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Puerto Vallarta

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Cafe des Artistes

93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Thierry Blouet helms the kitchen at Café des Artistes, where guests enjoy not only Blouet's culinary creations, but also the setting. — Afar Magazine

A setting that couldn't be more romantic, with magnificent hilltop views, a dining room bedecked with hundreds of tear-drop shaped crystals hanging from the ceiling and flowers galore. — Frommer's

Several sleek dining spaces make up the original, downtown restaurant Café des Artistes; the most beautiful and romantic is the courtyard garden with modern sculpture — Fodor's

Chef Thierry Blouet's multiroom fantasia, Café des Artistes, is the fanciest restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, with some fancy prices to match. — Concierge

Many consider this to be Vallarta’s finest restaurant. — Lonely Planet

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El Arrayan

Mexican 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Heady aromas accompany shrimp pozole, beef tenderloin with mole, and cochinita pibil (Yucatan pork marinated with bright-orange annatto seed and roasted in banana leaves). — Concierge

No fusion here! Arrayán proudly serves up classic Mexican cuisine in a brick-walled, cozy room and open air dining area (in its own courtyard) filled with folk art. — Frommer's

Here you can find the things Abuelita (Grandma) still loves to cook, with a few subtle variations. — Fodor's

Owner Carmen Porras takes special pleasure in rescuing old family recipes from obscurity, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. — Lonely Planet

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Vista Grill

Mexican 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Even the most jaded Vallarta locals propose to their lovers and celebrate anniversaries at Vista Grill, an old-school restaurant on a hill high above downtown Puerto Vallarta. — Concierge

One of the best restaurants in PV for a celebratory toast—of life, love, or the perfect vacation. — Fodor's

Perched high on a hill overlooking Puerto Vallarta, this is a romantic spot to watch the sun set while enjoying dinner. — Afar Magazine

Perched at the top of a hill, with exquisite views over the city below and across the bay (try to come at sunset), the Vista Grill offers food that's almost as exquisite as the vistas spreading below — Frommer's

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Daiquiri Dick's

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The name is tacky, but the lobster tacos are transcendent at Daiquiri Dick's, a palapa restaurant right on Los Muertos beach in Puerto Vallarta. — Concierge

While Puerto Vallarta is replete with ideal "people-watching" perches, come to Daiquiri Dick's if you want to enjoy some fantastic "food-watching. — Frommer's

Locals come repeatedly for breakfast (the homemade orange-almond granola is great), visitors for the good service and consistent Mexican and world cuisine. — Fodor's

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Red Cabbage Cafe

82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Though the atmosphere is casual, with eclectic and bohemian artwork, the food is serious and features old recipes and uncommon indigenous sauces. — Lonely Planet

The tiny, hard-to-find cafe is worth the effort—a visit here will reward you with exceptional traditional Mexican cuisine and a whimsical crash course in contemporary culture. — Frommer's

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Trio

Middle Eastern 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The chefs use locally sourced vegetables, proteins and herbs in such dishes as Lebanese salad of baked beets and parsley with marinated goat cheese. — Frommer's

Conviviality, hominess, and dedication on the parts of the chef-owners have made Trio one of Puerto Vallarta's best restaurants—hands down. — Fodor's

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Archie's Wok

Asian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dishes at this extremely popular pan-Asian restaurant include Thai garlic shrimp, pancit (Filipino stir-fry with pasta), and Singapore-style (lightly battered) crispy fish. — Fodor's

The menu may change, but Asian fusion is always served at this elegant, urbane restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Since 1986, Archie's has been legendary in Puerto Vallarta for serving original cuisine influenced by the intriguing flavors of Southeast Asia, and today the restaurant remains as impressive as ever. — Frommer's

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La Palapa

Seafood 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegant beach dining at its best. — Lonely Planet

This beachside palapa restaurant defines enchantment, a decades-old favorite with beautiful amber lamps, candles, and lanterns illuminating the night. — Frommer's

