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Where to Dine in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the top places in Mexico for dining, coming second only to Mexico City and top among the beach vacation destinations in Mexico. Besides a number of gourmet festivals, restaurant weeks, cuisine safaris and wine festivals, the city is teeming with top places to dine for all budgets. Prices will also seem incredibly reasonable in the top restaurants in Puerto Vallarta for those coming from the United States and Canada. Take a look at the top recommendations below:


This contemporary steakhouse with the most impressive views of Banderas Bay you will ever see is one of Puerto Vallarta’s number one locations for gourmet dining. It can be found on the south road leaving Puerto Vallarta within the grounds of Garza Blanca Preserve.

Vista Grill

While we are on the topic of incredible views, a little closer to Downtown Puerto Vallarta, Vista Grill offers an incredible menu of gourmet dishes with a stunning view of Puerto Vallarta. A great location for sunset dining.

El Palomar de los González

For an intimate yet delicious meal, the family run Palomar de los González is an example of the “real” Puerto Vallarta. Once considered to be on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta when the property was first bought as a family home, the restaurant is now almost like an institution watching over Downtown Puerto Vallarta, perched on the side of the mountain.

La Palapa

For beachfront elegance with sand in your toes, La Palapa is an old favorite that will never go out of fashion. This elegant restaurant by night and leisurely chic beach club by day is a great choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a sunset cocktail,

El Patio de mi Casa

For a more bohemian experience to the sound of live music amidst the rustle of tropical plants, El Patio de mi Casa provides a wonderful venue for casual dining and pizzas. This is the kind of place you can spend the whole evening, whether dining or snacking with a glass of wine or artisan beer.

Dolce Vita

This Italian restaurants on the Malecon boardwalk is renowned for its lines of people waiting to get a table. Don’t be discouraged, it is worth the wait, with the finest italian food served within a great atmosphere. You will also find sister restaurants in Nuevo Vallarta by the same name and Espresso in Old Town.


Barracuda is unbeatable for value and great seafood on the water’s edge. It claims a unique trendy atmosphere for laid back dining. You will never tire of the menu. Don’t forget to bring cash as no credit cards are accepted.

Cafe Des Artistes

Cafe Des Artistes is perhaps most people’s first recommendation for delectable gourmet dining in Puerto Vallarta. Chef Thierry Blouet is somewhat of a local celebrity and one of the most respected chefs in Puerto Vallarta thanks to both his culinary contributions and his activities within the local community.

La Leche

La Leche is the kind of restaurant you can return to time and time again and the experience will be different. Each night the menu changes and the presentation of your fare is delivered in a variety of ingenious ways. Creative dining is the secret at La Leche.