There’s definitely no shortage of good restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. The city is made up of distinctive neighborhoods and each unique neighborhood, or zone, has more than enough restaurants to satisfy anyone. Because of this, I have the hardest time choosing where to eat when I visit. And there’s always something new to add to my restaurant wish list. From seafood to burgers to of course, tacos, here’s some suggestions for where to eat in Puerto Vallarta.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta | Marina
The marina area of Puerto Vallarta is located just north of the city center. In this area, you’ll find more restaurants and less street food. The marina itself, has many choices and some of the finest restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.
- D’ Santini wood fired pizza made with one of the thinnest, tastiest crusts I’ve ever had.
- Sonora Grill steak, steak and more steak. A little bit fancy too so it’s appropriate for a special occasion.
- El Faro Lighthouse Bar think pub food and a all around great place to have a drink and watch the sunset.
- Chapultepec Cervezeria good tacos, burgers and beer in a vibrant, lively atmosphere.
- Tacon de Marlin – if the first thing you want to do is have a fish taco and a cold one when you land, then head across the pedestrian bridge to pick up tacos at Tacon de Marilin.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta | Hotel Zone
Even though the Hotel Zone is the area I know the least about in Puerto Vallarta, I’ve researched hotels and restaurants in the neighborhood. This area has a wide array of all-inclusive resorts and many of those resorts have restaurants onsite. Other restaurant options range from local establishments to recognizable chain restaurants from the states. Here’s what Puerto Vallarta restaurants I’m trying next time I visit the hotel zone.
- Argentina Steak House I love Argentine food and this place looks perfect for a nice dinner.
- La Madelena if the cocktails are anything like the gorgeous bar, I can’t wait to try it.
- Oh Croissant Pasteleria I love bakeries and I recently met the owner’s wife and it gets a 4.8 on Google. The pastries look amazing.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta | Downtown
Restaurants and street food, which means plenty of tacos, are easily found downtown and in one of my other most visited areas of downtown, the 5 de Deciembre neighborhood. This neighborhood is home to Playa Camarones. Even if I’m staying in a different area, I usually spend a day there. I find it to be less crowded and with fewer tourists and there’s quite a few tasty restaurants in that block.
- La Bodeguita del Medio is my go to place for Cuban food and live music. It’s an excellent spot to spend an evening listen to music and people watch.
- Taqueria El Gato on Uraguay, right by the beach is an awesome little taco stand perfect for takeout day or night.
- Rico Mac Taco has a little bit of everything and some really good quesadillas.
- Mangos Beach Club is a nice place to spend a relaxing day on the beach being waited on. They have freshest ceviche and really delicious fish tacos.
- Gaby’s Restaurant is a homey, traditional Mexican cuisine and cooking classes.
- Barcelona Tapas serving small plates with a gorgeous view of PV and the bay.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta | Romantic Zone
The Romantic Zone is my favorite neighborhood in all of Puerto Vallarta. I’ve spent the most time there and because of that, I’ve eaten at quite a few restaurants in the neighborhood. However, I have a long ways to go because the Romantic Zone is also the neighborhood with the most restaurants and bars in Vallarta. Here’s just a few of my favorites.
- Café de Olla is my number one, go to spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I haven’t had one, yet, but I keep hearing their margaritas are the best.
- Fredy Tucan’s there’s usually a line, but this another delicious place for breakfast.
- Paris Cafe is a tiny storefront with the most yummy pastries. I always order an almond croissant.
- Panchos Takos takos with a k and the best tacos al pastor I’ve ever had anywhere.
- The Blue Shrimp has fresh seafood and dining right on the sand. Very romantic.
- Margarita Grill all around great restaurant with a fun, beachy vibe and good music.
- Andales – I’ve never been but anytime I ever see a discussion about restaurants in the RZ, Andales is mentioned. Especially by gringos.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta | South Zone
The area south of Puerto Vallarta and down the coast is known as the south zone. This area is made up small towns and all-inclusive resorts. Many of the resorts have stunning views that look out over the Bay of Banderas. It’s worth a ride, or drive, down the coast to enjoy one, or several, of these beaches for the day and then, you can stop in for dinner at a restaurant along the coast.
Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a foodie’s dream, with more new restaurants opening all the time. The Versaille area is turning into quite a gastronomical neighborhood. I’ve read and heard good things about Oregano, a Caribbean fusion restaurant, Ernesto’s and Lamara.
I’d love it if you would drop me a comment below and let me know YOUR favorite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta so I can try it next time. If you are a first-timer looking for more info about Puerto Vallarta, you might also like my What’s the Best Area to Stay in Puerto Vallarta to help you decide what neighborhood to stay in.