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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.8

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (31)
Waterfront (30)
Romantic (29)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
People Watching (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Live Music (8)
Casual (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Cozy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

Just a really great meal. Perfect setting, the best service we had in Mexico and lovely music. Then there’s the food - just very well done. We enjoyed every dish

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·Dined 2 days ago

DELICIOUS BUT DISAPPOINTED.
The setting is amazing and the food was delicious. Having said that, I had the tortilla soup (which was excellent) but the bowl it is served in is very pretty and very impractical and made eating it very awkward. It's one of those form over function things. The bowl is very wide at the brim, narrow at the base - it looks like a wide-brimmed hat turned upside down. The only way to eat the soup is to constantly tip the bowl. My main was the al pastor chicken, different from what I expected, but again, it was delicious. The veggies, however, were barely lukewarm. All in all, it's a lovely restaurant but because of these somewhat minor issues I was a bit disappointed.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great “on the beach” setting...very romantic.
Food was very tasty and presentation was superb!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Great again but I redeemed 10,000 points to use here. They had no idea what I was talking about.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 5 days ago

It was very noisy on the beach with inattentive wait staff. We moved inside and it improved.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a wonderful experience to dine at La Palapa and was able to share it with a great friend on this visit. Service was wonderful, food was great and the best part was the live entertainment of the band due of Paperboats. Looking forward to my next dining experience in 2018!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Very polite genteel servers sincerely wanting to please. Great specialty margaritas. Creative appetizers and
entrees. Two suggestions: Improve the quality of the coffee. It was very thin and tasteless. And provide a small flashlight to each table on the beach to better read menus.
Delightful dining experience for sure!

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

An excellent evening at La Palapa. We started the evening with Mezcal Margaritas and watched the sun set. Followed by lobster and shrimp taquitos and pork potstickers. Both were delicious. For mains we had the pan seared scallops, chicken breast and boneless short ribs. All were very good. Very flavourful and tastefully presenter. They had a sommelier to assist with wine selection. Desert were wonderful. Our favourites were the flourless chocolate brownie and the warm apple crumble. Service was superb!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Gilberto-Hugo was a fabulous waiter

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Listening to Alberto Perez sing is always a treat. The ambience, the food, the location, the service, all perfect!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We ate down on the beach which is a lovely setting. All of the dishes the four of us had were very good. Service was slow and it was hard to determine who the lead was on our table. There was a very large party seated near us so perhaps this through them off.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Enjoyable dinner and atmosphere but sadly the service declined after our meal was served. The table next to us had the attention of our waiter because of the large group and we waited an hour for someone to clear our plates and even check if we wanted dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service is great, ambiance and view is great, food just isn't worth the price. Came here for my mother's birthday dinner. Only decent thing was the shrimp and lobster taquitos. Coconut shrimp was dry, could taste the flour, no real flavor. Our entrees were salty and not filling. Definitely wouldn't recommend for anything other than grabbing a cocktail. Food is way overpriced and the quality and flavors don't match up.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Boise)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great atmosphere and food. Loved the cranberry margarita and the Paloma shrimp. Short ribs were outstanding. Service was great! we will be back!

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Amazing food just over salted. But even then, still the best food your going to find in Puerto Vallarta. Went there 3 times each time the food was oversalted. The third time I had to say something to the waiter in order for them to hopefully improve for the future.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Seasonal, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Let me start with saying the food was absolutely fantastic. The seafood was some of the tastiest we've had. Coconut shrimp and seared tuna were amazing. Location is great, and it's a nice atmosphere on the beach with good live music (at the right volume where you can still hear each other). That being said, the service and drinks let them down. When we arrived we were left sitting for 10 minutes with noone approaching. Then someone brought over a single margarita to try and said something about us needing to order cocktails as they're so good. Despite there being two of us only one of us received a drink ?! If it's a cost thing, better to pour into two shotglasses?!
Also the cocktail menu really let the side down, extremely limited with some local basic ones. Traditional ones weren't available despite the attempted upsell to premium spirits. Bread came out after around 40minutes. I think we could have just been a bit unlucky with timings etc or maybe our waiter was having an off night. Once again the food was fantastic and the restaurant has a lovely ambience. It's just a shame the initial impression set us back. Would give it another try though. One thought - the lobster was somewhat sparse for the money. Better going for the seared tuna!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This restaurant was amazing! The ambiance can’t be beat! Our table was in the sand and just beautiful! We took our 4 kids and they played in sand after they ate which was perfect for entertaining them! Service could have been better but we will definitely go back if we are ever in PV again!

