Vallarta’s reputation for culinary excellence in Mexico is second only to that of Mexico City. Its multitude of award-winning restaurants that line the Malecón (sea-side promenade) extends to the mountainsides, beaches and even cliff tops, all the way from Boca de Tomatlán in the south to the North Shore. These are responsible for Vallarta’s reputation as an ideal convention location.

                       Barcelona Tapas





According to “The Joy of Cooking”, the original tapas were the slices of bread that sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. But soon, enterprising bartenders were putting small snacks on the bread, and the lowly tapa – derived from the word tapar, (to cover) – became as important as the sherry.

Price Range: $5 – $15 USD
Payment: Cash, Travelers Checks, American Express. NO Visa or Mastercard.
Hours: Daily 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Sangria, wine, beer


                       Si Señor






Si Senor celebrates Mexico’s cuisine with dishes inspired from all over Mexico. Everything is made from scratch including tortillas and regional moles, including: peanut mole from Chiapas, black mole from Oaxaca, pink mole from Guerrero and poblano mole from Puebla, all served over chicken. The restaurant offers spectacular views of the ocean from a great terrace.

Price Range: $20 – $30 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Reservations: Recommneded
Alcohol: Full bar, wine list










The Marina Vallarta is the perfect place to spend the evening strolling along, browsing the numerous little shops and Art Galleries and of course, enjoying the Superb Food and Service of Restaurant Porto Bello.
Relax and drink a glass of Wine with your pasta, while Italian music plays softly in the background as you gaze over the Marina and the mountains of Banderas Bay.

Price Range: $5 – $15 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express
Hours: Daily 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Full bar and wines

River Café




In the heart of Puerto Vallarta, along the famous Rio Cuale, The River Café, a sophisticated restaurant in which every space is a source of ambience and pure enjoyment. In its unique tropical setting full of sounds of live music, wildlife and the soft running waters of the Rio Cuale.

Price Range: $25 – $35 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, Master Card and American Express
Hours: Open Daily 9:00am-11:30pm
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Full bar and wine list

La Palapa






La Palapa Restaurant combines gourmet cuisine, friendly service, and the tropical setting of Los Muertos Beach to achieve the perfect balance between fine dining and the warmth and charm characteristic of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Located on Playa Los Muertos in the heart of the Romantic Zone, this popular restaurant is one of Vallarta’s favorite places to enjoy great food in a casually elegant atmosphere.

Price Range: Over $35 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine List, Open Bar List.

Vista Grill

If you rate fine dining in a gourmet restaurant as one of the necessary ingredients for magical vacation memories, then come to Vista Grill Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and prepare to believe in magic! Combining creative New American cuisine and an impressive wine list with gracious service, soft music and an elegant atmosphere, this romantic restaurant blends all of the essential ingredients for a “night on the town” in Puerto Vallarta that is as memorable as it is unique.

Price Range: $25 – $35 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Full bar

Thierry’s Prime Steak House






Chef Thierry Blouet, owner of Café des Artistes, presents Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse, a restaurant focused on the finest “cuts of beef with a French” aroma, where all meat that is served in this Steak House is Prime, everything offered with the highest standards of quality, service, and preparation characteristic of the Chef.

Price Range $15 – $25 USD
Payment Cash, Visa, American Express y MasterCard
Hours Monday through Sunday 12:00pm – 11:59pm
Reservations Yes
Alcohol Extensive wine list, cocktails, beer







VITEA is a great combination of fresh, healthy, flavorful food and prime location. Oceanfront bistro with French Riviera feeling and panoramic view of the bay with spectacular sunsets.  Open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, the two European chefs-owners cook with season’s best and incorporate craftsmanship and creativity in there always involving cuisine.

Price Range: $5 – $15 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard
Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Full bar, wine list








Since its opening in August of 1994, Trio Restaurant Bar Café has quickly become one of Vallarta’s most highly recommended dining spots. A cosmopolitan, casual, elegant eatery located in a remodeled townhouse in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Trio features a multi-level restaurant with an open courtyard, a sandstone fountain, colorful paintings, al fresco painted walls, and Tiffany-style windows that reflect the warm setting. The atmosphere invites people to enjoy good food and good conversation.

Price Range: $15 – $25 USD
Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express
Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Alcohol: Full bar, wine list
Parking: There is public parking three blocks from the restaurant.

El Palomar de los Gonzáles






Since 1987, El Palomar de los Gonzáles Restaurant has been offering renowned international cuisine in Puerto Vallarta. Nestled into the first range of the famed Sierra Madre Mountains, this romantic, elegant and palatial mountainside home offers diners fabulous food, incredible views of downtown Puerto Vallarta, “Gringo Gulch” and Banderas Bay, and some wonderful antiques from all over Mexico.

With fine wine, delicious cuisine, soft Mexican music and excellent service, dining at El Palomar de los Gonzáles Restaurant will put romance back into your heart and soul. The exceptional international bill of fare, such as the Seafood Dinner For Two, will please your palate – and the wonderful music that owner Juan Gonzáles has collected over the years is the perfect complement for an unforgettable dining experience in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

Open from 6-11 pm nightly, credit cards are accepted.

Cafe des Artistes




In a century-old home on the hill overlooking the Malecón in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Cafe des Artistes not only offers fine dining at its most elegant, but has also earned a distinguished reputation as one of the best restaurants in Mexico.

The daily menu offers an interesting combination of choices including the innovative bistro menu, where three courses are served for one price. In addition, over 350 labels of fine wines and other aperitifs are available in a relaxed atmosphere where the service is always personal and professional.

  • Open daily from 6 pm-11:30 pm
  • Dress Code: Formal Casual
  • Payment Options: Visa, American Express, Mastercard
  • Parking: Street, Parking Lot, Valet
  • Price Range: $$ (30-50)
  • Services: Takes Reservations, Good For Groups, Catering, Outdoor Seating
















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