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Restaurant Guide

Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta have garnered a world-class reputation in recent years and many are now participating in international festivals and food shows that keep diners coming back year-round with the many exciting choices. For a sampling of the best Puerto Vallarta restaurants, take a look at our listings below. Once you've tried a few, you will surely be returning year after year to try another and revisit old favorites. It's the Vallarta tradition!

Fun and Casual

Café de Olla
Basilio Badillo 168 OT/SS.
Family run spot for years has seen their place expand, overhead fans added and prices rise. Features large inside trees and whimsical artwork many times for sale. A stopover for simple Mexican fare in addition to its name, clay pot cinnamon coffee, chilaquiles, bbq or Mexican combo platter 105p, huge seafood platter for 2 430p, garlic octopus, New York, carne asada, pork ribs, chiles rellenos, tostadas, good combo enchiladas, pork tamale in banana leaf, twice-baked potatoes from the outside grill, tortilla soup and guacamole. Includes chips, salsa fresca and nopales [cactus] salad. Loud and busy in high season with long lines which move quickly and are sociable! Partial A/C. Hi to Fermin and Rogerio. No reservations or CC.

Fajita Republic
Basilio Badillo 188, Col. Emiliano Zapata OT/SS.
Since 1997, owner Don Julio's open-air palm and mango tree garden with glowing 'beehive basket' lights is great to watch the people stroll by while dining. Very popular and reasonable for the generous portions. Specializes in, you guessed it, fajitas of all shapes, flavors, combinations and sizes 104-138p, handmade Mexican entrée served with many condiments. Also serve steak bravo 128p, cheeseburger, guacamole, mambo combo, Caesar salad, Maya cheese sticks, queso fundido, bbq ribs 114p, bbq chicken, fish Oaxaca, chimichangas, enchiladas and molcajetes 104-128p.

Francisco I. Madero Str. 418 old town south of Cuale River
Open daily for luch and dinner from 11am-11:30pm
Benjamín Martínez Núñez runs this reasonably priced home family place opened by his father Gilberto. A long established hidden jewel  (since 1979), where you are treated to the house special Molcajete salsa prepared at your table with personal attention; consistelntly serving exceptional cuisine and divine margaritas; Mexican Food, Sea Food & Specialties; menu includes Fajitas 100-135p, Great Molcajetes 100-140p, Whole Red Snapper 135p, Cononut Shrimp 159p, Shrimps "Pastor Style" with skewers stuck in a flaming pineapple 159p, Mahi Mahi Azteca Style with Cuitlacoche sauce & cheese 145p, Lobster stuffed with goat cheese topped with madarin sauce 299p, filet Mignon 145p, Chicken Breast Reyna Style wrapped in bacon and stuffed with ham 135p, B.B.Q. Ribs 115p, Vegetarian Dishes from 65p, appetizers 40-69p, soups and salads 29-119p, desserts 35-49p, margaritas 45-99p.Free home/hotel delivery service, Credit Cards accpeted also for delivery, menus also in German and French, free interne with a pc available & WiFi.

La Bodeguita del Medio 
Paseo Díaz Ordáz 858 DT. 
Founded in Havana, Cuba in 1942, this one since 2000 serves on 2 floors at north end of the Malecón with great bay view offering Cuban and Creole cuisine. Pork loin or shrimp tamarind, paella for 2, appetizer sampler, fried plantains, black beans, banana chips, beef hash, fried plantains and rum mojitos. Caribbean spirit! Offers Cuban rum and cigars. Write your message on the walls if room. Cuban music 9:30pm-1:30am Th.-Sun.

