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“An education in Mexican cooking”
Review of Dianita

Dianita
Ranked #221 of 1,072 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We've been eating at Dianita's for years, and managed to fit in three comidas during our six day visit this time. I recommend not showing up until 1 at the earliest (though if you wait until 2 or later - traditional Mexican comida time, you may have to wait for a table). There are 9-12 different main dishes each day, most of which change every single day, and for 60 pesos (about $4.50 U.S. at current exchange rates) you get a soup, main dish with rice, beans and tortillas and an agua fresca (traditional Mexican drink made from sweetened seasonal fruit and water).

Many of the dishes served are classics, and I've rarely if ever tasted better shredded beef (machaca) sopa de tortilla, ribes in chile sauce, etc. Portions are just right, seasoning is deft and restrained, service kind and solicitous. I always leave here inspired to re-invent some of the dishes at home, and grateful to be able to enjoy such superb, classic Mexican food just a couple of blocks away from the over-priced tourist traps that are all over this part of town. Dianita's is a treasure - the kind of place one wishes existed in every town.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

You can order from a menu but the specialty of this restaurant is for the chef to make you something very unique to your own desire. You inform the waiter as to what you & your party like, and they take it from there and make you a "family style" meal with all your favorites included so each person can share. They really like to wow you with something new in the way of you tasting their food and try something special they can whip up using your taste selection. A little different indeed but worth trying. My party enjoyed it very much and would go their again.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We have been coming here fore a long time. Always fresh and tasty Mexican food. Bring pesos, and enjoy.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

this restaurant is the one thing in PV that didn't change over the years. food is simple, cheap, but good. they are open for breakfast and lunch. there is always something good to choose from the special menu available all days but sundays.

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1  Thank qq_q_v
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

This is Robyn's husband riding this review. I was looking for somewhere to eat huevos. The smell stopped me in my tracks, I looked at the menu, then noticed it was only locals eating. I knew it would be good. By far the best breakfast I've ever had. True mexican food at its best. I had the chilaquiles with verde sauce, mexican style eggs, orange juice, and drip coffee. All for 80 pesos. If you want a true mexican meal, then you MUST go here. While eating I met a food blogger from Canada, enough said. Great food, experience, and service.

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2  Thank Robyn S
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