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Restaurants, Cafés and Taco Stands

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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%.

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Coffee Shops

Apaches Bistro

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Casual, 30 somethings, Martinis, Older, European, Outside Seating

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Everything in this little sidewalk bistro is prepared fresh by chef Andre from Europe.

Archie's Wok

Mixed Clientele, Gourmet, Asian, Live Music

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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.

Añejo Limon

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Anejo, Meaning aged, is their newest concept. They import and dry age their beef in house. They offer a selection of affordable wines and cocktails, they feature a spectacular outdoor garden, Patio bar, where you will find their menu to be one of the most varied in Puerto Vallarta

Barcelona Tapas

Mixed Clientele, Spanish, Tapas, Live Music, Outside Seating

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With panoramic views of the Bay of Banderas, Barcelona Tapas is a beautiful spot for modern and authentic Spanish tapas. Summer hours 5pm - 11:30pm.

Bella Napoli

Mixed Clientele, Italian, Pizza, Outside Seating

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Authenic Italian Restaurant

Bistro Balsamar

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Straight Friendly, Casual, 30 somethings, Martinis, Deli, Hamburgers, Health Food, International, Mexican, Sandwiches, Seafood, Vegan, Vegetarian, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Bistro Balsamar is a gay owned, gay friendly restaurant specializing in regional Mexican cuisine.

Boccon di Vino

Mixed Clientele, Gourmet, Italian

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Italian cuisine from native Italians lovingly prepared and presented in an intimate setting. Located in the heart of restaurant row. New hours of operations, 2-11pm.

Cafe Bohemio

Gay Staff, Casual, Comfort food, Outside Seating

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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!

Casa Tradicional

Mixed Clientele, Casual, Mexican, Live Music

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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.

Coco's Kitchen

Greek, International, Live Music, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Come and enjoy a relaxing and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner in our outdoors garden.We serve Mexican and international food. We are famous for the best breakfast in town. Coco will be waiting for you!


Mixed Clientele, Casual, Older, Pizza, Air Conitioned, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Italian/Steak House

Daiquiri Dick's

Beachfront, Gourmet, International, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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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.

Di Vino Dante

Mixed Clientele, Gourmet, Italian, Pizza, Spanish, Tapas, Outside Seating

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Wine & Tapas, bar located in the heart of Emiliano Zapata, in the Zona Romantica.

Eat At David's

Casual, Comfort food

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Homestyle American Cuisine

El Andariego

Mixed Clientele, Casual, 30 somethings, Younger, Mexican, Seafood, Live Music, Breakfast

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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.

El Arrayan

Gay Staff, Gourmet, Mexican, Live Music

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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

Gay Staff, Casual, Mexican, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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We specialize in artisan homemade mole dishes. Shrimp chiles rellenos bathed in mole, salmon, sopes, tamales, and mole enchiladas among others.

Summer hours, 3pm to 10pm. Closed Sundays.

El Oasis del Holi

Mixed Clientele, Beachfront, Casual, Ocean View, Dancing, Sports Bar, Mexican, Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian, Live Music, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Just a 15 - 20 min. cab ride north of Zona Romantica, enjoy the in & out door restaurant on the beach between the Grand Venetian & Plaza Peninsula.

El Rio BBQ Bar

Mixed Clientele, Casual, BBQ, Live Music, Outside Seating

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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.

Fajita Republic

Mixed Clientele, Casual, Mexican, Seafood, Tex-Mex, Outside Seating

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The speciality, of course, as their name states is fajitas, with many different varieties to choose from at this tropical grill.

Frida's Kitchen

Gay Staff, Casual, Bar Food, Comfort food, Hamburgers, International, Mexican, Sandwiches, Outside Seating

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Frida´s kitchen, located on the second level of Frida´s bar, has become a great known gay spot for evening drinks and dining.

Fusión Gourmet & Diablos Bar Tapas

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Casual, Gourmet, Martinis, Outside Seating

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Enjoy great Tapas, music and outdoor seating

Gaby's Restaurant

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Casual, Ocean View, Martinis, Older, Younger, BBQ, Health Food, International, Mexican, Seafood, Vegetarian, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Located in the heart of Vallarta, Gaby's offers you an atmosphere where you can enjoy the exquisite and authentic Mexican food.

Hacienda Alemana

Mixed Clientele, German, Outside Seating

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Hacienda Alemana´s Restaurant on Puerto Vallarta, is the Fusion of two Cultures.
Our Great Team is dedicated to offer the most Traditional German Taste through a viarity of Dishes served with the Warmth Attention and Love of México. ¡We appreciate your Visit and your Preference!

Hamburger Grill @ Café San Angel

Hamburgers, Mexican, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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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, they have added to the simple American sandwich, sophisticated elements that make eating one something special.

Heidelberg Cafe Bar

Mixed Clientele, European, French, German, Spanish, Vegetarian, Outside Seating

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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

Mixed Clientele, Casual, 30 somethings, Hamburgers, Seafood, Outside Seating

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The home of seafood frescado! Serious cocktails and rooftop terrace.

La Piazzetta

Italian, Outside Seating

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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 Bistro

Mixed Clientele, Casual, Gourmet, Martinis, International, Live Music

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Blending sophistication with a typically Vallarta atmosphere, Le Bistro Jazz Cafe offers exceptional food, impeccable service, stylish decor and a jazzy atmosphere. Situated amidst flowering trees alongside the rippling waters of the Cuale River at the Insurgentes bridge, the restaurant's tranquil setting and romantic ambiance are emphasized by flowering trees, fountains, statues and a grand piano. Open for lunch & dinner from 11am to 11pm.


Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Straight Friendly, Casual, Ocean View, Martinis, Younger, Comfort food, Fusion, Hamburgers, Health Food, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, Outside Seating

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Maia comes from and exists in multiple cultures, in which she is known as the mother God and protector of Earth, and provides for all without asking for anything in return. Maia's commitment is to share a little bit of the many things that Maia gives us through their poetic cuisine in which love is the main ingredient. 



Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Gourmet, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, European, French, International, Italian, Outside Seating

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Fine dining from 6pm to 11pm, in a casual environment featuring classic and contemporary Italian and French favorites such as homemade pastas and risottos.

Mikey's Deli

Deli, Health Food, Sandwiches, Outside Seating

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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.

Nacho Daddy

Mixed Clientele, Casual, Karioke, Older, Pool Table, Sports Bar, Bar Food, Comfort food, Mex-Tex, Live Music, Outside Seating

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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.


Mixed Clientele, Beachfront, Gourmet, Mexican, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta on the Rio Cuale Island in front of Banderas Bay, on the arms of the beautiful Cuale river.

Peking Restaurant

Chinese, Outside Seating

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An authentic Chinese restaurant complete with an authentic Chinese owner-chef.

Red Cabbage

Gourmet, Mexican

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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


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Vegetarian and vegan friendly, international offerings, casual, sidewalk
patio seating and smoke-free. Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Saturdays 9am-2pm.

Seasons PV

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele

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Now open for service, breakfast, lunch and dinner! Canadian/American style food with a Mexican touch.


Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Gourmet, Asian, International, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Seafood, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Taste restaurant offers a dinner menu from four 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.

Teatro Limon

Gourmet, International, Air Conitioned

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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 Jazz Foundation

Mixed Clientele, Casual, Ocean View, 30 somethings, Dancing, Live Music

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Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Straight Friendly, Casual, 30 somethings, Dancing, Karioke, Older, Pool Table, Younger, Asian, Bar Food, Fusion, Live Music, Outside Seating

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Restaurant, Bar, Gallery.

Verona Bar

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Pizza, Tapas, Vegetarian, Outside Seating

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Freshly made Pizzas and bread on Olas Altas

116 Pulpito Gastro Bar

A small bistro with outside sitting. Small place with a huge taste in flavor.

Barra Light

Design your own salad! Fresh vegetables and fruit juices right in the heart of Zona Romantica.

Blue Shrimp

The Blue Shrimp restaurant, situated right on the Los Muertos beach, and long established, is the best seafood restaurant in the area.

Bravos Restaurant

Inspiration of food created by inspired People

Derby City Burgers

The tastiest burgers in Mexico! Along with Hand cut French Fries and Sweet Potato Fries!

Figueroa's Burritos

Burritos are their specialty for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Take out and delivery service available.

Johnny's Diner

Home-cooking traditional diner food is offered for breakfast and lunch in Old Town Puerto Vallarta.

Margarita Grill

Live music nightly

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.

Si Señor Beach

Second Location for the popular Si Señor restaurant. Now in the heart of Zona Romantica in the old Amapas Sunset location.

Steve's Sports Bar + Grill

Big juicy burgers, fish + chips, cold beer, and margaritas

The Swedes

Open air restaurant on Olas Altas with a Swedish touch run by a pair of authentic gay Swedes!

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Beach Clubs

These beach clubs on Playa Los Muertos are gay owned or cater to the gay audience.

Blue Chairs Beach Club

Gay Staff, Beachfront, Casual, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, Hamburgers, Mexican, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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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

Gay Staff, Beachfront, 30 somethings, Older, Younger

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located beachfront at Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa.

Ritmos Beach Cafe

Beachfront, Hot Dogs and Sausages, Mexican, Sandwiches, Outside Seating

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A friendly beachfront restaurant on the famous "Los Muertos Beach" with palapas, food, music, and Dj.

Sapphire Ocean Club

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Straight Friendly, Beachfront, Casual, Gourmet, Ocean View, European, International, Mediterranean, Seafood, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Featuring the finest amenities including a swimming pool, comfortable lounge chairs and cabañas, towel service, national and international drinks, and fabulous breakfast and lunch menus from an internationally experienced chef.

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Schools and Classes

CORE Dog Training & Boarding

Mixed Clientele

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C.O.R.E. Dog Training and Boarding offers positive reinforcement obedience training, behavior modification, and premiere dog boarding services within a spacious Puerto Vallarta home.

El Arrayan

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The entire team at El Arrayán is happy to share with you that starting this October 12th they will resume their Traditional Mexican Cooking Classes. Owner Carmen
Porras and Chef Diego Sánchez are making a point of teaching a wider range of Mexican classical dishes.

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Coffee Shops


Mixed Clientele, Casual, Comfort food, Deli, Health Food, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian, Breakfast

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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

Casual, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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They are the first and only coffe gallery in town, exhibiting art pieces of several well recognized Mexican artist in sculpture and oil paintings.

Coffee Cup

Gay Staff, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Delicious coffees, teas, smoothies, sodas, breakfast and sandwiches one block from the beach! Voted "Best Coffee" - 2009 Virtual Vallarta Reader's Choice y certificado de excelencia en trip adviser 2015 ! 100% Mexican Coffee.

Dee's Coffee Company

Mixed Clientele, Deli, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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A very popular coffee shop completely reminiscent of a Starbuck's coffee shop. Internet and wi-fi access. Open from 7am-9pm.



Ice cream from the ladies of Xocodiva.

Piñata Juice Bar

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