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Best Food in Puerto Vallarta

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Given its bay location and international influences, Puerto Vallarta is a cornucopia of fresh seafood and traditional Mexican dishes, with a dash of multicultural flavors. The diverse cuisine here offers something to satisfy everyone.

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  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

7 Places

3 City Tips

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7 Places

Fredys Tucan

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Le Kliff

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River Cafe

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El Coleguita Mariscos

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Planeta Vegetariano

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8 Tostadas Estadio

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Memo's Pancake House

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Abraham M's City Tips

  • It is customary to tip 10-15% in restaurants.
  • The food in Puerta Vallarta is a mix of flavors from here and there; if you're willing to sample new things, you'll find something delicious in every bite.
  • The downtown area is pretty walkable, but a rental care may be helpful to go farther afield.
  • Fredys Tucan
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    Abraham M Says:

    Beloved by both locals and visitors, Fredy's Tucan is a perfect place to have breakfast. The crepes, waffles, and pancakes are all good options, but what I love most are the hearty omelets and tasty hash browns. Whatever you choose, though, this friendly spot, on one of the most picturesque streets of 'Zona Romantica,' is a perfect place to start the day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • While big breakfasts are the way to go at Fredy's, fruit and yogurt is also an option, for something light.
    • Make sure you come hungry — the portions designed for big eaters.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food friendly service and easy walking tour! 24/06/2019
    • Awesome breakfast place 23/06/2019
    • Fredys Tucan
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo 245
    Colonia Emiliano Zapata
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 0778
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 2:45 PM
    Other:
  • Le Kliff
    Restaurants (Mexican, Contemporary, Fusion, International)
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    Abraham M Says:

    Perched on a cliff overlooking Banderas Bay, Le Kilff serves up international fare that is as exquisite as the views. Creative flavor combinations include artichoke risotto with beef tenderloin, seafood gazpacho, and tuna with three-cheese sauce.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Le Kliff is located outside of town. To get here, take a taxi (about 30 minutes) or catch the public bus (45 minute) at Basilio Badillo and Constitución.
    • Visit around dusk — this is lovely place to watch the sunset!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular View in a Unique Setting 21/06/2019
    • DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION FOR MY BEST FRIEND WAS A TOTAL DREAM! 19/06/2019
    • Le Kliff
    Address:
    Road to Barra de Navidad KM 17.5
    Between Mismaloya & Boca de Tomatlan
    Puerto Vallarta 48394
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 228 0300
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • River Cafe
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary)
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    Abraham M Says:

    The River Cafe is named for its riverside location on Rio Cuale Island, between downtown and Old Town. With a menu featuring the likes of Nutella French Toast Rolls and Spinach Grilled Cheese, it's not surprise that breakfast is a popular meal here. But then evening brings a romantic atmosphere and morsels like Peruvian Ceviche, Lamb Lasagna, and Grilled Spiny Lobster... Hey, you may just have to come twice!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • You may want to dress a little more formally for dinner, but given that this is a beach town, it's not really mandatory.
    • There is often live music in the evenings. Check the website to see what's on during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food 23/06/2019
    • A wonderful calm ambiance in the centre of Vallarta 21/06/2019
    • River Cafe
    Address:
    Isla Rio Cuale 4
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 0788
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • El Coleguita Mariscos
    Restaurants (Latin, Seafood)
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    Abraham M Says:

    If you want to eat as a local, then you must visit Mariscos el Coleguita. Make sure to go very hungry, as you'll receive an appetizer the moment you arrive, and the portions here are not in the least small. Here, you'll feel like a local, eat like a local, and listen to Mexican music while you enjoy your meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are several locations; the closest to Hotel Area is at Marina Vallarta. You can take a taxi, or hop on a blue bus that reads "Marina."
    • This is not a fancy restaurant, but it's very traditional.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best Mariscos in Puerto Vallarta 20/06/2019
    • Always a must stop when in the Marina 19/06/2019
    • El Coleguita Mariscos
    Address:
    CallePopa S/N Loc. 17
    Opposite the Docks, Marina del Rey Condominiums
    Puerto Vallarta 48335
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 221 2116
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$16
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Planeta Vegetariano
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    Abraham M Says:

    It can be hard for vegetarians (and harder for vegans) to find options in Mexico, but Planeta Vegetariano does veggies up right. Offering a daily changing buffet of colorful, flavorful, and inventive (think banana lasagna or pineapple-glazed shish kebabs) dishes, this small but charming place will show even the most avid carnivores that vegetables are not boring at all.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To get here, walk north from Guadalupe Parrish on Hidalgo street until you reach Iturbide St, then turn right and you will see a yellow sign that says “Veggie Buffet.”
    • Planeta Vegetariano is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can come back as many times as you like.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Everything was Delicious!! 18/06/2019
    • Excellent value for money 04/06/2019
    • Planeta Vegetariano
    Address:
    Calle Iturbide 270
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 3073
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • 8 Tostadas Estadio
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Seafood)
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    Abraham M Says:

    If you are a seafood lover, don't miss this restaurant. Known for its traditional Mexican seafood, Ocho Tostadas provides yet another opportunity to experience food as a local would. Like many seafood restaurants in Vallarta, Ocho Tostadas serves 'cazuelas,' a traditional seafood soup.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are several locations, so just choose the one closest to your hotel.
    • Don't forget to add a touch of spicy sauce, onion, avocado, salt, and lime to give your dish a flavor you won't forget.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Fun & Popular for Locals Seafood 04/06/2019
    • Just a perfect experience 10/05/2019
    • 8 Tostadas Estadio
    Address:
    Calle Rio Guayaquil # 413
    Puerto Vallarta 48330
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 7691
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$25
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Memo's Pancake House
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, International)
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    Abraham M Says:

    With a name like Memo's Pancake House, it's no surprise that this spot is popular in the breakfast department. In addition to various different types of pancakes and waffles, Memo's serves up breakfast favorites like machaca (shredded beef) burritos and chilaquiles. It's often packed with visitors and local families, making for a lively, fun atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Memo's is open for breakfast from 8am to 12pm. Make sure you don't miss it!
    • Get early or be willing to wait. The service is great, but there are a lot of guests to attend to.
    • The back patio is a pretty place to sit, but it can get hot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 987 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious breakfast 23/06/2019
    • Yes, I'm reviewing it again. And I love it more the second time 18/06/2019
    • Memo's Pancake House
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo 289
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 6272
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
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