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Where To Dine In Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Updated on December 29, 2016

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By Sharon Stajda

Will you be visiting Puerto Vallarta Mexico? Perhaps you are doing a bit of research on where to dine while in Puerto Vallarta? Well, hopefully I can help you narrow down your search. I have added reviews on all what I consider to be some of the best restaurants Puerto Vallarta has to offer. I hope I can help you find a few great restaurants to enjoy on your visit.

My husband and I have been vacationing in Puerto Vallarta for many years. We're retired know, and now spend our winters in there. Over the years we have dined in many great restaurants, one thing Puerto Vallarta is not lacking in is fantastic restaurants. I thought it might be fun to share some restaurant reviews with travelers that might benefit from my dining experiences My husband, and I love to eat, in fact while wintering in Mexico we eat out most every night. We as a rule find the restaurants very good, in fact we always tell friends, "Puerto Vallarta has some of the best food in the world" . We perhaps are a bit prejudice, you see we enjoyed most everything this wonderful destination has to offer.

It's my hope that I can provide my readers with trusted, and accurate restaurant reviews on many of the great restaurants we have dined in. As mentioned my husband, and I have a long history with Puerto Vallarta, so naturally we I have a list of restaurants that are all time favorites... However, this past winter we spent two months on a quest to find the "best of the best " eateries. Our robust restaurant search, took us to every area of the ever growing city of Puerto Vallarta. We made sure to include restaurants that were high end, as well as restaurants that were more on the economical side, right down to inexpensive street stands. From elegant restaurants to the casual sidewalk stand , we found wonderful food as well as wonderful dining experiences. I hope my reviews will help anyone looking for a place to dine in Puerto Vallarta, "Heads up" on not only great places to dine, but also provide restaurants that will fits one's budget, along with atmosphere requirements for any given evening out.

Have you visited Puerto Vallarta? If so, please make sure to share your personal restaurant review of any of the restaurants listed here. If you have a favorite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, that is not listed. Please share your favorite restaurant, along with a review at "My Guestbook", which can be located at the bottom of the page.

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Bravos! Lets Start With One Of My Favorites

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Bravos - Fabulous Food Wonderful Service - Superb Host

In the midst of Puerto Vallarta’s happening nightlife scene, just a short colorful stroll from the beach, this inviting south side eatery offers up generous servings of flavorful international food and drink. The service is spot-on, and "Michael" the owner and host, makes sure your dining experiences is one that you will not soon forget. I have enjoyed most of what the menu offer, and never can make up my mind on a favorite. One thing for sure - I absolutely love the carrot cake. Next time you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta, make sure to dine at Bravos. It's my favorite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, and may just become yours.

Reservations are a must

Bravos Restaurant Bar Calle Francisco I. Madero 263, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

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El Palomar de los Gonzalez

El Palomar de los Gonzalez is an excellent restaurant. The food is superb, and the atmosphere is romantic, and beautiful. The staff are very attentive, and friendly. If you are looking for that special evening to long remember, make sure to consider El Palomar de los Gonzalez.

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Melissa's - Melissa's get a 10 for their "Imperial Shrimp"

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Melissa's

Josefa O. De Dominguez, No. 223-A,, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Centro Area)

Melissa's is quaint, and a bit off the beaten path. However, it is worth finding. It's a family owned, and run restaurant. The entire staff are friendly, and make one feel very welcome. You might even say they are equally as passionate about their customers, as they are their food. The food is very good, red snapper is one of the specialties. The imperial shrimp (check out photo ) is one of my favorites, as are the shrimp fajitas. Melissa's food is moderately priced, but taste as if it should cost more. This restaurant is a favorite of locals, and tourists alike.

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Tony's Please - Such A Pleasing Experience ! Oh, the foods great too!

