The Puerto Vallarta restaurant dining scene is so surprisingly diverse and extensive you would have to go to a different restaurant every day for over a year to try them all! Naturally, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to discover the amazing variety of Mexican dishes, as well as succulent seafood, fusions of popular cuisines like Mediterranean and Oriental, gourmet French; the list of restaurant dining opportunities is endless. And whatever your mood and pocketbook, there’s an ambiance and location to suit, stellar views often accompanying memorable meals.
There are two wonderful Puerto Vallarta restaurant events held each year you really should consider attending; the Festival Gourmet in November and the Puerto Vallarta Lifestyles Restaurant Week in May. Check out also our Vallarta Lifestyles Platinum Section Restaurants which includes samples of their menus.
The imaged descriptions visible below are a sampling of the finest restaurants found in El Centro, Puerto Vallarta's picturesque and historic downtown area. To find other excellent dining options in and around the bay, simply click on any of the other zones listed under the ‘By Location’ tab, or click on 'By Cuisine' to discover the many options available.
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And when it's time to step away from the table, there are many other activities to consider while visiting Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, many of which are outlined in our main What To Do page.
Puerto Vallarta Platinum Dining Guide
It's amazing how many restaurants there are in Puerto Vallarta - about a thousand at last count. And while it's great to have choices, so many of them can be overwhelming - especially if your time here is limited and you want to make sure that, from a culinary point of view, you make the most of it. The Platinum Dining Guide lets you quickly review the very best of the local dining scene. To be included in this select group, venues must not only meet, but also continually maintain, stringent criteria in food, service and ambiance. Adherence to the highest standards is absolutely mandatory for membership. Restaurant reviews reveal the flavor of these prestigious places, as well as that of the food, while current menus are outlined and interiors photographed. This helpful, easy-to-understand guide takes the guesswork out of fine dining so you can get optimal gastronomic mileage out of your vacation. The menus displayed here show only a partial selection from the restaurants' actual menus.
Matamoros & 31 de Octubre Tel: (322) 222-0510 $$
Fresh seafood takes a starring role at this comfortable al fresco eatery, where local catch is prepared home-style for lunch and dinner using seven distinct methods: wood-fire, raw, pan-fried, baked, grilled, smoked and fried. Platinum
|Barcelona Tapas Spanish|
Matamoros & 31 de Octubre Tel: (322) 223-0831 $$
Ideal for sharing as a couple or with friends, appetizer-sized servings of Spanish flavors are prepared with the highest quality local ingredients and a bird´s-eye view of the town and bay. Platinum
Francisco I. Madero 263 Tel: (322) 222-0339 $$
In the midst of Puerto Vallarta´s happening nightlife scene and just a three-minute stroll from the town´s primo beach, this inviting South Side eatery offers up generous servings of flavorful international food and drink. Platinum
|Daiquiri Dick´s International Reserve Now|
Olas Altas 314 Tel: (322) 222-0566 $$$
On the most popular beach in town, the kitchen of this casually elegant landmark perpetually reinvents itself. The menu, best described as Pacific Rim with a Mediterranean flair, uses the freshest ingredients and an artist´s touch to please the palate and the eye. Platinum
|Don Pedro´s Mediterranean|
Marlin 2 Tel: (329) 291-3090 $$$
In the quaint fishing village of Sayulita, under a giant oceanfront palapa, chef Nicholas Parrillo expertly prepares a wide range of Mediterranean specialties using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Platinum
|Hacienda San Angel Gourmet International|
Miramar 336 Tel: (322) 222-2692 $$$$
Decorated in an elegant Mexican style with ivy-covered archways, the restaurant´s exquisite ambiance and spectacular views offer a unique setting to enjoy some of the most outstanding food in Vallarta. Platinum
|Kaiser Maximilian International Reserve Now|
Olas Altas 380-B Tel: (322) 223-0760 $$$$
If you enjoy European sidewalk cafés and fine continental cuisine, this award-winning eatery evoking Old Vienna in its heyday is sure to charm you. A longtime Vallarta favorite, its Austrian owner, named the place in honor of fellow countryman Maximilian, Mexico´s former emperor. Platinum
|The Iguana Mexican|
Zaragoza 445 Tel: (322) 222-2692
Diners accustomed to Hacienda San Angel´s stunning views, outstanding cuisine and top-notch service will feel right at home at The Iguana, the Mexican specialty restaurant at the new Casa Kimberly Hotel. Platinum
|The River Café International Reserve Now|
Isla Río Cuale L-4 Tel: (322) 223-0788 $$$
The River Café is a landmark in Puerto Vallarta, noted for its unique cuisine and ambiance. Opening its doors in 1996, owners Eva Sanchez and Margarito Larios transformed this natural paradise in the heart of the city, harmonizing the environment with a fresh new image. Platinum