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Puerto Vallarta cuisine, rich and delicious

By Axel Sanchez

May 17, 2023

Puerto Vallarta is not only known for its natural beauty and beaches, but also for its vibrant gastronomy. Here is a selection of the best dishes to taste in Puerto Vallarta. You can enjoy authentic Mexican flavors, fresh seafood and world-class international cuisine.


Experience authentic Mexican flavors

If you are looking for an authentic dining experience in Puerto Vallarta, don’t miss exploring the richness of traditional Mexican cuisine. From tamales to mole and pozole, the city has a wide variety of restaurants that offer authentic Mexican flavors in a cozy atmosphere with excellent service.

A tostada ceviche, sample of Puerto Vallarta seafood

Street Food

If you prefer a casual but authentic experience, Puerto Vallarta’s street food is an option you can’t miss. Explore the taco stands, antojitos and other typical dishes that offer authentic flavors and great value.

Fish Tacos: Try the famous fish tacos at street stands. Fresh fish wrapped in warm tortillas with fresh salsas and toppings.

Corn and Esquites: Enjoy delicious elotes, roasted or boiled corn cobs topped with mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder and lime. If you order them in a cup, it will be called esquite.

Tamales: Look for the tamale stands, where you can find a variety of flavors, such as chicken, pork or vegetarian, wrapped in corn husks and steamed.

Mexican Antojitos: Discover a wide variety of Mexican antojitos such as quesadillas, gorditas, sopes and chiles rellenos made with fresh and tasty ingredients. Corn, naturally, is the main ingredient.


Fusion of Flavors

Another option in Puerto Vallarta is to explore restaurants that combine flavors from different culinary traditions. Here you will find places that blend Mexican cuisine with European, Asian or other influences to create a sophisticated and delicious gastronomic experience. Immerse yourself in a mix of flavors and enjoy an unforgettable dinner.



Contemporary Cuisine

For lovers of contemporary cuisine, Puerto Vallarta also offers exciting options. Discover restaurants that combine local ingredients with innovative techniques to create inventive and avant-garde dishes. You will undoubtedly enjoy a unique culinary experience that will surprise you with original flavors and presentations.

Here are some ways to enjoy contemporary cuisine in the city:

Tuna Tartare with Mango: This elegant and refreshing dish combines fresh, diced tuna with pieces of juicy mango, dressed with a lemon and ginger vinaigrette.

Duck Confit with Red Fruit Sauce: This dish features tender, juicy meat served with a red fruit sauce that perfectly balances sweet and savory flavors.

Wild Mushroom Risotto: Prepared with fresh wild mushrooms, garlic, white wine and Parmesan cheese, all in harmony to create an explosion of flavors.

Grilled Octopus with Smoked Sweet Potato Puree: This dish combines the delicacy of the octopus with the sweetness and smokiness of the sweet potato, creating a balanced and sophisticated flavor experience.

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon: This is an elegant and flavorful dish in which the pistachio crust adds a unique flavor and texture to the salmon.

zarandeado fish


Fresh Seafood

You can’t visit Puerto Vallarta without sampling its fresh seafood. The city is famous for its abundance of quality seafood. Explore the many restaurants specializing in seafood and enjoy ceviches, shrimp, fish and more, prepared with the freshest ingredients and in a variety of culinary styles.

In Puerto Vallarta, the abundance of fresh seafood makes for a wide variety of delicious dishes to enjoy. There are undoubtedly very good options of seafood dishes that you can try in the city:

Ceviche: Enjoy a refreshing combination of fresh seafood such as shrimp, octopus or fish marinated in lime juice with onion, tomato, cilantro and chili. It is an explosion of flavor.

Aguachile: Much like ceviche, aguachile is a spicy dish made with raw shrimp marinated in a green chile sauce, lime juice, cilantro and other spices – perfect for spicy lovers!

Garlic Shrimp: Enjoy shrimp cooked to perfection in a delicious garlic, butter and spice sauce. This classic dish is an irresistible option for seafood lovers.

Zarandeado Fish: Try this local specialty made of fish (usually snook or red snapper) grilled and seasoned with a local mixture of spices and sauce. It is a real treat for fish lovers.

Seafood Cocktails: Enjoy a refreshing mix of shrimp, octopus, squid and fish accompanied by a tomato sauce, lime juice and spices. This is a classic and popular dish in Puerto Vallarta.


Puerto Vallarta‘s dining scene offers a wide variety of options for all tastes. From authentic Mexican to contemporary cuisine and fresh seafood, Puerto Vallarta’s restaurants will provide you with unforgettable culinary experiences. Explore the city’s diversity of flavors and be enchanted by the delicious gastronomic offerings this destination has to offer. Enjoy your meal!





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