The list below contains our top 10 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. These are the “must visit” restaurants in the Puerto Vallarta area. They were selected as the top 10 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta based on the overall dining experience they offer. These restaurants offer excellent food, great service, picture-perfect views, and wonderful ambiance. If you are looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Puerto Vallarta, try one or more of the restaurants below. The list is in alphabetical order, not by ranking. These are all top restaurants and your selection should depend on your particular preferences . You can’t go wrong with any of these choices. ¡Buen provecho!
Address: 906 Matamoros Street, Centro, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-222-0510 Menu: Barcelona Tapas Menu The Food: Chicago-born chef and owner, William, spent several years in Spain perfecting his culinary skills. The restaurant offers traditional Spanish Cuisine, including hot and cold tapas, soups, paellas, salads and home-made bread. The cocktails, wine selection, and deserts are superb. Service: The service is excellent. The waiters are very attentive and friendly. Most (if not all) of the staff seems to speak English pretty well. View: Panoramic bay view. Ambiance: You have to walk up a few dozen stairs to get to the 4th floor, where the restaurant is located, but the panoramic view of the bay makes it all worth it. It’s a great place to enjoy a nice lunch with one of the best views in Vallarta. At dinner time, Barcelona Tapas becomes a strategic place for enjoying a majestic sunset or for watching some of the fireworks that seem to go off every single night. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: View/Ambiance
Address: 160 Zaragoza Street (Vallarta Plaza), 4th Floor, Centro, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-113-0281 Menu: Not Available The Food: Bistro Teresa made TripAdvisor’s top 10 list of the “Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Mexico – 2015”. In fact, it ranked 5th, so you know the food will not disappoint. The blue cheese shrimp is a favorite with patrons but you really can’t go wrong with any of their dishes…or drinks! Service: The service is excellent. The waiters are very friendly and Laura (aka Teresa), one of the owners, will make you feel right at home. View: Panoramic view of the bay, the arches and the caballero del mar statue. Ambiance: The restaurant is strategically situated between the Malecón and the church of Guadalupe, above Starbucks and next to Vallarta Plaza. The restaurant offers a very romantic atmosphere. The perfect place to watch the sunset! Bistro Teresa is wheel-chair accessible. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: Food/View
Address: 740 Guadalupe Sanchez, Col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-222-3228 Menu: Not Available The Food: Café de Artistes was ranked #3 in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list of the “Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Mexico – 2015 “. As the ranking indicates, this French/International restaurant is a favorite amongst visitors, but to be honest, I would not have ranked it #3 in Mexico or in the top 3 in Puerto Vallarta. Service: The service is good. The waiters speak English well, and they are very helpful, knowledgeable, and amicable. The entire staff is very friendly and attentive. View: The patio gardens are unbelievably beautiful; decorated with very unique art and amazing colors. You can spend hours enjoying the different art pieces that adorn the patio. Ambiance: The restaurant is very romantic and with a wonderful ambiance, especially near the piano bar. A great place to celebrate an anniversary. The patio has a completely different vibe. It has a more bohemian feel to it, but with a touch of elegance. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: Ambiance
Address: 336 Calle Miramar, Centro, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-222-2692 Menu: Breakfast Menu Dinner Menu The Food: The food is great and the menu options are well balanced. My favorites here at Hacienda San Angel Gourmet are the red snapper (dinner menu) and their Sunday brunch at their location across the street. Service: The service is very good and the waiters are friendly. View: The views are spectacular! Panoramic views of Hacienda San Angel, Gringo Gulch and Banderas Bay Ambiance: Hacienda San Angel has so much history. The late Richard Burton purchased the Hacienda’s main villa as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Susan in 1977 (Casa Bur-Sus). In 1990 it was purchased by Janice Chatterton, who over the years has purchased and renovated several additional neighboring villas, creating a spectacular property connected by lush interior courtyards filled with bubbling fountains, pools, beautiful bougainvilleas and spectacular sculptural details. This amazing ambiance is carried out throughout the property, including the restaurant. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: View/Ambiance
Address: 105-3 Calle Pulpito, Los Muertos Beach (on the beach), Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-222-5225 Menu: Breakfast Menu Lunch Menu Dinner Menu The Food: The food is great and the menu includes a wide variety of dishes including salads, fish, pork, seafood, chicken, and steak. The pepper crusted yellowfin tuna is a real crowd pleaser. Service: The service is very good most of the time but sometimes when the restaurant gets very crowded, the service quality drops. View: La Palapa is right on the beach and enjoys unobstructed views of Banderas Bay, Los Muertos beach, and the Los Muertos pier. Ambiance: Established in 1958, La Palapa was the first restaurant on the beach in Puerto Vallarta and the furthest construction south of downtown. It was created to capture the relaxed, tropical ambiance of the area during the 50s. In 1987, La Palapa was redesigned, bringing a more modern look to the restaurant but yet maintaining the relaxed, tropical paradise ambiance it is known for. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: View/Ambiance
