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“A fantastic find and We will be back!”
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Ranked #55 of 1,028 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $45
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Vitea Oceanfront Bistro, located at the world famous Malecon between the Los Arcos and the pedestrian bridge crossing the River Cuale in Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific Coast. The place has a mix of modern eclectic elements in the decor and ancient symbolism. It's ambience reflect the local hospitality with a European Riviera atmosphere. The cuisine is fresh, energetic and healthy with a combination of classic & modern dishes using mainly ingredients of the region, cooked with detail and love. Created by its European chef owners.
Saskatoon, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A fantastic find and We will be back!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We travel to PV two to three times per calendar year and one of our favourite activities is to spend an evening walking the Malecon and "sniffing out" new interesting places to eat. On our most recent visit to PV and the Malecon in December 2012, we began our olfactory adventure at the Cheeky Monkey where we had a few beer. margaritas, and appetizers while we watched another spectacular sunset. Next we walked the Malecon into Old Town. We have friends who winter in PV and have told us about the fabulous restaurants they have enjoyed so our goal was to let our noses guide us to a new restaurant. We walked by many interesting establishments and one restaurant even featured a live saxophone player (as a sax player turned guitarist this made an impression on me). We walked down to Andele's, had a beer, and decided that the menu wasn't what we were interested in that night so we began walking back down the Malecon towards the Cheeky Monkey. Over the din of the the street performance and crowds of people walking, I could hear the jazzy wail of a tenor sax and set a course for the source of the music. A few minutes later we end up at Vitea Oceanfront Bistro, located at Libertad #2 and Malecon Centro. Vitea is open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. and features breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. We arrived at about 9:30 p.m. and reviewed the menu displayed at the door. None of us were ravenously hungry, but decided we should have something before returning to the hotel. In addition to the fabulous live sax music, the menu suited our appetites perfectly. We started out with a basket of assorted breads and spreads which were excellent. My wife and I ordered a bottle of Malbec and I should have taken a picture of the bottle as I have forgotten the name and can't find it on their online wine list. I remember it was a particularly good wine and reasonably priced. My friend and I each ordered a half-order of Penne a la Carbonara; not only was the half order a match for our smaller appetites, but the pasta served was a perfect el dente and the carbonara sauce light, creamy, and oh so tasty. My wife ordered the Assorted Artisan Cheese Platter served with Grilled Garlic Bread and her friend ordered Yam Ravioli served with Shrimp - the girls shared with us and each other and found the artisan cheese platter and yam ravioli really went well together. We finished our late night dining with an exceptional cappuccino. We were impressed with the quality, preparation, and presentation of the food and the service was professional. The total for my wife and I was less than $100 including an 18% tip. Food and beverage aside, Vitea decor is Mediterranean inspired and inviting (despite the butt-buster chairs we sat on!) and the live music creates an engaging and relaxing mood that was the perfect decorum for our evening meal. Vitea boasts an amazing Malecon location that is open to the beach and we really enjoy open-air dining and next time we will ask for a table in the front patio section of the restaurant. Great food, excellent wine, fantastic service, fabulous location. We will be back!

Visited December 2012
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Excellent food and value”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My wife and I had brunch on Sunday, 30th December and enjoyed the whole experience.
Vitea restaurant is right on the Malecon and so we looked either over the sunny Bay of Banderas or focused on the people walking by. It's a great place to people watch!
We each started with a sweet roll and coffee. My wife followed this with a baked omelette containing spinach and ricotta cheese which, she said, was excellent. I had two eggs on crisp corn tortillas with some wonderful chorizo, tomatoes and beans. And more coffee!
The waiters were efficient and unobtrusive.
Total cost, before a tip, was 260 pesos. That's the best value I've experienced in a restaurant in a long time.
Would we return to Vitea? You bet. Probably next week with some friends.

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1 Thank John W
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Seattle, WA
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Attention to detail -on the plate especial”
Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

We were seated about 8pm and could choose where to sit although the restaurant was about 75% full. Very nice menu with a "small plate" option which we took advantage of.
Excellent grilled asparagus and the best (cream style) gazpacho ever!
Delicious crab canneloni and the arugala salad with poached pears, goat cheese and roasted hazelnuts was superb. With 3 glasses of wine (Pinot Grigio) shared by two, totality @$70 with tip.
great atmosphere to people watch too.
Service was excellent as well. The chef was out to see the reactions and greet regular customers.

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Thank jcnmac
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Try the mussels, they are wonderful!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We have been visiting this restaurant since it opened and it always is a delightful experience. Try to go before sunset, it has an incompatable view!

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1 Thank SAAmex
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Always a great evening!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Great view of malecón, always good entertainment! Plus, a flutist and keyboard which provided nice background music. Shrimp, crab canneloni and chicken were all excellent, filet was a bit tough, but still tasty. We eat at Vitea on every visit and are beber disappointed. Great value!

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Thank DarlingJH
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