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The owner "Tony" is a hands on host. We were greeted at the door, and felt welcome immediately. I had shrimp and chicken crepes, my husband ordered the filet, and shrimp. The filet was cooked perfect, and was accompanied by a dozen tasty shrimp, mixed veggie, along with a side of rice. The vegetables were prepared al dente. My crepes were delicious. All meals come with a nice salad, and complimentary chips and salsa. The service was very good., Tony's is a small quaint restaurant, and the décor has a wonderful Mexican flare. The prices are very economical. Last but not least, I must make mention of the homemade flan - One word, "fabulous" ! If you are looking for a great place to dine, with good tasty Mexican food, with a fun atmosphere - Tony's is the place you need to try.

Price: inexpensive

Atmosphere : welcoming host, and friendly staff, Mexican decor.

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Archie's Wok Pan Asian At Its Best - Archie's Wok is one of my five favorites ....

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Romantic Zone (Old Town)

For over 20 years Archie's Wok has delighted its customers with the tastiest Pan Asian food in Puerto Vallarta. The Oriental cuisine is classic, but a step above most. The comfortable Zen like decor offers diners a place to relax, and enjoy the finest pan Asian fare. My husband and I have been dining at Archie's for many years, and it is actually one of our all time favorite restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. If you decide to give Archie's a go, make sure to save room for the Lime Cheesecake, it is so good.

The menu at Archie's Wok is a favorite among vegetarians. The late Archie, claim to fame was that he was John Houston chef at his Las Caletas hideaway south of Vallarta. Archie's wife and family continue his legacy today.

Service is superb, prices are moderate to high.

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Mama Rosa

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"Mama Rosa"s " Is the Complete package. Great food, great service, and spectacular view. If you are looking for great Mexican food, you have to make you way to Mama Rosa's restaurant. The chef uses fresh local ingredients, and this makes the food all the better. Owner/hosts, Mateo, and Sergio make sure their guests I must add the desserts are fabulous, so save a little room.

The atmosphere is comfortable, and relaxing, and the view is very special. In regards to cost. The menu offers a variety of pricing options.

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Hacienda Alemana - Fine German Food, Plus the best hosts In town... One of my top five favorites.

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Open for lunch and dinner, Hacienda Alemana features a wide variety of traditional German favorites, including sauerbraten (my favorite), bratwurst, ham hocks and four different types of schnitzel , and lots more.You will also find a good variety of fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, and exquisite fish and Seafood dishes. All main dishes will include a bread basket, and your choice of home-fried potatoes, french fries, sauerkraut, red cabbage,German spaetzle or dumpling.

Please make reservations to assure your seating.

Price : Hacienda Alemana offers several economical special .

Monday 50% Off

Entire menu! (Except beverages)

WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY

Bavarian Buffet 250 pesos

Draft beer included

FRIDAY BBQ Ribs

sausages, salad bar, draft beer included

$190 pesos

EVERYDAY

Three-course menu

draft beer included from 12:30pm to 17:00 hrs.

$189 pesos

Atmosphere : Romantic dine under the stars, in a beautiful garden....

Price: economical, moderate prices for food that taste like you should be spending a lot more.

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Boccon Di Vino - In the mood for Italian ?

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317A Basilio Badillo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you are in the mood for good Italian food, head over to Old Town, and dine at Boccon Di Vino. The food is authentic Italian, tasty, and more than worth the moderate price.

Simply great Italian food, and home made bread to boot! Portions are good, and prices are more than fair. My husband loves the pasta with clams, and one of my favorites is the spaghetti bolognese.

I love the atmosphere, the Garden Dining in the back is very special. There is nothing more romantic than dining under the stars.

Price: moderate

Atmosphere: very " Italian trattoria", back garden romantic.

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Dreamy beach atmosphere, plus fabulous food...

Coco Tropical - This Ones A Winner... Dreamy beach atmosphere, fabulous food, music, and dancing...

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Located Puerto Vallarta, Playa Los Muertos.

Two For One Drinks Nightly 4;30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Coco Tropical Restaurant, is where fabulous food, unforgettable sunsets, spectacular views of Banderas Bay, and the warmth of Mexican hospitality come together. The menu features international cuisine with a Mediterranean flare. The Ossobuco is very good, and on Wednesdays it's 30% off. You will also find a good selection of popular seafood dishes like coconut shrimp, which is one of my favorites at Coco's.

