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About La Palapa Restaurant

La Palapa Restaurant combines gourmet cuisine, friendly service, and the tropical setting of Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta, México.

Pulpito 105-3
Col. Emiliano Zapata
48380 Puerto Vallarta
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Asian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Daily 8:30 am–12:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–11:30 pm

Cross Street:
Amapas

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
MXN500 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01 322 222 5225

Website:
http://www.lapalapapv.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music every night from 8-11pm!

Parking Details:
Exclusive parking spots available for customers

Private Party Facilities:
La Palapa is available for large or small groups who are celebrating special events, weddings and rehearsal dinners, or company parties. We have special four course menus with fixed prices, or design you own with the help of our Public Relations Manager, Luis Pliego. He works with our chef to create a never-to-be-forgotten breakfast, lunch or dinner, taking into consideration the desires of your group.

Private Party Contact:
Sofia Boettner: 01 322 222 5225

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

La Palapa Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.8

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Romantic (24)
Scenic View (24)
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Waterfront (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
People Watching (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Live Music (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Fun (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Casual (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Business Meals (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant is beautiful, but the menu is unremarkable and the prices are very high. However, the live music is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone looking for just drinks and entertainment on the beach.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a party of 8. The food was inconsistent-grilled octopus, grilled peach salad and tortilla soup was excellent; catch of the day -Snapper was dry and very salty, chicken was flavorful. Service was terrible-slow, rude, and they forget an appetizer.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We were seated without being given menus and waited forever before anyone came by. After asking for menus we waited again for what seemed like an eternity before they came. Once our order was (finally) taken things went fairly well but there was nothing special about the service nor the food. Given this restaurant is in a tourist zone one should not be surprised that it was overpriced. But it was overpriced. There are far better restaurants with much cheaper prices all over Puerto Vallarta.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Saw the reviews and recommendations on Trip Advisor. Loved the setting on the beach. The food was excellent. Wine way too expensive and not much choice. Said it was moderately priced, but found it more than expected. Service was good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful location on the beach. Scallops were recommended and were excellent. Mexican coffees prepared at the table was a nice touch to an evening.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very friendly staff, great atmosphere.
Highly recommend .

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent scenery & view on the beach. Food was outstanding and service exemplary. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a wonderful time at La Palapa! We were promptly seated on the beach and had a great view of the sunset. Our waiter, Carlos, convinced us to try the special passion fruit drinks with mezcal and it didn’t disappoint. For appetizers we ate: shrimp & lobster taquitios and grilled octopus. Everything was superb and bursting with flavor. The octopus practically melts in your mouth. For dinner we had tuna and the slow cooked salmon and it was very delicious. Topped the night off with a flaming sexy coffee made table side and it was beyond cool and mesmerizing.

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was good
Salads were excellent
Main coarse pescador de días over cooked

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We selected La Palapa for dinner with friends from Portland, OR who wanted to experience the best of PV. Our research online paid off...La Palapa is everything the good reviews said and more! We were seated on the beach, as requested, just before a gorgeous sunset. We shared the sauteed shrimp appetizer while enjoying cocktails...I loved my Mango Passionfruit Margarita. We took our time and weren't rushed to order. When we did order, we all loved our food! I can recommend the Tortilla Soup, Scallops, Green Salad with Champagne Vinegarette and the Red Snapper. Near the end of our meal, we noticed a large female sea turtle making her way up to the restaurant. Staff were scrambling to move chairs, tables and people out of her way! The turtles are protected in Mexico and this one was about to lay her eggs. She found a spot, dug in and started laying eggs with a crowd looking on. A Preservation Officer came and made sure the turtle was not touched. He then took the eggs to a safe place, as Momma turtle went back to the sea. What a special and spectacular experience! Be prepared to be approached by vendors while dining...cigars, photographs, Mariachi band, etc. We are all looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Mmmm... salmon was over cooked and not edible. Sunset was beautiful and service was exceptional. Overall we were disappointed in the meal.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Reason for 3-star rating was waiters suggestion when he brought the check that he "would you like me to add 20% for service"...service was OK but not 20% OK!!! It's OK for staff to point out "propina" not included but to suggest a number is a little too much and I found it offensive and rude!!!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We visit Puerto Vallarta a couple of times a year. It is our tradition to have our first dinner with our toes in the sand dining at La Palapa. Such a beautiful setting. Staff is very professional and friendly. Food is well above average consistently. The "special" house cocktail is almost always a disappointment - a fair warning. Just order what you normally like. They are known for the tortilla soup, the shrimp and lobster taquito starters are so good. We always go with a seafood entree choice. Fresh and delicious. Absolutely recommend if you've not been.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely and delicious food, great drinks, feet in the sand, watching the sun set over the bay. What could be more perfect? Catch or the day was cooked well, shrimp were spot on. Everything was tasty and innovative.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great table on the beach. My only issue was the drunk at the next table and his vulgar mouth. He was with a large party and was totally blasted. We had a great dinner. Loved the snapper and all 3 of our appetizers. Cocktails and wine were all great. Service was also top notch.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing flavors. Had the lobster special and very pleased. Also had the pork pot stickers and lobster and shrimp tacquitos (sp?) . Others enjoyed the short ribs and steak. Chocolate flourless cake was the perfect ending to a wonderful evening. Lovely lovely lovely.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Un restaurant toujours agréable avec un service impeccable et l’ambi Wow

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Lovely location (right on the beach), attentive staff and good quality food. Food was just a little bit fussy and overpriced.

