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Pura Vida Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Mexican, Southwestern, International, South American, Costa Rican
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14810 County Road 501, Bayfield, CO 81122-8714
+1 970-884-2766
08:00 - 21:00
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Right on the lake, great view, especially at sunset. Our food was good and reminded me of eating at Cabo. Vert authentic and we were not dissapointed. Gobs of food well prepared! Too full to try any deserts, maybe next time.

Thank LittleJackieWayne
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5 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Nice view of lake...but our fish was very soft, mushy and greasy. The restaurant was clean and nicely decorated...if you want Jimmy Buffett in southwestern Colorado. We won't be back.

Thank Beth G
Sarona, Wisconsin, United States
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112 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were in the area and wanted just an app and some beer. Server was very friendly. We had chili fries which were great. The view is awesome as it overlooks a marina on Vallacito lake. We'd go back.

Thank Kim G
Bayfield, Colorado
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The food and drinks are always great. There is a small kitchen, so if it's busy plan on waiting. If you go in expecting to get out in 45 minutes you'll be disappointed. It's never a problem for us because we just love to hang out and enjoy the lake. We are too frequently in a rush in this society.... More 

Garland, Texas
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118 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Went here our last night at Lake Valecito. I had the ahi tuna tower, really good. Another had the chicken fried steak. Thought we were back in Texas. Green enchiladas good good! Wonderful view!

Thank Julia H
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

This place is so good, yard eggs super fresh Tried going the next night but it was Monday only night there closed The guy loves Jimmy Buffet

Thank Lornasgrace
Durango, Colorado
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We have visited this establishment twice after a day of kayaking & paddle boarding on the lake. You can't beat the convenience of its location and the amazing view. On both occasions, we had the spinach artichoke dip with pita bread because it rocks. Maybe the best I've had! Our first visit, we didn't have very good service. But this... More 

Thank WyKB02
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This restaurant I visited once which has become one of my favorite location to dine. I always have a great time with my friend and I at this restaurant. This is a Great Place to Eat. I strongly recommend individuals to visit this restaurant.

Thank Orlando Xavier H
Dunnellon, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Food was excellent but the windows providing lake vistas need washed and the flies were annoying. The interior is not my taste but may be fun to some.....

Thank Dave J
Lenexa, Kansas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016

What a neat restaurant. Very quaint and rustic. They had a guy playing his guitar and singing the evening we were there ... what a treat ... he was great! The food was just excellent. We had the spicy margarita which was excellent. The chili rellenos were awesome! My son had the jambalaya which he thought was great. My daughter... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$23
American, Mexican, Southwestern, International, South American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14810 County Road 501, Bayfield, CO 81122-8714
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Bayfield
  • Phone Number: +1 970-884-2766
Funky Jimmy Buffet atmosphere breakfast, 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 menu. Fri- Sun only from October to May. 7 Days May to October 1.

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