Owner "Heinz E. Reize" is an accredited Swiss Chef, who brings his culinary talents to this elegant beach side eatery.

This gourmet restaurant sits right on the beach, and offers the dinners a wonderful sunset view. Coco Tropical is an associate member of the "Best Specialty Restaurants Club," and the "Platinum Dining Guide".

Coco's offers gourmet cuisine prepared with high quality ingredients, and can be had at reasonable prices. It continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. The dress code is casual. Prices range from $15-$25 USD and everyday of the week there are specials at a reduced price.

The atmosphere is wonderful, and each night you will find entertainment. CoCo' Tropical provides its guest soft samba/ contemporary music. "The singer is very good".

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      CoCo's is such a lively spot at sun down, great music, fab- food, and after sundown, very romantic...

    Casa Fantasia Restaurant Bar And B&B

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    Casa Fantasia restaurant is a "must try". The food is wonderful. the chef specializing in fresh seafood and fish, along with many Mexican favorites. My husband, and I found ourselves wanting to return to this eatery frequently during our winter stay. I loved the fish Veracruz, and my husband favored the shrimp wrapped in bacon.

    The atmosphere is very romantic, a garden under the stars. The decor is colorful, and a bit quirky. The taste of the food, makes one think, the bill might be on the high side. However, Casa Fantasia has kept its prices very moderate.

    El Brujo - "You put a spell on me"

    El Brujo ( The Witch)

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    Venustiano carranza 510, Puerto Vallarta 48380, (back streets of Old Town area)

    The menu includes several fish dishes, all done up with a Mexican flair. One of my favorite fish dishes is the Santa Cruz. Do you like ceviche? If so , try the ceviche at El Brujo's. It's not only fresh and tasty, they give you a large portion, so be ready to share.

    Love the unusual, try the house specialty, " Molcajete". Molcajete, consists of beef skirt steak, grilled onions and panela cheese. cactus, which is topped off with a delicious sauce of dried chilies. all served up in a witches cauldron. Most entrees are served with refried bean, and tortillas, which are handmade.

    When dining at El Brujo's be prepared to leave with leftovers. The portions are huge. In regards to cost, prices are very moderate. Open Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 10:30 pm.

    Note: No credit cards accepted, no reservations

    Price: moderate

    Atmosphere: very casual, Mexican décor, lively and fun, could be a good choice if you have children in your party.

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    Mediterranean - This one makes my top five favorite places to eat in Puerto Vallarta.

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    Miramar 449, Col. El Centro | corner of Mirmar and Mina in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico

    (OPA This is somewhat of the equivalent of shouting 'yay!" or "whoopee!" )

    My husband, and I both agree this has to be at the top of our top five favorite places to eat in Puerto Vallarta.The Greek food is authentic, and could not be better. The owner, "Patricia Saxonis" is not only a great hands on host, but also the main chef at the Mediterranean. Patricia's baked goods are simply "to die for !" So save room for dessert

    Due to the small size of the restaurant I advise Reservations.

    Address; Miramar #449, Col, Centro ( just up behind the church).

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    Gaby's Restaurant

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    Mina No.252 Centro C.P.48300, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    Gaby's is a what I would consider a relaxing and comfortable place to dine. The staff are friendly, and attentive. The Mexican food is very good, and they also make a great Spaghetti Bolognese, They make it the old fashion way using carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms with lots of meat. They also have great steaks, and good salads. If you like" mole" try any of the dishes that add mole, it is very taste. Gaby's offer a table side Caesar salads, done the authentic way. While you dine you can look out of the open windows, and view a wonderful slide show of "old Puerto Vallarta Mexico". Make sure to save room for dessert , Gaby's serve several wonderful flambe desserts.

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    Los Muertos Brewing Company - Now That's Italian !