Nice experience otherwise.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I love to dine at La Palapa every time I come to the Puerto Vallarta area. The food is always outstanding. The cocktails are inventive and delicious. Tonight I had a margarita made with hibiscus and it was wonderful. It’s so fun to sit on the beach and watch the sunset. It is a beautiful restaurant. Highly recommend it.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

La Palapas never ever disappoints. Always the first place we bring visitors since it is so beautiful, the service is excellent and the food is always terrific.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Live Music, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is the place you spend a few hours when you’re looking for that special experience with beyond incredible cuisine. From the first moment walking in and being awe-struck by the environment to the last moment finishing my carmel corn cake, I kept thinking it might have been a Top 5 best meals of my life. Enjoyed the tortilla soup, pork potstickers, grilled octopus, and tuna appetizers and the red snapper catch of the day, seafood risotto, short ribs and salmon meals. Would recommended each and every thing we ordered. Go here!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were staying at Vidanta and went to town for the night. Looking at reviews online, they were rated pretty high. Good food, good service right on the beach. We would go back again!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

This restaurant was a real find. Eclectic oceanic decor, the ambience was spectacular. The food and the service was tops. Our server was Alex, exceptionally good. My next visit to PV will definitely take me here again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, People Watching, Authentic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Horrible service - seemed to be more interested in turning tables than interacting with the guests and understanding their needs. Went there for a special occasion, but special requests were ignored and staff did not seem interested in attempting to make it special. Food was VERY hit and miss, but best (coconut shrimp and stuffed pork loin) was good and worst was poor (corn rissotto) with overcooked fish and rice to where the dish was barely edible. SHAMEFUL service and food for the prices of the dishes (3-5x the cost of most other restaurants in PV). Did not stay for dessert as the experience was horrible up to that point. The ONLY good was the location on the beach with a gorgeous sunset. Will not recommend, nor return.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fabulous dinner for our last night in Puerto Vallarta! Great vegan choice for one of our group and beautiful presentation! Loved the live music too!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was a great meal in a beautiful setting. The staff was very friendly. I thought the price was good for the high quality of the food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Made reservation online. Restaurant had no idea how to check for my reservation. So my special requests were not carried out. I told the staff that my wife has an allergy. They ignored it and we had to leave due to the result of this allergy. Wait staff didnt care, we paid any way and left. I would NOT return here. The somalier was great but everyone else was incompetent.

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I love this restaurant. My wife and I return yearly when we are in Puerta Vallarto. The food is excellent! The seafood is fresh and chicken is outstanding.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 11, 2017

If your not from puerto vallarta, the "specials" are meant to fleece you. Four times the price of menu items.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 7, 2017

This was our 6th year coming to La Palapa. Food, service and view is consistently wonderful.
Unfortunately, they did not have our OpenTable reservation and the restaurant was considerably busy. Fortunately, they were still able to seat us. Recommend you confirm your reservation directly with the restaurant before arriving.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. Food is always excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2017

La Palapa, year after year, remains in the very top tier of PV creative presentation. Its setting, along the beach (some tables are even on the beach) is the best in the city. Service consistently is top-notch, with servers all speaking good English. Though La Palapa always has been amongst the town's priciest eateries, the now very strong dollar considerably reduces the tariff.

La Palapa is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with different superb menus for each. Every year, when we visit PV, we make La Palapa our first stop.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Pretty atmosphere by the water

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Superb red snapper dish. Restaurant on the Beach offers superb dining service. Wait staff was attentive to our needs. A place worth rebooking

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Amazing ambience. I loved the live music and the location. The food was very enjoyable and the staff were friendly. I would definitely go back!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2017

La Palapa is an institution in PV. You can dine with elegance having your feet in the sand. The lighting is very romantic.
But do not go there for the finest food.
It is good, but has not kept up it's superb standard over the years. Very disappointing !

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Great view. Food is good. Service was very poor. We didn't see the waiter once our food was delivered until 30 minutes after being done. Never going back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Mal servicio

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2017

The hostess always seems to seat us at a less desirable table. We have gone many times and always have to point out a better alternative. Maybe she is holding out for a tip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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