One of the best times to experience the unique dining atmosphere in Puerto Vallarta is during the annual International Gourmet Festival, held every November. In May, most of the top restaurants in town participate in Restaurant Week, offering special prix fixe menus at reduced prices. Joe Jack’s Fish Shack – Mojito Special – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Graham Mattock on Vimeo. Whether you are looking for fine dining, hip hot spots, casual and fun, or specialized (vegetarian, ethnic, and breakfast only), be sure to check out the excellent restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta has a wide range of fabulous restaurants from world class gourmet to casual and fun. Below is a list of Beston Properties favorite restaurants starting with casual and inexpensive and working up to more $ For more detailed information see Lifestyles Magazine in depth restaurant reviews.
**JOE JACKS FISH SHACK: casual atmosphere, great food from fish tacos to steak & good value. Check out the rooftop terrace. Open daily lunch and dinner Great Hamburger and steak as well as seafood
ADDRESS: Basilio Badillo #212 street, 2 blocks from Los Muertos Beach.
CAFÉ DE OLLA: a long time favorite on Basillio Badillo near corner of Olas Altas. Mexican food, seafood, good value, friendly service.
Address: Basilio Badillo # and the corner of Olas Altas Tel 223-1626 Look for the 6 foot cactus in front and a line of people waiting
VITAE: great food & location. Perfect for people watching or sunset. This is the casual bistro style by the same owners as Trio. Located along the oceanfront near the corner of Libertad street. Open daily, breakfast, lunch & Dinner
SWELL Beach club hang out open day time only. Towels provided when having lunch or drinks, great location for getting to know the Los Muertos Beach social scene. Great salads, seafood and burgers.
ADDRESS: Los Muertos Beach south of El Dorado Restaurant access by beach or from Pulpito Street
EL DORADO: BEACH great day time beach hang out, food is ok, trying too hard to be gourmet but ok. Located between La Palapa and Swell street address on Pulpito street
LA POSTA : Italian food located on the Malecon near the main plaza in the old Post Office (hence the name) great food, good prices and service
Address: 444 Morelos on the Malecon (Boardwalk)
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**DAIQUIRI DICKS: great food and service – winner of the people’s choice award for years. From Shrimp Tacos with béarnaise sauce & the famous fish on a stick TEL 222-0566
ADDRESS: Olas Altas 314 Los Muertos Beach
LA LECHE Totally trendy, located along the hotel zone with all White decor, long shared tables, fun menu, prices medium to high, after the Kitchen closes at 11pm it becomes a late night bar club.
**TRIO: located on a quiet side street near the Cathedral of Guadalupe. With a charming European atmosphere, international menu. Great service.
Address: Guerro # 264 Tel 222-2196
CAFÉ MAXIMILIAN´S: Olas Altas #380 B, Romantic zone Tel 223-0760 A favorite located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, with both indoor and a charming sidewalk café setting– continental menu with Austrian specialties, great service, dessert and espresso bar
Address: Olas Altas Street # 380 Tel 223-0760
HACIENDA SAN ANGEL: in the Hacienda San Angel Boutique hotel. Hillside above the Cathedral of Guadalupe in the historic Zone, a must see for décor, spectacular view from the restaurant with Mariachis on Tuesdays and Fridays Sunday Brunch served in the Cathedral (a special area for weddings and events). Sunday Brunch is amazing. Reservations needed.
ADDRESS: Miramar #336 Tel 222-2692.
THE RIVER CAFÉ: located on the Cuale River Island near the bridge Tel 223-0788
[email protected] the natural garden setting of the River Café is casual yet elegant, the food and service are excellent and the menu inspired. A tranquil spot to regroup while shopping and a sophisticated dinner location. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with live music .
BLANC & BLUE: in the Garza Blanca Resort, elegant beachfront restaurant. Approx 7 km south of town on the main highway.
CAFÉ DES ARTISTES: French nouveau cuisine, pricey menu but worth the experience for the fabulous atmosphere. Try the Constantini Bar for martinis and special coffees; ask about the Chef’s Signature prix fixed menu Calle Guadalupe Sanchez #740 Tel 222-3228 [email protected]
www.cafedesartistes.com Chef/owner Thierry ** INDICATES WINNERS OF THE PEOPLE CHOICE AWARDS
EL ARRAYAN: Allende #344 at Miramar Street above the Malecon Tel: 222-2963 [email protected] the décor is old Mexico, the mood is fresh and contemporary and the menu is a brilliant interpretation of traditional family recipes. In less than a year this charming restaurant has become a favorite with locals and every visitor who is lucky enough to find it.
