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Nov 30, 2009 05:33 PM

Woodfire Grill or Pura Vida? [Atlanta]

Taking my mom out for her 70th birthday this week and I have reservations at Woodfire. Just curious...(and this is limited to Top Chef-related restaurants 'cause she's a fan)...would you do Pura Vida instead? It'll be 4 adult ladies and one 15-yr-old foodie male. (Eno's not in the running b/c we've all been there before). Looking for pros and cons of Woodfire and Pura Vida. Thanks.

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  1. I would keep the res. at Woodfire.
    I don't think I'd take my mom (almost 70) to Pura Vida.
    A few year's back I didn't love the food at Pura Vida anyway. It may be better now.

    1. The South is a big area! What city please?

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      1. re: meatn3


        800 Peachtree St. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30308

        Pura Vida
        656 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306

        Woodfire Grill
        1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

        1. re: ted

          Thanks, the city helps make the site much for useful in searches!

      2. I have not been to Pura Vida, but I had a fantastic meal at Woodfire Grill a few weeks ago (drove 2 hours to have dinner there.) Unfortunately, Chef Kevin was not at the restaurant that night. Our waiter (Brandon) was really great though, and the 5-course tasting menu was well worth it. Highlights were the best scallop I've ever tasted and of course the pork belly.

        The only gripe I had that night was the confusing entrance. The host station is all the way past the bar, not right up front. We also had to wait a few minutes for our table. We were told to have a seat in the bar area and have a drink, if we like. We sit down at the bar, the bartender brings us a drink menu, we look it over and then a staff member tells us that the bar seats are for customers that want to eat. So, if you have to wait for your table, sit at the low tables up front, not the actual bar. But beyond that, we had an excellent dining experience at Woodfire!

        1. I would also stick with Woodfire. I love Pura Vida, but they change the menu fairly regularly and we have had a couple of trips where we were not so pleased with the selections, but part of that is the wonderful experimentation part of eating tapas. Overall I still think they do fantastic, unique tapas and it's one of my favorites.