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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Puerto Vallarta? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Ánima Beach Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (51)
MXN500 and over
Seafood
Puerto Vallarta
About the restaurant
Ánima Puerto Vallarta. Es un club de playa con área de restaurante enfocados en cocina local, mariscos, pesca del día y área de playa con la mejor música afro house.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I spent my birthday at Anima and I have no complaints! This place was amazing. From the good service, food, and the music. All around good vibes !
A photo of Amixtli Restaurant - Xalli Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (62)
MXN500 and over
Contemporary Mexican
Puerto Vallarta
About the restaurant
Fine Mexican dining on Puerto Vallarta's south shore, featuring a menu created by Chef Eduardo Osuna. / Fina cena mexicana en la costa sur de Puerto Vallarta, con un menú creado por el Chef Eduardo Osuna.
Top review
DPFoodies
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Lovely restaurant with a spectacular view of the ocean. Food was nicely presented. One guest had chicken pasta which was good but light on the chicken. The Veracruz style fish was very tasty but the poblano with seafood could have been spicier and the pepper was a bit too al dente. The pinot noir wine was nice.
A photo of The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2619)
MXN500 and over
Contemporary Mexican
Puerto Vallarta
About the restaurant
DRES'S CODE
Casa Kimberly appreciates that guests refrain from wearing beach clothes,
Please dress FORMAL/ELEGANT:
NOT ALLOWED
Sleeveless shirt/tank tops - swimsuits - sportswear -board shorts- rubber or plastic flip flops or Crocs shoes.
KIDS POLICY
* We do not allow children under the age of eight (8) to dine at The Iguana Restaurant.
TABLE ASSIGNMENT
* Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis
MARIACHI SEASON -November to May

* The Iguana Restaurant is an open-air restaurant, that overlooks the city of Puerto Vallarta and serves contemporary Mexican cuisine in an elegant ambiance. Retractable walls take advantage of gentle coastal breezes and crystal chandeliers add soft light while water dances in the adjacent courtyard fountain. The dining room wraps around an outdoor patio with shady palms and another central fountain. In between is nestled the boutique Tequila Bar, serving a wide array of top-flight tequilas and mezcals.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
We were a table of 5, with one person in a scooter. With advance notice the restaurant not only accommodated us but ensured that we had no trouble entering the restaurant. The views, service and food were spectacular. It is somewhat pricey but you get more than you pay for.
A photo of Hacienda San Angel Gourmet restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1613)
MXN500 and over
International
Puerto Vallarta
About the restaurant
Hacienda San Angel Gourmet offers a breathtakingly elegant and scenic setting, ideal for romantic dinners and special celebrations. Our full-service roof-top restaurant creates memorable upscale Mexican and international meals. DRESS CODE in place is to maintain a fine dining experience. Shirt collars are required; flip flops, tennis shoes, t-shirts, tank tops and beachwear are not permitted.

Experience live mariachi bands up to four evenings each week during the off-season and six nights a week during the high season.

Indulge in unforgettable upscale Mexican and international cuisine at our rooftop restaurant, where full-service dining is provided.

CHILDREN 4 yrs and younger are not allowed. This venue is not suitable for young children.
2 HOUR table limit for 6pm & 6:30pm reservations for parties of 4 or less however we have an area for you to enjoy music and drinks after your dinner if you are not ready to leave.
Top review
frequentflyer
Dined 4 days ago
We attempted to increase our reservation from 4 to 6 people on a Monday night. Yes, it was the last night of restaurant week, but the restaurant was still not full upon arrival. I first told there was not space available as guests with reservations at 7PM, our time as well, usually stay until 11PM. That was definitely not the case. I have been home since 9:30 PM and we were one of the last tables to depart the restaurant. I got a call back saying there was space for 6, but for every person that was a no show, there would a $35 USD cancellation fee. That is outrageous! This is low season, not Christmas/New Years week. Our waiter requested we pay cash pesos for the tip and we obliged. He then proceeded to count the tip at the table in front of us. Would he have complained if it was not to his liking? It's very unfortunate as the food and abienance were terrific, but the operational management of the restaurant was a disaster. This was my first visit and I am sad to say I will not return. There are too many great restaurants in PV that actually appreciate the customers that will keep me from returning. Get a clue and DO BETTER!
A photo of La Cappella restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2677)
MXN500 and over
Italian
Puerto Vallarta
About the restaurant
La Cappella is an open air restaurant that overlooks the city of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. Serves contemporary Italian and International cuisine reveling in violin music, in an elegant but informal ambience. A full bar and wine list are also available. House specialty cocktails take advantage of local fruits, herbs, and spices to create a uniquely enticing selection.

