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Restaurante Pura Vida

South American, Central American
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Peaje, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 6587
11:00 - 22:00
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

We asked our tour guide for a great local restaurant and he recommended Pura Vida. The food was delicious and we got a chance to see some really cool wildlife right out the back windows: white-faced Capuchin monkeys and coatis. I had the Arroz con Camorones (Rice with Shrimp). It was a large portion that came with a small salad... More 

Thank Mary-Kate W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

This is an overdue review for Nov 2014 visit. Just down the street from Las Orquides Hotel the restaurant was a quick walk. After checking out menus downtown when walking around we found this place was really reasonable. Food was good and fair portion size. Friendly local spot.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

I had the casados and my husband had something like diablo chicken. They were both fine. The place felt like it mostly catered to the locals and those staying in Las Oquideas (like us) which is right next to it. Service is good as well.

Thank pangery
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

We watched bull fighting and ate here once while staying in Santa Elana. We would for sure have eaten here again. Typical food cooked with flavor. Good portions and excellent prices. A local secret: if you ask for a 'buca' (sp?) when you order a beer they bring you a free appetizer. Service is slower, which is normal for the... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014 via mobile

I had casados there twice (different varieties). Both times, it was great food, big portions, and excellent value for money.

2 Thank Geoff W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Delicious typical Costa Rican dishes! We have been to many local restaurants the last three weeks and this one by far was my favorites. The shrimp and rice dish was well seasoned and so was the beef casado. If you like hot sauce try their homemade cayenne pepper sauce. The owner uses cayenne peppers from his garden to make the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
South American, Central American
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Peaje, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 6587

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?