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“Outstanding Food from an Old Friend”
Review of River Cafe

River Cafe
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Ranked #26 of 1,014 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff
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 River Café with all your senses!
Anaheim, California
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107 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Outstanding Food from an Old Friend”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

After traveling to Puerto Vallarta for over 35 years, we have seen restaurants come an go. But, it is so comforting to know that one of the finest restaurants in town is still alive and well, and food is better than ever. You won't find nacho's on the menu, but you will find an amazing calamari appetizer, a superb Caesar salad, and mouth-watering entrees. I ordered the duck, which was perfectly cooked, and served with a beautiful blackberry sauce, and one of the best scalloped potato side dishes that I've ever eaten. My husband ordered fresh Mahi, served in a wonderful lobster sauce, adorned with shrimp, mussels, and calamari rings. Heavenly! The bread offerings were outstanding, two servings each of homemade garlic, pinwheels with cream cheese, crusty rolls, and 2 slices of french. That bread was the perfect accompaniment for getting the last bits of those delicious sauces off the plates. The house chardonnay was decent. The ambiance is wonderful. It's a beautiful restaurant, sitting right over the River Cuale, and the rushing river as a scenic backdrop makes for a pleasant serenade while dining. Our dinner for two, with appetizer, salad, and 2 glasses of wine, was approximately $80 [US], and worth every penny. We'll be back again!

Visited August 2013
Thank Sheryl D
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Astoria oregon
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1,673 reviews
1,069 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 708 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting location and still not memorable.”
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

This place is way over priced for what it is. The rich American Canadian tourist are expected to pay huge prices for mediocre food and drink. Oh and do you need your change?

  • Visited November 2012
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“wine too expensive”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

The place is very pleasant,
I chose the least expensive wine bottle a Chianti in 490 pesos and Chile has more than 500 pesos too expensive !!!!!!!
a little bit slow service
week of the octopus, the octopus in the gallega very tasty, salad of octopus with many lettuce..
Anticucho of delicious octopus
dessert without big interest

  • Visited August 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice dinner on the River”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

My wife and I went to dinner at the River Cafe with some friends and we were given a nice table overlooking the River. We both had the giant scrimp which were delicious. Our server was very personable and nice. Looking forward to going back and exploring the menu more. This is a classy place and worth the price.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Jim W
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“One of my favorites”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoy dining at River Cafe each time my husband and I visit Puerto Vallarta... Delicious salads and steak... But most of all the location on the river is magnificent and magical! The service is always friendly and the live music is such a joy to experience! Can't wait to go back to PV and relax at River Cafe

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank emily g
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