Mexico’s rich culinary tradition and the exquisite sophistication of international cuisine are present as you explore the rich bounty of Vallarta’s restaurants and cafes. Here are just a few you may want to sample while staying in Puerto Vallarta:
Amapa Sunset – International
114 local C – Tel: (322) 222-1694 – $$$
Quality, variety and service are key to the success of AmapaSunset for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether in its accessible beach club, its fresh and open restaurant area or the unique terrace bye the entrance.
Archie’s Wok – Asian
Fca. Rodriguez 130 – Tel: (322) 222-0411 – $$
Sip a Mai Tai Thai in an oriental garden as d’Rachael delights while you await a feast of tropical flavors. Archie, movie director John Huston’s chef fr many years, garnered the best elements of Pan Asian cuisine and gave them a Thai emphasis. A real Vallarta favorite.
Banana Cantina – Mexican
Amapas 147 – Tel: (322) 222-2114 – $$
Contemporary Mexican cuisine at lunch and dinner in a vividly colorful and super comfy open-air ambiance. Daily specials, a constantly evolving menu like the almond-crusted garlic shrimp and Banana Cantina Martini made with tequila are particularly popular.
Cafe de Artistes – Avant-Garde
Guadalupe Sanchez 740 – Tel: (322) 222-3228 – $$$
Thierry Blouet, Maitre Cuisinier de France and a member of the Culinary Academy of France has what is considered by many to be the best restaurant in Vallarta, Cafe des Artistes. Recent dramatic changes have posited the Cafe as one of the best food establishments in the world and truly an elegant experience for all senses.
Cava Cinco – International
Diaz Ordaz 920, L-1D – Tel: (322) 223-2808 – $$$
A top self wine shop featuring fine choices from all over the world, available for purchase by the bottle, or by the glass at a comfortable, contemporary wine bar. Many wine-related accessories are also available to take home.
Daiquiri Dick’s – International
Olas Altas 314 – Tel: (322) 222-0566 – $$$
For two decades, Peter and Tari Bowman have nourished Vallarta at their serene, if somewhat incongruously named restaurant. What started as a beachside eatery has been transformed into a sophisticated, world-class establishment, where service is attentive, yet non-intrusive. At Daiquiri Dick’s you’ll experience a comfortable, contemporary atmosphere.
El Arrayan – Mexican
Allende 344 – Tel: (322) 222-7195 – $$
One of the hottest restaurants in town, everything about it inspired by authentic Mexican traditions. Explore this region’s most amazing dishes with confidence, because they’re all wonderful here. The duck carnitas are legendary! Even the El Arrayan cocktails will be remembered long after they’re gone.
Epoca – International
Aquiles Serdan 174 – Tel: (322) 222-2510 – $$
Featuring Nuevo Latino cuisine in the romantic zone, Epoca offers seating right on the beach. Under the guidance of Chef Gerardo Gomez Velasco, this Vallarta gem highlights locally caught seafood and well-appointed dinners that perfectly capture a nice, romantic evening out.
Hacienda San Angel Gourmet – International
Miramar 336 – Tel: (322) 222-2692 – $$$$
Hacienda San Angel is a masterpiece restoration of three classic Vallarta-style houses set on the hillside overlooking Banderas Bay, almost in touching distance of the spire of the historic center’s landmark Guadalupe church. A gourmet experience to remember.
La Leche – Avant-Garde
Fco. M. Ascencio Km 2.5 – Tel: (322) 293-0900 – $$$$
The keywords “tradition” and “evolution” describe new restaurant La Leche, Almacen Gourmet de Alfonso Cadena, which seeks to achieve a balance of sensations through the quality of its cuisine. Try something different tonight.
La Piazzetta – Italian
Rodolfo Gomez 143 – Tel: (322) 222-0650 – $$
The tastes and aromas that have emanated from their kitchen since 1995 reinforce the notion that only a native Italian can truly know this sophisticated cuisine. An abundance of return patrons attests to Mimmo’s passion for the freshest, finest local and imported ingredients.
Las Palomas Doradas – Mexican
Puesta del Sol L-12 – Tel: (322) 221-0470 – $$$
Indoor and outdoor dining on the marina for breakfast lunch and dinner. This restaurant has been around for a long time, its loyal clientele appreciating the consistent preparation of its Mexican and international specialties and friendly service.
Madison South – International
Privada del Bosque 483 – Tel: (322) 222-1451 – $$
Casa Isabel’s Madison South Bar & Grill, a full-service restaurant overlooking Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring Vallarta. They offer their customers daily half price appetizers from 1 to 4 pm!
Rincon de Buena Aires – Argentine
Royal Pacific L-126, 127 – Tel: (322) 221-2260 – $$$
When it comes to a fine cut, fresh seafood or delicious pasta, your best bet is Rincon de Buenos Aires. The wood-fire grill gives a unique flavor to the fine cut meats and fish. The filled pastas, such as the ravioli and lasagna, are a delight.
The Deli – International
Venustiano Carranza 311-B – Tel: (322) 223-9523 – $$
Why even think of eating anywhere else for lunch when this casual, gourmet deli provides such a fabulous range of fresh, healthy food – not to mention the town’s best coffee and pastries?
Vitea – Mediterranean
Libertad & Malecon – Tel: (322) 222-8703 – $$
There’s a lot of buzz about this oceanfront bistro offering something completely different in Vallarta, like classic and contemporary bistro fare in a casual European Riviera ambiance. This swanky, but definitely unstuffy art deco space, is sister restaurant to the very popular, Trio.
Trio – Mediterranean
Guerrero 264 – Tel: (322) 222-2196 – $$$$
European chefs Bernhard Guth and Ulf Henriksson have become the favorites of locals and food critics alike with their hearty, honest food. This cosmopolitan, multi-level eatery with an open courtyard, Tiffany-style windows and hand painted doors is top shelf, though the atmosphere always welcoming.