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What comes to mind when you think of Puerto Vallarta? For some people, it’s charming, cobblestone streets and breathtakingly beautiful beaches are the first things.  Did you know that Puerto Vallarta is also home to some of the most varied and tastiest foods in all of Mexico as well? In Puerto Vallarta, you can enjoy everything from tasty and inexpensive street tacos to world class dining in luxuriously upscale restaurants.  We have provided information on 8 of the top PV restaurants so next time you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, you should make sure to try them all.

#1: La Palapa Restaurant

La Palapa Restaurant is one of the oldest and first restaurants that started serving on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. The restaurant was established in 1951, and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were some of the regular clientele during the fifties and sixties that put this restaurant on the map. With an unique Asian and French inspired menu, La Palapa only uses fresh and local ingredients and each plate is loving prepared with an exquisite presentation. Each and every diner will have a fabulous experience taking in the amazing beach and pier views. You can choose to enjoy your meal inside under the authentic palapa roof, or dine al fresco right on the beach with your toes in the warm sand.

#2: Mariscos El Coleguita 

Another longtime favorite PV restaurant is Mariscos El Coleguita. With a few locations around town, the marina location offers great marina views and a large, economical menu that doesn’t disappoint. Mariscos El Coleguita is a casual restaurant where diners don’t need to dress up. Mariscos El Coleguita specializes in fresh local seafood that is caught and prepared daily, and portions are quite large so make sure you come with a big appetite. Every meal comes with a complimentary shot of tequila and a delicious dessert to make your meal extra special.

#3: Florio’s Restaurant

In the mood for Italian? Florio’s Restaurant is the place to go. The owner is actually from Argentina, and Florio’s offers delicious and unique Italian dishes that come with a touch of Mexican flair. Their homemade chimichurri sauce is a perfect compliment to any dish you choose whether you try pasta, pizza or salads. Located in downtown just off the Malecon boardwalk, the décor at Florio’s is bright and cozy which is ideal for friends wanting to get together or for a romantic date night. Make sure to check Florio’s calendar of events online because they often have live music at the restaurant or weekly drink specials. 

#4: Barcelona Tapas

The recently renovated Barcelona Tapas Restaurant is a popular and must-visit restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. The rooftop terrace provides diners with amazing views of Banderas bay that you won’t find elsewhere. A newly added elevator gets guests right to the top so they avoid those endless stairs that some diners would prefer to avoid. Every dish is absolutely delicious as Barcelona Tapas Restaurant provides a menu that includes Spanish paella, a large variety of tapas plates to suit everyone’s taste and fresh local specials. The bacon wrapped dates and the country salad are two items that you won’t want to miss. Fresh baked bread and papas al aioli are complementary for every table and don’t miss their delicious sangria 2×1 specials during the day.

#5: La Leche 

In the mood to try something different? Head to La Leche for an unusual and exciting dining experience. The décor has been done in all white, and their dishes are creative and delicious. When you are taken to a table, the evening’s featured menu will be presented to you on a chalkboard that is brought directly to your table. La Leche is a top restaurant due to the creative and fresh ingredients and amazing presentation. After dinner, head upstairs to La Nata which is a hip bar located on the second floor. Every Thursday is ladies night so you will want to make sure all of your girlfriends come to La Leche to enjoy the free drinks and exciting ambiance.

#6: Los Muertos Brewing Company 

You can find the best beer and pizza in town at Los Muertos Brewing Company. In 2012, the Los Muertos opened their doors to become the first brewery in Puerto Vallarta. With a tantalizing variety of locally crafted beer, the Mexicana Rubia which is a light bodied ale, the Anillo de Fuego is a spicy ale, and the Agave Maria is a medium bodied ale. Which do you want to try first? If you can’t decide, try the sampler flight so you can try a sample of each of their locally crafted beers. The pizza is all cooked in a large, homemade wood fired oven and there are tons of great toppings to choose from. Enjoy delicious pizza and craft beer in the bar area downstairs while you watch sports, and head upstairs if you want a more peaceful dining experience.

#7: Salud Super Foods 

Salud Super Foods is a casual and healthy restaurant that is open Monday thru Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Located near the Romantica Zone in Olas Altas just a short walk from the PV pier, Salud Super Foods specializes in healthy and delicious foods at an affordable price. Although there is limited seating, you can choose to dine indoors or outdoors based on availability, or simply take your order to go. Try out their incredibly fresh smoothies, salads, wraps, and sandwiches that are all delicious and affordable as well.

#8: El Carboncito Restaurant

A top PV choice for street tacos is El Carboncito. Their main special is Al Pastor Tacos, which is shredded and marinated pork tacos topped with fresh onions, cilantro, and slices of sweet pineapple. Do you prefer carne asada tacos? If so, rumor has it that El Carboncito carne asada tacos are the best ones in town. Also, make sure you try the volcan taco which is a crispy tostada stye tortilla topped with al pastor meat and melted cheese. Oh la la!  They also have a large amount of homemade salsas which include a creamy avocado sauce and the super spicy chile de arbol salsa. Cheap and delicious!

These are the top 8 PV restaurants you should try on your next visit to Puerto Vallarta. Now the only question is, which one do you want to start with first?