*RESERVATION REQUIRED*
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
An amazing meal, beautiful view, and great service! The music was incredible. Worth the price and wait for a reservation.
A photo of Mita Mary restaurant
4.5
4.5 (44)
MXN500 and over
Seafood
Punta de Mita
About the restaurant
Mita Mary Grill and Bar offers a unique locally sourced seafood selection, curated with locally sourced ingredients as well as Mexican and Mediterranean-inspired flavors.
Top review
FoodEatervip
Dined on May 23, 2024
The scenery is beautiful, especially the sunset. Food was fresh and tasty. Cocktail was amazing. Service was top notch. Waitress Jessica did great job.
A photo of Cafe des Artistes - Puerto Vallarta restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3704)
MXN500 and over
French
Puerto Vallarta
About the restaurant
NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH
*Wednesday to Sunday starting at 2pm.

Located in the Down Town of Puerto Vallarta, with 34 years of experience offering exclusivity, elegance and comfort to its guests in unique natural and pleasant environments, where they can taste Thierry Blouet's exquisite cuisine.

Café des Artistes offers different magical and pleasant areas:
·Interior Garden: Comfortable air conditioned room, it offers views of the exterior garden and waterfall, the perfect setting for special occasions or private events.
·Exuberant Exterior: Magical and exotic outdoor spaces surrounded by lush vegetation, generating an exclusive, romantic and elegant atmosphere under the stars with candlelight (available from NOV-MAY).

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:
*We accept children form 8 years and older.
*Dress code: Smart Casual/Elegant (Beach wear or sleeveless shirts not allowed).
*No Pets.
*All tables are assigned under "first-come, first-served" basis.
Top review
KebinF
Dined today
Once again one of the best meals in PV. We das the 6 course chief pairing it was incredible. The boy had prime rib and pork belly both we highly recommend
A photo of Zicatela, Cocina de México restaurant
4.9
4.9 (94)
MXN500 and over
Mexican
Punta de Mita
About the restaurant
Zicatela is a celebration of our love of cooking, sharing authentic food and cocktails, and the enjoyment of the Mexican gastronomy. Whether you are enjoying quiet time alone or surrounded by friends or family, your seaside table with an exquisite glass of wine or cold beer, is waiting.



The feeling of living is Zicatela, Welcome to paradise!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
A beautiful final meal for our trip to Punta Mita! The food was spectacular and waitstaff attentive!
A photo of Tuna Blanca - Punta de Mita restaurant
4.7
4.7 (587)
MXN500 and over
Mexican
Punta de Mita
About the restaurant
Tuna Blanca with the style and essence of Café des Artistes, but with a Mexican menu and atmosphere, beach type, chic and romantic, that gets in to a fusion with the best products of the region, organic, cultivated by the hands of local producers and fishermen fresh sea food provided by the fisherman of the Anclote beach. There is no doubt, an obligated visit in Punta Mita the destination with more exclusivity in Mexico.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The best experience in the Bay, excellent food, service and the whole experience is amazing!
A photo of La Negra restaurant
4.8
4.8 (491)
MXN310 to MXN500
International
Bucerías
About the restaurant
La Negra is a tropical den in Bucerias, Nayarit Mexico; designed for relaxed people who want to have a tasty casual meal and a good time in a very eclectic atmosphere. Founded in the oldest house of the neighborhood, under an old tree, La Negra is frequently visited by families, retired people, pets, couples, kids, tourist and young local crowd; everyone part of this story since 2015.
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Please consider the following when making your reservation:
• During Dec-Apr season you will have a time limit to occupy the table of 2 hr. If you plan to make your visit longer, please contact us [329-298-0420].
• Be punctual, we will save your reservation for 10 minutes.
• In groups of 5 or more, 50% +1 must be present to give you the table.
• Our ROOFTOP is exclusive for couples and mixed groups of adults 18+. Families of all ages, are welcome on the ground floor.
• Please leave us a note if there are minors in your group.
• Sorry, we don’t accept pets anymore
Top review
KellyPM
Dined 4 days ago
First night in town & so happy we tried La Negra. Ate at upstairs bar with most incredible service & food. Highly recommend & we are going back again before we leave!!
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