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%.
Olas Altas 433, Zona Olas Altas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Everything in this little sidewalk bistro is prepared fresh by chef Andre from Europe.
130 Francisca Rodriguez
Asian, Live Music
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.
31 de Octobre & Matamoros, Puerto Vallarta, (near north end of the malecon)
Spanish, Tapas, Live Music
With panoramic views of the Bay of Banderas, Barcelona Tapas is a beautiful spot for modern and authentic Spanish tapas.
Basilio Badillo #223, Colonia E. Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Bistro Balsamar is a gay owned, gay friendly restaurant specializing in regional Mexican cuisine.
Olas Altas 366, Playa Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Tel. (322) 222-4246
The Blue Shrimp restaurant, situated right on the Los Muertos beach, and long established, is the best seafood restaurant in the area.
R. Gomez 127, 3 doors from Olas Altas, Puerto Vallarta
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
Guadalupe Sanchez 740
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.
Café San Angel
Olas Altas 449
Mexican, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast
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.
Olas Altas #474, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Mexican, Outside Seating
Authenic Mexican food in the heart of Olas Altas since 1978.
Naranjo #263, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Gourmet, Fusion, Mexican
The distinct flavor of home-style gourmet...Flavors and aromas of the Mexican Pacific.
Pulpito #122, next to Abbey Hotel, Zona Romantica
Greek, International, Live Music, Outside Seating, Breakfast
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.
Olas Altas 314, On the beach, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. 222 0566
Beachfront, International, Sandwiches, Outside Seating, Breakfast
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.
Olas Altas & Rodolfo Gomez, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta
Mexican, Outside Seating
Located on the patio directly behind La Piazzetta on the northwest corner of Olas Altas and Rodolfo Gomez, Mimo's new restaurant is destined to be as popular as its neighbors, with a menu that includes many of your Mexican favorites.
Eat At David's
Aquiles Serdan 380, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Casual, Comfort Food
Looking for American home-style cooking? You have found the right place.
Allende #344, Centro, Puerto Vallarta
Gourmet, Mexican, Live Music
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 Dorado Restaurant
Playa Los Muertos, Pulpito #102, Zona Romantica
Beachfront, Casual, Asian, International, Mexican, Seafood, Outside Seating, Breakfast
There is a beating heart in the center of vallarta that revives the soul, like a hook, its fragrances drags us to its interior and all of a sudden, our senses, that were asleep, wake up and shine … That is El Dorado.
El Rio BBQ Bar
Felipe Angeles #245, Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta
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.
Francisca Rodriguez #137-B, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta
Genuine Mexican seafood restaurant for sit down or take out just half a block before the new Pier Los Muertos.
Esquina de los Caprichos
Miramar 402, corner of Iturbide, Centro
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.
Basilio Badillo #188, next to El Bacalao, Zona Romantica
The speciality, of course, as their name states is fajitas, with many different varieties to choose from at this tropical grill.
Venustiano Carranza #300, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Tel. cel. 322-148-5450
Burritos are their specialty for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Take out and delivery service available.
Insurgentes #301 - A, 2nd floor Frida's Bar, Col. Emiliano Zapata
Casual, International, Mexican
Frida´s kitchen, located on the second level of Frida´s bar, has become a great known gay spot for evening drinks and dining.
Francisco Madero #418, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
International, Mexican, Breakfast
A true Mexican home cooking restaurant, established in 1979, and preparing fresh molcajete salsa table side is what you will at Gilmar.
Basilio Badillo 378
German, Outside Seating, Breakfast
Enjoy traditional German and international cuisine prepared by chef/owner Mike Pohl from Bonn, Germany.
JD's BBQ Smokehouse
Augustine Rodriguez , Juarez Parking Structure Local #9, Col. Centro
Casual, BBQ, Sandwiches
Eat in or take out or home delivery of some of the tastiest BBQ in town.
JD's Sports Bar
Basilio Badillo #283, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Casual, Sports Bar, BBQ, International
JD's famous BBQ ribs, pizza, wings, and burgers in a sports bar setting
Joe Jack's Fish Shack
Basilio Badillo #212, (Restaurant Row), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
The home of seafood frescado! Serious cocktails and rooftop terrace.
Kabuki Sushi Bar
Olas Altas #414, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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 Peña Andaluza
Morelos 101, Col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300
Following the Spanish tradition, La Peña Andaluza serves a courtesy tapa with every order of beer, sangria, or wine!
La Petite Liege Burger Bistrot
The some of the best potato chips are at Burger Bistrot, and great hamburgers are from their grill!
