Pura Vida Tapas

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656 N Highland Avenue NEAtlanta, GA 30306

Description

Pura Vida is a tapas restaurant in Atlanta personifying Latin flare.

This chef-owned and operated Atlanta tapas restaurant serves Latin food that has hand selected ingredients. Pura Vida's tapas menu consists of Hector Santiago's creative cuisine inspired by Latin American and Spanish traditions.

Bold, inventive and intricate small plates at this Atlanta tapas restaurant reflect the passion for Latin and Spanish fare that will surely give you an unexpected and unparalleled.. dining experience no matter what the occasion.

Pura Vida also caters and offers cooking classes in Atlanta. Check out $3 tapas (Mon-Fri 5:30-6:45), special martinis, wine selection specials and Tango Thursdays.

Fun and flavorful, fresh ingredients spiced up for any occasion in Atlanta. Great for groups, special events or any day, Pura Vida will satisfy your appetite for tapas in Atlanta.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  bballen2b

    Reviews: 1

    Muy Bien
    bballen2b (1 review)
    5/31/2011

    Muy bien comida. I love this place. I come here on a regular basis and will continue coming back as long as the food and atmosphere stay quality.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  The Thinker

    Reviews: 3

    Gone Downhill
    The Thinker (3 reviews)
    6/07/2010

    I frequented Pura Vida before Hector had his Top Chef fame. They have changed the menu, and I was disappointed in the selections. The service was quite good, and the drinks are also quite good. But, they have removed the Media Noche, for example, from the menu. It seems that Hector may have forgotten what got him where he is, and the flair that took me there early on is missing.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  Draco77

    Reviews: 8

    Best tapas in town
    Draco77 (8 reviews)
    5/07/2010

    HIgh latin cuisine in a nice atmosphere. Tapas are too small? well, not for me, they are the perfect size to share and then get the most of them to try all the variety. Well if buckheadman keep so hard feelings about his experience and will try to damage that good restaurant maybe he should be checking on a therapy, there's a lot of bad experiences in life my friend and not everyone is looking for revenge and to hurt....well some people does and there's jail for psychos....get help!!! Meanwhile WE the sane people we'll keep enjoying good mojitos and tapas there.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  CoolHandLuke

    Reviews: 36

    Great Tapas
    CoolHandLuke (36 reviews)
    10/29/2008

    Good tapas and small bites - not a great place for large appetites. Yummy drinks, lively atmosphere.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  jami88

    Reviews: 13

    Consistently good and great atmosphere
    jami88 (13 reviews)
    7/23/2008

    I love this tapas restaurant. The food is great, the staff is attentive and they have a good drink selection.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  Azulbetancourt

    Reviews: 1

    A Lost Opportunity
    Azulbetancourt (1 review)
    6/21/2008

    If you are searching for a traditional latin meal with ambiance and flair, this is not the place. However, if you are looking for an alternative senior atmosphere, micromeals that do not reflect anything that I love about my heritage, subpar quality and slow service then your on the right track. My mother would slap me if I took her to Pura Vida for a latin meal.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  jechols6

    Reviews: 6

    Best Tapas
    jechols6 (6 reviews)
    5/27/2008

    This place is definitely my favorite place to go for tapas. They have amazing mussels, and really great plantains. Nice atmosphere and a friendly staff.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  marwahr

    Reviews: 544

    One of my favorite HotLanta restaurants!
    marwahr (544 reviews)
    5/06/2008

    I love eating tapas style and they have one great tapas bar. The chef cooks up small plates made with the best ingredients that Spain and Latin America have to offer, along with tasty sangria, too. Eat your way to a great life.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  ATLRater

    Reviews: 10

    My favorite restaurant
    ATLRater (10 reviews)
    10/18/2007

    I love everything about this place -- the look & feel, the staff, the wine list, the drinks -- and of course the tapas. It's my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. It makes me feel good every time. If you've never been, try the empanadas and the duck legs. Mmmm.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  elizabeth1271

    Reviews: 8

    sit at the bar
    elizabeth1271 (8 reviews)
    10/09/2007

    it's wide and solid and the bartenders are always amusing and friendly, plus you're closer to the tasty sangria. the food, while it's gotten great reviews is a decidely mixed bag, especially for the price. the food that is on the simple side is the best, while stay far far away from anything that has a "mousse" in the description.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  Spiros

    Reviews: 5

    excellent place
    Spiros (5 reviews)
    2/28/2007

    Excellent food, attentive service, wonderful drinks (try Peru's national drink, the Pisco Sour...great!) and all in all, a great vibe and a great place.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  aab811

    Reviews: 5

    We loved this restaurant!!
    aab811 (5 reviews)
    10/15/2006

    Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere! HIGHLY recommended!!

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  ShortStack

    Reviews: 52

    Eww.
    ShortStack (52 reviews)
    8/10/2006

    Why does everyone like this place? The food is dried up and tasteless and the sangria is watered down. My date & I tried a few items, couldn't eat them, and ended up at Benn & Jerry's. In the mood for tapas? Try Loca Luna.

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA -  poetphd

    Reviews: 1

    Wrong Attitude
    poetphd (1 review)
    6/02/2006

    I love tapas, but Pura Vida misses the mark on a number of levels. The atmosphere is good, although we were seated in a cave-like booth near the bar despite the fact that we arrived early in the evening and there were hardly any other customers. This was still the case when we left about an hour later. The sangria was okay, and the chocolate/chili flan was quite good--the only high point of the experience. The food was lacking: very fishy romain salad with soggy bread chips; overly raw salmon, and an uninspired cheese plate. The worst moment was when I asked the waitperson for a piece of bread to accompany my cheese plate, and she said, "I'm not sure...the kitchen doesn't like special requests." I won't be back!

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  • Pura Vida Tapas - Atlanta, GA - LeAnn F.

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    I agree...Pura Vida IS the best restaurant in Atla
    LeAnn F. (Posted to Judysbook.com)
    4/07/2006

    The AJC voted Pura Vida as the best restaurant in Atlanta in 2006 and I have to say, they're right on the money! This is a fantastic place. The atmo...

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Business details

Atmosphere

  • Casual
  • Dim Lights
  • Family
  • Festive
  • Fun
  • Music
  • Romantic

Features

  • Bar
  • Brunch
  • Catering
  • Daily Specials
  • Gay-Friendly
  • Great Beers
  • Great Wines
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Parking
  • Private Parties
  • Reservations
  • Take Out
  • Wine Tastings

Entertainment

  • Dancing
  • Live Music

Average Price

  • $15 and under

Cuisines

  • Eclectic
  • International
  • Peruvian
  • South American
  • Spanish
  • Tapas

Credit Cards

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Hours of Operation

  • MON
  • 5:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • TUE
  • 5:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • WED
  • 5:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • THU
  • 5:30pm
  • 10:00pm
  • FRI
  • 5:30pm
  • 11:30pm
  • SAT
  • 5:30pm
  • 11:30pm
  • SUN
  • 12:00pm
  • 10:00pm

Payments Accepted

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Year Established

2001

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish