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Puerto Vallarta

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Cafe des Artistes

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

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

Though born in Puerto Rico, chef/owner Thierry Blouet, has come to exemplify all things French in Puerto Vallarta, and to be fair, he was raised and trained in France (he holds the honor... — Frommer's

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

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

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. The main restaurant... — Fodor's

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El Arrayan

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

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

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, the tables topped with... — Frommer's

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

Owner Carmen Porras relied on memories of her grandmother's kitchen to create El Arrayán's clever style. At this café, votives flicker beneath religious pictures, tin pots hang from... — Concierge

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Vista Grill

Mexican 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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... — Frommer's

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

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Daiquiri Dick's

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

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

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

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Trio

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

Here are the three things we love about Trio:1) The setting: Set in a restored townhouse in the hills of Puerto Vallarta, Trio has an old fashioned elegance that's unlike any other... — 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

264 Guerrero ... — Concierge

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Red Cabbage Cafe

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

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

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

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Archie's Wok

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

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

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

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Hacienda San Angel Gourmet

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

A hotel bought by Richard Burton as a Valentine's Day gift for his then-wife Susan Hunt, in a destination forever associated with The Love Boat, Puerto Vallarta's Hacienda San Angel hotel... — Jetsetter

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

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La Palapa

Seafood 77 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

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

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

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

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Kaiser Maximilian

74 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. One favorite is herb-crusted rack of lamb served with... — 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 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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Cafe de Olla

Mexican 74 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

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

When chefs Bernhard Güth and Ulf Henriksson, of Trio, needed a challenge, they cooked up this delightful seaside bistro. So what if your legs bump your partner's at the small tables? This... — Fodor's

This artistic bistro is run by the acclaimed chef/owners of Trio, whom many consider to serve Vallarta's best food. It's no surprise then that the fresh, healthy dishes here make Vitea... — Frommer's

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Don Pedro's Restaurant & Bar

74 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

A large, two story palapa-roofed structure, set right on the beach (at lunch you can watch the surfers attack the waves), Don Pedro’s is a friendly place, with food that’s friendly for... — Frommer's

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Mariscos 8 Tostadas

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

Ok, so it's not right on the seashore, but Mariscos 8 Tostadas is about a block away from the marina, and its seafood couldn't be fresher. House specialties include shrimp, ceviche, and... — Afar Magazine

Arrive for lunch by noon or you'll be waiting for a seat at Mariscos 8 Tostadas, a bare-bones dining room in Marina Vallarta where families, office workers, and fishermen crowd every... — Concierge

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

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La Leche

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

If chef Alfonso Cadena weren't so cool (he looks like a refined, former rock star because he is one!), then La Leche's main dining room, an all-white rotunda lined with shelves of milk... — Fodor's

It's a dramatically visual entry here, with milk being the theme. The dairy gag continues in various ways throughout the meal. Service is very personal and friendly – expect pats on the... — Lonely Planet

Cynics beware: Judgments must be held at bay when encountering the milky-white color scheme and quirky aesthetic (ink-doodle facade outside, metal shelves with towers of white canisters... — Concierge

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Fredys Tucan

Cafés 70 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

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

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

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

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RIVER CAFE

Mexican 70 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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