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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
Today
08:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:30
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Wilton Manors, Florida, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank Frank R
Oakland, California
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270 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank erich802
Orlando, Florida
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231 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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3 restaurant reviews
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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Thank Kathleen S
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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Thank Cliff C
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Thank Neil R
Prineville, Oregon
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Thank nwtrvls
Minneapolis
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151 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful restaurant is located on the island at the mouth of the Rio Cuale in the center of Puerto Vallarta. On the terrace you have views of the river and the buildings along the opposite shore with trees, foliage, tropical birds, and iguanas in the foreground. The service is friendly and efficient. The food is good but standard, nothing... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service is fabulous. The menu is varied. The food is beautiful and delicious! I ate here three times alone and enjoyed my dining experience very much, twice for dinner and once for lunch before flying home. It is outdoor dining with a roof over your head right on the Caule River on the island. The evening lighting is romantic.... More 

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Thank ChewelahBer
Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a beautiful setting uniquely located in the island next to the rivers with lots of tropical trees. The staff was very friendly, the food was fresh and the price was very reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$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
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?