River Cafe - Puerto Vallarta

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River Cafe is a unique family project led by Vallartenses, conceived since the beginning with the intent of providing food lovers an excellent dining option in the region. Two decades of experience have positioned River Cafe as one of the leaders of regional cuisine; with a prime location in the heart of the city, along the Río Cuale, River Cafe is a place recurred by locals and tourists attracted by its delicious creations, excellent service and friendly atmosphere.

River Cafe is conformed by a solid and talented work team, whose main objective is to provide the best service to its guests. With a philosophy of responsibility, harmony and passion for cooking and nature, River Cafe offers a gourmet concept with a traditional flair, always looking to implement local products of the highest quality in every dish.

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OT
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Puerto Vallarta and someone on the plane told us to check out River Cafe. We heard it was spectacular so we saved for the last night and they didn’t disappoint! I recommend the Tuna dish, phenomenal! But everything was A+ from the staff to the drinks, food, and dessert. GO there!

PF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat. Plus an excellent happy hour.

JT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the more beautiful spots to enjoy a nice lunch in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

OT
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We really enjoyed having dinner here

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food and experience

TG
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I always love the River Cafe. It is quiet. Nothing fancy. I always enjoy for lunch. Service is always great and the Iguana's are a great attraction as well. I visit the city many times a year and this is one place I always go.

M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Lo que fuera un ícono de Puerto Vallarta ya esta a la baja. La presentación y preparación de los platillos es mediocre, la decoración y el servicio necesitan refrescarse.

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GG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Por muchos años hemos visitado el River Cafe, y sigue siendo extraordinario.

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MK
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The River Cafe is a lovely respite from the hustle and bustle of the Malecon. The food is fairly average but good. The avocado soup is delicious. The wait staff is excellent.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience for our anniversary! We sat on this separate platform right near the river. Very private and romantic! Service was attentive and personal. Would definitely come back on our next trip to PV.

OC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience at River Café was a combination of being intimate and fun. It was intimate because the ambiance led to that kind of experience. We sat next to the river in the evening with lighting to set the mood. There was great live music playing in the background that was not too loud but at the perfect level for allowing for conversation. The food and service was exceptional. But to top off the experience was the presentation of the Bananas Flambe. It was not only fun to watch the preparation (which lasted more than 6 minutes) but the taste was beyond my expectations. I avoided this restaurant in the past because I thought it would be too expensive based on the location and menu. Big mistake. I will not pass this restaurant up when I return to Puerto Vallarta.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Went for a Birthday and they surprised us with a desert and a candle! Even sang us a song! We loved it all! We will be back!!!!

DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Puerto Vallarta,Mex for 40 years. The River Cafe on Isla Cuale never disappoints. We (4 adults and 2 young children) were given a table in the beautiful outdoor dining area along the railing overlooking the tropical River Cuale, as I had requested when our Open Table reservation was made. The menu has some traditional Mexican dishes, but we opted for the salads, fresh seafood deliciously prepared, and ossobuco. I highly recommend the shrimp San German. The kids shared pasta. Having tipped them off that 2 birthdays were being celebrated when the Rez was made, they unexpectedly provided 2 large slices of delicious chocolate cake gratis with candles and birthday songs. The ambience is relaxed and upscale with jazz and American standards softly playing in the background. While not cheap, the value is outstanding and this is one restaurant you should not miss on your trip to Puerto Vallarta.

JL
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all the way around! Best meal I ever had😊

R
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent prepared cuisine-whether seafood,meat or any other choice. A most enjoyable dining experience

PN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant - we go there whenever we are in Puerto Vallarta. The ambiance, sitting on the river under a copse of trees is breathtaking. The service is professional and personal. The cuisine is marvelous and there is something for every diner. There might be other restaurants but there is only one River Café!!!!

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous setting!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a top notch restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. Central location in PV is convenient. Steve, the manager, does an excellent job, and is ever-present.

e
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been many times - excellent cuisine- even better 2-piece band - Outstanding!

SS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful friendly restaurant. Great service and food. We saw iguanas walking along the river.

JV
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a superb cost/benefit. The setting is “old Mexican patio” well kept and probably best at night or early morning. Attention is really good!

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Pear salad great. Apple salad average. Tuna Caprese and Lamb Lasagna both amazing. Been many times. Service was not as good as usual this time Will still go back Strongly recommend.

m
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must stop for dinner while in PV. Always a great meal with wonderful service by staff.

HE
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service.

c
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is placed in a lovely setting. We sat by the river where we saw birds and lizards, and mariachis were playing when we arrived. Our margaritas and sangria were very good, and we really enjoyed the avocado and shrimp salad as well as the shrimp and pineapple quesadillas.

MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining along the river. Food was excellent with a large selection. Service was outstanding. Music was conducive to ding conversation. Lovely evening all around

N
Mexico City
26 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening. Great food and service. Ice music to boot!

LG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch buffet, and was pleasantly surprised how good it was. For those not wanting the buffet, You could order from the menu. Omelets made to order, as well as quesadillas, cereals, and a variety of hot foods, desserts, fresh fruit were among the choices. We were seated in the extended patio overlooking the river, nice location.

KR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten at River Cafe several times, both with groups of friends and romantic dinners. Excellent every occasion.

MT
Edmonton
40 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River Cafe is one of our very favourite places to eat in Puerto Vallarta -- we have been there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special occasions, and it never disappoints. The food is delicious, the setting is beautiful and elegant, and the service is impeccable -- every time. Even more impressive,the prices are quite reasonable when compared to some of the upscale tourist joints down on the beach. River Cafe is beloved by locals as well as visitors, which is one of the highest compliments a restaurant in this town can earn.On this visit we had breakfast a at beautiful table overlooking the river and everything -- coffee, wonderful fresh-fruit smoothies, ans main dishes (a fancy omelette for my wife, traditional Mexican machaca for me) was absolutely first-rate. We recommend River Cafe without hesitation!

B
Mexico City
27 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably our best meal in a town with amazing food

RG
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with great atmosphere and service.
The food was very good.

C
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most romantic dinner! Best table in the house, both our dinners were perfect in every way - highly recommend the beef tenderloin! We loved it so much we brought our children back for brunch, which was also fantastic!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Dog barking the entire time.... service non-existent. Food was mediocre. I would recommend many other restaurants if your time is limited in the city. The 3 rating was generous. We have been several times, but this will be the last. Not terrible but not worth the time.

KG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service good value good wine just a fun evening

ME
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River Cafe is a favourite and regular stop for us in PV.

JY
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always come here for my birthday dinner in Puerto Vallarta. Excellent food and service! Great atmosphere by the river.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view river

MT
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of ten and were celebrating an anniversary and a birthday. The restaurant was notified about our special events. The food was excellent tasting. The service was good, which is sometimesis diificult with a large party. The ambiance was great. However, most restaurants would give a complimentary dessert or drink for such an occasion.

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