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“Great food, welcoming staff”
Review of Bistro Balsamar - CLOSED

Bistro Balsamar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: New Small Mexican location Home with street-side dining,Organic Coffe, seating available for small groups. A/C, Wifi, once you visit Bistro Balsamar you'll understand why we have the most loyal clients in Puerto Vallarta!
Reviewed March 8, 2013

The ambiance is nothing special, but the food stand out. The kitchen is right in view which was neat to peak in on, and the food fantastic. For apps, we enjoyed shrimp tacos which came wrapped in a banana leaf and Alex fritters (fried veggies) and both were outstanding (note: it actually improved my intake of cauliflower and broccoli!). Entrees were the shrimp fajitas and a house specialty enchilada dish with plenty of shrimp. Magnificent! Staff was friendly, helpful, attentive, and unobtrusive. They have a 20% off deal on Friday nights with a reservation or pay by cash or something like that ... We heard about it but it might be worth checking into.

Thank ScottFromDenver
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We had three excellent dinners at Bistro Balsamar during our February visit to Puerto Vallarta. The seafood was so fresh and wonderfully prepared with excellent sauces. The kitchen is located in the front of the restaurant so you can watch Chef Alejandro prepare the different dishes. This kitchen placement reminds me of the well known restaurants in Italy where you pass through the kitchen to enter the restaurant. This is the first indication that the cuisine will be to high standards. I had two different steak cuts and they were more flavorful and tender than the steak which I get in Buenos Aires.
A couple of my friends tried the pasta dishes and were equally impressed with the quality and flavor of the presentation.
The prices were very reasonable and the location of the restaurant is in the Zona Romantica for a truly enjoyable evening.
If you visit the restaurant on Fridays then many of the dishes are discounted so be sure to make reservation to ensure a table.
My compliments to Alejandro and his staff for truly enjoyable evenings and meals.

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Thank ricardoBA
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Wonderful food and wine! The owner and chef (Alex) went out of his way to make sure out experience was memorable. The squash quesadillas were amazing!

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Thank Clint_in_KC
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Just happened upon this Bistro walking around in Old Town Vallarta. Amazing view of the chef cooking beside the patio.
We ended up going back several times. They have a complete menu, seafood, pastas, and regional food that you just have to try. I had no complaints with any of my meals or drinks we had there. A very relaxing environment. 50% off on Fridays (except Grill items)
For a great meal and reasonable prices try this restaurant. Even if you are at a all inclusive resort treat yourself to one night out!! You will not regret it!

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Thank Randy S
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a grand experience in a truly fresh clean environment. The owner and entire staff are genuinely dedicated to fine food and atmosphere. Highly recommended. Went twice and took friends. Wonderful!

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Thank Harleyguy816
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