We booked El Palomar de los Gonzalez for our last evening in Puerto Vallarta. Two adults and two teenagers. Dinner was scheduled for the 6:30 sunset… unfortunately it rained lightly however, I'd have to say that the rain coming down and channeling through the bamboo water tubes and then cascading over the edge to the pool below gave the effect of eating in a grotto. It was actually quite relaxing and enjoyable. The rain ultimately stopped and we were treated to the pink and blue sunset show that is framed magnificently between the hand-hewed wooden beams that support the entire open air Hacienda that is El Palomar de los Gonzalez.
We arrived by taxi -- which as you will see during your visit is an experience all by itself -- straight up the hills and then through the narrow side streets to the restaurant that's precariously perched on the mount side. We were ushered and escorted into the restaurant to by two young (like 8) men who were dressed very smartly and were delightfully respectful and charming as they assisted the ladies from the cab down the slightly damp roadway. Very charming young men.
We entered and were immediately absorbed into the warmth and welcoming restaurant. Their are several levels that all open to the sweeping vista view of Banderas Bay. Plan to arrive for sunset and enjoy the show. As the day turns to night, the show changes from skyline to twinkling mountainside lights of the homes and buildings nestled in the foothills of Puerto Vallarta and beyond.
The Service was best described as unpretentious, attentive, knowledgeable, friendly and a genuine pride in the restaurant. For appetizers, we loved the Tortilla soup and the table-side prepared Caesar salad made with whole pieces of lettuces, expertly arranged and served with a smile. My shrimp cocktail was delicious which including a dipping sauce that was very flavorful.
Shrimps were crisp and chilled and very fresh.
Dinner entrees: Filet for me. Done to perfection with an excellent mushroom sauce on the side. Mahi Mahi for my wife. Chicken Normandie and a chimichanga (yes, believe it or not) rounded out the dinner. Everyone enjoyed their entree and the food and presentation was super.
The chocolate cake and ice-cream for dessert worked. Probably might have liked to see a dessert tray or a little more variety -- but honestly, the whole experience was so good.
Oh-- nice wine selection (for Mexico). The Chilean reds work very well with most dishes is my finding.
Lastly, we had the fortunate timing to meet the host, Mr. Gonzalez, on the way out and found him to be as genuine and welcoming as the entire restaurant and staff.
This restaurant belongs in the top 10 in Puerto Vallarta.
ps. We did read other reviews that "compared" this establishment to the other well-known nearby "grill". While we enjoyed that facility too, they are not the same and you must experience El Palomar de los Gonzalez and then you will have truly "done it all" in Puerto Vallarta !
Adios Amigos :-)
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