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    Los Muertos is one of my new favorite eateries. I love pizza, and it is very hard to find good pizza in Puerto Vallarta. Well. that is until this year. My husband and I both agree that the pizza is great, just as good as we get at home. They offer several fresh pizza toppings, try the "Drunken onions". The salads are also wonderful, very fresh, large, and have wonderful homemade dressings. The atmosphere is much like any brew pub in the states. I like the second floor dining, it is well decorated, comfortable, and is surrounded by open balconies, that give a nice breeze. I recommend Los Muertos to anyone that wants to eat great pizza, and salad, and dine in a fun atmosphere. Prices are very economical.

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    Red Cabbage - Lots of taste, lots of food!

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    The Red Cabbage serves simple, straight-forward Mexican cuisine perfectly done, there are no frills. However, the food at the Red Cabbage does not need any frills. What you get at this restaurant is real authentic Mexican cuisine, and in my opinion the food is excellent. There are many dishes based on recipes from the Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo household.

    The atmosphere is fun and artsy, and very comfortable. The décor is actually fantastic, with colorful furniture, lots of paintings, posters and hand painted wall portraits.

    If you're interested in tasting something other than tacos or quesadillas, this may be the place for you.

    I suggest reservations, this wonderful restaurant is always crowded.

    Price: Inexpensive.

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        Char 2 years ago

        My number 1 restaurant in Puerto Vallarta! The spinach salad (not your typical spinach salad as it's been pureed and is more of a spinach paste) is to die for!!! Reservations are highly recommended.

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        I love the Red Cabbage too! It's worth the walk to eat there.

      Marisma Taco Stand

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      Marisma has the best fish or shrimp tacos in Puerto Vallarta. They have a secret sauce, and the tastiest fresh fish and shrimp.

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          The best fish or shrimp tacos in Puerto Vallarta

        Grab your swimsuit, flip flops, and bring your appetite. Time for some beach fun, and food !

        Beach Restaurants That The Locals Enjoy - Be ready to experience good food, strong drinks, and lots of fun!

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        Beach Fun !

        There are so many fun, out of the way beaches in the Puerto Vallarta. Beaches where the locals go to eat, and enjoy a day of beach fun. Most local beaches have great seaside restaurants. So, on your next visit to Puerto Vallarta, head out to one of the rural beaches that Puerto Vallarta has to offer. Be prepared for a day of fun, and good food, all at a very affordable price. There are lots of beaches in Puerto Vallarta, but try a beach where only the locals know about... You won't be sorry. You only need ask a cab driver where you can find a beach where the locals go to enjoy the beach, and restaurants

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        Love Adventure ?

        Tan the Ocean Grill is the restaurant for you!

        Get ready for a boat ride, a restaurant that has no electricity or running water. Oh, and great grilled food!

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            TracyMTX 7 months ago

            So excited that I found your blog! My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Puerto Vallarta, coming up! We love great food and service. Your recommendations are great! Thank you!

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            Sharon Stajda 14 months ago from Shelby Township Michigan

            Greetings, Yes Ernesto's is still in business. Not sure if over the years it may have changed locations. So many restaurants do change locations. Here is the address. R. Osuna #157. Have a wonderful time in PV. The weather has been wonderful this year, as always.

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            Earlyne 14 months ago

            Many yrs. ago, I dined at an out of the way restaurant called Ernesto's. The best ribs And Torilla soup I ever had. Going back to see if I can experience that deliciousness again. Not sure if it even exists anymore. Sure hope so.

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              carla cobb 17 months ago

              I am glad I found your Blog I visit PV twice a year gonna try that los Muertos pizza. thanks also liked OPA! AND THOSE DESSERTS ummm,and last but not least EL Brujo`s Think I`m gonna try those.I`m on facebook living in Regina Saskatchewan Canada send me any further thoughjt`s If you feel impelled.Carla Cobb

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              Sharon Stajda 17 months ago from Shelby Township Michigan

              Thank you for your comment. My husband and I love Puerto Vallarta, we consider it our second home. Next time you visit try Bravos. It's wonderful, and is one of our new favorites. Tell Michael (the owner) that Larry and Sharon from Icon recommended it to you.

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