Top 10 restaurants in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

July 23, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

In Nuevo Vallarta, you can lounge on the golden-sand beaches of Banderas Bay… or take an ATV tour through the nearby Sierra Madre jungle. A local water park has great twisting slides and sea lion shows… or you could treat the kids to a memorable swim with dolphins. (It'll make for a great "What I did over summer vacation" report.)
Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

1. Insu Sky Lounge

Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo de los Cocoteros No. 53 | Residences Plaza, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Seafood, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Dinner, Late Night HK$126 - HK$212 +52 322 226 8200
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 475 reviews

Insu Sky Lounge

Located at the top floor of Marival Residences Luxury Resort®, in the company of family, friends or soul mate you will enjoy our Sky Lounge with infinity pool, a delightful minimalist menu and a privileged view to the beautiful Riviera Nayarit sunsets. INSÚ Sky Lounge is open to the public. Food service starts at 6:00 pm and operates on a first-come, first served basis. Live DJ Nights on Thursdays , Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

Reviewed By Grancy06 - north of nyc

This restaurant does not take Reservations. We arrived at about 6:30 (I would get there a little earlier). Drink orders were taken promptly and then the real show began—the spectacular sunset. The restaurant is on the 7th floor and the view is simply divine. The tapas were all delicious! We sampled the duck spring rolls, tempura shrimp and avocado, fois gras lollipops among others. It is a perfect place to go with friends so you can sample as many of the tapas as you can.

2. Porto Bello Bistro & Lounge

Nuevo Vallarta Plaza Building loc. 4, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$71 - HK$235 +52 322 297 6719
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 315 reviews

Porto Bello Bistro & Lounge

After 20 years of service in our resaturante in Marina Vallarta we decided to open our second home in Nuevo Vallarta making a change in our image, with a Terrace, Bistro and Luonge where we serve our best dishes with our excellent Porto Bello service and Music of our DJ

Reviewed By DRS3253 - Spokane Valley, Washington

So good we came here twice during the same trip. Brought two different couples here to enjoy the fine food, service, and fantastic setting of dining at the marina as the sun goes down. Excellent food, good wine list, and the atmosphere and setting is an experience you won't want to miss. A little spendy, but worth it.

3. Piaf

Grand Velas Resort | Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$9,418 - HK$19,620 +52 877 418 2722
Excellent
88%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 175 reviews

Piaf

Piaf serves classic French cuisine presented with a passion and prepared with an innovative spirit. From its elegant décor to its culinary art, the restaurant offers a sublime harmony of elegance and simplicity Enjoy a creative menu of innovative French fare that includes rack of French lamb, duck confit, , seafood bouillabaisse, Bourguignon-style escargots and grilled rib eye steak marinated in smoke oil. Indulge in decadent desserts like crème brulee and enjoy the wonderful selections of wine and Champagne. Enjoy live trumpet music as you indulge in culinary delights. Located on the lobby level, Piaf is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Reservations are required. Children age 12 and over are welcome. Smoking is not permitted

Reviewed By Mark P - Southlake, Texas

Wonderful service with a great atmosphere...nice wine list and varied menu.
Ate here twice and biggest surprise was spectacularly good filet in a French restaurant.
Also had excellent cocktails and Deserts.
Not what I expected at a Mexican beach resort.
I would go back ...

4. Mediterraneo

Paseo de las Palmas 3, Local 35, Plaza 3. 14 | Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Parking Available, Television, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$149 - HK$235 +52 322 297 7682
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 513 reviews

Mediterraneo

Reviewed By jamesbest - Montreal, Canada

Probably one of the worst Lebanese restaurants we have visited. Mexico has excellent quality meats, vegetables, and spices, and yet this restaurant managed to mess up the simplest Lebanese enters: chicken brochette. All they had to do was to marinate the chicken in olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. But, they managed to serve us a very dried up and tasteless chicken. They did the same with their kafta. They simply don't have a clue what they are doing. I am amazed with the previous reviewers' comments; perhaps these reviewers haven't had real Lebanese cuisine!
Not recommended.

5. Mr. Cream Pancakes and Waffles

Av. Las Palmas 3, Local 29, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$118 +52 322 297 0201
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 316 reviews

Mr. Cream Pancakes and Waffles

After 13 fantastic years in Marina Vallarta we are excited to open a second location here in Nuevo Vallarta to serve the growing Banderas Bay area visitors and locals alike. We specialize in the Best American and Mexican Breakfasts this side of the Ameca river. We look forward to seeing our incredible past customers and to meeting new friends and serving up the most important meal of the day at Mr. Cream pancakes and waffles, Nuevo Vallarta.Bienvenido, Welcome!Jose Antonio Niño, GM

Reviewed By lma204 - Winnipeg, Canada

After being in the area for a couple months and eating a lot of Mexican food, we decided to out for a Canadian style breakfast...and I’m not sure I’ve had a better one back home! I had the Club Waffle (Belgian waffle, bacon, & 2 eggs) and my wife chose the Fanastia (whole wheat waffle with fruit & cottage cheese topping); both plates were delicious!
Even though the restaurant was packed, the service was fast and the waiter was a hoot! Funny and entertaining guy! The price was also reasonable.
Great place for breakfast and we hope to be back soon.

