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River Cafe

Isla Rio Cuale 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
+52 322 223 0788
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (57 reviews)
“lamb lasagna” (21 reviews)
“pear salad” (16 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 11:30 pm Hours
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Isla Rio Cuale 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we are in PV first night is always River Cafe, so this year we were turned away, but the second night, WOW!! Very consistent place to EAT, they won;t let you down

Thank DaCoach61
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 24 March 2018

This restaurant is located right on the river, hence its name. The service was fantastic and the food was, too. I had perfectly prepared Osso Bucco. There was live music, it was good and it was also not very loud, so talking at the table...More

2  Thank Cardfan2k
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure when I first came but it was years ago. We make it a point to come with the entire fam. The food is excellent. Highest quality. We all know you can tell when there is care and effort applied. The staff is partuclay...More

Thank BacchusLAX
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the family here for my wife’s birthday. Made reservations in advance and they took extremely good care of us. We had a private table in the tree house and the service was impeccable. For you foodies out there...order the lamb lasagna...absolutely fabulous!

Thank timothysmith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lush greenery keeps this place nice and cool (ish). Avocado stuffed with ahi was delicious. Really nice servers.

Thank PismoLulu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was only so-so, the servcie was better than average, but the location is fantastic! Right in the middle of the city but a great oasis

Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here half a dozen times over the last 5 years and it gets better every time. The food is tasty, and well delivered. The service is always fantastic. Sitting alongside a garden and river while listening to jazz... priceless.

Thank Jo R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here twice when exploring Puerto Vallarta in July. Both times we were walking in the hot afternoon, and enjoyed the shade and relative calm of the Cuale River Island. The River Cafe offered very good food, and an early afternoon happy hour, in...More

1  Thank Goblu
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

This place was ok! Food was good, service not so good, to many people for the amount of staff. Bathrooms dirty and ladies queuing thru the restaurant. We have been twice to give it a chance.More

1  Thank crieffie
RIVERCAFEPV, Director de Relaciones Públicas at River Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear Crieffie, Thank you very much for your comments, any feedback is truly appreciated as we believe it helps us improve our service and quality standards. I am sure next time you visit us, you will leave with a better impression. If there is anything...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018

The Concierge at the Casa Kimberly recommended the River Cafe for lunch. We were a little tentative about it as we walked down the stairs under the bridge, but it turned out to be a great, casual lunch. The menu choices were all very traditional...More

Thank Shane R
RIVERCAFEPV, Director de Relaciones Públicas at River Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear Shane, Thank you for taking the time to write your opinion. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the menu so much. Our main priority is to provide you with the best culinary and service possible! We look forward to welcoming you again.

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Questions & Answers
Andrea B
23 July 2018|
Response from Gene B | Reviewed this property |
They take credit cards not sure about America Express
27 June 2018|
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Response from RIVERCAFEPV | Property representative |
Hola, This time of year we are prone for mosquitoes ... To be honest we can’t there isn’t any or maybe a few, because there are mosquitoes. Our restaurant has a open space to the garden and river.. we always offer mosquito... More
18 January 2018|
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very clean. Food was very nice also
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Isla Rio Cuale 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Puerto Vallarta
  • Phone Number: +52 322 223 0788
  • E-mail
The River Café is a landmark in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy its cuisine and ambiance with infused flavors for breakfast, lunch or dinner, cared for the friendliest service. By day you'll see this natural setting surrounded by trees, iguanas and birds. At night expect a pleasant evening with the river sounds, candlelight tables, listening to the live music. Visit and enjoy River Café with all your senses!
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