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Pura Vida
Ranked #793 of 1,045 Restaurants in San Juan
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 24 February 2014

We were very excited to get to this place as there are just a few vegetarian options in Ocean Park. We were very disappointed to learn the place was closed and they were looking for a cook! When we got there we did not know about this. We went in thinking it was opened. Two guys were chatting and initially did not notice our presence. In terms of the location, you really have to pay attention to find the place. You'll see a small storefront with the restaurant name written on a small board. Parking is limited to about 3 spots. You'll have to drive around the area and find a side street to park if no spot is available in front of the restaurant. We wished we had the opportunity to taste the food as some other reviewers have indicated. We visited in January, so hopefully they have completed hiring new staff.

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Thank Lorenzo17
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

I went there a few years ago and the food was good, but the place was empty and the wait was loooong. Also mosquitos attacked me. I tried to go again a couple years later, but they told me they weren't a veggie place anymore. They said there wasn't enough demand for that and the recession was too tough. The menu looked like every other undistinguishable Puerto Rican restaurant. I left and went into OSJ instead. Disappointing.

1  Thank granite_girl
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

I have been eating in the restaurant twice while staying at the hotel. While it's true that the restaurant is pretty empty, the food was really nice and the service was excellent. I would eat there again.

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Thank MichaelakaBarney
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We found this restaurant as an option because of its vegan offering. We called and the person who answered the phone indicated we better make a reservation, so we did. Big surprise when we arrived, the place was empty. We were the only ones there through the course of our meal.

The atmosphere was sad. Think old howard johnson hotel with worn out furniture. The service was friendly but super slow. The person tending the table was doing multifunction activities (tending the bar, bringing guests in to the hotel, carrying bags, etc). The portions were ultra tiny and not very tasty. In the end we order a couple of pieces of cake and we got ultra microscopic portions. Cost: whopping $7 a piece. The total for this culinary experience was $49. We were taken for a ride, but only once...

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Thank Carl L
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

we bought a cupon to eat there. we tried to go for dinner, but everytime we went there was an excuse on the food that was on the cupon. finally they told us that the chef was injured and they will be close without a open date! we need to call the cupon company for a refund.

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1  Thank gabypi
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