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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Archie's Wok

Archie's Wok
Ranked #31 of 999 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Filipino, Chinese, Asian, Thai
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Archie's Wok is widely recognized as Puerto Vallarta's best Asian fusion restaurant, featuring authentic, freshly prepared cuisine that spans the Pacific Rim from Thailand to the Philippines, to China and Vietnam. The staff offers traditional and contemporary dishes from these distinctive regions. They daily prepare a palette of complex sauces and condiments. Savor the aromas of spicy chili sambals, curry pastes, their famous hoisin sauce for the ribs and chiang mai sauce, too. The menu is truly a cuisine of medleys, which combines Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking techniques, Mexico's fresh ingredients and a host of other cultural and culinary influences. Seafood is caught daily in Banderas Bay and delivered fresh to the restaurant. Locally grown ingredients include an array of vegetables, herbs and spices, including kaffir lime, galangal, lemon grass, ginger, chilies, tamarind, and coconut milk. These are native to both Asia and the Mexican Coast. Archie's Wok has been family owned and operated since 1986. The history starts in 1977 when Archie Alpenia began working as the famous Hollywood Director John Huston's private chef at his personal retreat in Banderas Bay. From then on the restaurant continues to be run by his wife Cindy, daughter Kyoki and son Sergio. His legacy continues in this comfortable restaurant. Archie's Wok is just steps away from the Los Muertos Beach Pier and is a great location to meet friends and family. The restaurant is casually elegant and their team is committed to great service, excellent food and a comfortable setting. You can enjoy lunch and dinner in this sublime atmosphere with dining room and Asian style garden.
Toronto, Canada
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Archie's Wok was established in 1986 by the former chef to John Huston, one of the first restaurants in PV owned by a foreigner. It serves a perfect combination of Asian cuisines and the portions are generous enough to share. We were seated quickly on two occasions, without reservations, but there is often a line-up after 7 pm.

  • Visited February 2013
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Hanover Park, Illinois
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“a big disappointment”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Sorry to say but this was not the place everyone said it would be.. all of us left the place hungry and spent more on dinner this night than any other while were were in PV, The food was flavorful but there wasn't a lot of it... Had the seabass wrapped in banana leaves... and that is all you got with a bowl of rice for the table.... very disappointing.. not a good value in the least!!!

Visited March 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Archie's Wok has an interesting history which you can read about on the back of the menu. It's Asian Fusion. The place is often packed and noisy, but the food is lovely. I had the vegetable fried rice, and the veggies were crisp and fresh. Two of my friends had the Cambodian beef and would have licked their plates clean from the sauce that they raved about had not the waiter removed them. But the star of the evening was the--I can't quite remember the name--Chile Pepper Coconut Milk soup. OMG: the combinations of flavors was incredible. A definite find.

Visited March 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great food and style”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Very happy with the innovative Asian cuisine, great service and interesting people. A great place to mark a birthday or anniversary.

Visited February 2013
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Puerto Vallarta
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“One of My Favorite Places for 14 years”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Archie´s Wok has been one of my favorite restaurants for la last 14 years. I have had at least 50 meals since and I can say that all of them have been excellent. I must state that I am also a restaurant owner in Puerto Vallarta and this review is an honest review and there is no connection between myself and Archies. There are so many constantly good places but this one is always on the top of my list. I love the chicken with the peanut sauce, the cilantro sauce with the spring roles is to die for, and the Beef Tongue is so tasty and tender and is served with eggplant and snap peas. They will even do a half portion of the beef tongue if you want to try it out. I have been to Archie´s with family and have gone with friends. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and the service is alway on the money. The chef/owner, Sergio, can often be seen in the Kitchen and on Saturdays at the farmer´s market selling his wonderful sauces. I highly recommend this place for a non-pretentious casual dinner that will not break the bank. A great value for the quality, flavors and service.

  • Visited March 2013
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