Category Archives: Food and Restaurants
Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante, even though two separate businesses, are both located in an old hacienda style villa at Basilio Badillo #269.
After meeting in Puerto Vallarta in 1986, Claire and Joe Guarniere, inspired by Dante and Beatrice and their mutual love of Italy, began their family business in 1988 with an Italian restaurant called “Pizza Joe” and a small classical art gallery.
In 1995, their passion for art outweighed the long hours in the restaurant business so they opened “Galleria Dante”, which is now the largest and most eclectic fine art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, exhibiting the works of more than 50 artists –from emerging to well established museum artists (both painters and sculptors). Of these artists 90% are Mexican-born. The countless pieces are arranged in the European “salon” style throughout the massive gallery’s eight rooms, including a beautiful open-air courtyard, which is my favorite part!
In 2013, Gena, born and raised in the family businesses, opened Di Vino Dante, a wine and Tapas bar overlooking the gallery’s sculpture garden which also offers larger plates. The restaurant also rotates art from the gallery, offering the opportunity for diners to purchase art while enjoying a fine glass of wine or cocktail. . During her second year at University “UBC” in Vancouver, British Columbia, she took “Wine Science”, to complete her Science credit. It changed her life. Growing up in an Italian family, surrounded by art and after numerous summers in Italy, she had never developed a taste for wine. With her interest peaked, and a new found love of wine, she took more wine classes, in what free time she had in completing her Fine Art degree. After studying wine theory and tasting hundreds of bottles of wine, she dreamed of how to work in the business.
Both business continue to evolve and grow, the gallery always in search of new artists, the wine bar offering new menu items and an extensive wine cellar. Later this season, Di Vino Dante will be opening the rooftop garden, which will also be available for special events and private parties.
Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante are located at Basilio Badillo #269 in the Old Town / Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. New artwork comes in on a regular basis, and the restaurant offers weekly specials, so even if you have visited Galleria Dante in the past, it is always worth another visit.
February 14 – Friendship Day (Día de Amistad – Valentine’s Day); in Mexico, is not just for lovers, but friendship, as well, and is celebrated on February 14. Special menus in most the local restaurants and live music to dance in different latino ambience night clubs. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to reserve in advance if you don’t want to wait for hours for a table and get into a fight with your fiancee :-).
Everything about Puerto Vallarta lends itself to romance: The blue water and green mountains, the cobblestone streets and traditional architecture, the brilliant colors and music. So planning a romantic Valentine’s Day in Vallarta is amazingly simple.
The Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone has a new culinary attraction on Ignacio L. Vallarta street, a few steps away from the Lázaro Cárdenas Park: Los Guapos Food Park.
This recently inaugurated, open-air venue offers the city a new experience as it features an interesting array of fast food stalls in repurposed shipping containers. Los Guapos Food Park also features a terrace and a dining area on the ground floor where guests can enjoy their favorite dishes and the ambiance of the place.
Music, food, cocktails and a setting featuring an industrial exterior design and pop culture elements, make from this park a must-visit attraction in the area.
The following are the culinary options available at the food park:
Featuring some classic pizzas such as the Margherita, Hawaiian, Pepperoni and Veggie specialties, as well as other signature recipes such as one called Bahía—featuring salmon, cream cheese, red onions and pesto—and another one named Muy Guapa—featuring artichoke, serrano ham, black olives, fresh basil and mushroom.
A wide variety of burger recipes to pamper everyone’s palate!
Tacos o Pacos
Enjoy Mexico’s most representative dish: Al Pastor, asada, adobada and chicken tacos available!
Featuring the essential beverages for a Saturday night. Whether you enjoy a soft drink or a tequila cocktail, a glass of draft beer or a vodka drink; Los Guapos Food Park has you covered.
For more information about Los Guapos Food Park, please visit its Facebook Page.
Everything about Puerto Vallarta lends itself to romance: The blue water and green mountains, the cobblestone streets and traditional architecture, the brilliant colors and music. So planning a romantic Valentine’s Day in Vallarta is amazingly simple.
February 14 – Friendship Day (Día de Amistad – Valentine’s Day); in Mexico, not just love, but friendship, as well, is celebrated on February 14.
For great gifts for your special someone visit Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates in the Romantic Zone for sinfully delicious handmade treats, Jabonarte on Lazaro Cardenas for seductive massage and bath oils or Diamonds International for jewelry on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon.
Couple’s massages and spa treatments are another great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta with your sweetheart. Ohtli Spa at CasaMagna Marriott is certain to spark the romance.
Most of the restaurants in Puerto Vallarta will be offering special dinners for two for Valentine’s Day and some of the more famously romantic spots include: The River Café, Trio, Le Kliff, Porto Bello, Café des Artistes, No Way Jose, Barcelona Tapas, Michel, and The Swedes. You need to reserve in advance if you don’t want to wait for ages!
And of course, no romantic evening in Puerto Vallarta is complete without a stroll along the Malecon watching the sunset and the fireworks lighting up the sky over Banderas Bay.
The beautiful heart artwork in the photo is just one of the amazing Retablo’s Crafted by the world-famous Peruvian artists the Jiménez Quispe family. For them, the making of retablo art is a family tradition. The third and fourth generations of this family, with are world-renowned artists with pieces in dozens of museums including the Smithsonian, Folk Art Museums in Sante Fe and San Francisco and many others. This family is originally from Ayacucho, high in the mountains. Both Colecktika and Peyote People carry these and other amazing pieces of affordable art!
16 REASONS WHY NOW IS THE BEST TIME
TO VISIT PUERTO VALLARTA
As the Peso lowers, bargain hunters
will find great deals in Paradise
With the Mexican Peso at an all-time low, with average exchange rate between $15-$17 pesos to the US dollar, Americans and Canadians looking for last minute deals to Puerto Vallarta will find that this is a travelers market.Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top tourism destination. Known for its 100-year-old historic center, the heart of the destination, it is alive with authentic culture, art, nightlife and a range of award-winning traditional and international restaurants.
Beyond the downtown area, Puerto Vallarta makes for a vacation full of activities that all can enjoy. From strolling along Puerto Vallarta’s lively Malecón (beach boardwalk) while relishing in free outdoor live entertainment like the nightly Papantla flying dancers, to riding zip lines across tree tops or swimming with dolphins and sea lions, taking a cooking class at one of the traditional restaurants or enjoying a guided tour of the local art galleries, visitors of all ages can share memorable moments during their fun-filled visit.
FOLLOWING ARE 16 BARGAINS TO ENJOY NOW
- Dinner at Top Restaurants – Puerto Vallarta is home to over 300 restaurants ranging from internationally renowned establishments to mom-and-pap eateries offering dishes that go back generations. Dinner for two, including a three-course meal and a bottle of fine wine, at top iconic restaurants like La Palapa, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton favorite beach-front eatery, where they brought all their celebrity friends to party, El Arrayan, famous for its exquisite traditional Mexican cuisine, or Barcelona Tapas, with its grand view of the Bay of Banderas and the city’s Downtown area, will cost less than $120 USD.
- Artisan Tequilas – Many ranches and haciendas around Puerto Vallarta offer half day and full day activities including horseback riding, hiking, quad bike excursions and a tour of the tequila plantation and distillery; including tasting of top artisan tequilas and the local raicilla, a spirit of pre-Hispanic origin made from the agave root. Top quality tequila and raicilla will set one back around $20 USD www.haciendadonaengracia.com / www.haciendaeldivisadero.com
- VIP Beach Clubs – Enjoy the beach with plenty of pampering and luxury offered by one of Puerto Vallarta’s beach clubs. Mantamar Beach club has day passes for as low as $350 pesos ($20 USD), with $250 pesos (nearly $15 USD) counted as credit towards food and drinks.
- Learn Spanish – Puerto Vallarta is a college town, home to international universities and private schools. A two-week Spanish immersion class at one of the many language centers located in Puerto Vallarta, which also offers the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and traditions, costs as little as $150 USD a week. www.spanishexperiencecenter.
- Artworks for Collectors – From the many sculptures that line its Malecon (beach boardwalk) to the fine art galleries that house national and international works Puerto Vallarta is known for embracing the arts. Visitors can explore the town’s numerous arts offerings on the guided ArtWalk tour which operates daily from October to May, making stops at 15 local galleries in the historic downtown area. The ArtWalk is free and most galleries; like Galeria Colectika have not adjusted the prices on art pieces; providing visitors a great opportunity to acquire amazing works of art for a steal.
- San Sebastian del Oeste – A 90-minute drive east of Puerto Vallarta sends visitors back in time to a 17th century silver mining village nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains. This sleeping town of 600 inhabitants is a colonial gem, filled with historic sites and great places to eat. Stoll around town at leisure or take guided tour. A round-trip taxi ride from Puerto Vallarta and back costs around USD $90.
