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.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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.
Posted: 6/07/2010 • Link to this review
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.
Posted: 5/07/2010 • Link to this review
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.
Posted: 6/21/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
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.
Posted: 5/06/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
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.
Posted: 10/18/2007 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
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.
Posted: 10/09/2007 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
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.
Posted: 8/10/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
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!
Posted: 6/02/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review