Pura Vida

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

Av del Libertador 1876, El Calafate, Argentina, 9405

Serves meat, vegan options available. Extensive menu with a large selection of vegetarian items, several vegan ones. Bread loaves baked in-house. Open Mon-Tue 7:30pm-11:00pm, Thu-Sun 7:30pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Bakery, Spanish, Argentinian, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by LilyIsAVegetable

Disapppinted - Edit

Went here for dinner. Opens at 7.30pm. When I told staff I was vegan I was given two options - veggies with rice or an eggplant/sweet potato casserole. Opted for the casserole for something different. The casserole was a large serve and very filling but lacked flavour. Would not go back.

Pros: Friendly staff; Delicious warm bread to start

Cons: Main course lacked flavour

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hippie but only slightly vegan - Edit

Agree with previous reviewers. The menu: a dozen meat dishes, 5-6 vegetarian dishes and 3 that can be made vegan: rice/veggies, potato casserole, salad. It was nice to have something different than plain pasta/tomato sauce which is mostly what's available other places, but not so good I'd go back. The restaurant inside is warm and welcoming so that's a positive but we had to wait an hour for a table at peak dinner time.

It's slightly out of the center of town but still within walking distance.

Pros: nice ambiance, knew words "vegetarian" and "vegan"

Cons: limited selections

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surprising good! - Edit

We were disappointed to find after looking at the menu and asking our server for more details, that as vegans our only option for main course was the brown rice and veggies! We could have settled for this, but we felt that it wasn't very exciting and was also something we could easily make for ourselves.

We had been by the restaurant earlier to look at the menu posted near the door, and it had looked very promising, unfortunately all of the other vegetarian options contained milk, butter or cheese, which wasn't detailed on the basic menu on the door. Even the corn empanadas aren't vegan. :(

Our server must have sensed our disappointment and suggested the eggplant pie with sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes to make it vegan. We happily agreed and the food turned out fantastic! Those were some of the best sweet potatoes I've ever had! It was served as a casserole, shepherds pie style with tomatoes and eggplant on bottom and a layer of sweet potatoes on top. It came out so hot the juices were still boiling!

The bread that is served before dinner is also really good, it comes warm from the oven and we ate 2 loaves between 3 people. We also tried the local beer. One annoyance: they wouldn't give us tap water when we asked, only bottled.

We found out at the end that our server was vegan, so I guess we got lucky and would have been eating brown rice and veggies otherwise.

Cons: no tap water allowed!!

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beggars can't be choosers - Edit

The place gets really crowded..opens at 7:30 go a bit before to get a table. There is only 3 vegan options..fried brown rice ask for no cheese, salad, ask for no egg and tomato soup that must have some lemon in it as it is sour but when there is little else on the menu or in town this is a good option. a bit of a walk out of town..so keep walking on Liberator and you will find it. it is a yellow and purple house.

The music started off good but the we realized there were about 3 songs in the loop and by the fifth time we heard the same song, we were well over it. The place is cute..if you can get a seat upstairs but he window, there is a nice view. It gets crazy after 8 pm. lines to eat there, not sure why. People love cheese and we found the smell of cheese a bit overwhelming…cheese this and cheese that.

Pros: ambiance, 3 vegan options, view if you can get the view tables

Cons: gets very crowded, music

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Good, but not great - Edit

The vegetarian lasagna is very good, and serves two hungry people easily. The place and decoration are also pleasant. However, service was inattentive - maybe due to excess of customers, which they didn't seem able to handle - and the tomato soup was just terrible, way too sour. I'd recommend it, but it's not the best in the region.

Pros: Ambiance, Lasagna, Veg

Cons: Not Vegan, Service, Some Plates Could Be Better

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Great place! - Edit

We came here for our last dinner in Patagonia after trekking for 4 days in El Chalten and then visiting the Perito Moreno glacier. Eating here was a great way to end the trip. We came early and got seated right away. The servers were so friendly and we felt very comfortable in the space. There were lots of vegetarian options and they were delicious, but not healthy.

Pros: Friendly staff, Beautiful Space, Delicious food

Cons: Not healthy

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you will be back - Edit

Don't get overwhelmed by the crowds, noise, and aggressive friendliness of Pura Vida, you're in good hands.
Family-run, I think, at least that's the feel one gets upon arrival, you are better off coming earlier in the evening than later as it can get very crowded.
For quicker seating and more enjoyment, make friends with the waiting crowd. The more parties can be seated at the same time, the happier the staff is, and the sooner you'll be eating.
The bread, quite obviously baked on site, in sinfully delicious. An entire loaf appears on a cutting board and you will be making your way through it quickly, declaring yourself full by the time there are nothing but crumbs.
At this point, if you're smart you had ordered an empanada, in my case choclo (sweet corn) and all of a sudden, you discover space previously hidden in your stomach for this treat.
As a vegetarian, Pura Vida offers many, many options. All of them are delicious, but they are not all necessarily on the healthy side. You will have to opt for tastebuds over waistline just this once--well, twice, maybe three times, as you'll be back to sample the rest of the menu, and everyone there will remember you upon your return.

Pros: amazing bread, friendly staff, warm atmosphere

Cons: wait can be very long, food not necessarily on the healthy side, end of the main drag

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