- Your Own Private Beach – For travelers wishing to explore the natural oasis and warm Pacific Ocean waters in a secluded setting, Puerto Vallarta offers a variety of ways to enjoy their pristine secluded beaches. Take a round-trip water taxi ride out of Los Muertos Beach to secluded coves or isolated beaches like Colomitos, Las Animas, Boca de Tomatlan, Majahuitas, Quimixto, Playa El Caballo and many others. $20 USD per person.
- Charter a Private Boat. Spend the day at sea, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, island hopping or just sun bathing on your own private boat. Prices start at $866 for 8 hours www.pvmikesfishing.com/
- Viva Tequila Tour – Enjoy a Tequila tour and a live performance of traditional colorful Mexican folklore for about $60 USD a person. www.viviatequila.mx
- Boutique Hotels – Puerto Vallarta’s Downtown and Zona Romantica area is one of the most charming and authentic locations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, teaming with enchanting boutique hotels, each with its own charm, unique personality and history; offering the warm and friendly personalized service Puerto Vallarta is reputed for. Rates are as low as $40 USD per night. www.visitpuertovallarta.com
- Mex-Ology: Tequila, Tacos and Mexican Cocktails Tour – Enjoy authentic Puerto Vallarta culture and dining on a unique taco tour with Vallarta Food Tours. Also a fun way to see the Downtown area and a great start to a night of festivities. www.puertovallartafoodtours.
- Become a Taco Expert – There are a couple of signs visitors must look out for before buying a taco. 1. Is the location popular? If you see a line of locals waiting to eat at the establishment that’s generally a good sign. 2. When buying tacos from a local street vendor make sure the food is served in plates covered with a plastic for hygiene. 3. There should always be at least two people working the stand, one to serve food and the other to handle payments. Try Ceviches el Güero or Tacos el Cunado where a taco costs less than $1 USD.
- Brunch at Canopy River – Take a ride to the middle of the Sierra Madre and enjoy a hearty Sunday Brunch amidst the varied and lush tropical flora and fauna of the rainforest surrounding Puerto Vallarta for less than $20 USD per person. www.canopytourspuertovallarta.
- Walk the Malecon – The Malecon is Puerto Vallarta’s heart and where everyone, both locals and tourists, gather for morning jogs, open air yoga classes and daytime or sunset strolls. It also has features some of the most delicious traditional street food, from tacos to corn on the cob with mayonnaise and chili, each for less than $1 USD.
- Colorful Local Celebrations – Visiting Puerto Vallarta during any of its local festivals or celebrations that take place monthly, presents a culturally rewarding experience and a chance to see the city through the cultural traditions of its people. From the Day of the Dead to the Gourmet Festival, most celebrations have activities that are free of charge. www.visitpuertovallarta.com
- Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has been working with all its trade partners to offer exclusive discounts when booking is made on their site: www.visitpuertovallarta.com. Visitors can find discounts on activities and stays for as high as 50% off.
Puerto Vallarta most beautiful Art Gallery, Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante Tapas Restaurant Bar a must visit in while in Puerto Vallarta.
Galleria Dante is the largest fine Art gallery in Puerto Vallarta with more than 7000 square feet of show room and gardens on the first level. The gallery represents more than 60 emerging and established artists, of which the majority are Mexican artists. When Joe, Claire & Gena Guarniere purchased hacienda “Casa de Colores” in 1988 for their successful Italian restaurant “Pizza Joe” decorated with art treasures from their travels to Europe, little did they know that in 1995 they would be retiring from the restaurant to run a gallery full time. And once again it is a Casa filled with color!
The gallery is an eclectic blend of styles: abstract, classical, contemporary, surreal, expressionistic and impressionistic! Another unique point of Galleria Dante is the amount of sculpture exhibited indoors and out. We ship world wide! A complete inventory is posted to the website, where clients can also order online. Galleria Dante is open 9am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday and in high season also open Saturday 9 am to 2 pm. Or private viewings, after hours can be arranged thru Di Vino Dante Restaurant.
In November of 2013 Di Vino Dante restaurant in Puerto Vallarta opened it’s doors on the 2nd floor, incorporating many unique spaces to exhibit art. Di Vino Dante Restaurant is a full service restaurant where the owner, Gena is knowledgeable about wine and art. There is indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an air-conditioned space. Puerto Vallarta Restaurants also opening in late 2015 is a roof top garden and terrace for the expanded menu and private parties. This is not only a relaxing place to dine, with great food and drinks, it is a work of art.
In 1982, Basilio Badillo consisted of 3 small hotels and one or two businesses.