6. Manao Cebicheria

Boulevard de Nayarit 2 | Same plaza as Porto Bello and Prime 159, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating Seafood, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$235 +52 322 297 0733
Excellent
89%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 298 reviews

Manao Cebicheria

SEASONAL CLOSURE: August 13th - November 13th CIERRE DE TEMPORADA: 13 Agosto-13 Noviembre Manao Cebicheria is a very small and cozy restaurant that specializes in cebiche and offers warm and personalized service. At Manao Cebicheria we ONLY use the best quality of fish bought daily, combined with a balanced blend of seasonal fruits and vegetables that harmoniously complement each other. Most of our menu consists of raw fish. On our menu you can also find fish or shrimp tacos, tostadas, shrimp soup and mouth watering homemade desserts. All our recipes are made upon order with the highest standards of quality and food hygiene, always looking forward to satisfy our customers to the fullest. (*We only serve dishes prepared with fish and shrimp). If you need more information, send us an email! ** Manao Cebicheria es un pequeño restaurante acogedor especializado en cebiche que ofrece un servicio cálido y personalizado. En Manao Cebichería utilizamos ÚNICAMENTE pescado fresco de la mejor calidad que compramos diariamente. Las combinaciones de cebiches que manejamos incluyen un balance perfecto frutas y verduras de estación que se complementan armoniosamente con la pesca del día. Nuestro menú se compone en su mayoría de pescado crudo. En nuestro menú también podrá encontrar tacos de camarón o pescado, tostadas, caldo de camarón y exquisitos postres hechos en casa. Todos nuestros platillos se preparan al momento apegándonos a altos estándares de calidad y manejo higiénico de alimentos, siempre buscando satisfacer a nuestros clientes y sus expectativas. (*Sólo servimos platillos hechos con pescado y camarón). Si desea mas información, envíenos un correo electrónico!

Reviewed By Bonnie M - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

This is by far the best cerviche and it is a must try. As other readers have stated it is best to make Reservations. If they do not receive any fresh fish that day they are not open. They have added a few new dishes to the menu. Some dishes may take up to 30 minutes to prepare. The owners are extremely about which fish goes better with which dish. This is a must try place if you are in the area!

7. Amalfi

Paseo de los Cocoteros S/N, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +(52)523222268200
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Amalfi

Transport yourself to Italy at Amalfi specialty restaurant, at Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, while enjoying the romantic atmosphere and listening to live piano music. Savor a completely delectable experience when you select from the menu of Italian specialties, served in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Open for dinner only with a casual formal dress code.

Reviewed By JerfromCrik - Johnson Creek, Wisconsin

My wife had the Ossobucco and I had the Gameri con Peperoni Arrostiti (shrimp, peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella. They were both delicious. Everyone in this restaurant was just having the time of their life! We had such fun with the wait staff and the other guests! The Deserts are all explained in detail, except one which only said "Baked Alaska." But, I knew from other reviews that the Baked Alaska is what I wanted! The show was incredible. The waiter lit the liquor and poured it between several vessels before pouring it over the desert. What a show! I should have taken photos but I was enjoying it too much! We did Amalfi on our last night of a ten day stay which worked out just perfectly - what a fitting ending!

8. Lucca Restaurant

Av. Cocoteros, 98 Sur | Nuevo Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Mediterranean, Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$9,418 - HK$15,696 +52 322 226 8677
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Lucca Restaurant

Savor flavorful Italian-Mediterranean cuisine and indulge in a culinary journey at Lucca. The Romanesque design of the dining room hints at the savory meat, pasta and seafood dishes that make Lucca one of the top Puerto Vallarta restaurants. Gather around a table and enjoy live piano music and sweeping ocean views Experience a menu of delectable Italian dishes such aslamb chops with creamy carrot polenta, Chilean sea bass with Sicilian crust and shrimp and porcini risotto with truffle essence. Lucca is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Reservations are required. Children are welcome.

Reviewed By parfumerienasreen - Seattle, Washington

We ate here twice during our stay! The food was superb! The wine excellent! The service was great and the Sommelier was fantastic! I even got to see the wide selection of wines and the kitchen! Thank you so very much!
The Rehmats

9. Azul Restaurant

Av. Cocoteros, 98 Sur, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar Mexican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +52 322 226 8677
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Azul Restaurant

The tranquil al fresco atmosphere at Azul is enhanced by mouthwatering world cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Italian specialties. Relax at a table overlooking the white sand beach and blue bay, and enjoy fresh seafood, sushi, sandwiches, salads, and mouthwatering fare from our grill. Savor the sunset while indulging in prime cuts of beef and seafood grilled on the parrilla at this seaside Puerto Vallarta restaurant. Reservations are not required. Azul serves creative international cuisine overlooking Banderas Bay. Inspired by the coastal flavors of Mexico and global cookery, the menu features local seafood, grilled meats, and Italian, Mexican, and Asian fare. Soak up ocean views while you enjoy sushi, steak fajitas, artisan pizzas and the stuffed Freshwater crab with tomato-chili sauce.

Reviewed By Davebruin - Portland, Oregon

For the "casual" restaurant at Grand Velas, we found the food, service and presentation to be outstanding. If you want something, they will figure it out. Just overall well done.

10. 3x3 Authentic Food

Paseo de los Cocoteros 8, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Mexican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +52 322 297 2671
Excellent
81%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

3x3 Authentic Food

Little restaurant running by a mexican family. The place serve amazing breakfast, fresh lunch and delicious bakery.

Reviewed By Robert F

We stayed in a very good all inclusive hotel but kept coming back to 3x3 time and time again for breakfast. A lovely, well run, outdoor ‘ shacky ‘ type restaurant. I loved the shrimp omelette for breakfast. Highly recommended!

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