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“Excellent food--service--but they allow smoking!”

Encuentros pizza pasta bar lounge
Price range: $5 - $15
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Encuentros is a space created and designed especially for you to enjoy and relax in a very cozy, casual, warm and friendly atmosphere with true hospitality.
Reviewed February 24, 2013

The decor is sublime; the piano player created a lovely atmosphere. My sister is vegan;she had a vegetarian noodle dish that was so incredibly good that she could not stop talking about it. Some of us had the crab rolls--not so good.

The pizza was a small serving--but it was excellent.

We would love to come back, but my sister is a lung cancer survivor (never smoked--caused by second-hand smoke), and two of us are very sensitive to smoke; so unfortunately we cannot return. If smoking doesn't bother you, you will enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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Ari T, Owner at Encuentros pizza pasta bar lounge, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Thank you so much for your much appreciated feedback regarding your recent dining experience at Encuentros. We give serious thought and considerations to all comments and opinions and within the very near future we will seriously study the possibility of turning Encuentros into a non-smoking venue depending on our market demands. Thank you very much for having taken the time to post your review and please do receive our best regards hoping to have the opportunity of seeing you again when our circumstances change regarding smoking policy. Thank you.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Encuentros looks like it might be little out of the way, but really it is close to everything and easy to find. The atmosphere is very nice, small tables, a piano player (at least at 8pm on a Sat.), clean and stylish. Do not expect your typical pizza. The pizzas here are true individual sized (rectangular 4x12"). Lots of choices and the ones we had were excellent....... Loved the thin crust and fresh (uncooked) spinach on top

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Thank Tom R
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Ari T, Owner at Encuentros pizza pasta bar lounge, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2013

Thank you very much for your comments and remarks regarding your recent visit to Encuentros. We look forward to continue working in keeping our high standards of quality, service and hospitality. It will be a pleasure to hopefully see you and welcome you once again and we thank you for your time.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were a large group and the service was slow but to be expected with that many people. My husband and I had the crab rolls to start and friends had the spring rolls. We all enjooyed the appetizers and we all really liked our pizza's that we had. None of us liked the margarita's (they were extremely sour) and in fact they were the worst we had ever had - could not drink it. Will definitely return for the food but we will order beer or wine next time. Find the prices to be good and the food menu very interesting.

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Thank wasen
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Ari T, Owner at Encuentros pizza pasta bar lounge, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2013

We truly thank you very much for your valuable feedback regarding your dining experience at Encuentros. Please do rest assured that we take your comments and remarks very seriously and we will do everything possible within our power to better what needs to be better and improved in order to provide you with a better experience during your next visit. Our philosophy is to listen in order to provide our guests with the utmost satisfaction. Thank you for your time and we hope to have the opportunity to welcoming you once again at Encuentros.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I live in Puerto Vallarta and have gone to Encuentros a quite a few times, and have also ordered take out, delivered to my home. The food at Encuentros is excellent, no matter what you eat, I have tried the Spaghetti and meatballs, their Lasagna, their chicken, their pizza and tonight I ordered the chicken chipotle penne pasta and their queso fondito and it was absolutely amazing and delicious. If you are looking for a great ambiance, very friendly atmosphere and attentive staff, I would highly recommend you to visit Encuentros. When you vacation in Puerto Vallarta, you have to take the time to eat at Encuentros, you will not regret it.

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Thank Lina L
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Ari T, Owner at Encuentros pizza pasta bar lounge, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2013

Thank you very much for your review and impressions regarding Encuentros. We are very happy that you find our standards of quality, innovation and service to your satisfaction and up to your standards and we will always make our utmost effort to continue with our philosophy of providing True Hospitality with quality products at a reasonable price. We look forward to seing you again and we thank you for your time with best regards.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

This friendly, restaurant is our new casual favorite in PV. We have been there several times with various friends and everyone has loved it. There are appetizers, large salads, and many varieties of pizzas or pastas you can select while relaxing on comfy sofas around low tables. They also have dining tables and chairs in this inviting setting, one of which has its own waterfall. The center of this downtown restaurant is a large round granite bar from which are dispensed all types of cocktails, and wine incl. delicious margaritas along with and beers. Both are 2 for 1 during 6-8pm happy hour. But what keeps us coming back are the varied and absolutely delicious flat bread pizzas. Our favorites were the ravoli, pastor, and ranchero. All pizza selections could also be had as pasta dishes. Our friends reported that the mojitos and daiquiris could have used more alcohol but the piña colada was excellent. There are desserts but we were too full and content. The service throughout was efficient and friendly including visits by the owner of this new find.

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Ari T, Owner at Encuentros pizza pasta bar lounge, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Thank you so very much for your comments and review on Encuentros, which we most certainly appreciate very much indeed. We take very seriously all feedback from our guests in order to continuously improve and maintain our high standards of quality and service. Thank you for your visit and we look forward to seeing and serving you again within the near future. Best regards.

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