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%.
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
Blue Chairs restaurant offers a wide variety of fresh, delicious International cuisine paired with some of the most spectacular views.
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.
Inspiration of food created by inspired People
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!
Authenic Mexican food in the heart of Olas Altas since 1978.
Café San Angel
This eclectic sidewalk cafe, located directly on Olas Altas is a popular gathering place from sunrise coffee to late night snacks, and very gay friendly.
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.
The distinct flavor of home-style gourmet...Flavors and aromas of the Mexican Pacific.
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
Looking for American home-style cooking? You have found the right place.
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
Mole and other favorite Mexican dishes.
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.
Esquina de los Caprichos
Just steps off the well beaten path, near the iconic church in the center of town, is a rather unassuming looking place called Esquina de los Caprichios.
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.
India Gate Restaurant
Indian / Pakistani / Vegetarian
At JB’s, the slogan is "MI CASA ES SU CASA".
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.
Kabuki Sushi Bar
A very unique sushi bar in Vallarta! Open Tuesday 1:30pm-11pm and Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-11pm for lunch,dinner, and drinks. Sidewalk seating and take-out available.
La Petite Liege Burger Bistrot
The some of the best potato chips are at Burger Bistrot, and great hamburgers are from their grill!
La Peña Andaluza
Following the Spanish tradition, La Peña Andaluza serves a courtesy tapa with every order of beer, sangria, or wine!
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.
Live music nightly
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.
Take part in an experience of traditional Italian recipes. The excellent quality of the raw products used, the careful handling in the kitchen and the understanding of the dishes will guarantee that you will have a great dinner experience.
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.
Nu Global Tapas Bar
New global tapas bar.
Old Town Bistro
Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. This new restaurant/bar features World Class International Cuisine with a very broad menu. Their menus include many classical dishes along with new and innovated entrees that will excite everyone.
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
Healthy food that tastes great! Open for breakfast and lunch, Salud Super Food creates the most delicious menu while keeping it healthy. They have many unique salsas that compliment your dish.
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.
Steve's Sports Bar + Grill
Big juicy burgers, fish + chips, cold beer, and margaritas
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, MEATIEST dogs and sausages you’ll ever have in your mouth. Located in front of Paco's Ranch
The Pitt Bar + Grill
American (traditional) hamburgers and sandwiches. Great prices from $0-$150 pesos
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.
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.
Lido Beach Club
The Lido Club includes menu selections from Southern France, Italy, Greece and Northern Africa with cold items featuring soups, sandwiches, salads, pastas as well as hot items from grilled sausages, fresh fish and kebabs, and many signature desserts including homemade ice creams.
Mangos Beach Club
Located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta a few blocks from boardwalk, enjoy the best rest, comfort, luxury, relaxation and fun in our corner of the beach, with fine sand and calm waters certified for quality and cleanliness.
Mantamar Beach Club Bar + Grill
located beachfront at Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa
Caffe del Mar Vallarta
They will seduce you!
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.
Ice cream from the ladies of Xocodiva.