Puerto Vallarta offers many delights for visitors and locals. This Mexican coastal city has earned a reputation for sun, sand, and a vibrant nightlife. Many travelers enjoy the easy beach access, sophisticated shopping, and dining options of restaurants in Puerto Vallarta afforded by vacation rentals in Zona Romantica and downtown. The area is walkable, and a pleasant pedestrian bridge connects the two neighborhoods. Some visitors select this area for vacation rentals because it is accessible, lively, safe, and simple to navigate, while other travelers enjoy the scenery and the greenery of outlying neighborhoods.

One of the great joys of traveling is discovering fantastic restaurants. Here you will discover many opportunities to savor the pleasures of the table. Whether you are gathering with family and friends, delighting in a solo meal, or sharing a drink with a new amigo, there is no shortage of dining options in Puerto Vallarta. There are many eateries in all budget categories. Dig your toes in the sand at a beach cafe while enjoying freshly caught seafood. Dine like the locals and belly up to a family cafe or taco cart. Splurge on an elegant restaurant for a special occasion. Here is just a taste of the culinary pleasures that await you in restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.

La Palapa


This stylish restaurant boasts a fusion menu and offers fine casual dining on the beach. For breakfast, choose from dishes such as soft shell crabs benedict or huevos rancheros. For a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner, options include lobster taquitos or grilled beef tenderloin. The presentation of plates is impeccable, and the service is attentive and friendly.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8:30am – 11:30pm.

Pulpito 105

+52 322 222 5225

Pancho’s Takos


Strolling musicians serenade patrons as locals and visors line up to grab a table at this popular cafe. The vibe is casual and come-as-you-are. Great margaritas, cocktails, beer, soft drinks, and aqua fresca accompany dishes such as tacos, quesadillas, and stuffed avocado.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 6:00pm – 2:00am, closed Sunday.

Basilio Badillo 162

+52 322 222 1693

Planeta Vegetariano


Planeta Vegetariano is heaven for the vegetarian/vegan crowd. This all-day buffet serves a creative array of dishes, including hot beverages, juices, fresh fruits, hearty bread, rice and beans, and hot entrees. Even carnivores look forward to catching up on veggies and relaxing in this comfortable cafe with its masterful array of lovingly prepared vegetarian cuisine.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 11:30am & 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 8am – 11:30am.

Iturbide 270

+52 322 222 3073

Joe Jack’s Fish Shack


For all things that come from the sea, head to Joe Jack’s. The ambiance is casual and contemporary. Try the peel-and-eat shrimp served in a bucket, varied styles of ceviche, and fish entrees that include red snapper and mahi-mahi available in a diverse range of styles. Want something different? Try their signature burger. Joe Jack’s serves beautifully crafted cocktails and cold cerveza.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm – 1am.

Basilio Badillo 212

+52 322 222 2099

La Leche


To experience an exceptional dining experience, try La Leche. It is upscale and casually hip. The decor is dramatically white, yet this spot sports a colorful history. La Leche makes the plate a canvas to showcase their culinary masterpieces that turns on the fulcrum of local produce and ingredients. The basis of new elements allows the chefs to “reinvent the menu every day.” The inventive culinary haute cuisine is written out and explained by the bilingual and friendly waitstaff. The epicurean cocktails are a stellar feature, and people come here to experience the upstairs bar.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 6pm – 1am.

Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio Km 2.5

+52 322 293 0900

Fredy’s Tucan


Accentuated by a dining room that is tropically festive, Fredy’s Tucan is an early morning to mid-afternoon eatery. Fredy’s claims that they serve the best breakfasts in town. Judging from the crowds of patrons waiting on the benches on Sunday mornings, many diners hold with this philosophy. Choices include US-style breakfasts options like strawberries and cream pancakes, the quintessential Mexican chilaquiles, steak and eggs, vegetarian options, and salads.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 3pm.

Basilio Badillo 245

+52 322 223 0778

Archie’s Wok


Located on a picturesque side-street, relax in the serene atmosphere of this Asian restaurant. Archie’s Wok features many delicious signature dishes for those wanting a taste of Asia, including plates like the crispy Singapore-style fish, Thai garlic shrimp, and vegetarian entrees. Here you will be presented with fresh local ingredients used in many authentic dishes.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, closed Sunday.

Calle Francisca Rodríguez 130

+52 322-222–0411

Casa Tradicional


This iconic restaurant is decorated in the rustic style, and it is located quite close by to the landmark Cathedral, which makes it easy to find. Here you will discover the typical and authentic dishes of Mexico. Try the table-made guacamole and salsa, which are the stuff of lore. Some favorite regional dishes include the tortilla soup, green ceviche, fried fish, and fajitas. The expertly prepared libations from the full bar pair perfectly with the cuisine.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

Hidalgo 335

+52 322 222 1812