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Isla Rio Cuale 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
+52 322 223 0788
08:00 - 23:30
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

The food here was delicious! It took a while to get our meal but we also had a group of 12, so it's very possible that was the reason. The staff was so friendly and really made us feel welcome. Definitely a neat place to check out if you're ever on the boardwalk in PV.

Thank Helena R
Pleasanton, California, United States
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

This was one of our favourite meals in PV. We arrived early for dinner and were seated at the wall overlooking the river and lush greenery. The service was excellent with very attentive servers. Our main server, Hernando, made the experience even more memorable by delighting the four of us with his simple magic tricks that increased with difficulty each... More 

Thank Julie M
West Palm Beach FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Wish I would have came here for dinner instead of the 1 star review that cost me $140 american dollars. We came here for a late lunch/snack. We had a drink and ceviche, and a quesadilla and some nachos with guacamole and salsa. We got to sit out on this little dock that went right above the River Cuale. Service... More 

Thank Wendy B
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

Actually ate here twice. First time was lunch, which I thought was excellent - started with a tuna ceviche with mangoes, followed by fish tacos and chicken fajitas. All very enjoyable, great margaritas, and a wonderful seat right by the river so we could watch the waterbirds and iguanas. Returned for dinner, which was less successful. Dinner menu is "fine... More 

Thank TheRealPhilGold
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

Lovely spot for lunch or dinner. Sits over the river. Iguanas in the trees, beautiful birds. The food was good, margaritas two for one. Nice breeze. Great location nice shopping before or after on the walk.

Thank love2travel070
Danville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

We are relatively new to PV and wanted good food and a nice setting. Well the River Cafe gave us both. Our waiter was very attentive and the food and drinks really good. We started with the octopus (yum) and muscles (again yum yum). The sauce on the muscles was a bit rich due to the cream. Great. Just a... More 

Thank Colleen T
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

We stumbled upon the River cafe as we were strolling along the sandy walk. It was a really lovely afternoon lunch and a great escape from the crowds on the malecon. The ceviche pets ado was very fresh and delicious. My husband ordered a burger and it looked very good. We actually ate here again on our way out of... More 

Thank Indiadrescher
St. Marys, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

We alway eat at the River Cafe when we are in Puerto Vallarta. The atmosphere is excellent as it is next to the flea market and right on a little river. The food is excellent. A great place to have a drink in the afternoon after shopping.

Thank Dennis F
Lexington, Kentucky
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Well, this is the third restaurant review I've written from our recent trip to Puerto Vallarta. Again, this place was one of Trip Advisor's highly recommended restaurants, so we went with it. In the Romantic Zone and in a really cool and unique setting. Very romantic place and the food and service very good. Definitely one not to miss.

Thank David F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

We discovered this place walking along the river in the extreme October heat. What a great place! Wonderful service and atmosphere. It's cooler close to the river and they have big fans to cool you further. Food was good--probably not the best we had in PV, but the atmosphere and margaritas made up for it. We'd definitely go back!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
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
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?