LE BISTRO: Located on the Cuale River Island near inland bridge Tel: 222-0283 [email protected] a tranquil oasis with live piano music during the day and a hot jazz club at night. A semi open air garden setting with an infusion of Neo classic design, great food and excellent service, the perfect spot to take a break during a hard day of shopping. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, closed Sundays.
LA PALAPA: Pulpito #103 Los Muertos Beach Tel 222-5225 [email protected] One of the original hang outs for locals open for breakfast lunch and dinner, have breakfast and spend the day on the beach. Or enjoy a romantic evening and dine on the beach amidst the flickering torches with live guitar and the waves lapping at your feet.
VISTA GRILL: Pulpito 377 Alta Vista Tel: 222-3570 [email protected]Vista Grill has an elegant contemporary setting with the best views of the town and bay. A sophisticated menu and excellent service.
LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO: located on the Malecon 1 block north of Carlos O’Brians. Tel: 223-1585 Traditional Cuban restaurant and bar. Designed to copy the original La Bodeguita del Medio in Cuba where Hemingway use to hang out. Ask for a felt pen to autograph the wall. Casual/Fun
BARCELONA TAPAS: Matamoros & 31 de Octubre (hillside) Tel: 222-0510 Located on the hillside with spectacular views of the town and bay. The perfect place to share a pitcher of their famous Sangria and some tapas with friends, if you miss the sunset you can always watch the fireworks.
LA DOLCE VITA: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 674 midway along the Malecon Tel: 222-3852 Popular with locals, owned by Italians. Brick oven pizza, carpacchio, seafood. Friendly service and good music – great for people watching; the pirate ship fireworks show can be seen from the upper balcony most nights.
OUTBACK STEAK HOUSE: hotel zone across from Hotel Krystal Tel: 225-4908 Great food and service, the best beef in town as well as seafood, pasta and much more. If you are missing an American sports bar atmosphere and want a really great steak this is the place to go.
PEPE’S TACO’S: about 9 blocks North of the Malecon. When the view is of a gas station and it still gets written up, you know the food is great. Serving fresh grilled tacos al pastor and al carbon with the best in fresh salsas and home made tortillas. Basic bar, no desserts, just great tacos. Open 4pm to 4am
TAKON MARLIN: PERU 1229 about 9 blocks North of the Malecon, another location in front of the Airport. The best seafood burritos in this part of Mexico with a special green salsa that is the secret recipe of the owner. Open 2-9PM daily except Mondays.
MARISMA: Basilio Badillo & Naranjo in Old Town and in Marina Vallarta. Outdoor street stand making the best fresh ceviche in Vallarta, also known for their shrimp tacos. Serving a variety of seafood including calamari and crab served in a fresh hand made tortilla. Exceptional salsa, be sure to try to the green salsa. Open for lunch only, closed Mondays.
Specialized ARCHIE´S WOK: Francisco Rodrigues #130, next to the Los Muertos Beach Pier Tel: 222-0411, [email protected] A feast of tropical Asian flavors. Archie, chef for movie director John Huston, created a menu based on his native Filipino cuisine with Thai and Chinese accents. His wife and children carry on his legacy. Lunch and dinner, closed Sunday.
LA PIAZZETTA: Olas Altas & Rodolfo Gomez, Romantic Zone Tel 222-0650, [email protected] Memo, the owner-chef, serves great pizza and other Italian dishes in a chic side walk cafe atmosphere. Nice wine list – excellent tiramisu. Delivery available. Closed Sundays
MEMO´S PANCAKE HOUSE: Basilio Badillio #289 Tel 222-6272 Best breakfast place in Vallarta – everything is good, including the prices Check out his coffee store selling fresh roasted coffees from the best coffee regions of Mexico. Open daily 8:00 AM to 2:00. PM
VEGETERIAN PLANET: Iturbide 270 a block from the main Cathedral Tel 209-0555 Written up by Bon Appetite, salads and main dishes served buffet style. Superlative food. Best time to go is 2-3pm as the later Mexican lunch is their specialty. The buffet might be a bit tired later in the day.