In 1988, Basilio Badillo was known for three restaurants, Roberto’s Puerto Nuevo, Pizza Joe and El Tucan (run by Memo who later opened Memo’s Pancake house) . These restaurants were so successful that more restaurants and other businesses started to relocate to this area.
In the mid-90’s there were 12 restaurants on the 200 block of Basilio Badillo, so for years it was known as “Restaurant Row,” or La Calle de los Cafés. Some restaurants closed, and fine shops started to take over. Now in 2015, there are more than 100 businesses in 5 short blocks of Basilio Badillo. There are 28 restaurants, 5 coffee shops, plus 5 specialty shops: chocolates, ice cream, crepes, 2 bakeries. 31 shops which include fine art and folk art galleries, clothing and jewelry. There are two great theatres! There is a hospital, yoga studio, dental offices, 4 pharmacies, 8 massage parlors and more. And for more than 30 years Alano which offers several 12 step programs in English. As a result, the area has been known for some years as the best place in town to hang out. Check out this VIDEO by WeDidYourHomeWork Venura Orozco.
The bar has been raised on Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta!
About Seven years ago Michel Pascal Ferrari came to Puerto Vallarta from Switzerland and opened Trattoria Michels on Olas Atlas, just a block from the beach. Fine dining in a casual environment featuring classic and contemporary Italian and French cuisine. It consistently gets rave reviews.
Above the restaurant is his Olas Atlas Suites. Chic, sophisticated and stylish apartment suites that come in 3 different sizes.
So it’s no wonder, when a prime piece of real estate became available right on the beach, this savvy businessman saw an opportunity to bring chic, casual sophistication and style to the Los Muertos Beach!
Located just to the right (north) of Blue Chairs, Sapphire is a Restaurant, a Lounge, and an Ocean front beach club! A new multifaceted entertainment destination bringing a new level of casual sophistication to Puerto Vallarta´s vibrant day and night life. The whole complex is a block long.
The restaurant, Bistrot Local, is an exceptional ocean front dining experience. A view to die for. Enjoy the essence of the tropics while dining on Mediterranean specialties that blend the best of European style with the freshest local ingredients. Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Scallops, Shrimp, pork, Filet Mignon, salads, sandwiches, the ever changing menu has something for everyones palate.
Enjoy the ocean front sunsets while savoring grilled meats and fish and sipping one of the many wines from an extensive list.
Your host Michel Pascal Ferrari has combined the sophistication of his native Switzerland with the welcoming warmth of his adopted Mexico to create a unique space to savor and sip.
This is a dining experience not to be missed! And very reasonably priced.
Sapphire Ocean club features the finest amenities including a swimming pool, comfortable lounge chairs and cabañas, towel service, national and international drinks, and fabulous breakfast and lunch menus from an internationally experienced chef.
To control how crowded it gets, Sapphire requires a membership; but memberships come with lots perks!
Day pass is $200 pesos. (Week, Monthly and Annual Pass also available and come with additional benefits).
Whether soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the pool or playing with the available water toys, your day at Sapphire is sure to give you the perfect holiday experience.
Next too the pool are 3 suites available for rent, that are gorgeous! And a few more coming this October. This is prime beach ocean front real estate. You open your door in the morning, grab breakfast and enjoy the pool and the beach. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Can you imagine a wedding here? It can be done. Every event needs a venue but hosting your event at Sapphire makes it special. The ocean front setting on beautiful Banderas Bay provides the perfect backdrop for weddings, parties, business functions or any other special occasion. They can handle the catering, sound system, staging, you name it! The natural beauty of the location is combined with a sophisticated approach to event planning.
Sunshine, ocean breezes and discover the best place to spend your day in Puerto Vallarta! Sapphire.
Olas Atlas Suites – Suites are conveniently located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, just one-block from the beach.
Michels – Fine dining in a casual environment featuring classic and contemporary Italian and French cuisine.
Sapphire Ocean Club – Brisrot Local – Lounge. Gay Friendly, Straight Friendly, Pet Friendly, Gay Owned, Gay Staff, Mixed Clientele, Beachfront, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Casual, Gourmet, Ocean View, European, International, Mediterranean, Seafood, and Outside Seating!
One of the locals in Vallarta showed us this place. Which is what I love. Ask the locals, “what is your favorite place to eat?” and you get answers of hidden gems!
But word is getting out! They were written up in Bon Appetit and New York Times!
