powering quantity of bitters used by the bartenders masked any hint of goodness.

  10. M

    Michael

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good unique tapas and very tasty.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent meal in all respects....parking, service, food. I will come back and I do recommend it to my friends.

  12. S

    Snowy

    Atlanta

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    This was our third time to Pure Vida in the last year and although we have to drive from Johns Creek it is always worth the trip. The Sangria is very good, and the tapas each distinct with best flavors nothing tastes the same. The atmosphere is comfortable and energetic. If you are into Spain and tapas try this place.

  13. c

    cyclone

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    This is an above average restaurant. If you've never been you should try it. The service is very good and the food comes out quickly. They have several interesting drinks to try. My wife and I tried several, and while interesting, there wasn't one that stood out or made us agree that we needed to come back. The same goes for the food. It was all well prepared and thought out, but we didn't have any WOW moments. Finally I think the drinks are a bit overpriced. They average $10 a pop. I would say at $6 they would be a good value and $8 is reasonable. $10 a drink (some a bit more some less) for these drinks is too much.

  14. c

    cm8910

    Atlanta

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've always loved the Chicken Empanadas. I love the sugar cane vinegar sauce that it's served with, but with the new plating, it's kind of hard to dip the empanada in it. But what I was surprised with was the hanger steak. It was SO tender and so good. The garlic mushrooms and the mushroom dip were also very good. The wine was great, as well as the service. We had a yummy meal and a very nice experience.

  15. AP

    AnastassiaP

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    I really enjoyed the food. the cocktails were spectacular. The service was a bit too slow, but the good food made up for it! I will definitely go back!

  16. B

    Bear

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been going to Pura Vida since it first opened. Admittedly, we've been going to Barcelona since it opened down the street (North Highland). It was so good to return to Pura Vida! The food, drink, wine list, and service are as great as ever. Appreciate Pura Vida even more for being local, small, warm, friendly. It's not the "scene" that Barcelona is. Both are great and want both to prosper -- there are just different "vibes" at each. Each is appropriate for different times. Pura Vida has mellowed (to use a 60's term) ... warm, more intimate, still lots of fun. And the food is as good, inventive as ever. If you've been going to Barcelona, take a break and return to Pura Vida. We lost Tortillas to Chipotle. Don't let that happen to PV!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, attentive service- would 100% go again!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was very helpful getting us started with what to order as we were clueless. The food was awesome! All of the flavors complimented the merlot that the pleasant bartender recommended when we first got there. The staff seemed happy to work there and worked as a team to make sure all of our needs were met. It was the perfect, romantic setting that we needed for our last night in Atlanta celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary. They also took care of getting our taxi pick up right in time to take us to the show we were going to. All around great experience and nice way to remember Atlanta!

  19. TW

    TinaW

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2012

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    We were there on a Saturday night, unfortunately there was a table of 20+ people there that night. The waitstaff and the kitchen were over extended trying to take care of that group. The kitchen ran out of several dishes and we were there at 7:30. Service was slow and distracted. Nice atmosphere. Great service at the bar.

  20. BC

    BradleyC

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2012

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Worthy of neighborhood stop in, not worth trip from Buckhead

  21. EA

    ErikaA

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We love Pura Vida! The food is always excellent, and I love the ambiance. We miss some food and drink items that seem to have been taken out of the repertoire and hope they will be back soon. We definitely will!

  22. b

    bmccaslin

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been here many times and Pura Vida always delivers! I do wish that they would put tostones back on the menu; however, they were more than happy to make us a side of fried plantains by request.

  23. MV

    MichaelV

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2012

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Service in any restaurant is key. Pura Vida lost thier keys.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish is unique, creative, perfectly balanced in texture, flavor, and perfectly cooked. This is my favorite Atlanta restaurant.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great food, as always. The vibe was a bit low-key the night we went, which was a bit of a disappointment. But definitely one of my favorite places.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tasty little foods and amazing wines. Great service.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Good food, but not as Top Chef as we were expecting.

  28. c

    cmac

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2012

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Menu choices are not quite as interesting as they used to be nor is the execution up to the same level as it has been in the past. Where is the Hector Santiago of old?

  29. b

    bmccaslin

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been to Pura Vida many times and every time it is excellent. The only thing we noticed this time was that there seemed to be fewer food options on the menu to choose from. Some of our favorites were still there though (Hangar Steak Pinchos!), and the newer items that we had were all delicious - also, the cocktails were great as always! Pura Vida is one of the places that we always consider anytime we go to dine out, and it never disappoints.

  30. PD

    PDawg

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Everything was just fantastic. The pork belly in coconut bun is one of the best dishes I have ever eaten.

  31. AM

    AndyM

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    This may have been the least impressed I was by an Atlanta meal in recent memory. Nothing was bad, but none of the food stood out either save one exception. Our group of four ordered a lot and shared. I sampled steak skewers, empanadas, Mexican pizza, chips with a mushroom/truffle dipping sauce, lamb sandwiches and a green salad. The salad was phenomenal; it had toasted pine nuts if I remember correctly, avocado and a delicious dressing. Light and delicious. The rest wasn't bad, but I could have gotten better versions of everything between Barcelona Wine Bar, Noche or a couple other spots. Service was attentive though, and the cocktails were definitive. I'd come back for drinks and a snack but would go somewhere else for dinner.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    I have been to Pura Vida about five to six times and have had excellent food, drinks and service every time. I am convinced that everything on the menu is fantastic and have never had a tapa there that I would not get again. The ambiance and music are a perfect fit for the style of food.

  33. U

    Urueirndxbcbxndosjdjld

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this place for date night. Reasonably priced, amazing food, great service.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is a rare find. It inspires the diner to abandon caution and rewards those adventurous enough with an array of inspired dishes from around the world. It is perfect for the night when you have a taste for something but you're not sure what. Pura Vida Tapas' answer, "have everything". Best of all, the choices are small portioned and healthy enough that you feel accomplished and not guilty afterwards. Bring a friend. I think this restaurant is best when shared!

  35. MS

    MShopper

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We went on a weekday evening -- so the place wasn't packed. But, it was lively enough and the drinks, food, and service were all very, very good. We especially like the tapas concept that allows sharing.

  36. HF

    HarrF

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2012

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    An old favorite is a bit worn. Place was incredibly hot inside. They were out of several items by 8pm and service was a bit slow. Tomato special of the house was truly awful with poor quality tomatoes and steak skewers were unusually poor this night. Just not like the old days. Menu could use some more tapas. Time to take this off the list of great places.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    our dinner experience was wonderfull . what an explosion of flavor. ou waiter was over the top!

  38. AW

    AngelaW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2012

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Unfortunately, the AC was not working properly which made the ambience unpleasant - despite the great food.

  39. M

    Marietta1

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2012

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    drinks were small and overpriced.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2012

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was amazing and we tried almost everything on the menu, plus a few specials.

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