My wife and I were in PV this last April and were staying in the 'Romantic Zone' south of the Rio Cuale. Upon a recommendation from a local shopkeeper, we were told to check out this recently opened restaurant that was already operating as a B & B called Casa Fantasia.
One enters this open air restaurant though a gate in a surrounding wall. Once inside you are in a classic Mexican villa courtyard with a central fountain. There are small trees and hanging shrubs around the perimeter walls and the two storey villa forms the backdrop. Seating surrounds the fountain and along the garden walls. There is usually some form of subtle live music that doesn't drowned out your conversation.
The service was attentive and friendly. Several servers took care of us and they all seemed to love what they were doing and made us feel welcome. When I asked for a lime margarita, our waiter asked if I would like a good margarita, or a better one. Returning to our table with a couple of different bottles of tequila, he described the difference between types (blanco, resposado, aneho, etc.) and once chosen, the drinks were mixed for us at the table side!
The food followed the same level of attention - just fantastic! Prepared fresh and presented beautifully. We visited this restaurant twice during our stay. on returning the second time, we were greeted with smiles, handshakes and they thanked us for coming back. Our same waiter told us he was honoured to have us back!
Our waiter told us they have been operating as a B & B for a few years, but just opened the restaurant in January 2013. If this is how they are doing things right out of the gate, this place is a gem in the southern part of Puerto Vallarta.
PS: Watch for the travelling Mariachi band. These come from outside the restaurant with a single member soliciting to do a song for you. If you agree (which we did) suddenly a seven member band surrounds your table and you are treated to the full Mexican experience! (Tips average 100 to 200 pesos for their performance).
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