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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, dressed up or completely casual. It’s the destination’s

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 chile-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, Ztai, Mandala, and other lounges provide places to party with the locals beyond their cool and chill dining rooms.

For those who prefer dining alfresco (and wearing flip-flops) to the glamour scene, almost every popular beach has apalapa 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, a ceviche salad. The catch of the day may vary, but the white plastic tables and chairs in the sand are permanent fixtures.


Mexican Restaurants

El Arrayan ‡‡ True Traditional Mexican Food. Voted ‘Best Mexican’ by Vallarta Lifestyles magazine. Allende #344closed Tuesday. 222-7195
Las Adelitas Terrific Mexican BBQ, Famous for their Arrachera. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.$ Avenida Fluvial #234.
In the Fluvial area, close to Costco
Cafe de Olla Mostly TexMex, outside grill. Basilio Badillo #168 223-1626
El Andariego Restaurant and bar Av. México #1358 223-2100
El Mole de Jovita  Comida Corrida 50 pesos$ Basilio Badillo # 220 223-3065
Encanto Upscale small & cosy. Closed Sunday. Aquiles Serdan #518 222-5785
Fajita Republic Very popular, TexMex. Closed Mon Basilio Badillo # 188 222-3131
Moro Paraíso  Not easy to get to but great food$ Ejido El Jorullo, Rio Cuale
Nacho Daddy,  Tex-Mex, Live Music, Basilio Badillo #287 223-0838
No Way José! Vote Best New Restaurant 2010 5 de Febrero # 260 223-2853
La Ronda ‡ A favorite with the locals. Aquiles Serdan #372
Pipi’s Touristy, loud & fun G. Sánchez & Pipila 223-2767
The Red Cabbage Cafe Traditional Mexican specialties. Calle Rivera Del Rio #204 223-0411
La Esquina de Tomatillo Slightly upscale, tasty salsas Morelos #601 222-9434
International Restaurants
Barcelona Tapas   Best Tapas + great view. 31 de Octubre & Matamoros 222-0510
El Madero USDA Choice Steak & Seafood $ F. Madero #225 223-3560
Cafe Bohemio Eclectic menu & Entertainment by Sol Rodolfo Gomez # 127 Cell134-2436
Sea Monkey Beach Location US$1Bbeer & Margaritas. Under Vista Del Sol Condos,
Crn. Aquiles Serdan
Coco Tropical Good food on the beach Olas Altas 246 on the Beach 222-5485
Daiquiri Dick’s Good place for a romantic sunset. . Olas Altas #314 at the Beach 222-0566
De Santos Very Hip, local Mexican clientele. Disco. Peninsula Plaza. Hotel Zone 221-3090
El Panorama Terrific View, food is so so Hotel La Siesta 222-1818
El Rio BBQ
Closed till Oct.
  The BEST BBQ in Puerto Vallarta, highly recommended. Slow Smoked & Grilled meats. Paso Ancho. 222 2510
El Set Terrific View, food is so so Km. 2.5 Carretera a Manzanillo 223-4142
El Torito BAR.B.Q ribs and all the sports on TV Ignacio Vallarta #290 223-2102
Kaiser Maximilian  Austrian/Mediterranean food. Olas Altas #380 223-0760
Casa de Naranjo Varied menu with the accent on oranges. Naranjo #263 at Lázaro Cárdenas 222-3518
Madison South ‡‡ With a Great Bay & City View at Casa Isabel Del Bosque # 483 222-1451
Langostinos  Great beach location, very good food Los Muertos beach at M. Dieguez 222-0894
La Palapa  Gourmet food on the beach with candles $  Púlpito #103 on the beach 222-5225
Teatro Limon Interactive Dining with Bruce in a home enviroment.$$ #1 Del Limon, col. Aramara . 225-2606
