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“A very good recreation of a fine (but noisy) French Bistro”
Review of La Cigale

La Cigale
Ranked #116 of 1,028 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Oak Park, IL
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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“A very good recreation of a fine (but noisy) French Bistro”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

First, it's easy to spend a lot of money here, but you can also eat more economically than we did! The menu is in French, Spanish and English and has a wonderful variety of options. For appetizers the four of us ordered to share a mixed green salad, escargot and mussels (in a butter and bread crumb mixture). All were delicious. Two of us ordered Filet Mignon which was outstanding. Another ordered snails in a puff pastry and the other ordered Chicken Cordone Bleu which were equally delicious. There's an extensive (and expensive) wine list. We all had different deserts and each one was very good. The service here is outstanding.

The dining room is very small and divided into two sections. The front section is a little more spacious and enjoys a view of the street and has better circulation. The back section shares a space with the kitchen.

There are lots of hard surfaces in this restaurant, and because the place is small, just the conversation from the patrons makes the place a little noisy. The noise level is made worse because the restaurant allows musicians to come in. The night were were there, a 3-man trio with guitars came in. A table of tourists paid them to play two songs and they were horrible. The one who sang had a terrible voice. Later on, a young man with an accordion came in, sat down, and proceeded to play it badly and loudly for 20 minutes, during which time we had to stop conversing because we couldn't hear each other. When he finished, he proceeded to go to each table asking for a gratuity. We talked to the manager and suggested that the itinerant musicians did not add value to the dining experience, and in fact -- detracted from it.

To give you an idea of cost, we had two appetizers, two filet mignon, two deserts, a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, and two cognacs. The bill, with a 15% tip, came to about U.S. $160

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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
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“Top-notch French cuisine in an adorable bistro setting”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Puerto Vallarta has many excellent restaurants and this is one of the best. Located on a corner just 1/2 block north of the Guadalupe Cathedral, it's tiny inside, only about a dozen tables, so be sure to make a reservation. I started with the chicken liver salad, which was amazing -- tender, juicy and delicious. For a second course, I had the mini-cocotte Florentine -- essentially, a little casserole of lardons, spinach, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and lots of butter. It was fantastic, and incredibly rich. My husband had the boeuf bourguinon, which he said was one of the best he's had anywhere. For just 100 pesos, you can get a lovely dessert that is a cup of cappuccino surrounded by 4 or 5 different French pastries. And the bartender has created a digestif of vodka, basil, and spices that is out of this world! We will definitely come back here!

  • Visited March 2014
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Ensenada, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful Birthday Dinner”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

We took our good friend here for her birthday dinner, what a great dining experience, we started with 12 escargot to share, then the girls had the house salad, I had the warm goat cheese salad with strawberries and caramelized pecans, it was to die for. We should have stopped here, but we had already ordered our entrees, I had the steak tartar, it was wonderful, my wife had the chicken cordon bleu which was fantastic and our friend had the vodka pasta, which truly enjoyed. We all brought food home and unfortunately had no room for desert. The service was fantastic, it is a very small place so can be a tad loud, but it is a great atmosphere.
One of my favorite places to dine in PV. Also had two bottles of the house red, which was a cab and quite good.

  • Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
298 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
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“Nice Little Place!”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Had a meal here last week. Enjoyed our meals, atmosphere was super. Tiny little restaurant, in Centro, near the church. Enjoyed our chicken and fish dishes. Didn't try desserts, or appies. Make sure you sit in the front, we sat by the kitchen in the back, which wasn't the best location.

Visited March 2014
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Ashland, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Great meal, excellent service”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We started with moules frites, large, fresh mussels in a wine sauce and thin crisp and hot fries. Split a steak au poivre, perfectly cooked in a wonderful pepper sauce, and a a scallop vol a vent, again in a wonderful sauce. None of the seafood was overcooked, often a problem in Vallarta. The chocolate fondant, which took 20 minutes to prepare, was to die for--rich and incredible. Split a bottle of the French house white. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. The restaurant is charming and there was a great accordionist playing. One minor suggestion--use non-Mexican butter for sautéing. Mexican butter lends a slightly off-taste to delicate sauces. Regular butter is easily available at Costco.

Visited March 2014
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