Puerto Vallarta Journals

Romantic Mexican Dining

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An April 2008 trip to Puerto Vallarta by Andariega

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Quote: If your idea of a Mexican vacation includes Mexican food Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone can fulfill your needs. Here are a few recommendations.

La Adelita

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Walking down the street the other day we ran into what we presume to be an acquaintance. He knew our names and spoke enthusiastically of his new restaurant, La Adelita. Whether it was curiosity or obligation, I don't know, but we ended up there exactly two days later. Not having heard of the restaurant from any other source we had no idea what to expect. The name implied Mexican. The location, across from an adult movie theater, implied take out. As we neared, our uncertainty grew. Right there on the street, squeezed between parked cars, were two beautifully set tables. Emigdio, our mystery friend, saw us coming and quickly invited us in.We were surprised, what was originally a hole in the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2008

Cafe Catedral

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Cafe Catedral Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Café Catedral has served up breakfast, lunch and dinner in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone for years. It used to be one of our favorites places for breakfast and somehow we just forgot about. We decided to try it again. We arrived somewhere between breakfast and lunch and were offered both menus and given the choice of tables as we were the only patrons at the time. It is a long narrow restaurant with brick arches, a few paintings on the wall and tables dressed in gold and blue. There is a tiny bar on one end.The waitress, who was friendly and attentive, pointed out they were working a new lunch and dinner menu. She said everything was good. Shortly after placing our orders a nice fruit pl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 2, 2008

Cafe Catedral
Basilio Badillo 317
Puerto Vallarta
+52 (322) 223-0318

Mamma Mia

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Mamma Mia Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Mamma Mia is in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone half a block in from the beach, across the street from the Hotel San Marino. The restaurant was well established in town but had just moved to this location so we thought we would check it out. There wasn’t a customer in the place; we didn’t even see a waiter. We looked around at the freshly painted white walls. There were a few adornments but most of the restaurant’s color came from the blue and white checkered floors and red and white checkered tablecloths. Sails sneezed. The waiter came flying out of what I assume to be the kitchen and apologized profusely for making us wait. He said he hadn’t heard us enter and wasn’t expecting anyone to show up. Boy...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2008

La Tia

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La Tia Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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La Tia is on Lazaro Cardenas Plaza in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone. It is a half block inland from the Burros Bar and Canto del Mar so we walk past often but had never felt any overwhelming desire to enter. This day, the guy outside trying to lure people in, was so determined and so friendly that we caved.On the sidewalk, under the green awning, are four or five tables with bright multicolored cloths and simple wood and rush chairs. Inside is a surprisingly large area with a beautiful stone and tile bar, ample seating, and what I would call traditional border town décor. The tables are covered with colorful serapes, there is a large cascading pitcher fountain along one wall, and there a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2008

La Tia
Lazaro Cardenas 173
Puerto Vallarta

Cafe de Olla

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Cafe de Olla Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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You will immediately recognize Cafe de Olla by the long line winding down the sidewalk. It specializes in Mexican food, mostly the kind foreigners would recognize. Steak, seafood and barbequed meats are also offered. It has been many years since I have eaten dinner here. The food has always been quite good, the service decent and the surroundings, sort of old hacienda style, pleasant, but nothing is worth standing in that line for. The restaurant now opens for breakfast with the same cooks and staff but no lines. We had to go.Just off Olas Altas, Cafe de Olla is in a convenient location. It was a pleasant morning. We sat at one of the two tiny tables out on the sidewalk. The waiter eventua...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2008

Cafe de Olla
Basilio Badillo 168
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+52 322 22 316 26