Puerto Vallarta Restaurants

First-time travelers come for the sun and sea, but it's PV's wonderful restaurants that create legions of long-term fans. You can pay L.A. prices for perfectly decorated plates but also get fresh-caught fish and hot-off-the-griddle tortillas for scandalously little dough. Enjoy a 300-degree bay view from a cliff-top aerie or bu
First-time travelers come for the sun and sea, but it's PV's wonderful restaurants that create legions of long-term fans. You can pay L.A. prices for perfectly decorated plates but also get fresh-caught fish and hot-off-the-griddle tortillas for scandalously little dou
First-time travelers come for the sun and sea, but it's PV's wonderful restaurants that create legions of long-term fan

First-time travelers come for the sun and sea, but it's PV's wonderful restaurants that create legions of long-term fans. You can pay L.A. prices for perfectly decorated plates but also get fresh-caught fish and hot-off-the-griddle tortillas for scandalously little dough. Enjoy a 300-degree bay view from a cliff-top aerie or bury your toes in the sand. Dress up or go completely casual. It's the destination’s great variety of venues and cuisine that keeps returning foodies blissfully content.

During the past 30 years, immigrant chefs have expanded the culinary horizons beyond seafood and Mexican fare. You'll find everything from haute cuisine to fish kebabs. Some of the most rewarding culinary experiences are found outside of fancy restaurants and familiar chain eateries at the street-side tacos stalls and neighborhood fondas, humble spots serving bowls of chili-laced pozole and seafood-heavy Mexican comfort food.

The trend of the day is restaurant-lounges. Ten years ago, DeSantos (co-owned by the drummer of the Mexican rock band Maná) was the first to combine dining and dancing in a hip new way, with its noisy ground-floor bar-restaurant and pulsing dance club above. Today DeSantos, Mandala, and other lounges provide places to party with the locals beyond the cool and chill dining rooms.

For those who prefer dining alfresco (and wearing flip-flops) over the glamour scene, almost every popular beach has a palapa shanty or two selling fish fillets and snacks, sodas, and beer. Some offer the Pacific Coast specialty pescado sarandeado (butterflied red snapper rubbed with salt and spices and grilled over a wood fire) or the devilishly simple (and fiery hot) dish aguachile, which is a ceviche salad. The catch of the day may vary, but the white plastic tables and chairs in the sand are permanent fixtures.

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  • 1. Daiquiri Dick's

    $$$ | Zona Romántica | International

    Locals come repeatedly for breakfast (the homemade orange-almond granola is great), visitors for the good service and consistent Mexican and...Read More

  • 2. Vista Grill

    $$ | El Centro | International

    Sensational views of the sunset and sparkling city-light panoramas after dark make this one of the best restaurants in PV for a celebratory...Read More

  • 3. Andale

    $ | El Centro | American

    Although many have been drinking, rather than eating, at this local hangout for years, the restaurant serves fajitas, dependable burgers (of...Read More

  • 4. Archie's Wok

    $$ | Zona Romántica | Asian

    Dishes at this extremely popular pan-Asian restaurant include Thai garlic shrimp, pancit (Filipino stir-fry with pasta), and Singapore-style...Read More

  • 5. Café de Olla

    $ | Zona Romántica | Mexican

    Repeat visitors swear by the enchiladas and carne asadas at this earthy restaurant. It's also one of the few places in town where you can get...Read More

  • 6. El Brujo

    $ | Zona Romántica | Mexican

    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 ...Read More

  • 7. Fredy's Tucan

    $ | Zona Romántica | Café

    Even in low season, Fredy's, next door to the Hotel de Roger, is packed full of Mexican families, gringo friends, and local business people...Read More

  • 8. Kaiser Maximilian

    $$ | Zona Romántica | European

    Viennese entrées dominate the menu, which is modified each year when the restaurant participates in PV's culinary festival. One favorite is...Read More

  • 9. La Palapa

    $$$ | Zona Romántica | International

    This large, welcoming, thatched-roof eatery is open to the breezes of Playa Los Muertos and filled with wicker-covered chandeliers, art-glass...Read More

  • 10. La Piazzetta

    $$ | Zona Romántica | Italian

    Locals come for the Naples-style pizza, cooked in a brick oven and with a crust that's not too thick, not too thin. There's also great pasta...Read More

  • 11. Langostino's

    $ | Zona Romántica | Seafood

    Right on the beach just north of the pier at Playa Los Muertos, Langostino's is a great place to start the day with a heaping helping of Mexican...Read More

  • 12. Memo's Pancake House

    $$ | Zona Romántica | American

    Your child will most certainly find something he or she likes on this Pancake House menu. There are 12 kinds of pancakes—including the "Oh Henry...Read More

  • 13. Salud Super Foods

    $ | Zona Romántica | Deli

    Healthy and nutritious food with lots of flavor is what has crowds coming here every morning for breakast. There is no guarantee that there...Read More

  • 14. Xocodiva

    $$ | Zona Romántica | Deli

    For European-style chocolates, succumb to Xocodiva, in Zona Romántica. ...Read More

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