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Review of Pura Vida Cafe

Pura Vida Cafe
Ranked #2 of 24 Restaurants in Bayfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$23
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Costa Rican, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: Funky Jimmy Buffet atmosphere breakfast(weekends only), lunch and dinner cafe on the edge of a mountain lake at 8000ft. Owned and operated by a Certified Executive Chef and his wonderful staff. Something for everyone with wide variety international menu. 7 Days May to October 1.
Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

Glad we gave this a shot. On Vallecito Lake within steps of the marina. Fun atmosphere. The menu offers a crazy variety of foods; can't quite figure out how the chef manages it all so well.

1  Thank Kimberleemcpike
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Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

We had the enchiladas and salmonwich and both were Delicious! The views were beautiful and our waitress was sweet and energetic! Would return in a heartbeat!

2  Thank Bailey M
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

I've ordered the beer batter fish twice now, and it always arrives piping hot and delish!
I've not yet been disappointed. Fun atmosphere too, for the vacationers, don't miss this LOCAL hangout

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2  Thank paulanelson
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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is on the shore of Lake Vallecito. The food is worth the drive out to Pura Vida. It is scratch made so expect a bit of a wait. I had a chicken fried steak ($17) and my husband had beef enchiladas with red and green chili ($12). CFS was very good. It's done on a flat top grill, which is the right way to cook CFS, and not deep fried. Enchiladas were generously filled. The chilis were both very good. (Green chili is spicier than the red.) Wait staff is very friendly.

A couple of things kept me from giving 5 stars. First, the menu is peppered with statements forbidding substitutions or additions, a $3.50 charge for not ordering, etc. It came across as not very Service oriented. Second the restaurant was full of flies. Not fun to shoo flies while you eat.

Thank Mommabearsmith
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Reviewed August 10, 2017

This place has great views of the lake and you can watch all the hummingbirds on the patio while you eat. The burgers we ordered were amazing and there is quite a selection of different foods on the menu! I would definitely eat there again!

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1  Thank heathermcalister2
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