Where to eat?
Puerto Vallarta is home to a thriving restaurant scene. We’ve picked at a few of our favorites, but we recommend you explore! If you come across any hidden gems let us know. We are always trying to keep this list up to date.
South of the river and Old Town
No Way Jose’
Don’t let the corny name discourage you from trying this truly gourmet Mexican restaurant. Very close location; the 2nd floor roof top restaurant specialized in Mexican
Contemporary cuisine prepared at the table from guacamole, Caesar salad to bananas flambé. The passion fruit margarita is their signature drink and well worth trying. Closed Mondays. Cash only.
Phone: (322) 223-2853
Address: 5 de Febrero #260
Memos Pancake House
Family favorite for breakfast is well worth the wait. They don’t take reservations so perhaps go a day other than Sunday when all the locals eat there. What a menu! The machaca burritos are exceptional as well as his homemade refried beans. Strawberry waffles and fruit plates are to die for. We go absolutely every trip. Restaurant closes at 2 pm.
Phone: (322) 222-6272
Address: Basilio Badillo 289
Website: Trip Advisor
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Famous for their two for one mojitos from noon to 5 pm daily the rooftop dining area is not to be missed. Try their strawberry or even their mango mojitos in addition to the traditional one. Every member of the wait staff is named “Joe” which simplifies knowing your waiter. Friday is all you can eat fish and chips but their bacon and broccoli mac & cheese is memorable.
Phone: (322) 222-2099
Address: Basilio Badillo 212
Just up the street from Memos, this breakfast place is equally as good and if you ask to sit in the outdoor courtyard in the back the atmosphere is even better. The countless staff are incredibly attentive and the food is excellent. Portions are large and the fresh squeezed juices a treat. Machaca burritos here are completely different but quite good. Suggest splitting an order or you won’t be able to finish.
Phone: (322) 223-0778
Address: Basillo Badillo 245
El Torito Sportsbar & Grill
Just what you would expect in a sports bar. Plentiful TVs for viewing any sporting event from home you don’t want to miss. BBQ Ribs & Chicken with their famous, secret, BBQ sauce.
Phone: (322) 222-5786
Address: Ignacio L. Vallarta 290 Emiliano Zapata
Despite the fact it is a bit off the beaten track. El Brujo is one of the great Mexican “hole in the wall” restaurants you should not miss. Beyond affordable (cheap!), they serve truly authentic Mexican cuisine. The garlic shrimp in foil, cooked with butter and bacon is not to be missed. Go early as they fill up fast. This is one of the best dining values in all of Puerto Vallarta. El Brujo is closed on Mondays.
Phone: (322) 223-2036
Address: Venustiano Carranza 510
This long time restaurant is a favorite of the local expats. Sit in the open patio area right on the beach and sip a signature daiquiri or choose from an extensive wine list. Fabulous appetizers including tangy jumbo shrimp wontons or shrimp tacos are not to be missed. Closed September and every Tuesday
Phone: (322) 222-0566
Address: Olas Altes 314
This hidden gem of Puerto Vallarta is an intimate family run restaurant tucked in the jungle right on the Cuale River. The atmosphere is very romantic, with tables lit only by candlelight. Try the shrimp prepared in a half dozen different ways.Taking a taxi is recommended as you may never find it if you don’t.
Phone: (322) 222-4225
Address: : Manantial 372 Buenos Aires
Café de Olla
Excellent close in location, charming indoor/outdoor atmosphere and long time wait staff combine to make this a favorite of locals. Expect to wait unless you go early and watch them grill on the sidewalk the meats and twice stuffed baked potatoes. Known for their Mexican and seafood platters, make sure to split these as they are huge. Rumor has it just two margaritas will make you invisible.
Phone: (322) 223-1626
Address: : Basilio Badillo 168
Dishes at this extremely popular Pan Asian Restaurant are light, healthful and refreshing. Just a nice change to try Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese food superbly prepared.
Open after 2 pm. Closed on Sundays and the month of September.
Phone: (322) 222-0411
Address: Calle Fransisca Rodriguez 130
A bit wild and silly in the evenings for dancing to American songs for the over 50 crowd, this place is a pleasant surprise for breakfast. Sit out on the busy sidewalk and enjoy a different experience. The Chili en Nogada is unique and wonderful and the baby potatoes with garlic butter are heavenly!
Phone: (322) 222-1054
Address: : Olas Altas 425
El Centro and Malecon
Famous for their fun atmosphere and live music, PiPi’s has not only incredible salsa and great fajitas’ but the guacamole is freshly prepared right at your table. There are endless choices of margaritas, from traditional to peach, mango, berry and even watermelon.
Phone: (322) 223-2767
Address: : Guadalupe Sánchez #807, Corner of Pipila and Guadalupe Sánchez Colonia Centro
High above the Malecon sits a Spanish Tapas restaurant that not only has the best view in the city but the best food. Made to order small plates are best shared with the table and you can keep ordering until you are full. Bacon wrapped dates with red pepper sauce are a must. Open every day for lunch and dinner, this is just four blocks up (inland) from McDonalds at the end of the Malecon. Caution: This restaurant is not for the faint of heart with multiple flights of stairs to the exquisite view.
Phone: (322) 223-0831
Address: Corner of Matamoros & de Octubre, Downtown
Vitea Oceanfront Bistro “Vitea”
Rustic Italian Bistro on the south end of the Malecon is just the place when you need a break from Mexican cuisine. The European chef’s goat cheese crostini appetizer is simply mouth watering and the crisp salads refreshing. Breakfast here is also a delight with the Portobello mushroom frittata legendary. Don’t forget to check out the designer bathrooms!
Phone: (322) 222-8703 or (322) 222-8695
Address: : Libertad 2 y Malecon, Centro
Ocean Grill Restaurant & Beach Club
Recently named the top restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, this is an experience not to be missed. Received the certificate of Excellence for 2013. This is a bit of an adventure to get to but well worth it. Hop on a bus or cab to Boca and get off at the last stop. Take the stairs all the way down and head to the pier. A purple hulled boat with the words LIVE LOVE GRILL will pick you up and take you to a secluded beach for a once in a lifetime experience. This IS the best margarita you will have and plan to spend the afternoon enjoying the ambiance. Even the bathroom is a trip to remember. Important Note: You will have to be agile enough to dock and undock on the beach and also hike a set of uneven stairs. Unfortunately, this place is not handicap friendly or ADA accessible. Cash only. No children under 14. Closed Tuesdays. Open 11am to 5 pm. Reservations required. It is easy to make reservations on line.
Phone: (322) 223 7315
Address: Paradise! (Playa Colomitos)
Phone: (322) 223 7315
Address: Paradise! (Playa Colomitos)