Restaurants, Cafés and Taco Stands
Vallarta has come a long way in the quality of the restaurants and cafés. At one time the best you could hope for was lots of atmosphere. Now you can find places with excellent food too. There are hundreds of restaurants in this town, many very good, but we limit our list to those of general interest to the gay visitor. Many of these places are gay owned, especially gay friendly or just in the gay part of town.
A quick note about service: In Mexico a restaurant meal is an event, so the waiters would never think of rushing you on by delivering the check before you ask for it. Sometimes this isn't so obvious to our tourist friends who sit at their table wondering why they don't bring the bill! Please be sure to tip generously if the service is good, as all restaurant help gets paid only 4 dollars per day, and they all really depend on your gratuities. Typical gratuities are 15%.
Aaron´s Rainbow Room
Mexican style lunch and dinner at a local price.
Fresh seafood cooked to order. Ceviche, fish, sashimi and rolls, cooked to firewood, raw, baked, pan and fried.
Everything in this little sidewalk bistro is prepared fresh by chef Andre from Europe.
For nearly 25 years, Archie´s Wok has been serving up Vallarta´s diners with a tasteful array of Asain cuisine, consistently acquiring winning reviews.
With panoramic views of the Bay of Banderas, Barcelona Tapas is a beautiful spot for modern and authentic Spanish tapas.
Authenic Italian Restaurant
Bistro Balsamar is a gay owned, gay friendly restaurant specializing in regional Mexican cuisine.
The Blue Shrimp restaurant, situated right on the Los Muertos beach, and long established, is the best seafood restaurant in the area.
Boccon di Vino
Italian cuisine from native Italians lovingly prepared and presented in an intimate setting. Located in the heart of restaurant row.
Patio dining strung with tiny white lights, serving great home cooked food, Cafe Bohemio is widely regarded as one of Puerto Vallarta´s best International and Mexican casual dining experiences!
Café des Artistes
If you are looking for a top of the line dining experience with an award winning chef, set in an amazing location, look no further than Cafe des Artistes! Open daily, with a casual formal dress code required.
History and tradition on one side of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Picturesque floral windows and a Mexican colonial atmosphere, its culinary history is trapped in Casa Tradicional Restaurant. You will know all the seasoning from its different regions.
Long known for her floating breakfast business that operated in other peoples' (closed in the morning) restaurants, Coco's finally has her own full-time place in the heart of the neighborhood. Outstanding service and food in an open-air terrace setting that is the perfect place for a meal in the tropics.
Whether it’s a celebration dinner, business lunch or casual snack on the beach, Puerto Vallarta locals and savvy travelers rate Daiquiri Dick’s as their favorite restaurant.
Eat At David's
Homestyle American Cuisine
Mexican cuisine·Seafood·Fine cuts. With 25 years of experience they are now a tradition in Puerto Vallarta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live music in the evenings.
This charming country-style Mexican restaurant has become a Vallarta favorite with those who know good Mexican food and value when they see it.
El Mole de Jovita
We specialize in artisan homemade mole dishes. Shrimp chiles rellenos bathed in mole, salmon, sopes, tamales, and mole enchiladas among others.
El Rio BBQ Bar
Looking for a place located outside of all the hustle and bustle of the tourist zones? Just a few minutes taxi ride, located in Paso Ancho along the Rio Cuale, sits El Rio BBQ.
Genuine Mexican seafood restaurant for sit down or take out just half a block before the new Pier Los Muertos.
The speciality, of course, as their name states is fajitas, with many different varieties to choose from at this tropical grill.
Burritos are their specialty for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Take out and delivery service available.
Frida´s kitchen, located on the second level of Frida´s bar, has become a great known gay spot for evening drinks and dining.
A true Mexican home cooking restaurant, established in 1979, and preparing fresh molcajete salsa table side is what you will at Gilmar. Open daily from 8am-11pm.
Enjoy traditional German and international cuisine prepared by chef/owner Mike Pohl from Bonn, Germany.
Hamburger Grill @ Café San Angel
Eating a Burger doesn’t have to be a simple and flat experience. In The Hamburger Grill at San Angel Café (pronounced: San An-Hell) and 17 years of flipping the best, we have added to the simple American sandwich, sophisticated elements that make eating one something special.
Heidelberg Cafe Bar
Slow and healthy, prepared with care...!
No over heated fats
No industrial sauces
Home made bread, pastries & pastas
Special preparing on demand
Joe Jack's Fish Shack
The home of seafood frescado! Serious cocktails and rooftop terrace.
Home-cooking traditional diner food is offered for breakfast and lunch in Old Town Puerto Vallarta.
Fifteen years ago la Piazzetta was founded, and at that time, only offered 7 varieties of pizza and 2 salads. Today they have grown into a 200 seating Italian eatery.
Le Cigale French Bistro
By the Guadalupe church, Le Cigale French Bistro has become a cherished neighborhood institution. With his Parisian bistro ambiance and reputation for serving delicious french bistro food, Le Cigale has kept a diverse crowd since his opening.
