Vallarta – Nayarit Gastronomy & Restaurant Guides

Riviera Nayarit has frequent summer rains which result in fertile land, which
produces a wide variety of tropical fruits. Coconut, banana, tamarind and petacon mango trees are found everywhere, and their fruits are eaten in cocktails, natural juices and sweets. The shores of this paradise, washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, are home to a large marine wealth. Here, fishermen fish daily for dogfish, sea bass, snapper, marlin, shrimp and oysters, among other marine animals. If you want to learn about the taste of the bottom of the sea, go to a palapa or restaurant whose specialty is seafood. You will find them everywhere!

Grilled fish is the most traditional dish in the Nayarit Riviera, and its origin comes from Mexcaltitan Island. This Nahuatl delicacy is preferably prepared with snapper fish since it contains little fat, which keeps the meat from becoming dry when exposed to heat. The fish is smoked with mangrove wood over a bed of palm sticks, and it is marinated with a lemon, soy and chili sauce. It is served in big plates adorned with onion, tomato and cucumber slices, and with freshly made tortillas, tostadas and special sauce. Other gastronomical specialties enrich the great gastronomical options found at the Nayarit Riviera, such as fish rinds, shrimp tamales, grilled pork, marlin  tacos and chalupas!

The leading restaurateurs of Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit host a ten-day culinary extravaganza in the middle of November every year called the International Gourmet Festival. Award-winning chefs from around the world join forces with local gastronomic gurus to demonstrate and create gourmet masterpieces. Gala dinners, cooking schools, wine and tequila tastings are all part of the
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Punta Mita Restaurants


Location: El Anclote 200, Punta Mita Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 12:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 329 291 6652 Credit Cards Accepted

Si Se√Īor has a menu¬†that uses only the freshest ingredients to create truly authentic Mexican food. The dishes combine both classic and contemporary preparations of regional dishes in Mexico. Classic moles, braised and slow roasted meats in traditional marinades, tangy ceviche, fresh guacamole, and creamy flan, are all examples of the colorful flavors of Mexico. The same passion for quality is echoed throughout every element of¬†the restaurant. The staff is courteous, attentive to your needs and will make sure your dining experience is the best.




Location: Playa Fortuna Beach Club, Porta Fortuna Mexican Mediterranean
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Phone: 329 298 7317 Credit Cards Accepted

Sufi is located among the green hills of the golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus in Punta de Mita, in the exclusive oasis of Punta Fortuna. Sufi specializes in Mexiterranean food, which consists of a combination of exotic Mediterranean food and Mexicana flavors. A casual ambiance, Sufi offers beautiful scenery and viewsof the Bay of Banderas,  accompanied with quality service. This is a place to have an unforgettable experience with the exquisite dishes offered in the


Tuna Blanca

Location: Cinco Hotel, El Anclote Lote 5, Corral del Risco Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
Phone: 329 291 5414 Credit Cards Accepted

“White Tuna” has the vibrant designs and colors inspired by the famous Mexican designer Pineda Covalin. The menu and atmosphere feels very Mexican, beachy, chic and romantic. They work with the best products of the region, organic products, planted and cultivated by the hands of local producers and fresh fish provided by the local fishermen. Flavors of Mexico are served in the style of Chef Thierry Blouet and his great partner Chef Ram√≥n √Ālvarez. It is all about simple cooking, but with great flavor.



Location: St. Regis Resort, Carretera Federal 200 KM 19.5 Mexican Contemporary
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 6:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 329 291 5800 Credit Cards Accepted

Honored with the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, Carolina features a unique gastronomic journey where reinvention, traditional methods, and contemporary techniques push the boundaries of modern Mexican cuisine along with accents of Punta Mita’s own distinctive flavors. With breathtaking views, an inviting bar and a romantic outdoor terrace, the restaurant provides a perfect variety of settings for cocktails as well. Exquisite in every detail, the restaurant’s design is both inviting and comfortable. The polished decor emphasizes lush black and white velvety textures with silver accents.



