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“Best Restaurant we ate at in Puerto Vallarta!!!”
Review of El Arrayan

El Arrayan
Ranked #24 of 1,020 Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Matamoros & Miramar
Description: Best Mexican restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. Very original menu . Flavorfull foods from different regions in Mexico. Original cocktails, Mexican wines, attentive bilingual staff, full bar. Also childrens menu, vegetarian options and free dishes. Alll main courses served with freshly made corn tortillas, home made ice creams and sorbets.Gay friendly,you can bring your pet.
Fargo, North Dakota
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant we ate at in Puerto Vallarta!!!”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

El Arrayan was a great experience for us on our honeymoon. We started with fresh Guacamole and their 3 kinds of salsa which was amazing. We had Mole Chicken Enchiladas for our entrees, also very good. We will be returning every time we come back to P.V.

Great Service and Great Atmosphere... Margaritas and Food were the best we had in P.V. Highly recommended!!!

  • Visited October 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

We have gone to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. We are always warmly welcomed as soon as we walk in. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and the food is spectacular. I'm already looking forward to going back soon. Don't miss this restaurant when in PV.

  • Visited December 2013
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London UK
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Best Mexican food in PV”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Dined here three times in four weeks and it keeps getting better. Staff are knowledgable, helpful and happy. Food is interesting and delicious. Atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. Not to be missed!

  • Visited December 2013
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Orange County, California
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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“Love This Place”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

El Arrayan is exceptional in every way. I've dined here several times over the last few years and it always lands at the top of my list. Started w/duck liver pate that was excellent. My entrée was a delicious Fish Pastor, grilled Mahi with a corn relish and pineapple sauce. It was the best seafood dish of my entire trip. My husband had the Duck Carnitas which never disappoints. Ample portions with simple but elegant seasoning and flavors! To finish we opted for the chocolate cake with coffee and vanilla ice creams. Real Mexican chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. The atmosphere here completes the picture with beautiful yarn paintings and a small gallery in the back, adjoining the open air courtyard (where the Arrayan tree 'lives'). Service was spot on; efficient without being intrusive. We highly recommend this jewel of Vallarta restaurants.

  • Visited December 2013
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puerto vallarta
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“True Mexican Heaven”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

El Arrayan welcomes you to Mexican heaven. In a charming combination of old and new, the food, the staff and the ambiance brings you to a wonderful place of happiness and peace.

Even the next morning you can feel the love that the chief transmits into the food. In nine years of living in Puerto Vallarta, I have never been disappointed. If I’m having a bad day, I’m sure to walk out of the restaurant feeling happy and ready to meet whatever may come.

The owners and staff are so friendly, greeting every guest with a smile sure to warm any heart. Between the live music, artwork, food, and joy, I kept waiting to see Frida Kahlo appear from behind a post. The spirit of Mexico truly feels at home in El Arrayan.

I highly recommend El Arrayan to all locals and visitors alike. If you want to enjoy real Mexican cuisine, El Arrayan always pleases. Do not forget to try the raicilla. It’s the unique moonshine of the state.

  • Visited December 2013
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