The atmosphere is simple and casual, with walls covered in a selection of bohemian and eclectic artwork. Dinner selections feature menus from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s fiestas. Funky and fun, this hidden spot pays homage to Frida and Diego in both decor and menu.
Authentic and traditional Mexican meals. Fantastic vegetarian menu and lots of great starters, soups and dinners to satisfy everyones taste. Everyone at my table loved the peanut soup. I found the mole sauce to be one of the best I have ever had! Homemade sauces and food cooked with love is what you find here.
When owner Lola Bravo first opened, people were worried for her. (Some 20 years ago). Choosing a place off the beaten path – and serving traditional Mexican meals….well, she does just fine! Word has spread, but you can still get a table here – most times.
Lola believes that the cuisine of Mexico is as varied as Chinese, Italian or French cuisine. Every region has its own style and specialties and every chef has their own way of creating a dish. The experience of Mexican food in the U.S. and Canada rarely encompasses the wide variety of flavors and ingredients found in classic Mexican cuisine.
Preparation can be very labor intensive and there are no shortcuts to producing the best this cuisine has to offer. It is this type of food that Lola and Carmen create at The Red Cabbage Cafe and Cooking School. – There is also a cookbook and DVD available.
Red Cabbage gets consistently high ratings on TripAdvisor .
This is a non-smoking restaurant.
Cash Only. And reservations suggested – by phone. Call after 3pm. 223-0411
It is a fantastic walk from Centro Vallarta! – Go east on Calle Lazaro Cardenas past the Emiliano Zapata Market to the end of the street at the river where you turn right onto Calle Rivera del Rio. About two blocks further, just around the curve in the road you will see the brightly lit Red Cabbage Cafe!
From first glance you don’t know what to expect. It looks just like a simple restaurant nestled in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. There’s nothing flashy or extravagant on the outside to let you know that the restaurants there. Its literally one of those places where you need to know where your going or you could miss it.
But everyone comes for the fantastic home cooked food and flavors! From the first bite of your appetizers to the last bite of your entrees…I feel confident you will be in food heaven.
Red Cabbage Restaurant, Calle Rivera del Rio* 204 a
Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping is tons of fun! Experience the best personalized nightlife service, meet people from all over the world, and discover 7 of the best gay hot spots while you have a drink at each stop and are having the time of your life…..all in five hours.
This tour is a great way to see the clubs and make new friends, while visiting Puerto Vallarta!
Christian Serrano the owner says, “I decided to create the tour because so many clients I had would ask “what can we do tonight” or “what places do you recommend?” Sometimes they couldn’t find some places or got there too early or too late and missed the spirit of the venue. I wanted every visitor to experience the very best of Vallarta’s gay nightlife and fall in love with this magical town the same way I did.
The bar hopping tour is a unique service that I created using my 9 years of knowledge living in PV full time and going out a LOT hehe!! I also incorporated my customer service knowledge that I learned in school and working in the US for a national corporate restaurant chain.”
BOOK IN ADVANCE. Spaces are limited and some nights DO SELL OUT! Prices range from $60-$130 depending on the night and which liquor package is chosen and if dinner is included. (Dinner is included Friday and Saturday, but not on Thursdays).
Over the last 75 years, Puerto Vallarta has grown! But not lost its charm.
I love that in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantica Zone and Old Towne, you have so many unique special boutique properties to choose from.
On my recent trip, I discovered a “new” place to stay. VILLA MERCEDES PETIT HOTEL. Amapas 175, Playa Los Muertos. I have walked by here before, but never had the chance to see inside! Just peaking in the front door, you can tell that something very special is inside!
Adults only, pet friendly, gay friendly, Villa Mercedes is a fantastic gem! A PETIT HOTEL with boutique type accommodations steps away from Los Muertos Beach. It has sort of a 50’s Palm Spring feel to me. Bright colors, simple and sleek lines and a bit eclectic.
Here is the cool part; Villa Mercedes is located in this historic hacienda-style building built in the early 1950 ́s, at the time the first and only “finca” or weekend retreat in the once secluded and remote Los Muertos Beach.
The property takes its name after its original owner, who was a real trailblazer in PV and one of the earlier settlers. They have preserved most of its original architectural character through generations. Now the property is ran and owned by Mercedes grandson, who is gay. They have been a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) since 2009. And an active member of the Puerto Vallarta LGBT Business Association, and was one of the first supporters and still is an active supporter of Puerto Vallarta ́s Gay Pride.
