14 Delicious Restaurants Near Centro Puerto Vallarta (+ map)

I am many different things, but three of the most prominent ones are an avid researcher, a borderline obsessive foodie, and a Mexico fangirl. This cocktail means that I returned to Mexico armed with an enormous amount of lists, mostly focused on where (and what) to eat in Puerto Vallarta.

Having spent most of my previous time in Mexico outside of Oaxaca, I was prepared for the food to be different. Jalisco is famous for tequila, biria and torta ahogada; I would recognize quite a few changes from the lands of mezcal, chocolate and mole.

To say I wanted to was an understatement. Armed with my encyclopedia-like lists and guided to the nearby Barrio Las Canoas, where we were to begin our adventure. So, in this edition, the restaurants are located around the areas of Emiliano Zapata (Zona Romántica), Centro and 5 de Diciembre.

Without further ado, here are the best restaurants I tried during my first month in Puerto Vallarta.

A handy map of Puerto Vallarta restaurants

If you want to try any of the places mentioned in this post, you can find them on the map below:

Marisma Fish tacos

Naranjo 320, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

I did my research and Marisma’s was ranked as one of the best fish taco spots in town. This made it one of my first stops after being away from Mexico for a few years, and yes, I would agree, great fish tacos. My favorites still come from Puerto Escondido, but they are a great alternative.

Marisma has a well-priced menu of Baja-style fish and other seafood tacos, but the real draw is the great selection of salsas that come with them. I went down in the afternoon and was treated to a full booth, but be warned, this place is popular and I hear there’s quite a line at lunchtime.

Baja-style fish tacos from Marismo Fish Tacos in Puerto Vallarta
Baja-style fish tacos from Marismo Fish Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

Cuates y Cuetes

Francisca Rodr├şguez 101, Zona Rom├íntica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

We arrived in Puerto Vallarta in search of Chilaquiles, my favorite Mexican breakfast. I’m still not convinced that anywhere is as good as Oaxaca, but I was willing to change my mind. So I did my research. Cuates y Cuetes turned out to be a great choice to not only eat some chilaquiles, but to curl my toes in the sand and hear the ocean lapping while I did it.

Since that first visit, we’ve been here more often than anywhere else. The view is amazing, the staff is second to none, and they make great margaritas. I love bringing guests here to Puerto Vallarta and continue to recommend.

Source link