This new restaurant in Toronto will transport you to the beaches of Costa Rica

Escape to Costa Rica in Toronto at Pura Vida, where the essence of “pura vida” — Costa Rica’s mantra of pure life — infuses every bite. Located on St. Clair Avenue, this vibrant spot embodies tropical charm and authentic flavours, curated by Jaime Molina and Yana Balabanova. Their passion for Costa Rican cuisine shines through in every dish.

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Seafood shines at Pura Vida, where dishes like ceviche and Spanish shrimp fried rice steal the show. For a beachy dining experience, indulge in the Tropical Shrimp Paradise on crispy plantain canvases — a blend of shrimp, mango, red onions, garlic, avocado and cilantro atop fried green plantains. Or try the Avocado and Tuna Fiesta, a tropical medley, featuring fresh avocado, bell pepper, red onions, cilantro, tuna and fish sauce, served with plantain chips and house salad.

From breakfast classics like huevos rancheros to refreshing beverages like Watermelon Mint Lemonade, Pura Vida offers a menu that spans from morning till night, all crafted with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with convenient delivery options available.

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Wash it down with Costa Rican coffee, kombucha, ginger beer, Blue Monkey juices in a range of flavours and other refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.

Despite being open for less than a month, Pura Vida has quickly become a local favorite, boasting an impressive almost perfect 4.9 rating on Google Reviews. Guests have praised the incredible food and exceptional service, with standout dishes like the ceviche and the Pura Vida Special receiving high praise. The restaurant’s inviting atmosphere and commitment to cleanliness have also left a lasting impression on visitors, making it a must-visit destination in Toronto.

Pura Vida is located at 750 St. Clair Ave W. and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Delivery within the area is also available.

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