Mama Dolores 
Olas Altas 534B near Púlpito OT/SS. 
Colonia Emiliano Zapata 
8am-2pm, 4-11pm Closed Monday and September. 
Part inside, part elevated sidewalk street café since 1996 now owned by Grant Hunermund and Kieran Justason from Toronto, Canada features homestyle Mexican and American comfort food as 1/3 lb. burger with French fries, chicken burger, Caesar salad, chef's salad, taco salad with chicken or beef, meatloaf, fried chicken 100p, lasagna, spaghetti and meat balls with Caesar salad, bbq pork ribs ½ rack 105p, full 125p, fajitas 105-155p, mahi mahi, whole fish with lime, garlic or Veracruzana. Oct.-Mar.: Sun. turkey dinner with all the trimmings 4pm-11pm 140p. French Canadian Luc and hostess wife Louise serve their French-influenced breakfast menu as poutine, crêpes [choco!] 35-70p, French toast, sandwiches, "build your own" omelet and smoked salmon on bagel. Virtual Vallarta 2007 "Best Inexpensive." Happy hour 4-7pm. Fri. night in high season meet Mama D! No CC.

The Beach House
Amapas 182 at Playa Los Muertos, next to El Dorado OT/SS.
10am-5pm [sunset]
Marco Quinones operates an upscale lovely beach spot or inside area for grilled veggie quesadilla, gazpacho, yellow fin tuna Niçoise, Cobb salad, watermelon salad with goat cheese and passion fruit vinaigrette, wraps, cheeseburger and grilled snapper sandwich. Available for special events. No CC.

Dining out in Vallarta is another important part of your experience here. There is stunning array of world class cuisine available; listed below are a few of our favorites.

La Palapa 
Púlpito 103 on Playa Los Muertos OT/SS. 
Breakfast 8am-Noon, Lunch Noon-5pm, Dinner 5-11:30pm. 
Since 1959, on the beach south of Río Cuale, owned by Alberto Pérez González [also a singer], 5* Diamond award winner is great for people-watching from this popular spot and features elegant dining with some tables on the torch lit sandy beachfront. Executive Chef José Guerrero and chef Juan Carlos Nachón prepare breakfast oatmeal pancakes with blueberry 67p, fresh fruit plate with cottage cheese, squash blossom omelet, scrambled eggs over smoked salmon puff pastry, crêpes with mushroom and eggs Benedict. Lunches include fine chicken burrito [on request], chicken or beef fajitas 145p, club sandwich, shrimp ceviche, seafood enchiladas 195p, lobster tacos, guacamole with panela, tortilla soup, spinach jicama salad, smoothies and dinners offer pepper-crusted tuna 240p, pan seared huachinango zucchini blossom tempura, pork tenderloin demi-glacé and mushroom stuffed chicken breast 195p. Live music nightly draws many patrons into the bar 8pm-11pm. Virtual Vallarta 2007 "Best Romantic", Sunset Dining" and "Outdoor Dining." This is the original restaurant south of Río Cuale before bridges were built. Check out their historic "before and after" photos in hallway.

Back Alley Steakhouse 
Francisco I. Madero 225 OT/SS. 
Noon-10pm Closed Sunday. 
Peter Hardenbrook's stylish steak and chop house provides top quality USDA certified Angus as grilled rib eye or New York, pork chops or chicken with tangy citrus almond sauce. Seafood items include prawns with glass noodles and maple curry cream, bistro salad, skirted prawns bacon-wrapped with citrus pepper, salmon with butter maple pepper and whitefish with smokey tomato sauce. Lunches until 5pm feature chili, chicken burgers, pulled pork sandwich, chili cheese fries and chicken wings. A/C. Local delivery. 

De Santos 
Morelos 771 DT.
Since 1999, hip gorgeous spot has operated several dining areas with Mediterranean-inspired food as calamari aioli, roasted duck salad 135p, mushrooms with gorgonzola, mozzarella and gruyere, paella marinara or Valenciana 195p, thin-crust pizza as gamberi, lobster ravioli, cappellini 138-170p, calzone with salmon, brie, capers and fresh dill 220p, chicken en croûte, rosemary garlic lamb chop, applesauce pork chop, chocolate volcano cake and mocha vanilla mousse. Fine service and popular with locals. Drummer Alex González of rock group Maná is a principal owner. Catering and special events. A/C.