Art and Mexican crafts mixed with contemporary eclectic define most of the carefully decorated spaces with wonderful murals by artist Ana Rifa, Zapoteco textiles, gorgeous vintage cement tile mosaics, and original historic architecture.
Connecting to the property is 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar (Formerly the old Kit Kat Lounge). Intimate dinner is served every night at Villa Mercedes Peitit Hotel´s courtyard. Drinks and appetizers are also available upon guests´ request in the pool bar or in the roof deck on the third floor. Guests can choose from two interesting menu choices: Pulpito 116 and Maia Inspired Cuisine. Breakfast is also served in the courtyard during the high season months of November to May. Service in the hotel´s courtyard and roof deck is open to guests and their friends from 9:00 AM to 11:30PM.
The property has a total of 16 lodging options ranging from studio rooms, jr. suites, master suites, and penthouses. Some include fully equipped kitchens, others have kitchenettes. All have been upgraded with AC, flat-screen TVs, wifi access, cieling fans, temperpeudic mattress tops, safe boxes, mini-bars, and unique art, and decor, and textiles.
There is a courtyard at ground level with a pool, lounge area, food and bar service, and tropical landscaping. On the third floor there is a more private sun deck and roof garden accessible to guests and also available for events. – I just LOVE THIS PLACE. It’s a piece of Vallarta history!
Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel Adults Only
Probably the most famous and popular LGBT hotel in Puerto Vallarta!
Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea Hotel, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, was launched in 1995 as the original gay hotel right on the beach with it’s own gay section of “blue chairs”.
Tourists coming to the city knew to go to the “blue chairs” to find the gays!
Since opening, they have done 2 renovations, always seeking to improve the space and they currently updating again, and should be finished by May/June 2015.
40+ comfortable and fine guestrooms classified in Partial Ocean View with or without Kitchenette, Ocean View, Ocean Front, Junior Suite and Master Suite, where you can find something to feel at home.
It’s LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION at Blue Chairs. You wake up, and stroll out the front door and can have breakfast or drinks right there on the beach. The restaurant/ bar Blue Chairs Resort Beach Club, has a wide assortment of offerings and priced extremely reasonable. Breakfast/lunch $4-$7. Most drinks for $3-$6.
Located on Malecon 4 and Almendro Streets, RIGHT ON THE BEACH FRONT, in one of the main zones of this wonderful port, encounter zone of the gay community, surrounded by commercial areas and beach, close to many of the attractions of our destination, so you will have a large list of options to visit, all very close by. The whole Romantica Zone is very walkable. Cabs will take you nearby for about $4-$8, if you don’t wish to walk.
Upstairs in the hotel the have go go gods nightly at around 5pm, and twice a week they offer shows featuring local impersonators and diva’s. The Blue Sunset Rooftop bar has daily Happy Hour 3pm – 11pm. And offer a Margarita’s on the rocks special, 3pm – 5pm!
The staff is super friendly here and are happy help you with any special requests or guidance. Someone is on duty 24 hours a day.
It may only be 40 rooms – but has A LOT to offer. Several levels of rooftop views, a pool on premise, restaurant and bar right at your door and the BEACH AND OCEAN, just steps away.
You will really have a hard time leaving the resort and the beach! But you must! You must get out and explore everything the wonderful gay Puerto Vallarta has to offer! – IF YOU DON’T STAY HERE, you will end up here. Everyone ends up at Blue Chairs for drinks, a show or the beach. So you might as well get a room!
|Malecon y Almendro 4, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
+52 322 222 5040 BLUE CHAIRS RESORT
Ask just about anyone in Puerto Vallarta and they will name NO WAY JOSE! as one of their top favorite restaurants!
Melt in your mouth Filet for about$17?!
Table-side prepared Caesar Salad that is one the BEST I have ever had in my life!
No Way José! boasts the only Mexican Contemporary menu in PV with delicious dishes representing every region in Mexico.
You’ll find your fav from the Red Snapper Carpaccio to the Creamy Shrimp Bisque, from the Chiles En Nogada to the Mole Poblano.
And you MUST, I stress MUST order a flaming coffee drink! The guys make it a show stopper and it’s delicious!
You’re kidding? You don’t see anything on the menu that excites you?
No problem! Their award-winning kitchen, La Cocina de Amor, happily responds to special orders to please even the most discerning palate. For the vegetarians who are on the look-out for creative options, they use only the freshest locally grown in-season vegetables to create dishes found only at No Way José!.
At No Way José! you become part of the family after your first visit.