Address: Highway 200 South (towards Barra a Navidad), 1 mile before arriving to Boca de Tomatlán, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-228-0300 Menu: Lunch Menu Dinner Menu Dessert Menu The Food: The Kliff offers an extraordinary menu with primarily gourmet seafood options. The food is wonderful and the presentation is superb. Service: The service is excellent. The waiter-to-table ratio is one of the best in Vallarta and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. View: The food is wonderful, but the main reason to come to Le Kliff is the view. There simply isn’t a better vantage point for catching one of Puerto Vallarta’s famous sunsets. And you can do it while enjoying a wonderful meal! Ambiance: Perched on the edge of a cliff, Le Kliff offers amazing views. This multi-level, open-air restaurant is an amazing architectural feat that offers a natural tropical setting, ocean side terraces, and an enormous palapa roof. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: View/Ambiance
Address: 483 Del Bosque, Colonia Alta Vista, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322 222 1451 x 444 Menu: Starters Entrees The Food: Great meal selections including red meats (from burgers to filet mignon), chicken, pasta and seafood. And of course, it is all delicious! Service: Great service. The staff is very friendly and helpful. View: The view is fantaastic. By day you can see the whole of the Bay of Banderas and by night the lights of Puerto Vallarta are magical. This is a great place for watching the nightly Malecón fireworks. Ambiance: The Casa Isabel MADISON SOUTH BAR & GRILL is a full-service restaurant and sports bar overlooking Puerto Vallarta and the whole of Banderas Bay. It is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day. The dress is casual and the atmosphere relaxed with the emphasis on enjoyment. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: View/Ambiance
Address: Playa Colomitos (near Boca de Tomatlán), Banderas Bay Phone: 322-223-7315 Menu: Lunch Menu The Food: The food is fantastic. The shrimp, the fish (catch of the day) and the french fries are amazing! Service: The restaurant is small and very well staffed, so the service is wonderful and very personal. Alfonso, the owner, is always on site greeting customers and making sure everyone is getting top service and enjoying their experience. View: Views simply don’t get any better than this. Panoramic views of the ocean, the jungle and Colomitos beach, a small isolated sandy beach with a creek and a waterfall. Ambiance: This restaurant is the epitome of a tropical paradise. Imagine this…after arriving at Boca de Tomatlán, you make your way to the pier where you get on a boat that takes you on a short ride along the southern coast of Banderas Bay to a small cove. The restaurant hangs from the rocks, just a few feet above the water. The boat approaches a ladder at the end of a small pier, you disembark and make your way to the restaurant. At the restaurant you are greeted by the most gorgeous views imaginable, shown to your table and given a moist, cold towel to freshen up. After your delicious meal, you can relax at the restaurant, explore the area, go to Colomitos beach, or climb to the waterfall before taking the boat back to Boca de Tomatlán. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: View/Ambiance
Address: 4 Isla Río Cuale, Centro, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-223-0788 Menu: Breakfast Menu Lunch Menu Dinner menu The Food: Fantastic food with lots of options. River Café is known for its dinner menu, but it also has a vegetarian menu and a gluten-free menu. Service: Service is wonderful. The staff is very attentive to your needs. View: Located in the Río Cuale island with great views of the river and all the flora of the island. During the day you can see many iguanas basking in the sun along the river bed and in the trees. Ambiance: Great ambiance in a tropical setting next to the river and among the trees. Candlelit dinners with live music. Primary Reason for Making the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta List: Ambiance
Address: 377 Pulpito, Colonia Alta Vista, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322-222-3570 Menu: Dinner Menu The Food: Vista Grill offers a creative contemporary Mexican cuisine using local ingredients. Vista Grill opened its doors in 2004 and quickly became one of the top restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, and the only non-hotel restaurant in Puerto Vallarta to earn the AAA Four Diamonds Award. Service: Superb service. The staff is very attentive and friendly. View: Vista Grill offers spectacular views of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. A great place for watching the sunset or for enjoying the shimmering city lights and fireworks at night. Ambiance: Modern, relaxed feel but yet very romantic. Perfect for that special occasion.
We hope you enjoy your dining excursions at the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta! If there’s a favorite Puerto Vallarta restaurant that you’d like us to consider for next seasons’ update, let us know! Each year we review new restaurants to see if they meet our criteria for appearing on our list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Buen provecho!