Kaiser Maximilian Café 
Olas Altas 380 OT/SS. 
6-11pm Closed Sunday. 
Since 1995, owner Andreas Rupprechter and chefs Carlos Palomera's and Claudio Hernández' German, Viennese and Swiss cuisine elegantly served 5* Diamond award food. Beef filet 198p, rosemary chicken 165p, rack of lamb, garlic bread soup, duck foie gras 158p, raviolis with fennel, escargot in puff pastry, sea bass and European fare 180-198p, all well prepared. Luscious desserts, of course, as warm choco cake, crème brulée and vanilla panna cotta. Sidewalk seating and inside A/C. His son operates European espresso café next door [8am-12am, 222-5058] with outdoor seating featuring sandwiches, fine desserts and 20 special coffees.

Le Bistro 
Isla Río Cuale 16A OT/SS.
9-12am Closed Sunday and July to August. 
Beautiful setting with glamorous bar, plants, frescos and tiny lights. Since 1979, Roberto Cuevas and Humberto Esparza offer a chic spot for drinks or a meal [reserve a river view table]. Service is professional and efficient. A special evening out, with soft jazz background music and a lovely spot for a quiet lunch. Chef Felipe de Jesús García Pelayo prepares crab potato cakes with caviar, hunter pâté, escargot, exotic quesadillas 104p, shrimp fig salad, smoked salmon and marlin pear salad, coconut tempura shrimp, huachinango tequila lime 210p, mahi mahi with pineapple and mango 245p, filet mignon Antigua, duck breast blackberry, double fudge crêpes, mango sour cream flan and special café with ice cream. Lunch features eggs Benedict 85p, fish chipotle torta, enchiladas, fruit plate, hot oatmeal, cinnamon French toast, pancakes [4 fillings], Oaxaca green chorizo with eggs, vegetarian plates, pastas and omelets 52-75p as smoked salmon with herb cream cheese. Live piano music daytime. A top choice on many lists.

Café des Artistes 
Guadalupe Sánchez 740 DT.
6-11:30pm Closed Sunday and September. 
Reputed by many as Vallarta's top spot with Star Diamond winner owner/chef Thierry Blouet and Hugo Ahumada presenting Mexican and French cuisine since 1990. World renowned, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine 2005 Hot Tables and named by the Nestle Food Group as one of the 80 best restaurants in the world, is formal, very expensive with attentive but unobtrusive service. Many exquisite choices as sea bass herb butter 245p, grilled tuna with tomatillo 199p, glazed tamarind roast duck, filet mignon Camembert 220p, baked osso buco with spinach gnocchi, cream of prawn and pumpkin soup, tuna sashimi salad, escargot with garic mushrooms, eggplant vegetable symphony, fine desserts as apple and pear pecan strudel with caramel ice cream, tropical baba au rhum and chocolate crème brulée. Three course bistro menu 375p or with wine 440p. Dine inside [A/C], in a 50+-year-old garden or outside on hillside [open Nov.-June]. Cocina de Autor dining room built in levels, backed by a flowing waterfall with a ficus tree centerpiece, [closed Sunday and September, manager Polo] with signature 3-5 course menus 590-750p. Number one for many worldwide travelers. City ‘landmark’ with world famous reputation. Splendid list of 400 wines by the glass 65-95p and bottle 200-4500p. Live music often 8-11pm, as piano or blues in relaxed but elegant Costantini Bar Lounge at entrance. Reservations advised/required. Valet parking. Virtual Vallarta 2007 "Best Gourmet" and "Wine List." Ask about the chef's open kitchen view cooking classes.

