Conviviality, hominess, and dedication on the parts of chef-owners Bernhard Guth and Ulf Henriksson have made Trio one of Puerto Vallarta’s best restaurants. Fans, many of them members of PV’s artsy crowd, marvel at the kitchen’s ability to deliver perfect meal after perfect meal. Popular demand guarantees rack of lamb with fresh mint and for dessert, the warm chocolate cake. The kitchen often stays open until nearly midnight, and there’s a back patio and rooftop terrace on which to dine in fair weather. Calle Guerrero 264, Centro. 322/222/2196. AE, MC, V. No lunch. $$$
Locals come for the reasonably priced breakfasts (the homemade granola is great), tourists come for the consistently fine Mexican and world cuisine. The lunch-dinner menu has fabulous appetizers, including superb lobster tacos with a drizzle of béchamel sauce and perfect, tangy jumbo-shrimp wontons. On the menu since the restaurant opened three decades ago is Pescado Vallarta, or grilled fish on a stick. Start with a signature daiquiri; move to the extensive wine list. The tortilla soup is great! The very plain patio dining room frames a view of Playa Los Muertos. Av. Olas Atlas 314, Col. E. Zapata. 322/222-0566. MC, V. Closed September and Wednesdays May through October. $$$
La Ola Rica
The food here is really good. The cream of poblano-chili soup is simply to die for: not too spicy but wonderfully flavorful. And these are just the starters. The restaurant is understandably popular, and reservations are encouraged when there’s live music, often jazz or cuban. Locals come for the medium-crust pizzas; everyone laps up the lovely margaritas. Av. Tercer Mundo s/n, San Francisco. 311/258-4123. MC, V. Closed Sunday and August-October. Closed weekends June and July. No lunch.
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