Casa Teresa

Location: Pez Vela 133, Punta Mita Italian
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 9:00am-2:00am
Phone: 329 291 6480 Credit Cards Accepted

Along with their delicious menu of seasonal food, Casa Teresa is devoted to traditional Italian culture and using cooking techniques from the beautiful island of Sicily. To begin the magical dining experience at Casa Teresa, the guests are offered a complementary serving of Focaccia, their signature bread made with flour, semolina, potato and herbs, baked in the wood-fired oven, and drizzled with cold pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar. All of the finest quality unique ingredients are imported. The menu is created daily depending on what is discovered at the local markets, cooked only at the moment of order.


Rosa Mexicano

Location: EL Anclote 114, Punta Mita Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 4:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 329 291 5495 Credit Cards Accepted

Authentic Mexican cuisine served with a contemporary touch and an impeccable service. Their menu includes the traditional guacamole, which is prepared at your table. The amazing view of this venue is given by its location, right on the beach. They offer very authentic and fresh ingredients. Handmade tortillas and a special menu with the catch of the day make this restaurant one of the best spots in Punta
Mita for a casual dinner. Do not forget to try the Tequila Rose Margarita while enjoying the live music which completes the fun


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Sayulita Restaurants


Location: Delfin 14, Centro Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Not Necessary Hours: Daily 7:00am-5:30pm
Phone: 329 291 3051 Credit Cards Accepted

In its present location for the past 10 years Choco Banana offers the community of Sayulita a gathering place to enjoy new and old friends. The local Sayulita residents go to Choco Banana for Eve’s fresh home baked goods, the great environment, the best coffee in Sayulita, and the expansive menu. The menu offers a variety of breakfast dishes, including the best French toast around. Vegans and vegetarians in Sayulita can choose from multiple menu items, including soy products. For a cool snack try one of the great 100% fruit smoothies, or a tasty frozen mocochino.

La Rustica

Location: Revolucion 40, Centro Italian
Reservations:Not Necessary Hours: Daily 5:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 322 100 7379 Credit Cards Accepted

La Rustica is located in heart of the little town of Sayulita. Its specialty is the traditional wood fired pizza but its offering includes fresh salads and pastas. This place has a really comfy and casual ambiance made by its modern design and the friendly service. If you’re craving rustic, delicious and handmade Italian food made with the best ingredients, La Rustica is the place to be in Sayulita. The bar has an outstanding selection of craft cocktails, and we serve delicious, local craft beers.


Don Pedros

Location: Marlin 2, Centro International
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 9:00am-11:00pm
Phone: 329 291 3090 Credit Cards Accepted

From the onset of their experience in Sayulita, Damien and Nicholas the Chefs and owners of Don Pedros, have always believed in improving the quality of life for the locals who call this place home. They financed the restoration of the malecon and fortification of the beach area. The restaurant is nestled on Sayulita’s golden beach and guests delight in an unforgettable dining experience while surfers ride gentle waves in full view. Now, with the addition of the new beach patio and bar, the view is even better and the dining more enjoyable.



Location: Delfin 20, Centro Italian
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12:00pm-12:00am
Phone: 322 188 8354 Credit Cards Accepted

Started and run by Daniel and Giusy a young Italian couple from Milan, Gusto is located in the magical Plaza of Sayulita and opens its kitchen to those who want to feel at home. Whether you are looking to have a romantic dinner in a nice ambiance or just a glass of wine, this is the right place to visit. This little Italian restaurant offers a great selection of fine Italian wines and gives you the pleasure of the traditional crafts of Italian cuisine. Along with locally sourced produce, Gusto restaurant uses many products imported from Italy and, when possible, fruits from their own garden.