El Arrayán
Allende 344 near Miramar DT. 
6pm-10pm Closed Tuesday and August. 
Delightful owner Carmen Porras E.'s and Chef Juan Manuel Cruz J.'s traditional menu choices of appetizers are plentiful to share for dinner. Named for the aromatic Jaliscan flowering tree found in the restaurant's courtyard, since 2003 this spot offers old Mexican family recipe specialties including impressive pozole de camarón 45/65/95p, black bean soup, celebrated 4 plantain empanadas with black bean and cheese, ceviche Colima with baby scallops, shrimp and mango aguachile, duck [pato] tostaditas, nopal cactus pad salad with panela, chapulines: tiny crickets sautéed in onion, avocado, cilantro and tomatillo, chicken breast pasilla and tomatillo 130p, chiles en nogada, beef tenderloin mole 160p, pork Pibil with habañero black bean escabeche 180p, duck carnitas, grilled fish fillet achiote and cajeta flan. Seafood enchiladas with hazelnut mole and chiles rellenos de jaiba [crab, seasonal] are among specials. Open kitchen and lovely romantic partially covered courtyard, featuring an array of art, including local Huichol work, with traditional Mexican influence. Attentive service with abundant portions. High season Sat. 7pm features Los Frijoleros [Danny and Camila]. Again voted by Virtual Vallarta readers 2007 “Best Mexican” and “Best Tacos.” Event catering available.

River Café 
Isla Río Cuale local 4 OT/SS. 
One of the most beautiful settings in Vallarta, owned by Margarito Larios and Eva Sánchez. Tiny white lights on trees overhanging Río Cuale, open air seating with ample room and friendly, fast service by handsome meseros. Chef Vicente Montes González' creative changing menus with impressive food presentation include tasty calamari, mussels chipotle cream, farmer's soup in puff pastry, Thai crab coconut cream soup, quesadilla with huitlacoche poblano, crêpes with shrimp and spinach, seafood fettuccine 179p and tuna carpaccio. Favorite entrées are grilled tuna with papaya, mahi mahi garlic herb, pecan coconut shrimp 225p, chicken breast with wild mushrooms, duck with pear and blueberry 225p, filet mignon with wild mushrooms and chile Colorado and rib eye Bordelaise 240p. Desserts are not to be missed as warm choco cake with ice cream, cinnamon apple pastry, superb rosemary crème brulée or the famous dessert coffees. Jazz by Beverly and WillowThur.-Sun. 8-11pm. Tropical elegance, a top treat and high choice on many lists! Virtual Vallarta 2006 "Best Live Music Venue." Reservations recommended.

Trattoria Michel
Olas Altas 507 at Rodolfo Gómez OT/SS.
Swiss chef/owner Michel Pascal Ferrari offers traditional Tuscany cuisine: antipasti include crostini misti, beef carpaccio and insalata Caprese; pastas as gnocchi pesto and tagliatelle with beef ragú; entrées include risotto, chicken Milanesa, osso buco, bistecca Florentina and beef tenderloin; desserts panna cotta and Belgian chocolate mousse. Opt for outside seating or inside A/C.

Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge
Dinner 6-11pm & lounge 5:30pm - 1am
Contemporary Cuisine
Seating: 90 indoors, 32 in terrace
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Located just 9 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta's old town, and with the most impressive sight of Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay and Los Arcos, Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge is consolidated as one of the best and most sophisticated gastronomical options in Vallarta. In such spectacular surroundings it provides an idyllic setting for a romantic dinner or social gathering - a truly unique experience. Its flame torches-wrapped terrace and volcanic rock chimney create an intimate and enchanting atmosphere perfect for any occasion. Blanca Blue's menu is a magical combination of delicious flavors, aromas, temperatures and textures. Every unique dish is accompanied with suggestions from our Chef, Maitre D' and Sommelier, to create a perfect pairing with the wines of one of the most complete cellars in Mexico. Dining in Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge is in every occasion an experience full of culinary surprises, with the kind of personalized, warm and professional service that accords with the quality of the highest standards of international gourmet gastronomy.

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Food by Seth
Inspired cuisine with economy in mind. Mexico offers an immense variety of delicious and fresh produce, meat and seafood. Food by Seth takes these products and creates a menu designed by your tastes. Sitting down with each client, Seth works with you to develop a menu that is not only flavorful but that is inspired by the season, the guests and occasional fits of fancy.