Owners Julie and José Alfredo personally attend to every guest, and take every comment to heart to continuously improve their menu and service. “We’re a romantic and spontaneous environment where you may hear José Alfredo burst into song at the bar, or where you may be invited to spin around for an impromptu dance by a member of one of the most charming service teams in Puerto Vallarta.”
“We provide joy and happiness through delicious food, creative drinks, impeccable professional service and the warmth of a happy home that brings Mexican cuisine to the world.
We are at your service.
We are… Tu Casa in Vallarta!”
|5 de Febrero 260, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
+52 322 223 2853
My first time in Puerto Vallarta was 1998…I think there were a couple gay bars but many LGBT people were slowly discovering PV.
NOW, my gosh! It just keeps growing and growing and getting gayer than ever!
The Romantic Zone, which is where all the action is, now has 5 gay hotels, 17 gay bars, 80 restaurants, three gay beach clubs three gay boat cruises, three dance clubs, two adult entertainment venues and one spa!
And PV is in the midst of an unprecedented array of upgrades and renovations with many new LGBTQ attractions, activities and hotels. It’s amazing to see the growth here over the last 15 years!
I know several Americans that have packed up from the US and moved here full time now. And you see more rainbow flags flying here every year!
It’s obvious the locals here are making this a great place to live, work and play in. It’s not just “gay friendly” – it’s gay inclusive and celebrates gay people with 100% acceptance. Everyone is welcome with open arms.
Friday, November 22nd
Basilio Badillo 269 A
50% off wine by the glass and tapas 5-7pm
20% off wine by the glass and tapas 7-11pm
Phone: (322) 223.3734
only accepting cash or
restaurants offer a special, fixed price menu during a week or two, draw locals as well as tourists.
most places as Restaurant Week, these dining events encourage visitors
and locals to experience restaurants’ exquisite offerings at reduced
Following the trend of other influential fine dining destinations
around the world, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group established
Restaurant Week in 2005 through a two-week festival that takes place
every year from May 15 – 31.
Restaurant Week features many of Puerto
Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s most coveted restaurants. Participating
establishments offer innovative three-course menus, with three options
available for each course. Since the prices are often discounted by up
to 50%, dining out during Restaurant Week is not only more fun, but also
much more affordable. Presently, participating restaurants can choose
to offer their special, Restaurant Week menu at $189 or $299 pesos per
person, tips and beverages not included.
Restaurant Week is highly anticipated by locals and gourmet
aficionados from around the world, who plan an annual vacation in Puerto
Vallarta specifically for this delicious dining festival. In addition to other
important festivities that take place during the month of May, such as
the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta’s foundation as a city and as a
municipality, Restaurant Week has become an important event that
encourages visitors to choose the month of May as an attractive time of
year to explore Banderas Bay.
Information for Visitors and Locals
Vallarta Lifestyles publishes the menus of participating restaurants
in a special, Restaurant Week Menu Guide section of the May issue of
Vallarta Lifestyles magazine, featuring the special menus offered by all
the restaurants. The Menu Guide is also printed separately, and is made
available for distribution at participating restaurants. And for those
with a tablet or smart phone at their disposal, the Menu Guide can also
be viewed online (here’s last year’s menu guide).
Restaurant Week enthusiasts frequently take the opportunity to
schedule dining events with friends and loved ones, checking out new
eateries together, and comparing notes with one another, adding a
memorable social element to the experience of enjoying some of our
destination’s finest establishments.
Vallarta. Enjoy a 5 course menu designed by Chef Thierry. Feel a warmest
atmosphere with our staff, your friends and family.
Vallarta. Enjoy a 6 course menu designed by Chef Thierry. Feel a warmest
atmosphere with our staff,
elegance and comfort in outstanding natural surroundings, that are adorn
by the exquisite menu; carefully created under the direction of the
acclaim Chef Thierry Blouet.
This restaurant is AMAZING!
In a century-old home on the hill overlooking the Malecon in the heart
of Puerto Vallarta, Cafe des Artistes not only offers fine dining at its
most elegant, but has also earned a distinguished reputation as one of
the best Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico. For 20 years, Chef Thierry Blouet has set the standard for exquisite dining in PV. And he continues to raise the bar of excellence!
Blouet’s immense energy and enthusiasm for excellence is
reflected in his cuisine, which highlights both his own intuitive
ability to prepare mouth-watering dishes and a uniquely personal gift:
an intense sense of art and beauty.
The daily menu offers an interesting combination of choices including
the innovative bistro menu, where three courses are served for one very reasonable
price. In addition, over 350 labels (YES! 350!) of fine wines and other aperitifs
are available in a relaxed atmosphere where the service is always
personal and professional.
