Puerto Vallarta is a favorite vacation destination due to its beautiful beaches and its charming cobblestone streets, but did you also know that Puerto Vallarta is well-known for having some of the best and largest variety of food? You can enjoy authentic tacos from street vendors to world class dining. Would you like to know which are the best restaurants in PV so when you are back in Puerto Vallarta you will know where to dine? Keep reading below for our top picks.
In 1951, the La Palapa was first established. La Palapa was actually the first restaurant to be open on the beach in PV. There are all types of people that have dined at this restaurant such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who frequented La Palapa during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The cuisine has an Asian and French mixture, and the restaurant uses only fresh ingredients that are grown in the area and each plate is not only is delicious, but is also presented in a beautiful fashion. La Palapa has different seating options as guests can sit inside under the palapa traditional roof, or guests can dine right on the beach where you can put your toes in the sand while you enjoy a delicious meal and a beautiful view.
Mariscos El Coleguita
Mariscos El Coleguita is another popular restaurant choice in Puerto Vallarta. There are a couple restaurant locations in Puerto Vallarta, and the marina location offers a great view as it overlooks the marina. You don’t need to worry about dressing up to dine at these restaurants because the atmosphere is casual and family friendly. The restaurants specialize in seafood that is caught fresh daily and cooked fresh for each order. Guests will need to have a big appetite when dining at Mariscos El Coleguita because their portions are very large. Every meal that is ordered comes with a free tequila shot and complimentary dessert.
You should go to Florio’s if you are in the mood for authentic Italian dishes. The owners of Florio’s are Italian and Argentinian, and they have produced some of the tastiest and unique dishes that come with a touch of Mexican flair. A couple of their most popular items on the menu are their pizzas and their mouthwatering pastas. Their homemade chimichurri sauce is also very popular and the sauce goes great with any of the foods on their menu. The restaurant is located right off the Malecon boardwalk, and the restaurant has been decorated in bright and vibrant colors, which makes it an ideal place for a fun night with friends or a romantic evening date night. The restaurant often has live music, so you may want to look at their calendar of events to see what’s going on. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the restaurant has a happy hour, which is two drinks for the price of one. There isn’t a better place to start your week off right than at Florio’s!
Barcelona Tapas is another popular restaurant for both tourists and locals. Their rooftop terrace was recently renovated so guests can dine al fresco and take in beautiful bay and city views. Barcelona Tapas has a large variety of delicious foods from Spanish paella to many tapas plates that will please everyone’s taste buds. If you dine at this restaurant, you will want to make sure that you order the bacon wrapped dates and the country salad. Every table will receive complimentary fresh baked bread along with papas al aioli. During the day, guests can enjoy refreshing and delicious sangria as they are on special for two for the price of one. If you would rather have a glass of wine, you will be pleased that this restaurant has an extensive wine list as well.
If you want a dining experience that is non traditional, but still pleasurable, then you should go to La Leche. La Leche has all white décor to go along with the delicious foods that they create. One thing is for certain is your dining experience at La Leche will be quite memorable. When you sit down at the table, a chalkboard is brought to your table so you can see what the menu is for the evening. All of their fresh ingredients and innovative combinations make for an amazing meal. La Nata is a bar that is located on the second floor of La Leche. If you arrive at the restaurant later in the evening, then you may get to hear live music being played by the Chef’s son, who is also a chef and a musician, too. Thursday is ladies night so that is the best time for you and your girlfriends have a great meal and enjoy free drinks, too.
Los Muertos Brewing Company
In 2012, the Los Muertos Brewing Company was established, and if you are craving delicious pizza and beer, Los Muertos Brewing Company is the place to go to. The first artesanal brewery in Puerto Vallarta was Los Muertos, and they make a large variety of beers including the Mexicana Rubia (light bodied), Anillo de Fuego (spicy), and Agave Maria (medium bodied) crafted ale beer. Since there are so many different beers to try, we suggest you order the Beer Sampler Flight, which is tasting of a variety of crafted beers. The pizza is baked in a fire oven, and Los Muertos is known to have the best pizza in Puerto Vallarta. The bar is a great place to watch sports because they have several large TV screens. If you want a quieter and a more relaxed place to dine, you can go upstairs as they have additional seating upstairs as well.
Salud Super Foods
Salud Super Foods is open Monday thru Saturday, six days a week, and they serve healthy and hearty breakfast and lunch. The restaurant opens from 9:00am – 5:00pm, and it is located near the Romantica Zone in Olas Altas. Every palate will be pleased with the healthy foods that this restaurant specializes in. Salud Super Foods has limited seating options inside and outside, and they provide a variety of fresh smoothies, delicious sandwiches, tasty salads, and yummy wraps all at a great price.
Of course, we couldn’t forget one of the best restaurants that provides authentic Mexican tacos in Puerto Vallarta. El Carboncito is a top restaurant for tacos late at night. El Carboncito’s specialty is their al pastor tacos, which are shredded pork meat, onions, cilantro, and topped off with some pineapple. If you want tasty carne asada tacos, then this is the best place to get them, too. Another popular menu choice is the volcan, which is a crispy tortilla that has al pastor meat, then melted cheese on the top of it. The sauces that you can add to your tacos are to die for. They have a cool and creamy avocado sauce to a spicy hot chile de arbol salsa. Yummy! Now you have seen the top restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Which one do you want to try first?