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Puerto Vallarta Restaurants

People who love Puerto Vallarta may come for the beaches and the sunny skies, but more recently, tourists flocking for the cuisine as well. Of course, the Mexican food here is spot-on, but immigrant chefs have taken the dining up a notch.

Dining comes in many different styles here, fancy restaurants to street-side taco stands. Lately, trends have been changing and popular venues are now the restaurant-lounges. Dancing and dining is all the rage down in these parts.

Here are ten of the most recommended restaurants, listed in order of increasing price, starting with the lowest.


Comedor de Sra. Heladia
Calle Aldama at Calle Matamoros, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, 48300 322/223-9612

*This is a one-story house in Old Vallarta. The lady of the house serves up authentic dishes like pork chops and fresh tortillas.


Columba
Calle Marlin 14, at Calle Coral, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, 48315
329/295-5055

*The restaurant has a fresh seafood menu with interesting dishes of shark soup and manta ray stew.


Café de Maria
Av. Tercer Mundo at Calle América Latina, San Francisco, 63729 311/258-4439

*This is a café in North Banderas Bay that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the options are sandwiches, salads, steaks and fish.


Ambar Del Mare
Calle López de Legazpi 158, by Hotel Alondra, Barra de Navidad, 48987 315/355-8169

*Italian and French fare are served at this restaurant. The chef creates pizzas, crepes, pastas, and escargots.


Archie's Wok
Calle Francisca Rodríguez 130, Col. E. Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, 48350 322/222-0411

*Archie's Wok is a pan-Saian restaurant that presents dishes of Filipino stir-fry, Singapore crispy fish and fresh vegetarian plants.


Calypso
Av. Revolución 44, across from plaza, Sayulita, 63732
329/291-3704

*Puerto Vallarta locals love Calypso, especially for its Chinese chicken salad and deep-fried calamari.


Barcelona Tapas
Calle Matamoros at 31 de Octubre, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, 48300 322/222-0510

*This restaurant has views of the bay and a six-course tasting menu. The tapas include hot and cold appetizers.


Ikuai
Calle Marlin 39-A, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Puerto Vallarta, 63734 329/295-5526 Ext. 106

*Ikuai has an international menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. It is a new restaurant in La Cruz's yacht club.


Mestizo
Calle Abasolo 233, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, 48300 322/222-1333

*This restaurant uses unique flavors while creating its dishes. Beef medallions and squash-blossom soup are two of the many choices on the menu.

Thierry's Prime Steakhouse
Blvd. Francisco M. Ascencio 2485, Peninsula Mall, Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta, 48333 322/221-1212
*The chef at this restaurant focuses on “comfort food" dishes. One of the specialties is the short ribs.









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