Olas Altas & Rodulfo Gomez 143, Zona Olas Altas, Puerto Vallarta
Italian, Outside Seating
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.
Las Margaritas Restaurant-Bar
Libertad #303, Col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Casual, International, Mexican, Seafood, Breakfast
A space created especially for you to enjoy their fresh seafood and the finest cuts of beef.
Le Cigale French Bistro
Calle Hidalgo 398, Colonia Centro, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. (322) 222 7938
By the Guadalupe church, La Cigale French Bistro has become a cherished neighborhood institution. With his Parisian bistro ambiance and reputation for serving delicious french bistro food, La Cigale has kept a diverse crowd since his opening.
Leona Vicario 297, Colonia Centro, Puerto Vallarta
Possibly the best kept secret of gourmet Mexican cuisine, without the gourmet prices.
Paseo Díaz Ordáz 920 Malecón, Colonia Centro, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. (322) 223-2808
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.
Madero & Constitucion, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Stop by and let chef Willie stir you up something special in this fusion gourmet restaurant.
Aquilies Serdan 265, Colonia E. Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Deli, Health Food, Sandwiches, Outside Seating
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.
No Way José!
5 de Febrero #260, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Gourmet, International, Mexican
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
Amapas 115-1, Col. Amapas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
New global tapas bar.
Francisca Rodriguez 136, Zona Olas Altas
Chinese, Outside Seating
An authentic Chinese restaurant complete with an authentic Chinese owner-chef.
Juarez Parking Structure, Oceanside, Col. Centro
Italian, Pizza, Outside Seating
Rivera del Rio 204A, across the street from Rio Cuale, Puerto Vallarta
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
Olas Altas 534, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. 322 139-9398
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.
Guadalupe Sanchez #274, Esq. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Col. Centro
Tel. (322) 113-0064
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
Playa Amapas no. 114 Romantic Zone
Tel. 322 222 0577
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
Basilio Badillo $286, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Sports Bar, Comfort Food, Hamburgers, Sandwiches
Big juicy burgers, fish + chips, cold beer, and margaritas
@ Casa Cupula, Callejon de la Igualdad 129, Puerto Vallarta
Gourmet, International, Outside Seating
Bringing fine dining directly to Casa Cupula including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open to the public, experience some of the 5 star environment of Casa Cupula, one of the best gay luxury hotels of the world.
Callejon del Limon 1, esq. (corner of) Maria Monte, Colonia Palmar de Aramara, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Tel. (322) 225 2606
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.
Olas Altas #314, inside Daiquiri Dicks, Col. Emiliano Zapata
Deli, Health Food
Healthy and affordable takeout food.
The Dog House
Ignacio L. Vallarta #237, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Tel. 044 322 136-0400
Hot Dogs and Sausages, Sandwiches
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
Basilio Badillo #419, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Comfort Food, Hamburgers, Live Music
American (traditional) hamburgers and sandwiches. Great prices from $0-$100 pesos
The River Cafe
Isla Rio Cuale #4, Colonia Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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.
154 Pulpito, at Olas Altas, Puerto Vallarta
Open air restaurant on Olas Altas with a Swedish touch run by a pair of authentic gay Swedes!
Olas Altas #507, at Rodolfo Gomez, Zona Romantica
Italian, Outside Seating
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.
Perú 1028, Colonia 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. (322) 178 4290
In UMAMI you can enjoy a variety of delicious dishes Japanese food in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with personal attention.
Uncommon Grounds Chill Out Lounge
Lazaro Cardenas 625, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
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.
31 de Octubre #135, corner Morelos, Col. Centro
The one and only to serve authentic "Pho" in town
Basilio Badillo 219, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. (322) 223 4290
Fusion, International, Mexican
Restaurant & Fresh Herb Bar. Exciting New Age Mexican-American. Locally Sourced & Garden Grown.
Global In Content - Experience & Appeal
Prepared And Delivered With Mexican Passion & Love.
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
Uruguay 109, Colonia 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta
Tel. (322) 222-0796
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.
Antigua Molienda Cafe
Lázaro Cárdenas #288, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Let their baristas seduce you with the best coffee from Coatepec Veracruz, delicious snacks and desserts.
This gay owned and operated coffee shop has all those lattes, capiccinos, etc. Sandwiches and bakery too.
Dee's Coffee Company
Rodolfo Gómez 120, (between Olas Altas and the sea), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
A very popular coffee shop completely reminiscent of a Starbuck's coffee shop. Internet and wi-fi access.
Basilio Badillo 168, Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta
Ice cream from the ladies of Xocodiva.