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Beautiful restaurant and I want to love this place, but this is my second dinner here and the food is just mediocre. My scallops came out cold, the risotto was cold, my friend's tuna was overcooked. I'll probably only stick to the breakfast/lunch and head to Vista for dinner going forward.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Been here a few times and alway enjoyed the food. This time the food was ok, not great. Service was very very slow. Essentially they forgot us and we waited 45 minutes for our entree. Then they brought us a desert at no charge without apologizing or asking what they could do. Sounds good but I rarely eat desert so no value to me. All we would have liked was a sincere apology instead.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

the most lovely meal. we look forward to it every year! the best beach side dinning.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have been to La Palapa no less than a dozen times in the past 15 years because it had always lived up to its reputation as a quality restaurant. On this visit, that reputation is no longer deserved. My lobster was dry and tough. It was like chewing a rubber band. The oysters, while served on a bed of ice, were warm and smelled like something dead. Twice we were served coconut shrimp and grilled octopus . We did not order either dish, either time! Both times, the server took the coconut shrimp and grilled octopus to their proper table after visiting another table first. Really? Who would eat food that had been served to other guests and then removed?

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Terrible service - never received main course
They still had cheek to charge for starters.
After speaking to manager they comped meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Took 2 hours to get our food. The beets were great though

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Hi season in Vallarta and it is crowded. La Papala seemed to easily seat, serve and attend to all. Our table was exactly the one we requested. Tuna was perfect and large, Palapa shrimp was ad well. Special off menu for our granddaughter was accommodated.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very interesting oceanside restaurant. Excellent service by waiter, Michael and then Jimmy.

Incredible fire show, local fire throwing dancers.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Ok serious foodie here,I've dined in most major U.S. cities. This was one of the BEST places I've eaten at, it's in the top 5 for sure! The lobster taquitos are a must,as are the scallops and of course the table side Mexican coffee. The prices were ridiculously affordable! I will return!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We spent our Christmas Day dinner at this wonderful restaurant and were very happy with the service and the beautiful setting on the beach. Food was a little salty with some of the dishes but overall very good. Service was excellent. Also a great option for us with small kids - everyone was very accommodating and the children could walk out on to the beach while waiting for the meals to arrive. Terrific place for a family night out!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food is amazing!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had the special Christmas menu and everything was absolutely delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This restaurant is always excellent. The food is spectacular.

I had a filet which was perfectly cooked.

The service is impeccable even though they were busy.

At the end of our meal, they brought two glasses of champagne for my birthday celebration.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I could not have been more pleased with Christmas Eve dinner at The Palapa. I reserved on the beach but my father did not want to be outside. They had no problem switching even though it was last minute. The drinks were great and they happened to have the biggest lobsters I had ever seen. They brought it out family style and we carved it like a turkey. That in itself is going to be such a great memory. The lobster was tender and delicious and seemed like there was 6 regular lobster servings. It was beautifully prepared and displayed. The restaurant was beautiful and the other reviews are correct about the location being perfect. Don’t forget to look at the history of Vallarta in the photos on the way to the bathroom.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We really enjoyed La Palapa. Great service and you really can’t beat the view. They do a great ambience on the beach! Awesome food and cocktails as well!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for a birthday. The service was good. The wine selection was broad and a sommelier was available for recommendations. We had a Mexican Nebbiolo which was suggested and very good.

The flaming coffees are always recommended.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful table on the beach. Server was superb

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Delicious, upscale restaurant. It was lovely dining outside on the beach. It’s expensive for the area but very good.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Average food charming location

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I ave been a guest for many years, this year I find there is a lot of upselling, not my idea of a first class restaurant. I won’t be returning

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our dinner at La Palapa was one of the highlights of our trip to Puerto Vallarta. We had creative margaritas - cranberry/basil and cucumber/pineapple/serrano, and the meal of scallops with polenta was superb.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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.

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