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“An amazing breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of River Cafe

River Cafe
Isla Rio Cuale #4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
322 223 07 88
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Ranked #36 of 697 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: Mexican, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: 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 The River Café with all your senses!
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“An amazing breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

My son and his father had breakfast there, got into the city by bus and enjoyed an amazing meal. Then did some shopping. When they got back, all they could talk about was the food and service. Both were excellent and its in a cool and quiet part of town.

Visited December 2012
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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Lunch with the Iguanas of the River Cuale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

To celebrate Father´s Day we took a short walk to an island on the River Cuale. The restaurant´s extended gazebo unto the river, gave us privacy and direct contact with the flora and fauna. While colorful, fat iguanas ambled by and white herons swooped up fish, we settled down to a delicious Sunday brunch. The usual buffet fare was made even better by authentic Mexican cuisine, favored by us locals. The service is impeccable from the owner herself to the friendly waiters. But the combination of it all is the magic that happens at the River Cafe. Dinners can also be incredibly romantic with candlelight and live (soft) music.

Visited June 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Great Food & Service, Perfect Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We came to Puerto Vallarta from Florida and friends had recommended we try River Cafe. It was perfect. We had 2 for 1 drinks with tasty appetizers, mussels, tuna carpaccio, and salmon bruschetta.The best mussels ever! They were huge and plentiful and came in an amazing cream sauce...perfect for dipping with the complementary bread. Absolutely decadent! The bread is also served with a chipotle butter, my mom loved it! The tuna carpaccio was delicious too. Carpaccio is always so good and goes so fast because it is thinly sliced but the taste of their tuna carpaccio with capers and olive oil, YUM! The salmon bruschetta was good too but I would get two carpaccios next time rather than the bruschetta, lol Our server was great, Hernando, he was friendly and personable and really made our experience,,,,great suggestions.We liked itso much we brought the family back for lunch a few days later. The view is beautiful with the river and the iguanas. A little nature oasis in the city!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Salinas, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lovely cafe with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We go to Puerto Vallarta once a year. The River Cafe is a must stop after mass at the Cathedral. A pleasant walk takes you past downtown to this oasis. Beautiful interior, wonderful staff and always a relaxing view. The food is fresh, and ranges from traditional fare to American fare. The molcajete sauce is out of this world. Treat yourself to breakfast - the buffet is quite nice to try a bit of everything, or lunch, or dinner with the sun setting.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Davis, CA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Elegant and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Beautiful location away from the street. We sat at a table overlooking a jungle-like garden complete with an iguana. Seafood seems their specialty. It was very good and the setting and service were classy. It is fairly expensive, but we felt it was worth it.

Visited June 2013
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