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River Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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Isla Rio Cuale 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
+52 322 223 0788
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08:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:30
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply the finest food we have eaten in 2 weeks with the most attentive and refined service. The meal was half the cost, including wine, of the previous nights meal but far more outstanding. We can recommend the asparagus soup, the calamari, the salad and the Duck Duo. If you've got room experience the Mexican coffee. A real artful presentation.... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner. My husband ordered the mahi mahi ala macho and I ordered the seafood linguine. Both were cooked perfected and tasted great! Have been here several times and highly recommend it.

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Thank Stephanie S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the River Cafe for New Year's Eve and the meal was fantastic. The location is very nice and the service and food is excellent. We will go again and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Wilton Manors, Florida, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything about River Cafe is first class. Food, service ambiance and table side presentations. Our last night in PV was memorable and special

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Oakland, California
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269 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ambience is romantic with the River flowing by and all the lush vegetation. The menu is extensive. The rib eye was delicious and well prepared as was the rack of lamb. The wine list is ample with selections from Mexico, Chile, Argentina and the US. Overall a very nice dining experience in Puerto Vallarta.

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Orlando, Florida
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231 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly and attentive service. The river side setting was refreshing in the middle of a hot day. The open air market nearby makes for an enjoyable walk before or after your meal. The strolling musician was a nice touch without being overwhelming. Not too far from the ships but will definitely require a cab ride.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our 8th visit to Puerto Vallarta and the River Cafe has become an annual tradition. We enjoy that they offer both a set Christmas menu and also their regular menu. Their salads are delicious and their main entrees are phenomenal. We have never been disappointed with the food quality or preparation. At times the service is a bit... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful ambiance. Excellent and knowledgable service. And the food was delicious. Located at the end of a kitschy open air market, this is a hidden gem that all the foodies know about.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's very clear that this restaurant has been in business for some time. The service was the kind of smooth that only comes with experience. The location is unique and hugely atmospheric and the food and drinks were spot on.

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Prineville, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate our Christmas dinner here - wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Open air, can occasionally see a roving gecko in the trees nearby.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Cuisine
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary
Meals
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 23:30
Monday
08:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:30
Thursday
08:00 - 23:30
Friday
08:00 - 23:30
Saturday
08:00 - 23:30
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?