We live in Puerto Vallarta and run a small condo rental business, so after hearing and reading reviews for Ocean Grill, we decided to experience it for ourselves. We always try to do this prior to recommending any establishment to our guests. With two of our guests staying in the Misamloya area, we headed to Ocean Grill this week.
Arriving in Boca, we discovered that we would not be getting the Ocean Grill water taxi from the dock. It was necessary to load from the beach. To do so we had to wade through a channel of water....a bit on the deep side for vertically challenged people! However, we made it and into the boat. The boatman was quite careful, cautioning us to wait until it was safer to enter the boat.
After a short, choppy boat ride to the Ocean Grill, we saw the dock, however...once again, it was necessary to disembark on the beach...wet again! Some people on the beach pointed us to some stairs and a path along the rocks to the restaurant. If we had been able to disembark at the dock, access to the restaurant would have been much easier. Be warned...the path can be slippery, is very uneven and not recommended for people with disabilities. In our opinion, the path and boardwalk(in one area), and steps (very shallow...not good for those with larger feet) requires upgrading for accessibility and safety reasons.
Once at the restaurant, we were promptly waited on. Some waitstaff were definitely friendlier than others. Yes, there is a large dog wandering around, however he did not bother us at our table as other reviewers mention. He was laying down most of the time by the railing. Oh....don't sit by the railing if the sea is choppy...you'll get wet for sure!
The food.....we all really enjoyed our appetizers, entrees and desserts! The fresh oysters on the half shell (from one of the best oyster sites south of PV) and the lightly grilled oysters were excellent! The guacamole was also very good. One of us had the tender octupus, one had shrimp and two of us had the catch of the day..with side orders of grilled veggies. All delicious and we all loved the grilled veggies. For dessert...Key Lime pie, Pastel de Tres Leches (Three-milk cake) and cheescake rounded out the meal.
We whiled away some time chatting and enjoying this really lovely little cove with a golden sand beach until it was time for the Ocean Grill boat to take us back to Boca. Same trip in reverse...waiting for the right wave to make it safe to get in the boat (assisted by a few folks on the beach) and then back to Boca. At Boca, the boatman ran us right up onto the beach so disembarking was a lot easier and we could walk along the beach to the dock walkway to the village.
All in all, a great way to spend an afternoon!
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