The Real Fish Taco

Location: Jose Mariscal 13, Centro Mexican Seafood
Reservations: Not Necessary Hours: Daily 12:00pm-10:00pm
Phone: 329 291 3272 Credit Cards Accepted

The Real Fish Taco might very well have the best fish tacos on the Pacific Coast! The Baja style fish tacos are the staple of this restaurant and certainly a treat whether you join for lunch or dinner. Once you have tasted the tacos, make sure not to miss the rest of the specialty menu filled with fresh seafood, and even a few meat dishes. Sayulita Fish taco offers many other fresh seafood menu items, as well as nightly specials, depending on what the fisherman bring in. You will almost always find the bar crew interacting with the clientele, and they will always be laughing.say-fishtaco



Location: Revolucion 37, Sayulita Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:00am-11:30pm
Phone: 329 291 5495 Credit Cards Accepted

Sayulita Café is also called the house of the chile relleno by its local and foreigner fanatics. Miguel Muro is the proud Chef behind this Mexican restaurant in the center of the town. If you are looking for a romantic dinner with candles or casual drinks with friends this is the right spot. This restaurant offers locals and visitors an incredible and authentic Mexican dining experience. A full bar with a plentiful wine
and crafted beers list is available. Make sure to try one of the famous margaritas while you wait to be seated.


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Puerto Vallarta Restaurants
Fancy yourself as a bit of a gourmand from taco stands and beach vendors selling shrimp and fish on sticks to glamorous gourmet restaurants tucked in the hills with expansive views of the Bay of anderas. Your only problem will be that you can’t possibly enjoy all of the city’s fine restaurants in one visit. So you’ll just have to come back./

La Palapa

Location: Pulpito 105-3, Emiliano Zapata Tropical Mexican
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 9:00am-11:00pm
Phone:322 222 5225 Credit Cards Accepted

The cuisine of La Palapa is greatly influenced by fresh and delicious local ingredients and abundant choices within the region. Located at Playa Los Muertos, the beach and ocean life is something integral to La Palapa’s identity. Tropical Mexican Cuisine combines Mexican with Asian and French elements to bring you a fresh, local culinary experience you will not soon forget. Exotic drinks served in hand-blown glassware, live music and freshly caught seafood from the bay prepared with local ingredients and recipes are the specialties.pv-palapa



Location: Guadalupe Sanchez 740, Centro International
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 6:00am-11:00pm
Phone: 322 222 3228 Credit Cards Accepted

Exclusivity, elegance and comfort of its many gourmet-chic environments distinguish the Café des Artistes, which for 25 years is crowned as the icon restaurant of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. Synonymous with tradition, art and distinction for local, national and foreign guests. Created by the charismatic chef Thierry Blouet, renowned for its creativity and passionate style that expands in and out of the kitchen, Café des Artistes is a worthy representative of the gastronomic pleasure of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and Mexico.pv-artes



Location: Calle 31 & Matamoros, Centro Spanish
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 12:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 322 222 0510 Credit Cards Accepted

Located four blocks from the Malecón, here you will have the best view of the bay in all of Puerto Vallarta. The Chef/owner, William Carballo, sees to it that every guest in his restaurant is happy, offering generously served dishes with fresh, high quality ingredients at reasonable prices. It is recommended to order for the entire table and share dishes family style. With two or three tapas per person, you can enjoy an authentic culinary adventure. They are always updating the menu and offer daily specials. Also enjoy delicious salads and scrumptious desserts such as the chocolate profilerols and homemade ice cream.pv-barcelona-tapas


El Arrayan

Location: Allende 344, Centro Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Wednesday through Monday 5:30pm-11:00pm
Phone: 322 222 7195 Credit Cards Accepted

El Arrayan is a Mexican restaurant in Puerto Vallarta with a magic soul and an intimate atmosphere. The Chef and his team offer a variety of authentic Mexican dishes although rare. They use the best traditional recipes and freshest local ingredients of the highest quality. If you are looking to dine in Puerto Vallarta, they are located in the heart of El Centro, just steps from El Malecon. El Arrayan opened its doors in November 2003 and since then aim to be the best Mexican restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.