This large, welcoming, thatched-roof eatery is open to the breezes of Playa Los Muertos. The seafood enchilada plate is divine. — Fodor's

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Mark's Bar and Grill

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's worth a special trip to Bucerías just to eat at this open-air patio restaurant. — Frommer's

You can dine alone at the polished black-granite bar without feeling too lonely, or catch an important ball game. — Fodor's

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Kaiser Maximilian

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Viennese entrées dominate the menu, which is modified each year when the restaurant participates in PV's culinary festival. — Fodor's

Designed to resemble a 19th-century Viennese cafe, Kaiser Maximilian presents a distinctly European, not Mexican, atmosphere. — Frommer's

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Porto Bello

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the first restaurants in the marina, Porto Bello serves flavorful Italian dishes to the backdrop of docked sailboats and motor yachts. — Frommer's

Yachties, locals, and other return visitors attest that everything on the menu here is good—start with mixed antipasto or fried calamari. — Fodor's

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Hacienda San Angel Gourmet

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ivy climbs hacienda-style columns, and chandeliers bathe in a romantic light the dining room of this stunningly restored boutique hotel-restaurant. — Fodor's

The exquisite beauty of the Hacienda, as well as the city lights and shimmering bay, are proudly displayed for diners at this special location — Frommer's

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Cafe de Olla

Mexican 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Repeat visitors swear by the enchiladas and carne asadas at this earthy restaurant. — Fodor's

One of my favorite Vallarta restaurants, the Café de Olla serves up the most consistently delicious Mexican food in town. — Frommer's

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Vitea

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This artistic bistro is run by the acclaimed chef/owners of Trio, whom many consider to serve Vallarta's best food. — Frommer's

When chefs Bernhard Güth and Ulf Henriksson, of Trio, needed a challenge, they cooked up this delightful seaside bistro — Fodor's

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Mariscos 8 Tostadas

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The odd menu translations at these restaurants are a clear indication that the clientele is local. — Fodor's

House specialties include shrimp, ceviche, and marlin tostadas, as well as tuna sashimi. — Afar Magazine

Seafood rules here: Try the camarones en aguachile (shrimp with lime juice, cucumbers, and serrano chiles), octopus ceviche, and an unusual sashimi of thinly sliced tuna in a puddle of soy sauce. — Concierge

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La Leche

77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Service is very personal and friendly – expect pats on the back rather than kid gloves...The restaurant is strong on seafood and its duck signature dish, and it makes the eating experience lots of fun — Lonely Planet

Servers are attentive and friendly, but there is ample time between courses, so be prepared for an enjoyable but lengthy evening. — Fodor's

The go-to place for locals seeking a chic bar and dependably excellent meal. The duck, whether served in tacos, chimichangas, or as a seared breast, gets rave reviews all around town. — Concierge

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Don Pedro's Restaurant & Bar

77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sayulita institution Don Pedro's has wonderful pizzas baked in a wood-fire oven, prepared by European-trained chef and co-owner Nicholas Parrillo. — Fodor's

Don Pedro’s is a friendly place, with food that’s friendly for tourists: pizzas, fish sandwiches, stir fries. — Frommer's

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Fredys Tucan

Cafés 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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. — Fodor's

This gringo breakfast paradise serves waffles, omelets and almost anything else you could want in an ample courtyard three blocks from the beach. — Lonely Planet

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La Bodeguita del Medio

74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Near the malecón's north end, this world famous franchise restaurant with a fun-loving atmosphere has a bit of a sea view from its second-floor dining room and a Caribbean flavor. — Fodor's

For a little taste of Cuba head to La Bodeguita del Medio, grab a mojito (I would advise asking them to put more rum in it), and bust out your salsa moves. — Afar Magazine

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RIVER CAFE

Mexican 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

While the internationally-influenced food at The River Café is quite good, it's the setting of the restaurant that wins raves among visitors. — Afar Magazine

At night, candles flicker at white-skirted tables with comfortable cushioned chairs, and tiny white lights sparkle in palm trees surrounding the multilevel terrace. — Fodor's

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