There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Puerto Vallarta. Each unique zone or neighborhood has plenty of choices. Almost too many. I have the hardest time deciding where to eat when I’m there. Here’s some of my suggestions of where to eat in Puerto Vallarta.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta’s Marina
The marina area of Puerto Vallarta is located north of the city. Here you’ll find more restaurants and less street food. Around the marina itself, there are restaurants to suit anyone and it’s a convenient area for groups, families or couples.
Where to Eat in the Hotel Zone of Puerto Vallarta
Even thought the Hotel Zone is the area I know the least about, I have researched some of the restaurants in that area. Since there are a lot of resorts and all inclusives, there are a lot of in restaurants resorts. Other options range from stand alone establishments to recognizable chain restaurants from the states. Here’s what I’m trying next time I’m in town.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta’s 5 de Diciembre + Downtown
Restaurants and street food, which means tacos, yay, are easily found in the 5 de Deciembre neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta. This neighborhood has one of my favorite beaches. Playa Camarones. Even when I stay elsewhere, I usually spend a day at the beach there. Besides the beach, it has some of my favorite restaurants.
- La Bodeguita del Medio my go to place for Cuban food and live music
- Taqueria El Gato great tacos any time of the day
- Rico Mac Taco a little bit of everything and really good quesadillas
- Mangos Beach Club the freshest ceviche and fish tacos
- Gaby’s Restaurant traditional Mexican food and cooking classes
- Barcelona Tapas small plates with a gorgeous view
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone
The Romantic Zone is my favorite neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta and where I’ve spent the most time. Once you are there, it’s so easy to walk around, you’ll never want to leave. Which is why I have eaten at so many places there. You can find any kind of cuisine too. Here’s just a few of my favorites.
- Café de Olla is my number 1, go to spot for breakfast or dinner
- Fredy Tucan’s there’s usually a line, but another delicious place for breakfast
- Paris Cafe tiny storefront with the most yummy pastries
- Panchos Takos takos with a k and the best al pastor ever
- The Blue Shrimp fresh seafood on the sand
- Margarita Grill all around great restaurant with a beach vibe
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta’s South Zone
The South Zone is south of the Romantic Zone and encompasses several neighborhoods. The entire area is made up of large resorts that have stunning views that look out over the bay. Garza Blanca, a resort just a few miles south of Puerto Vallarta is one of the nicest resorts. I spent a lovely day there one trip at enjoyed a delicious breakfast.
- Blanca Blue located inside Garza Blanca. They have a wonderful breakfast buffet with a great view of some of prettiest water in the PV area
What Kind of Food Does Puerto Vallarta Have?
As you can see, Puerto Vallarta has just about any kind of food you want, Since it’s located right on the Pacific Ocean, seafood is plentiful. A few of the traditional seafood dishes include:
- Filete al ajillo – fish prepared in butter or oil guajillo peppers
- Ceviche – fresh fish “cooked” in lime juice
- Pescado embarazado – fish cooked over charcoal then served on a stick
- Aguachile – a lot like ceviche but is a bit spicier and made with shrimp
The state of Jalisco is also known for some other meatier, non seafood dishes. Tacos, birria and tortas ahogadas are typical Jalisciense dishes and you can find them in Puerto Vallarta too.
I hope you find my guide about where to eat in Puerto Vallarta helpful. Let me know YOUR favorite place so I can try it next time I’m in PV. You might also like my other articles about Puerto Vallarta. In What’s the Best Area to Stay in Puerto Vallarta, I’ll give you my suggestions about what neighborhood is right for you. Read 4 Easy Day Trips From Puerto Vallarta to find some great beaches in the area.