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%.


Archie's Wok

Archie's Wok

For over 35 years, Archie´s Wok has been serving up Vallarta´s diners with a tasteful array of Asian cuisine, consistently acquiring winning reviews.

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Arriba Restaurant Bar

Arriba Restaurant Bar

Located right in the heart of the Romantic Zone, steps from the Los Muertos Pier. They feature a wide selection of Mexican and American food with an extensive drink menu.

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Barrio Lindo Bar & Grill

Barrio Lindo Bar & Grill

Restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, offering delicious food from different parts of Mexico, cocktails and wine.

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Cafe Bohemio

Cafe Bohemio

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!

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Coco's Kitchen

Coco's Kitchen

Enjoy a relaxing and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner in their outdoors garden. They serve Mexican and international food. Famous for the best breakfast in town. Coco will be delighted to welcome you!

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El Andariego

El Andariego

Restaurant with Traditional Mexican cuisine, seafood and fine cuts. An iconic place of this destination and a favorite of the local people of Vallarta for over 30 years.

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El Rio BBQ Bar

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.

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Fajita Republic

Fajita Republic

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

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Gaby's Restaurant

Gaby's Restaurant

Located in the heart of Vallarta, Gaby's Restaurant will surprise with an atmosphere where you will enjoy from the authenticity and exquisiteness of the Mexican food.

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Hotel Mercurio

Hotel Mercurio

Hotel Mercurio’s poolside restaurant is open to the public, offering breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 AM; and extensive light-fare menu until 10:30PM daily.

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Jacobi's

Jacobi's

Restaurant, Cafe and Cocktail Bar in Olas Altas right around the Los Muertos Pier. Open from 7am to 3pm.

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La Piazzetta

La Piazzetta

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 and opened a 2nd location.

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La Ruta Restaurant Bar

La Ruta Restaurant Bar

Mexican cuisine prepared with products from the region and some with firewood, with freshly made tortillas with blue corn nixtamal and cocktails based on Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal.

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Ocean Grill

Ocean Grill

Spectacular restaurant located 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta on the little jewel of a beach named Los Colomitos. It's a world class experience. Tuesday to Sunday with 3 seatings available: 11:00am, 1:00 and 3:00pm. Closing at 5:00pm

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Ok José!

Ok José!

Formally known as 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.

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Patita Salada

Patita Salada

Delicious Mexican Seafood with traditional flavors from Vallarta at local prices. Away from the tourist areas. Fresh flavors and big portions.

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QueBola

QueBola

Authentic Cuban food fused, rich Creole flavor and original Cuban cakes.

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Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

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.

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River Cafe

River Cafe

"Our sophisticated cuisine delights the most demanding palates; furthermore, you can enjoy the best Mexican and international wines and plenty of cocktails."

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Salud Super Food

Salud Super Food

Vegetarian and vegan friendly, international offerings, casual, sidewalk patio seating and smoke-free. Summer Hours: Mon.-Frid. 9am-5pm Sat. 9am-2pm Delivery fee 30-50 pesos.

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Si Señor Beach

Si Señor Beach

A Mexican-themed beachside restaurant that creatively combines authentic Mexican cooking techniques and ingredients with a contemporary twist. The open-air, “feet in the sand” atmosphere features authentic furniture pieces and lighting that highlight local art and culture. Enjoy an amazing view from the famous Los Muertos pier in Puerto Vallarta. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and beach club. Recommended for a romantic dinner on the beach.

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The Blue Shrimp Puerto Vallarta

The Blue Shrimp Puerto Vallarta

The Blue Shrimp Puerto Vallarta Find the best of the coast, including lobster, ceviches, Baja tacos, and a wide selection of shrimp dishes. You MUST try our popular Blue Shrimp, the biggest in the bay with our special recipes. The Blue Shrimp is not your average seafood restaurant, it's a whole new experience of the cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beach club.

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The Swedes Bar & Bistro

The Swedes Bar & Bistro

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

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116 Pulpito Gastro Bar

116 Pulpito Gastro Bar

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

Azafrán Restaurant Bar

Azafrán Restaurant Bar

Azafrán is a unique culinary journey with gracious European-style service.

Bombon Puerto Vallarta

Bombon Puerto Vallarta

Live a great experience in Puerto Vallarta! 100% Mexican establishment that seeks to enhance Mexico through its dishes, drinks and wines.

Bravos Restaurant

Bravos Restaurant

Inspiration of food created by inspired People

Figueroa's Burritos

Figueroa's Burritos

A small place with delicious food with the style of California.

Nosh Turkish Bites

Nosh Turkish Bites

Turkish Bites, Mediterranean Power Bowls

Seasons PV

Seasons PV

Breakfast, lunch and dinner! Canadian/American style food with a Mexican touch.

Siam

Siam

Thai food in Puerto Vallarta.

Taqueria La Tia Pera

Taqueria La Tia Pera

Tacos and more tacos,

Coffee Shops

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Caffe del Mar Vallarta

Caffe del Mar Vallarta

Newly remodeled Coffee shop on Basilio Badillo 1/2 a block from Los Muertos Beach. Great place for people watching while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee, Frappuccino’s and /or a light breakfast like paninis and sandwiches.

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JAlato

JAlato

New location, just off Olas Altas in the Zona Romantica. All our products are made on site from scratch using natural ingredients.

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Mystic Circle Café

Mystic Circle Café

Mystic Circle Cafe provides a unique experience for its visitors. It is the home of spiritual awareness in Puerto Vallarta where you can explore spiritual, self-help, and metaphysical interests while enjoying our coffees, teas, and danishes.