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River Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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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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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:30
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

We've always loved the River Cafe...we usually go for brunch. It's a shame, but the city is rebuilding the steps down to the River Cafe (it's right on the Rio Cuale), but they are taking FOREVER! So, go to the other side of the street and take those stairs down. Anyway, they are doing a mango and garlic festival this... More 

Thank Robert B
Nanuet, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

Excellent Food and Great Outdoor Restauant . The giant iguanas which were visible along the river bank was a great added attractions to this great restaurant

Thank Ron F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

The restaurant opens to the river so you can see the jungle atmosphere and often large iguanas up in the trees. Ask to be seated out over the river and they will let you sit with four other tables on a platform out over the river. They have live music from 8-10pm most nights. We had better food while in... More 

1 Thank Kyle C
Danbury, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

We were a party of 11 with a combination of food allegies, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. They graciously accommodated all of our food modifications and all were very pleased with the dishes ordered. The staff is wonderful and the location and atmosphere equally so. Have been coming to Vallarta for 19 years and River Cafe is always a must... More 

Thank NadineElisa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Wonderfull food! Great service. I had the shrimp tacos. The other people in our group had the tuna salad. Forgot the name. Sorry

Thank Rick H
Fremont, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

We try to go for lunch each time we visit. Sit outside over looking the river and garden. And, the Iquana's that hang out in the tree's and the garden! Side note, 2X1 Margarita's of many flavors! Good service and food. Atmosphere is a pleasure!

Thank sallyO42
Corpus Christi, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Great food. Also lots of iguanas running around in the trees. Thanks to the waiters for positioning the fan to cool us off. It was a hot day and they took care that we were cooled down.

Thank Charles N
Oakland, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

Really sweet spot, delicious food, and amazing staff! The owner was great and is opening a new spot somewhere. Our waiter was really hopeful. All the food was fresh and delicious!

Thank Candism1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

this place was close to our hotel. the view of the river is very nice. the 2-man classic rock band playing was a lot of fun to listen to. They had a special 4 course meal. it was very good. My friends steak was a little over cooked. mine was perfect. They fixed it promptly and were very nice about... More 

Thank Heather W
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

We were seated in a small gazebo over the river and it was very quiet and private as there were only 4 tables in it and we were only customers sitting there. The service was very good and he was kind enough to turn on the fan for us as the heat and humidity in June is high. The canopy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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
Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?