We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Pura Vida

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Ruta 10 | Entre Las Sirenas y Las Estrellas, La Barra, Maldonado 20000, Uruguay
+598 4277 2938
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

212 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 27: English reviews
Lyons, Colorado
Level Contributor
89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A relaxing environment with a view of the ocean surf and patient, friendly servers. We had the special of the day, Vegetable Lasagna and it was amazing. Vegetables delicately layered in a variety of cheeses and a well developed tomato sauce. We also enjoyed the steak kabob. They obviously cook everything in house. Fantastic!!!

Thank SequoiaRose
Sao Paulo, SP
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

The waiter was very rude and snobish. She was giving us bad faces like we were dumb people and it seemed like she was hating to be there, but it wasn't our fault! The food was really good though

1 Thank IzabellaTKuperman
Level Contributor
54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Went with a friend and loved it. The view, setup, service and food is excellent. I have a couscous salad and my friend the guacamole salad which we enjoyed very much. They have vegan, vegetarian and celiacs choices. I will definitely come back. Price is razonable for the area.

Thank Gabi A
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
82 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

I did come here in the past. In the beginning I was not thrilled. It did took really long before I was servided. But the did apolize for it and I fine with that. Food is good but the have some strange combinations. But I did like the food. Meal was good

Thank globaltrotter_carol
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

I came to this restaurant thanks to TripAdvisor reviews and honestly reviews were on the spot. Great food. Great views. Prices are ok.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

You have to visit this restaurant. Not many people. We were attended by the owners, incredible persons. Prices are OK. Wine menu is great. This is a place I'm sure I'm getting back.

1 Thank Juan T
Miami, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Pura Vida is a great place to have lunch or dinner with family, kids and friends. Very well located at La Barra, Punta del Este. We enjoy the ocean view from the back of the restaurant. Service are excellent and prices are quite reasonable for the region. Try the chocolat tart, the best ever.

1 Thank Shirlei H
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
82 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

It was really my best lunch place 2 years ago. I loved it then. I still like it but it looks like they are missing the magic tought. The food is still good but not that exceptional good it was 2 years ago. The terras is nice, the service is good and you can pay here with debit card. I... More 

Thank globaltrotter_carol
Elmhurst, Illinois
Level Contributor
473 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

The evening staff at our boutique hotel recommended this restaurant. We made the mistake of not checking the price for the "cubierto". US 3- per person for a stale bread basket and two miniature spreads... My milanesa was very salty and the white wine was just okay. My husband had better luck with his gaucho milanesa and his red wine.... More 

Thank trvlbufElmhurst
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Food was ok but at a price. Staff did their job but were not very welcoming. Ambiance was missing. Would I go again? Probably not.

Thank Martin V

Travelers who viewed Pura Vida also viewed

La Barra, Maldonado
La Barra, Maldonado

Been to Pura Vida? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ruta 10 | Entre Las Sirenas y Las Estrellas, La Barra, Maldonado 20000, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Maldonado Department  >  Maldonado  >  La Barra
  • Phone Number: +598 4277 2938

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Pura Vida staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?