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River Cafe

Isla Rio Cuale # 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
+52 322 223 0788
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
08:00 - 23:30All hours
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Isla Rio Cuale # 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

Great service and food and on top of that gorgeous surroundings consists of paintings from local artists and folk music makes this place one of the nicest places to eat.

Thank snadeem1
Reviewed 3 February 2016

We stop here for lunch on each of our trips to PV. It is located close to some of the shops we like, and provides a nice place for lunch. The atmosphere is upscale and quiet. The food is good. It is a nice place...More

Thank Carl O
Reviewed 3 February 2016

I loved the food and the excellent and impeccable service of waiter Daniel!!! The atmosphere is amazing, and our table was overlooking the river!

Thank CarlBatman
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Great spot on the river sheltered from the hot sun; great service. Loved the tuna ceviche! Two for one margherittas. Great salads and as Puerto Vallarta has the second best water filtering system in Mexico (next to Guadalahara) we were able to drink the water...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

The drinks were very good. The soups were amazing. The cevechi was bright with lots of fresh fish. We really enjoyed all of our meals which included a panini, fish tacos, Mexican platter, excellent service and as I said before at this location is amazing...More

Thank lemon737
Reviewed 26 January 2016

We have had several meals here and love it. The entire staff is superb. Dannyel and Bianca stand out.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Have eaten here in the past. This year had one breakfast and two dinners. Food has always been very good. Great selection for dinner. Have not eaten breakfast in the past, but definitely will return next year. Hard to beat this restaurant for the ambiance...More

Thank speedo2
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

There were 10 of us in our family for this dinner. We requested the gazebo which stretches over Rio Cualle. You take a little walkway out to the twinkle light gazebo, very beautiful at night. We requested it for our group when making reservations. It...More

Thank Dcgkgw
Reviewed 23 January 2016

We had a great lunch and decided to come back in a few days with friends for diner. As I said the lunch was perfect, but the muscle appetizer was the worst sea food I have ever seen. They were so old or over cooked...More

Thank sammy778
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

From beginning to end our experience was outstanding. Great table location overlooking the River Cuale, excellent Margaritas, service welcoming and accomodating, food was great (especially the Mahi-Mahi) with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our waiter, Hernado, was the best we have had - wonderful personality...More

Thank RDC1571
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Lynz D
Hi-How much is the Sunday brunch and what time does it go until?
5 April 2017|
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Response from Gbreau | Reviewed this property |
800 to 130 and the cost is 230 pesos per adult.
What time does the music stop on Friday nights in June? Thanks
2 April 2017|
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Response from Michelle E | Reviewed this property |
Never been there in June, the music is great though!
Why do you call music "jazz" when it clearly is NOT JAZZ? I'm a jazz pianist by profession, and was given very misleading information when I called. I'm sure the food is great, but the music, when we stopped by, was terrible (not good enough to stay for dinner). It is disheartening to see other people (from the SF area, too) mentioning "jazz" in their reviews. Americans should know better.
27 March 2017|
Response from RIVERCAFEPV | Property representative |
Hi! We have different types of music each day of the week for 7:30 to 10 pm, from Jazz, Latin Rhythms, Classic Rock and Blues to Mexican Traditional Music. We hope to have you with us sometime, and maybe show us some of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
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, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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