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Pura Vida

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527 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2809
+1 215-922-6433
12:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

Let me start by saying the owner made me feel right at home . I was looking for a quick bite to eat and saw this place to the corner of my eye and pulled over . The owner made me feel right at home and went over the menu with me and my boys . He recommended the burritos... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013 via mobile

Our experience: 1) We planned on meeting friends here. We both have two young children. Our friends, lunchtime regulars, made a reservation for 5:30 pm on a Saturday. 2) My family arrives and is asked to wait outside until the whole party arrives. The restaurant is completely empty. 3) We sit down and order $5 chips and salsa and a... More 

1 Thank Stilles
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

Passed this place a hundred times but didn't stop until I read TA review while Mervyn. Food was excellent! Very fresh! The shrimp ceviche was delicious as were the chips it was served with. Had shrimp platos. DELICIOUS! Wanted to try fried bananas n ice cream dessert but I was too full. Took home ginger chicken soup n it was... More 

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philadelphia, pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2010

By far one of my true favorites in Philly. I have tried to go to other latin style restaurants... but none of them ever taste as good as the food at Pura Vida. Simple, basic, fresh ingrediants resulting in an always enjoyable meal. Casual, relaxed atmosphere with open kitchen. Cannot beat the prices and the fact that it is BYO.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2009

I read all of the reviews and ate at Pura Vida last night. It was wondderful. Had the Ceviche and chips, salsa & guacamole for an app. The medium Salsa tasted nice, but no heat. Got the hot salsa as well - that turned up the heat nicley. I got the shredded beef enchiladas with black beans and saffron rice... More 

1 Thank PhillySPGGuy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2008

Soooooo good. Love the civiche. Love the entrees. Love the vibe. I don't know what that cheap [--] is talking about. Its the best deal in the city by far. I always, without fail, have an A + experience. Atmosphere is fun and sexy yet laid back. Food delish.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2008

Excellent chicken. Good but pricey for mexican...i mean guatemalan (didn't taste a difference except in the tamales). sigh, guess central american is not cheap in phillie anyway...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2008

Steaks are great but it's not a romantic place :P

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2008

Pura Vida is simple and delicious without a ton of fancy ingredients. It's just high quality, delicious food. And cheap! Very easy on vegetarians.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2008

Best BYO!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Latin, Spanish
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 527 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2809
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-922-6433

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