First, lets look at the building and the rooms and the views! With artful décor in its outdoor and indoor settings, I have seen this restaurant grow and expand plenty over the last 10 years since I have been coming here. The outdoor
partition makes for a very intimate and lush ambiance, with lighted
trees covering almost every inch of the ground, dangling white orchards
that occasionally drop in your lap, and violinists that treat you to a
private song. Try the flower pot salad and the prawn and seasonal pumpkin cream
The interior has several different rooms, each with its own unique feel. And you can choose to dine in the signature Cafe des Artistes restaurant with it’s many intimate rooms, the Pyote Lounge or the amazing and intimate Thierry Blouet Cocina de Autor, an intimate 40 seat venue,
includes a demonstration kitchen. There, at one seating each evening, he
serves a prix-fixe chef’s signature wine-pairing menu. For after dinner
entertainment, he has converted another dimly lit space into a private
Cognac and Cigar Room with a piano bar. You will be AMAZED at the food you
With the momentum of the vanguard and the renovation P’yote Lounge
arrives to Café des Artistes. A new concept of artistic origins and
ancestries created under the inspiration of the artistic communion of
the famous designer Cristina Cobalin and Studio 3.14.
His name comes from indigenous shamanic traditions of healing and
spiritual, with a ritual that starts from the crop and ends as a tool
for the soul and the body. Hicuri is “the window through which man comes
in contact with the universe.”
Every corner of our new P’yote Lounge is an expression of life and
art huichol, from its structure and furniture to the mystical snack
menu, centerpieces and mezcal that wrap you in a ritual of pleasure.From crafted drinks to mouth watering tapas and to share plates, it’s a perfect way to start your evening.
Within, it is worth mentioning that P´yote Lounge customers will be
able to transport to the Huichol world to appreciate the masterpiece
that houses, “Tatei Aramara”, muse for the creation of the most
beautiful waterfront of Mexico, the waterfront of Puerto Vallarta.
Thierry Blouet, chef owner of Café des Artistes, was – as they say – born to the business. His
paternal grandfather, Max Blouet, spent 30 years as General Manager of
the ultra-elegant George V in Paris. Chef Blouet was born in Puerto
Rico, in 1964, and his French parents educated him in France and Mexico
where haute cuisine is an integral ingredient of the good life.
An extremely visual chef, his dishes are sensual compositions. In
addition to colors that enliven the visual, there’s a harmony of aromas
that tempt the nostrils, subtle textures that excite the mouth feel and
concentrated flavors that enhance the taste. No one will argue with you; this is the best and most romantic restaurant in all of Puerto Vallarta. They have too many awards to name here, but just read the reviews. Four and Five stars from everyone.
In addition to his own business, Blouet, who is also a member of the
Académie Culinaire de France, brings together chefs from France, Mexico,
Canada and the United States to share and enrich their cooking
techniques while maintaining traditionally high standards. He also
devotes himself to promoting important cultural and “foodie” fiestas in
Puerto Vallarta and Mexico.
CAFE DES ARTISTES
Make your reservation today for an
evening of pure indulgence!
Located in the heart of the art gallery district.
NOVEMBER 8-18th, 2012 FESTIVAL GOURMET
“The Gourmet Tradition of Puerto Vallarta” becomes a reality on the
“Festival Gourmet 2012″, event which flood of celebration and allegory
to the “Grupo Café des Artistes”. As every year, Chef Thierry and his
team await the arrival of Chef invited to work together in the culinary
creations that come to the tables of the guests at the Gourmet Festival.
For 10 days, during the “Festival gourmet”, the festive spirit is mixed
with the aromas, colors and flavors, leading to each dish a unique
In Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay there are few long-awaited and
memorable events, the Vallartenses and visitors stand waiting. It is
part of the region’s history from conception of the festival in the
hands of Chef Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes, Heinz Reize and Chef
Roland Menetrey and is an excellent gastronomy window, where every year
discusses important issues of current gastronomy area, such as
biodiversity, identity and sustainability in the kitchen.
So then, verbena, wining and dining make their way to events, that no one who has good taste, can miss.
It is important to note that most events require reservations and
prepayment. For sales and information make contact: 2223228, ext 120.
This “Gourmet Festival 2012″ is for all our guests, we hope to
experience the joy and ecstasy of taste in the “Gourmet Tradition of
Puerto Vallarta”: Café des Artistes!