Around Banderas Bay
There are lots of lovely places to eat if you want to venture away from the main area of the city and where better to enjoy some quality seafood than by the beach. Adauto's On the Beach is the best to the beachside seafood restaurants if you walk along the main street on the north side of Bucerias' dry riverbed. Mariscos Tino's is a great family-run favourite for seafood and there are three restaurants to choose from - on the Malecon, at La Laguna in Nuevo Vallarta and Anclote Beach in Punta Mita. For those with a bit more to spend, you can soak up lovely views and check out the boats in the million dollar private marina at La Cruz's Ikuai.
• Adauto's On the Beach
, Av. del Pacifico 11A. Tel: +52 (329) 298 2790• Mariscos Tino's
, Av. El Anclote 64. Tel: +52 (329) 291 6473• Ikuai
, Calle Marlin 39A. Tel: +52 (329) 295 5526
Zona Romantica /Old Vallarta
For a more authentic experience Old Vallarta is filled with cafes and is home to 'Restaurant Row' where you'll find outstanding dining ranging from casual to luxurious – expensive to budget. Red Cabbage Cafe is a funky reasonably-priced restaurant in the Zone Romantica, with traditional food and good service. El Brujo is on a noisy street corner but it can't be beaten for quality for such a small price - good authentic food and generous portions. Cafe de Olla has good cheap food and Takos Panchos next door to it serves great tacos for about $1USD.
• Red Cabbage Cafe
, Rivera del Rio 204A. Tel: +52 (322) 223 0411• El Brujo
, Venustiano Carranza 510. Tel: +52 (322) 223 2036• Cafe de Olla
, Basilio Badillo 168. Tel: +52 (322) 223 1626
Most of the best restaurants in the marina are in hotels but a number of quality options line the boardwalk bordering the marina. Las Palomas Beyali has authentic and tasteful food in a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by yachts. For meat lovers Rincón de Buenos Aires is a great steakhouse with a decent wine list. Aimed at families and businessmen, La Coleguita is a very popular Mexican restaurant and waiters bring you free tequila, shrimp broth and crispy tostadas to whet your appetite but it’s the huge shrimp platters and generous fish portions that are the real crowd-pleaser.
• Takos Panchos
, Basilio Badillo 166. Tel: +52 (322) 222 1693• Las Palomas
, Av. Paseo de la Marina 121. Tel: +52 (322) 222 3675• Rincón de Buenos Aires
, Pase de la Marina 245. Tel: +52 (322) 209 0157• La Coleguita
, Calle Popa, Condominios Marina del Rey. Tel: +52 (322) 108 9726