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“There is a reason this restaurant failed” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro Balsamar

Bistro Balsamar
Ignacio L Vallarta # 372, Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
+52 322 222 0926
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Ranked #111 of 697 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: New Small Mexican location Home with street-side dining,Organic Coffe, seating available for small groups. A/C, Wifi, once you visit Bistro Balsamar you'll understand why we have the most loyal clients in Puerto Vallarta!
Guerneville, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“There is a reason this restaurant failed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Worst meal I had ever had in a Puerto Vallarta. Bad wine, bad service awful food. Would never go back

Visited March 2014
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sunnyvale, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Bistro Balsamar-good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The seafood and staff were impressive. The fried chicken is not good. Outdoor seating offers a pleasant view of folks out and about.

Visited December 2013
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Mountain View, California
1 review
“Epicurean Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Chef Efrain Palacios combines the cuisine of his native Guerrero with international flavors to produce a unique dining experience in Puerto Vallarta. I recommend starting with the delicious quesadillas de flor de calabaza (squash blossom quesadillas) accompanied by a refreshing avocado margarita. I also loved the richly seasoned Camarones al Curry (Shrimp Curry) accompanied by rice and vegetables. The Chiles en Nogada is another stand-out dish, a dark green chile poblano stuffed with picadillo and covered with a creamy walnut sauce. The white sauce is then garnished with cilantro and pomegranate seeds to show the colors of the Mexican flag. All the dishes I tasted were five stars, as was the service. I heartily recommend Bistro Balsamar to those who recognize that there is much more to Mexican cuisine than burritos and fajitas!

  • Visited March 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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Huntley, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“ONE OF THE BEST”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a perfect place to spend that special nite....The service is really great...The food is awesome....The staff is friendly....The value cannot be beat. They have Early Bird Specials every day and on Friday nites, it is 50% off most of the menu. Seating is most enjoyable in the patio in the back.....this is the smoking section, but we were fortunate in that there were no smokers in the place when ever we were there. You can also get some home grown coffee beans from the owner who has several acres in the mountains. It is really a tasty start to your morning....I hope your experience is as exciting as mine was.

  • Visited February 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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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We arrived late on a Sunday evening and found the restaurant staff very friendly and accommodating. There was a good variety on the menu and I enjoyed the Mahi Mahi; it was fresh and delicious. It was a pleasant experience and I look forward to dining there again soon. I have already recommended it to others - some locals as well as vacationers.

  • Visited March 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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