El Barracuda

Location: Paraguay 1920, 5 de Diciembre Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 11:00am-2:00pm
Phone: 322 222 4034 Credit Cards Accepted

El Barracuda is a small restaurant located in the heart of Playa Camarones, the only certified beach in town. Specialized in seafood, el Barracuda also features non seafood lovers specialties like BBQ ribs and salads for vegetarians and also a variety of steak dishes. It is fresh, non formal, not fancy & delicious. It is a seafood joint with a particular twist. From the delicious and unique tacos to the freshest ceviches, el Barracuda is a place to let yourself go. The staff is well trained into recommending the best combinationsso you and your party will feast your senses with an array of seafood and surf and turf combinations.




Location: Pulpito 120-A, Emiliano Zapata Mexican Traditional
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 322 222 2597 Credit Cards Accepted

Maia is inspired by various cultures. The staff’s intention is to promote what has been done in Mexico, and, above all, to share the huge heart of Mexican people. Since its products are domestic, fresh, organic, artisan and local obtained from the producers who work every day to keep their families doing with love what they do best, together with the guests, they want to promote the national and local economy with the Mexican flavors. They not only want to feed the body, but also soul and spirit, thanking and blessing food as the gifts that it is, following these principles inherited by the time sages.pv-maia


8 Tostadas

Location: Rio Guayaquil 413, Centro Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 11:00am-9:00pm
Phone: 322 222 7691 Credit Cards Accepted

Mariscos 8 Tostadas has a long tradition of seafood in original dishes that are a true delight to the most demanding palate. Its owners personally guarantee the quality of each dish with the warmth that characterizes them. The seafood casseroles, ceviche toast, smoked marlin, shrimp ceviche, shrimp aguachile; as well as tuna sashimi and callo de hacha rasurado, are some of the menu items that visitors enjoy daily. The desserts, whose exquisite flavors are a true gourmet experience, include the coconut pay and the lime pie, masterfully closing the tasting of the unique delicacies of fresh seafood.


Archie’s Wok

Location: Francisca Rodriguez 130, Zona Romantica Seafood
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 2:00pm-11:00pm
Phone: 322 222 0411 Credit Cards Accepted

It began back in 1978 when Archie, the founder, was asked to become Hollywood director John Huston’s private chef at his personal retreat on Banderas Bay’s south shore. Today, Archie’s Wok remains a very personal operation, a labor of love now under the guidance of his family. The place radiates hospitality as she welcomes you into the cozy/elegant dining room. Sergio, the Chef, heads up the kitchen operation, daily garnering the freshest of local seafood, meats and vegetables to be transformed in the Woks and on the grill into delectable Asian-inspired dishes.


La Dolce Vida

Location: Paseo Diaz Ordaz 674, Centro Italian
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Monday through Saturday 5:00pm-2:00am; Sunday closes at 12:00am
Phone: 322 222 2204 Credit Cards Accepted

La Dolce Vita is a great gourmet space that invites you to its traditional restaurant in the Malecón area in Puerto Vallarta. They welcome you to the genuine atmosphere of good food and hope you enjoy the great traditional Italian cuisine: salad, pasta, meat, chicken or fish. Served in comfortable facilities inside the restaurant with a cozy and welcoming design, distributed on two floors and with a beautiful view of the Malecón and the Bay where you can enjoy in the afternoons of excellent sunsets.


Coco’s Kitchen

Location: Pulpito 122, Emiliano Zapata International
Reservations: Recommended Hours: Daily 8:00am-3:30pm & 5:00pm-12:30am
Phone: 322 223 0373 Credit Cards Accepted

The ingredients that are most important in Coco’s Kitchen are similar to those found in thriving kitchens: creativity, passion, hard work and family. From the stuffed French toast to the inviting garden, there is always something to feast your eyes and palate on. Family is no doubt the most important ingredient and is what has inspired Coco, the Chef, to do what she does best. She or one of her daughters will welcome you with a warm smile and seat you in the lovely garden. You will feel as if you are walking into their home and will be served as if you are a member of the family.

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