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Dinning In Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Updated on June 7, 2021

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Let me share a few of my favorite restaurants

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 now 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, be ready to find restaurants that are high-end, on the economic side, right down to inexpensive street stands. From elegant restaurants to the casual sidewalk stand. Puerto Vallarta has many fabulous dining options.

Bravos! Lets Start With One Of My Favorites


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, You will find Bravos. The menu offers up generous servings of flavorful international food and excellent top-shelf drink. The service is spot-on, and "Michael" the owner and host, is always on hand to make sure your dining experience is one that you will not soon forget. I have enjoyed most of what the menu offers 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.

El Palomar de los Gonzalez - There is nothing better than an evening out dining with friends...


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 is very attentive, and friendly. If you are looking for that special evening to long remember, make sure to consider El Palomar de Los Gonzalez. The view from the outdoor dining room is spectacular.




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

Melissa's is quaint, and a bit off the beaten path in the Centro area. However, it is worth finding. It's a family-owned restaurant. The 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, the red snapper is one of the specialties. The imperial shrimp (check out the 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. Dress comfortable and casual...

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


The owner "Tony" is a hands-on host. You will be greeted at the door and felt welcome immediately. The shrimp and chicken crepes are great, as are the filet and shrimp. The filet is cooked perfectly and was accompanied by a dozen tasty shrimp, mixed veggies, along a side of rice. All meals come with a nice salad, and complimentary chips and salsa. The service is 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.

Archie's Wok Pan Asian At Its Best


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 over 30 years, and it is actually one of our all-time favorite restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. If you decide to give Archie's ago, 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. Dress for a romantic evening.

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Check Out Mama Rosa's Web Site


"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 your 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. High to low...

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

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. The owners are so welcoming... The staff is attentive and friendly.

Price: Hacienda Alemana offers several economical specials each night of the week.


Boccon Di Vino - In the mood for Italian ?


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 homemade bread to boot! Portions are good, and prices are more than fair. My husband loves 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.

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


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 flair. 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 Cocos.

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

This gourmet restaurant sits right on the beach and offers the dinners a wonderful sunset view in an elegant setting. 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 to dressy. Prices range from $20 - $25 USD and every day 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.

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El Brujo ( The Witch)


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 witch's cauldron. Most entrees are served with refried beans, 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 1 pm 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 at your party.

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Los Muertos Brewing Company - Now That's Italian !


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 brewpub in the states. I like the second-floor dining, it is well decorated, comfortable, and is surrounded by open balconies, which offers 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.

If You're Looking For Great Mexican Food Head For The Red Cabbage ! - Hope you're hungry, be ready for over loaded plates...


Marisma Taco Stand

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

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!


Beach Eateries

There is so many fun, out-of-the-way beaches in 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 to ask a cab driver where you can find a beach where the locals go to enjoy the beach and restaurants

Fun Times At The Beaches Of Puerto Vallarta...

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Check out the Ocean Grill's Web Site

The Ocean Grill

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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Puerto Vallarta Food Tour - Check it out at YouTube

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta? - Please take a moment and share your favorite restaurant.


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      2 years ago from USA

      I've never been to Puerto Vallarta. Your hub makes it look like a nice place to visit, with great food. Thanks for the information about these restaurants.

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      3 years ago

      Leland Johnson, Thank you for your visit. Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place. My husband and I are enjoying yet another winter in PV. It is very safe, and as you can imagine a beautiful destination.

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      Leland Johnson 

      3 years ago from Midland MI

      What a well informed article! I've heard about puerto Vallarta but Had no idea it was so beautiful and modern. Your pics make it look safe too. I hope to visit and do the walking tour as shown in the video. Great idea. Thanks for sharing your wonderful advice and experiences!

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      5 years ago

      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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      carla cobb 

      5 years 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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