Archie's Wok
Francisca Rodríguez 130 OT/SS. 
2-11pm Closed Sunday and September. 2-11pm Closed Sunday and September.
In 1986, the personal chef of John Huston founded this Asian cuisine place featuring a combination of Thai, Filipino and Chinese cuisines reflecting his heritage. Now his widow Cyndi Alpenia, trained chef son Sergio and lovely daughter Kiyoki run it and the food is wonderful. Fork-tender beef tongue in coconut milk and spices 209p, mahi mahi in banana leaves with lemongrass and chiles 155p, Chinese sesame cucumbers, lumpia [3], chicken saté [3], crab rolls, shrimp coconut soup, Thai hot and sour soup, red or green curry chicken, ginger stir-fried vegetables with chicken or beef, pad Thai 142p, pancit, lime pudding cake, triple chocolate fudge brownie and exotic drinks as Mint Cascade. Virtual Vallarta 2007 "Best Asian," "Best Live Music Venue," and "Best Vegetarian." Quiet soothing music of D'Rachael "Best Local Musician 2006" on vocals, harp and flute Thurs.-Sat. 7:30-10:30pm. Ceiling fans and lovely plants abound. No reservations.

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La Dolce Vita 
Paseo Díaz Ordáz 674 [Malecón] DT. 
Noon-2am, 6pm-12am Sunday. 
Since 1969, two story favorite on the Malecón serving well-priced Northern Italian pastas, 18 wood-burning oven pizzas, beef carpaccio, garlic shrimp, chicken cacciatore or Parmigiana, 10 spaghettis as pesto, vongole, Bolognese, penne, fusilli, cannelloni, lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, osso buco, saltimbocca, 3 fish fillet, tiramisú and gelato. Loved by many locals and visitors. Sometimes live jazz music.

La Piazzetta 
Rodolfo Gómez 143 near Olas Altas OT/SS. 
4pm-12am Closed Sunday. 
Corner spot since 1995, Dommenico 'Mimmo' Lorusso serves small wood-fired oven pizzas [24 types including calzone 83-98p], pastas [pesto, Arrabiata or 4 cheeses], ravioli and lasagna, spaghetti 7 styles, cannelloni, penne, Bolognesa, shrimp pesto or Diavolo, chicken funghi and beef medallions 3 styles 140-151p, fried calamari, garlic mushrooms, insalatas, bruschetta and tiramisú or apple strudel. Mostly outdoors with indoor A/C. Virtual Vallarta 2007 "Best Italian" and "Pizza."

Café Roma
Encino 287
10am-10pm Close Sunday
We offer one of the best real Italian Thin Crust Pizzas, Great Pasta, Yummy Chicken Wings, Delicious Pork Ribs and Fresh Salads in a comfortable, cool environment free of hassles from Time-Share salesmen and vendors. We also offer 15 peso, full size, Corona and Pacifico Beer as well as Excellent and reasonably priced mixed drinks. Come try our Margaritas available in Fresh Lime, Strawberry, Raspberry and Mango. You will fall in love with us!

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Barcelona Tapas
Corner of Matamoros and 31 de Octubre DT. 
5-11:30pm; F, S: 5:30pm-1:30am Closed August and September. 
Take a party and share a dozen cold and hot tapas for about 200p per guest. Since 2000, owner/chef Bill Carballo, from Chicago and trained in Spain, and wife Yesenia offer sizzling spicy shrimp ajillo 89p, baked goat cheese, grilled calamari basil, aged Serano ham and La Mancha cheese, rosemary chicken, cumin marinated pork or aioli beef brochettes 75p, creamy garlic potato salad, marinated Mediterranean olives, mushrooms with chorizo saffron cream, cannelloni filled with tuna, layered vegetable timbal, duck, Valenciana or mariscos paella 139-225p, tortilla Española [omelet torta with potato, onion and garlic], gazpacho, shrimp bisque, housemade breads, ice cream as rich, soft creamy coconut 45p, crème brulée, caramel fried bananas and housemade red or white sangría. Lovely terrace up staircase on 4th floor with Bahía and cityscape or inside A/C 3rd floor dining room. Noon cooking classes in high season. No CC.

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Some of the restraurants listed here are excerpts from "Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide Beck's Best", reprinted by PVRPV with permission.

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