Puerto Vallarta is the 'New York City' of Mexico meaning there are literally restaurants on every corner all of them good. Basilio Badillo street, also known as Puerto Vallarta's "Restaurant Row,' is a good place to take your pick of eateries. Chefs from around the world have flocked to this gastronomic paradise where each November, a two-week-long gourmet dining festival is held. There are also a host of taco and hot dog stands, family-run cafs and world-class food chains. With more than 200 restaurants to choose from, this is just a sampling. You should also check in with your hotel's concierge for suggestions.
Olas Altas 399, 322-222-3608;
The name alone makes you smile: the homey atmosphere, delicious sandwiches and strong coffee is another. It also doubles as a used book shop which only ups the atmosphere ante.
in Marina Vallarta area inside Plaza Neptuno, 322-209-02878
A personable caf serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with fondue and wine in the evenings. A great place for gringo sandwich fare.
Pino Suarez 321, 322-222-3131
Fajitas reign supreme at this casual eatery set amidst a garden of mango and palm trees. The restaurant is also known for its ample portions and low prices.
Basilio Badillo 212, 322-222-2099; www.joejacksfishshack.com
Famous for its fish and chips and gorgeous rooftop dining room.
Olas Atlas 444
No frills eatery specializing in classic Mexican fare.
Lazar Cardenas 247, 322-223-8183
You're on vacation so desert counts. Try the Beso Supreme, ice cream between two layers of chocolate brownie. They also serve muffins, pastries and empanadas.
Guadalupe Snchez #807, 322- 223-2767; www.go2vallarta.com/pipis
Cozy, family-style restaurant serving fresh fajitas, served with a large bowl of guacamole, freshly prepared table-side.
Matamoros & de Octubre, 322-222 0510; www.barcelonatapas.net
Sharing is encouraged at Barcelona Tapas, an authentic Spanish restaurant specializing in tapas, paella and more.
Rodriguez 130, 322-222-0411
Asian cooking served in a stylish setting. Live music on weekends.
Basilio Badillo, 168 at Olas Atla
Traditional Mexican food in a colorful dining room decorated with local artwork.
Boca de Tomatlan at Highway 200, 322-223-6005
The jungle setting is spectacular at this Mexican restaurant, high above the mountains where gorgeous rocks and area fauna surround the restaurant.
Olas Atlas 314; 322-222-0566; www.ddpv.com
One of the oldest and best restaurants in PV known for its signature daiquiris amidst a serene setting an open patio dining room with a view of Playa Los Muertos. The menu features a fusion of Tuscan, Thai and Mexican food. Leave room for the chocolate banana bread pudding.
Morelos 771, Centro, 322-223-3052; www.desantos.com.mx
A Mediterranean-inspired menu amidst a cool, refined interior. Also serves as a hot nightspot after dark.
Aquiles Serdan 174, 322-222 2510, www.epoca-pv.com
Serene sunsets, handcrafted margaritas, delicious tortilla soup and a gorgeous palapa on the beach define this restaurant which specializes in 'Nuevo Latino' cuisine.
Calzada del Credo
This ecologically sensitive jungle restaurant, located beside a jungle stream and about five miles from downtown PV is basically a ranch that also offers advice and guides on area hikes.
Playa Los Muertos at Dieguez, 322-222-0894
The please-everyone menu (think burgers, fresh fish, draught beer) is one reason to make this a 'must' on your agenda: the amazing sunsets are another. Make a reservation.
Malecon 674, 322-222-3852; www.dolcevita.com.mx
Homey Italian trattoria with pizza, pasta and views of the beach.
Carr. Barra de Navidad Km. 17.5 Boca de Tomatlan, 322-228-0666; lekliff.com
One of PV's most unique restaurants located on the edge of a cliff a short drive south of downtown. Not only do you get amazingly fresh seafood, you get one a ringside seat to one of the bay's most spectacular sunsets where, if you're lucky, you'll also see whales and giant manta rays during the months of December through April.
Rio Cuale 16-, 322-222-0283; www.lebistro.com.mx
If you like crepes, you'll love it here, where the lunch and dinner menu also features a selection of Mexican cuisine and a wide range of vegetarian options. Plus, the view is incredible: an open-air setting amidst the Rio Cuale.
in Marina Vallarta malecon, 322-331-0003
Amazing Italian food (reservations strongly suggested) with an elegant indoor dining room and marina-front seating.
Caf Rivera del Rio 204A, 322-223-0411
Folks rave about this out-of-the-way, whimsical caf which specializes in hearty Mexican cuisine and is decorated with news clippings featuring Mexican artists and writers.
Guerrero 264, www.triopv.com
A mixture of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors with a rooftop bar and an ever-changing, evolving artistic menu.
Malecon no 2 at Libertad, 322-333-8703
A beachfront bistro by the chefs/owners of Trio where every seat has a view of the ocean.
Guadalupe Sancez 740, 322-222-3228; www.cafedesartistes.com
A romantic 'must' for a special evening. Located in an old, castle-like home, with an authentic French menu, this gorgeous venue is worth every penny. Reservations a must.
Allende 344, Centro, 322- 222-7195; www.elarrayan.com.mx
An open-air dining room, a cozy dining room, authentic regional dishes, and the famous arrayn flavors a small bittersweet fruit native to the region make this a can't miss dining experience.
Paseo Diaz Ordaz 610; www.laspalomaspvr.com
One of PV's first restaurants and still one of it's most popular thanks to its laid back atmosphere, spacious bar, breakfast deals and location on the malecon.
Abasola 233, Colonia Centro, 322-222-1333; www.mestizovallarta.com
A romantic garden plus a menu overflowing with creative flavors like squash blossom cream soup, corn dusted scallops and goat cheese pie make this oasis a gourmet haven.
Morelos 570, 322-222-1695
An excellent wine list, a fusion of Mexican, Caribbean, Asian and Mediterranean and creative presentations make this a hit among gourmands.
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