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 more than 25 years, Archie´s Wok has been serving up Vallarta´s diners with a tasteful array of Asain cuisine, consistently acquiring winning reviews.
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
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.
Authenic Italian Restaurant
Bistro Balsamar is a gay owned, gay friendly restaurant specializing in regional Mexican cuisine.
Boccon di Vino
Italian cuisine from native Italians lovingly prepared and presented in an intimate setting. Located in the heart of restaurant row. New hours of operations, 3-11pm.
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!
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.
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!
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
Wine & Tapas, bar located in the heart of Emiliano Zapata, in the Zona Romantica.
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 Cauce "2 Versions"
An enjoyable place where you can enjoy their delicious Cucumber Margaritas, Burritas, Chile Reyeno, or your choice of Enchiladas from Shrimp, Beef, Chicken and many other traditional Mexican dishes and seafood. Seating on the sidewalk patio available.
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.
Summer hours, 3pm to 10pm. Closed Sundays.
El Oasis del Holi
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
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. Open Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am. - 7:00pm.
The speciality, of course, as their name states is fajitas, with many different varieties to choose from at this tropical grill.
Frida´s kitchen, located on the second level of Frida´s bar, has become a great known gay spot for evening drinks and dining.
Mexican Fusion Cuisine with a pleasant atmosphere and gracious service.
Located in the heart of Vallarta, Gaby's offers you an atmosphere where you can enjoy the exquisite and authentic Mexican food.
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
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.
Joe Jack's Fish Shack
The home of seafood frescado! Serious cocktails and rooftop terrace.
La Cigale French Bistro
Vive la France in Downtown Puerto Vallarta! Whether you have memories of Paris or not, La Cigale will get you "In the Mood."
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.
Mestiza is a small and energetic urban eatery built around fresh, local food and drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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. Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Saturdays 9am-2pm.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner! Canadian/American style food with a Mexican touch.
Weather for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a special event; discerning dinners will appreciate their creative take on authentic Mexican Cuisine.
Utopia is a unique restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine ,Thai, Arabic and Italian fusion. Their chef is pleased to prepare Tandoori grills, Naan, Chicken Tikka Masala and much more. Delivery Service Available.
Verona Bistro Bar
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.
Design your own salad! Fresh vegetables and fruit juices right in the heart of Zona Romantica.
The Blue Shrimp restaurant, situated right on the Los Muertos beach, and long established, is the best seafood restaurant in the area.
Derby City Burgers
The tastiest burgers in Mexico! Along with Hand cut French Fries and Sweet Potato Fries!
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.
Sapphire Ocean Club
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.
Ritmos Beach Cafe
Also known as "Green Chairs" is a friendly beachfront restaurant on the famous "Los Muertos Beach" with palapas, food, music, and Dj.
Schools and Classes
Cooking Class with Barcelona Tapas
Chef's William Carballo &/or Juan Pablo Valencia open the kitchen to Barcelona Tapas to teach you a few of their recipes.
Cooking Class with El Arrayan
The entire team at El Arrayán is happy to share with you that starting this October 10th they will resume their popular Traditional Mexican Cooking Classes. Co-owner Carmen Porras and their team are making a point of teaching a wider range of Mexican classical dishes.
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 coffe gallery in town, exhibiting art pieces of several well recognized Mexican artist in sculpture and oil paintings.
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 2016 / 2017! 100% Mexican Coffee.
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.