Located in an easy to miss, somewhat rundown older building in a quiet section of 101, Puerta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant fully qualifies as a local dive. But once inside the door, you will find a very pretty, colorful and brightly decorated dining room that provides a festive and comfortable setting, highlighted by the beautifully hand-carved, hand-painted, bas relief booths brought up from Mexico.
The food is typical fare, with large portions at very reasonable prices. Everything is made to order, which can take some time, but the result is fresh and tasty. My wife ordered "una enchilada verde de pollo y uno chile releno." It came with "refritos y arroz." She said it was delicious, and she needed a box for leftovers. I had "uno burrito de carne asada," which was stuffed with slices of char broiled steak and served with sides of hand-cut "pico de gallo y guacamole." It was also large and very tasty, but marred somewhat by a sauce that was overly salty.
Service was friendly and efficient, without fawning or pretense. As noted by other reviewers, it took awhile - about 10-12 minutes - to receive our meals. But this was because our mains were made-to-order and not just pre-made items loaded on the plate as is typical at many Mexican restaurants. In other words, this wait was appreciated.
Puerto Vallarta is a little gem, very popular with locals "in the know," and well worth locating by everyone who appreciates a small, cozy family run dining experience. My only suggestions for the business are to be more careful about seasoning and - if attracting more business is desired - pay some attention to improving the exterior appearance of the building.