Possibly the best kept secret of gourmet Mexican cuisine, without the gourmet prices.
Mama Rosa II
New second location in the former Bistro Balsamar space in the heart of restaurant row on Basilio Badillo.
Excellent fish and seafood, the best service and a relaxed and informal ambiance. This and much more is what Mariscos Tino's Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
Fine dining from 6pm to 11pm, in a casual environment featuring classic and contemporary Italian and French favorites such as homemade pastas and risottos.
Located inside the los Mercados market place, this full service deli has many things you would see at home. Breads, condiments, deli items, sandwiches, specialty meets, and much more.
a very comfortable restaurant shaded outdoor seating. the seafood is fresh, the menu is extensive, and the quality of food is very good.
Mex-Tex Restaurant & Bar in the heart of Zona Romantica. Enjoy great live music every night of the week in an intimate and lively venue.
No Way Jose!
No Way José!, named "Best Overall Restaurant" and “Best Moderate Restaurant” in Banderas Bay and runner-up for "Best Service," is Tu Casa en Puerto Vallarta. Quite an accomplishment for the winner of PV's “Best New Restaurant," just the year before.
An authentic Chinese restaurant complete with an authentic Chinese owner-chef.
The Red Cabbage is a magical place, off the beaten track. The cuisine, classic Mexican. The decor, nostalgic, with the walls & tables covered with collages and photos of actors, artists, and musicians. When you step into the colorful collage of it's decor, you know that you are somewhere different.
Salud Super Food
Vegetarian and vegan friendly, international offerings, casual, sidewalk
patio seating and smoke-free. Now open until 9pm.
This is an amazingly beautiful restaurant that praises the spirit of Mexican food. The restaurant has a terrace with a wonderful ocean view, a garden that simulates a shrine, and an air-conditioned lounge.
Si Señor Beach
Second Location for the popular Si Señor restaurant. Now in the heart of Zona Romantica in the old Amapas Sunset location.
Award-winning Taste restaurant offers a dinner menu from three different cuisines: Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian with all dishes available in full or half ("Taste") portions. Also enjoy breakfast (with Sunday Brunch) and poolside lunch. Taste the Fun at Casa Cupula with events every night, check website for schedule.
If you are looking for a truly unique and interactive dining experience, look no further than Teatro Limon, where you will feel like personally invited guest of Chef Bruce.
The Dog House
The best tasting PIZZAS and meatiest DOGS and SAUSAGES you’ll ever have in your mouth! Located in front of Paco's Ranch
The Dog House II
The best tasting PIZZAS and meatiest DOGS and SAUSAGES you’ll ever have in your mouth! The Dog House and Encuentros Pizza at Act II.
The River Cafe
In the heart of Puerto Vallarta, along the famous Rio Cuale, The River Café, a sophisticated restaurant in which every space is a source of ambience and pure enjoyment. In its unique tropical setting full of sounds of live music, wildlife and the soft running waters of the Rio Cuale.
Open air restaurant on Olas Altas with a Swedish touch run by a pair of authentic gay Swedes!
Uncommon Grounds Chill Out Lounge
True to its name, Uncommon Grounds travels into delightfully new cafe territory. Come soothe your soul in this wonderfully unusual place that delights the senses and sets your soul at ease. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 4pm-close.
Delicious food from Yucatan
These beach clubs on Playa Los Muertos are gay owned or cater to the gay audience.
Blue Chairs Beach Club
This is the original gay beach club of PV. Standard beach fare is served up. Located immediately in front of the Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea.
Mantamar Beach Club
located beachfront at Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa
Ritmos Beach Cafe
Live Musical Events
Schools and Classes
Learn authentic Mexican cooking! Cooking class, recipe book in English, El Arrayan apron, food preparation and lunch with a cocktail or a glass of Mexican wine.
A hands-on exploration of authentic Mexican cuisine by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Miriam Flores. Includes a 6-7 course meal with dessert and a glass of wine.
Mon - Sat:
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Offering delicious Mexican Organic Coffee along with Fruit & Veg Smoothies, delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, salad and pastry. Come taste the Aroma
Caffe del Mar Vallarta
THEY ARE THE FIRST AND ONLY CAFÉ GALLERY IN TOWN, EXHIBITING ART PIECES OF SEVERAL WELL RECOGNIZED MEXICAN ARTISTS IN SCULPTURE AND OIL PAINTINGS.
This gay owned and operated coffee shop has all those lattes, capiccinos, etc. Sandwiches and bakery too.
Dee's Coffee Company
A very popular coffee shop completely reminiscent of a Starbuck's coffee shop. Internet and wi-fi access. Open from 7am-9pm.
Piñata Juice Bar
Healthy & delicious frozen yogurt with fresh fruit. Ü Serve, smoothies or let us Mix It with your fruit in for a unique taste that's all your own!