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El Brujo

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El Brujo Review

It's on a noisy street corner, but the seriously good food and generous portions mean that this is still an expat favorite. The molcajete—a sizzling black pot of tender flank steak, grilled green onion, and soft white cheese in a delicious homemade sauce of dried red peppers—is served with a big plate of guacamole, refried beans, and made-at-the-moment corn or flour tortillas. Try the breaded scallops, stuffed fish with shrimp and creamy huitlacoche (black corn fungus) sauce, or a grilled skirt steak with mushrooms and bell peppers bathed in tomato sauce. If you're into simpler fare, the unadorned grilled fish fillet is fresh and delicious, too.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Venustiano Carranza 510, at Naranjo Col. Remance, Puerto Vallarta, 48389 | Map It
  • Phone: 322/223–2036
  • Location: Zona Romántica

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations not accepted.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed 2 wks in late Sept.–early Oct.

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    El Brujo Review

    If you love food that is heavily salted, you will enjoy El Brujo. From the time we began our meal and were presented with the dry tostado chips and the extremely salty mexican salsa, we knew we would possibly be doomed. There were six of us; all with varying tastes. One of the individuals in our party always puts extra salt on his food but even he complained about it. We ordered crab enchilada and the hot cheese cilantro appetizers. The enchiladas had potential if there was less salt. The hot cheese (forgot the exact name of it) with the cilantro was tasty when eaten with their warm homemade tortillas which were also good. However our steak that was laden with cheese, shrimp and chicken entrees were guess what....TOO SALTY!!!!! We could not finish our food because of this issue. El Brujo may be quaint and inexpensive but if you have high blood pressure, this is not the restaurant for you. If you don't have high blood pressure, it may be elevated after you finish your meal at this restaurant. We did however, find a great taco stand on the corner across the street from El Brujo. I don't usually eat street meat, but the smells drew us all closer. This place had the best tacos with the corn tortillas made right on the spot. The stand was surrounded by locals which of course is always a sign that something delicious is in the makeing.

    by gyfted1, 12/28/09
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    Best Hidden Secret of PV

    We were recommended to go there from a girl at our hotel who lived in PV on business for 7 years... THE BEST advice we got was to check out El Brujo. Get the Queso con cilatro for an app... you will freak out it's THAT amazing. They serve it in a piping hot bowl. It's mozzarella cheese fried, then they pour the sauce (which is totally not overpowering with cilatro) and it bubbles to an amazing delight. You eat it with tortillas. The food in general is really good, very chill atmosphere, and very cheap. It's a total gem and I would eat there again in a heart beat (wish I was there now in fact). Another tip-after dinner, ask your waiter where the church is... when he/she tells you (it's a few blocks away) check it out. There is a guy there who sells the most amazing churros. Nothing like topping off a cholesterol-filling app with an amazing cholesterol-filled desert. It's the best.

    by alim1, 6/11/09
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    Traditional Mexican Restaurant

    Casual and very inexpensive Mexican restaurant. The shrimp ceviche in the BIG pot is to be shared with more than one person. We must have gotten about 14+ shrimp in it and took most of it home. Good place for an ethnic Mexican restaurant.

    by Janiebii, 5/5/08
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    My favorite local dive

    Ok, it's not fancy but just try and get in the door at dinner time during high season. Locals and snowbirds in the know flock to this place for the authentic Mexican dishes but the real stars of the show are the creative and delicious seafood dishes. Perfectly fresh fish, crab, oysters - yumbo. Try it is the middle of the afternoon for a late lunch to avoid the crowds and you'll probably be the only gringo in the place because the locals love it too.

    by uncledave8, 7/23/07

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