The River Cafe  Wonderful ambiance and gourmet food  $ Isla Rio Cuale at I. Vallarta at bridge. 223-0788
Trio ‡ Gourmet food – great menu  $ Guerrero 264 trio@pvnet.com.mx 222-2196
Vitea Seaside Bistro a la Trio, 12am-12pm South Malecón on the way to the pedestrian bridge over the river. 222-8695
Vista Grill  Gourmet food with a view to die for.  $ Pulpito #377 222-3570
Seafood Restaurants
Cueto’s Brasilia #469 223-0363
El Brujo  Very good seafood $ Carranza and Naranjo
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack ‡ Great seafood & More. Basilio Badillo # 212. 222-2099
Marisco Polo   Great food, best seafood in Puerto Vallarta. $ SiteClosed Tues. May – Oct F. Madero #376 Map 113-0364
Mariscos Tino’s Many good reports. Corner of Diaz Ordaz & J. Largarica 225-2171
The Blue Shrimp Shrimp by the kilo, not too cheap $ On the beach at the end of Carranza
French Restaurants
La Cigale Bistro Casual French Bistro with a Provencal feel. $ Hidalgo #398 – Crn. Iturbide 222-7938
Café des Artistes Nouvelle Cuisine, overpriced for PV. IMO $ Guadalupe Sánchez 740 222-3228
Italian Restaurants   
La Dolce Vita On the Malecón, live music some nights P. D´az Ordaz 674 222-3852
La Nube ‡ Above downtown, great view. Matamoros 542 223-0530
Cafe Roma ‡ Best Thin Crust Pizza with the Coldest Beers ! $Site Map. Encino # 287, 2nd floor. 222-7378.
La Piazzetta Pasta & pizza, Italian owned. Rodolfo Gómez 143222-0650 222-0650
Pietro’s Oldest pizza place, woodfired oven. Zaragoza 245 222-3233
Porto Bello Air conditioned, overlooking the Marina Marina Sol #7 Marina Vallarta 221-0003
Asian Restaurants   
Archie’s Wok   Founded by John Huston’s Chef. F. Rodriguez #130. 222-0411
India Gate Authentic India Food 5-11pm Allende 125, Downtown 223 2424
Dragón Rojo Usual Chinese food Insurgentes 323 222-0175
Hashi Sushi Air conditioned Juarez 797 222-6100
Peking Restaurant  Good flavours, Chinese chef. F. Rodriguez #136 222-8609
Suzie Wong´s Marina Vallarta – Royal Pacific 221-2057
Other Restaurant Styles
Que?Pasa Real good food, American menu with a Mexican touch. + best Fish & Chips in town.$ Aquiles Serdan #625 223-4006
Los Muertos Brewing Co. A Brew Pub with Pub Food incl. NY style brick-oven pizza, voted best in town.$ Lázaro Cárdenas #302, corner of Constitución. 222-0308
Pour Favor Sports Bar with Mexican & American Comfort Food.Web Site, L. Cárdenas #245, 2 doors west of I. Vallarta. Map 222-1955
Alaska’s Diner   Comfort food from the far north, great steaks.$Web Site Sorry, No Dogs allowed. L. Cárdenas #515 Map 222-0969
Gaby’s Restaurant 10am-11pm A famous place, now grown up.  $ Many items under 100p. Corner of Mina & Hidalgo 222-0480
Brasil Steak House All you can eat, heavy on the meat. V. Carranza #210 222-2909
La Bodeguita del Medio Cuban food at it’s best, live music Paseo Diaz Ordaz 858 223-1585
Tony’s Please   Great Cooking from Tony. $ L. Cardenas #440, near Jacarandas. Open 5:30 -11pm, closed Sundays.
Fredy’s Tucán Good breakfast place I. Vallarta & Basilio Badillo 223-0778
Hacienda Alemana  Authentic German Cuisine. Basilio Badillo #378. 222-2071
Ernesto’s Good Grub Owned by an ExPat’s Family – great ribs $ R. Osuna #157 of F. Villa 224-2203
Planet Vegetariano  Best veggie food in town $ Iturbide #270 222-3073

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