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“Authentic Mexican food”
Review of El Patio de Mario

El Patio de Mario
Ranked #4 of 5 Restaurants in El Tuito
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: phone: (322) 2690 604 Restaurant, Bar, Grill & Boutique
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Description: phone: (322) 2690 604 Restaurant, Bar, Grill & Boutique
Vancouver, Canada
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139 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican food”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

This was our second visit to Mario's and we were not disappointed.
El Tuito is a sleepy little town about 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. It was originally a mining town back in the 17th century.
Mario is very friendly and engaging and speaks English very well. Our lunch was delicious and inexpensive. We had chicken with mole sauce and chile rellenos as well as some poblano peppers that were cooked in a light batter. It was the best value we encountered while we were in Mexico and it felt really authentic!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Russ Q
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English first
San Diego, CA
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent food, very good prices, and raicilla for the grownups”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We travel to Puerto Vallarta almost every year for the last five. This time we took a trip out of PV to El Tuito (a very small town about 25 miles south and 24 pesos for the somewhat thrilling bus ride on a curvy mountain road).

There is not a lot of things to do in El Tuito an that is the main attraction. Unlike PV where you can't walk twenty feet without being accosted by some hawker or someone trying to talk you into a time share presentation (a scourge on the city that one is) Tuito is peaceful, old, and picturesque.

While we were there the five of us ate al El Patio de Mario. The service is attentive and the food is excellent. There is a good variety of food, specially for such a small restaurant. Everyone n our party was happy with their food and it was consumed in the inside patio which is about as tranquil as things can get. The patio is surrounded by high walls covered in ivy, there is a water fountain on one side, a handful of tables on the other and a few song birds in cages to for musical entertainment.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of the food. You can also buy "raicilla" (a strong but tasty liquor made from agave and somewhat similar to tequila). They sell this in unlabeled bottles which are good if you are going to consume it in Mexico or labeled to keep the US Customs people happy when you bring it to the US.

If you are looking for a picturesque ride take the bus to Tuito. It winds its way through the jungle on a windy road. Spend a few hours in Tuito relaxing and definitely eat at Mario's

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank TLCNate
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Kootenay Rockies, Canada
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156 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“A jewel”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

The choices, the location, the setting. In the courtyard, another world or on the "porch" to watch the people in the square.

The place is spotless, the dishes fantastic and the proprietor very engaging. Go for a lunch or late lunch as he closes at 5 and it is a 40 min trip back to PVR but worth it as the town is really neat.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Carnarvon50
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Whittier, CA
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67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Cozy garden”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

After the heat and humidity of Puerto Vallarta we felt it was time for someplace cooler. 24 pesos apiece got us on the bus to El Tuito, a little village at the end of the bus line. About halfway there the vegetation starts to change from palms to pines. As we walked around the town plaza we noticed a little restaurant with a nice courtyard. Everything was very good! After our meal we were greeted by Mario who offered us a taste of Raicillo. Great stuff! We ended up buying a bottle after a bit more sampling.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank jsandoval562
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seattle, wa
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Jewell”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Decided to take a drive south of PV (about 27 miles, 44 KM). While the summer had taken it's toll on the vegetation, it was nonetheless an interesting drive along the South Coast and look forward to taking it again after the rainy season. We didn 't want to take the time to head down to the beaches, but were interested in seeing the lay of the 16th century town. (we'll take the time to visit the beaches next time). We also bypassed the botanical gardens, which we had visited several times over the last couple of years and if you haven't, you should. But save your appetite for Tuito.

We turned right off the main highway (highway 200, marker 170) and followed the cobblestone road to the main plaza (note, if you park facing the wrong direction the ticket is 60 pesos, but discounted by half on the weekends - trust me on this). After enjoying the Plaza and the surrounding shops, we dicided on el Patio de Mario for lunch. Good choice. While we looked over the menu we were served baked tortillas and a variety of salsas - from medium to "I'm not going to try that". Given short but intriging menus (no prices) we each ordered a different item. Excellent!! and the Sangria was greatly enjoyed by the Ladies. We greatly enjoy the layout of the Mexican courtyards, and this one included a fountain, plants, flowers and birds.

When the bill was requested and presented we were very pleasantly surprised by the reasonableness of the bill. Wish that were the case in PV!

Couldn't leave without tasting the Raicilla, and buying a liter to add to the cabinet back at the condo. Interesting smokey flavor, a bit rough around the edges, and they taped the cork in place - in a clear, unmarked bottle. Better write on it what it is so we don't get confused and think it's a cleaner or fuel.

Look forward to returning as they are expanding to the space next to them. And WE WILL take in the beaches.............but return here to eat.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank soundslikeseattle
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