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Restaurants, Cafés and Taco Stands

Restaurant Specials Calendar

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

Gay Staff, Straight Friendly, Drag Shows, Older, Pool Table, Younger, BBQ, Bar Food, Hamburgers, Mexican, Outside Seating

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Mexican style lunch and dinner at a local price.


Mixed Clientele, Casual, Seafood, Sushi, Live Music

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Fresh seafood cooked to order. Ceviche, fish, sashimi and rolls, cooked to firewood, raw, baked, pan and fried.

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

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.

Bella Napoli

Mixed Clientele, Italian, Pizza, Outside Seating

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Authenic Italian Restaurant

Bistro Balsamar

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

Blue Shrimp

Mixed Clientele, Beachfront, Seafood

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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

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.

Bravos Restaurant

Inspiration of food created by inspired People

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!

Café des Artistes

Gourmet, French

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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.

Casa Naranjo

The distinct flavor of home-style gourmet...Flavors and aromas of the Mexican Pacific.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Embarcadero Mariscos

Genuine Mexican seafood restaurant for sit down or take out just half a block before the new Pier Los Muertos.

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.

Figueroa's Burritos

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

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.

Gilmar Restaurant

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.

Hacienda Alemana

German, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Enjoy traditional German and international cuisine prepared by chef/owner Mike Pohl from Bonn, Germany.

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, we 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

India Gate Restaurant

Indian / Pakistani / Vegetarian

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.

Johnny's Diner

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

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.


Wonderful seafood restaurant on Los Muertos Beach.

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.

Mama Rosa

Mixed Clientele, Mexican, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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Possibly the best kept secret of gourmet Mexican cuisine, without the gourmet prices.

Mama Rosa II

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Casual, Gourmet, Mexican, Outside Seating, Breakfast

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New second location in the former Bistro Balsamar space in the heart of restaurant row on Basilio Badillo.

Margarita Grill

Live music nightly

Mariscos Tinos

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.


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.

Mr. Pulpo

a very comfortable restaurant shaded outdoor seating. the seafood is fresh, the menu is extensive, and the quality of food is very good.

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.

No Way Jose!

Mixed Clientele, Gourmet, International, Mexican, Outside Seating

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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.


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. Now open until 9pm.

Si Señor

Mixed Clientele, International, Mexican, Outside Seating

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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

Mixed Clientele, Beachfront, Mexican, Outside Seating

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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


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

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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.


Teatro Limon

Gourmet, International

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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 Dog House

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Hot Dogs and Sausages, Pizza

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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

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Sausages, Pizza

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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.

The Swedes

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

Uncommon Grounds Chill Out Lounge

Gay Staff, Casual, Health Food, Sandwiches

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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.

Verona Bar

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

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Straight Friendly, Casual, Mexican, Outside Seating

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A window to Yucatán in Vallarta. They keep to the tradition of the Yucatecan cuisine instead of making their own version. Everything is fresh and healthy. They are eager to satisfy their customers, with their service as well as their flavors.

To feed someone is an act of love and to make the person feel at home is hospitality.

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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Live Musical Events

Schools and Classes

El Arrayan

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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.

La Luna

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.

Coffee Shops


Mixed Clientele

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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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Coffee Cup

This gay owned and operated coffee shop has all those lattes, capiccinos, etc. Sandwiches and bakery too.

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

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Health Food

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Yogen Fruz

Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Casual, 30 somethings, Older, Younger, Vegetarian

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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!

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