Best Seafood Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta for Every Budget
Puerto Vallarta is a resort town best known for its beaches and delicious seafood. And with so many good restaurants, it’s hard to find the best. In this article, we share some of the bests places, with ideas for all budgets. Note that some of these restaurants are only known by locals and will not appear in any guidebook!
8 tostadas is simply a classic. If you have ever been to PV before, you have probably eaten here or at least heard of it, so it’s no surprise that this place made it into the list. This restaurant is a cash-only kind of place, so make sure to hit the ATM before heading here. And if you aren’t familiar with the menu or don’t know what to order, don’t worry, you can ask anyone there, and they will make the best suggestions! Ocho Tostadas opens every day from 11 am to 9 pm, and you can even make reservations by phone (322-297-7605) or email ([email protected]). This is especially useful if you are traveling in big groups because it is fully packed most days.
Here you can find their official website: Restaurant Ocho Tostadas.
Titis is a small restaurant in PV, and they serve the most delicious shrimps and tacos de frijoles (bean tacos). Mariscos Titi is located right in the heart of Jarretaderas, a small town not very far away from Mayan Palace in Nuevo Vallarta. This is the place to enjoy fresh seafood for a good price in a simple restaurant if you are on a budget and love seafood- Titi is your best choice. Titi is not a big, very well-known kind of place; it is more of a small, local restaurant that you probably wouldn’t have found if you hadn’t been told about it, but it just adds to the charm. Let’s face it, a small, delicious restaurant, with local music at full blast, that’s not packed with people and, therefore, is not expensive? It is definitely worth a try. However, just like with 8 tostadas, Titi’s only takes cash.
If you’d like to learn more about this place, here you can find their Facebook page: Mariscos Titi’s
El Coleguita is one of the most popular seafood restaurants around Marina Vallarta in PV. Locals love this place because of its delicious seafood, fair prices, and informal and cozy environment. If you come here, make sure you get one of their mixed plates to try different dishes. It’s the best way to find which is your favorite one! Besides, on every visit, you get courtesy tostadas, seafood soup, and some tequila. El Coleguita is often full, so you might want to stop by early to find a table and be able to enjoy a nice meal. Keep in mind El Coleguita remains closed on Tuesdays and is open from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Don’t wait for the last minute to visit this place! Sometimes they have so many customers during the day that they run out of food before closing time!
You can find their Facebook page here: El Coleguita Mariscos.
Mariscos Tino’s opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1990 and has since been a very well-known restaurant in PV. Their specialty is Pescado Zarandeado, but they offer many different options, like crab tacos and grilled fish. Tino’s has 3 different locations throughout the Bay of Banderas; one in Malecon, one in La Laguna in Nuevo Vallarta, and the last one in Punta Mita, in Anclote beach. If you are in the area doesn’t miss the chance of enjoying a great meal here!
You can find more information, including their menu, on their website. Tinos Vallarta
Rio Grande is located right in the heart of PV and offers all kinds of seafood: all the way from fish to delicious lobster. However, they also serve steaks, BBQ, and traditional Mexican dishes for all those not seafood lovers. But the best part about this restaurant is that it is open all 365 days of the year, so no matter when you decide to visit PV, you can always drop by Restaurant Rio Grande and enjoy one of their delicious dishes. Every day you get fresh, quality food for a reasonable price. And, since this is a family-run restaurant, you will find it has a very homey environment that you will, without a doubt, enjoy.
You can find more on Restaurant Rio Grande on their official website: Restaurant Rio Grande.
If you are looking for a restaurant that is a bit more formal, then Joe Jack’s Fish Shack might be for you. Joe Jack, owner and executive chef moved to Mexico from San Francisco with the dream of opening a restaurant. That is how Joe Jack was born, with a cozy bar and a restaurant on the main floor, and a beautiful open-air terrace on the upstairs deck. Joe Jack is usually described as a “casually hip” kind of place and stands out because of its beautiful blend between traditional great tasting seafood and comfort food classics, as well as its delicious hand-crafted cocktails.
Joe Jack’s main website offers more information on the restaurant itself, as well as some pictures and their menu. Joe Jacks Fish Shack
El Barracuda offers the unique experience of good-quality seafood and the beach. Located in the heart of Playa Camarones, only a few blocks away from the Malecon and downtown, you can enjoy a great meal while you watch the sunset, listen to the sound of the waves or enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes. This is the perfect place for looking for a nice, relaxed restaurant vibe, especially during the day. It adopts more of a beach bar atmosphere during the night, so if you’re looking for something a bit more hipster El Barracuda at night time is just for you. And once again, Barracuda is cash-only, so make sure you plan.
For more information you can check out their official website: El Barracuda