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“Such a fun (and tasty) place!”
Review of Pura Vida Cafe

Pura Vida Cafe
Ranked #2 of 24 Restaurants in Bayfield
Price range: $3 - $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 May 18, 2013

We only make it up to Vallecito Lake a few times a year, but Pura Vida is one of the reasons we do. The lake is a beautiful place, but having a yummy restaurant like this is a mighty fine bonus. I had beef enchiladas with green chili and the spouse had a smothered (green) pork burrito. Both were delicious, but the burrito was the best. We really like the margs too. Our waitress was awesome once we got one. Do it.

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Thank kanddDurango
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We are locals and this is one of our favorite restaurants to visit during the summer! The drinks are sooo good including the Chunky Monkey and Bloody Marys. The menu is unique because they blend southwestern food and "costa rican" style food together and the result is amazing! We love their Parrot Dip appetizer and don't forget about saving room for one of their specialty desserts! Be prepared for a wait tho cause the kitchen is small and the place is always packed! The location of this place equals beautiful views of Vallecito Lake and they even have patio seating! Like them on Facebook to get the most current information!

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Thank MrMrsH2009
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Delicious, quality casual dining right on the shore of Vallecito Reservoir. Beautiful setting along the lake with the mountains as a backdrop. We especially like the Sunday morning Bloody Mary bar and Eggs Benedict specials. We live in Durango and go 1-2 Sundays per month. Heads-up they are open in the warm months only.

Thank rezlaw
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

After kayaking on the lake, we always enjoy dinner at Pura Vida. Friendly staff, excellent food, unbeatable views.

Thank Marie M
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Best place for sunset drinks,the food is very good,and there is a great selection of tiki drinks a great place after a day of hiking

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Thank Bubbaduck
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