River Cafe - Puerto Vallarta

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MXN300 and under
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River Cafe is a unique family project led by Vallartenses, conceived since the beginning with the intent of providing food lovers an excellent dining option in the region. Two decades of experience have positioned River Cafe as one of the leaders of regional cuisine; with a prime location in the heart of the city, along the Río Cuale, River Cafe is a place recurred by locals and tourists attracted by its delicious creations, excellent service and friendly atmosphere.

River Cafe is conformed by a solid and talented work team, whose main objective is to provide the best service to its guests. With a philosophy of responsibility, harmony and passion for cooking and nature, River Cafe offers a gourmet concept with a traditional flair, always looking to implement local products of the highest quality in every dish.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.8
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TLee
Fargo
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. I had the mahi mahi and it was wonderful. The sauce was great as were the veggies. My husband had the duck which has moist and delicious. We loved the atmosphere, very quiet and cozy. We had a table by the little river. The Mexican coffee was also very good. We will be back! Oh and the service was awesome also. And the music started when we were leaving and it was a two-man group and the flute player was wonderful as well as the singer.

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Lairdk
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful. From appetizers to desert fantastic!

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vipminnied
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely evening. lovely setting. great food and music. very good service.

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vipFlavcraz
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at River Cafe and had a truly wonderful evening at this beautifully decorated and unique restaurant. The owner was very welcoming and a pleasure to meet. The staff were excellent...very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was superb and beautifully presented. The beet coulis salad was amazing! The margaritas are the smoothest and best in PV! The live music was a bonus to this great evening. We now have a favourite restaurant in PV and will be back for sure!

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vipCGF330
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River Cafe is always amazing and would not go to PV without going there !

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BarbaraD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipBecky
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

This is a beautiful spot we have enjoyed many times. It seems in the last 2 years the quality of the food has declined and the prices gone up. Unfortunately we won’t go back again there are too many lovely restaurants in PV these days.

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vipDisappointing
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has become our “go to” place. Come for the food and stay for the music. The staff always makes you feel welcome.

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vipNeighbourhoodfoodie
Toronto
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Cafe continues to be one of the finest restaurants anywhere and certainly the best in PV. We had an incredible meal there Saturday night. Apple salad and shrimp brochettes with pineapple and mango sauce. The flavours were just superb !
Martin, our waiter, was just attentive enough - always offering the finest service.
We would never come to PV and not go here. Evita’ s kitchen and Manuel’s welcome alway makes our evening so very special.
Thank you to all and see you again soon!

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vipCMC1
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We have been coming to PV for 19 years ... River Cafe has always been a favorite! Highly recommend!

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vipMurr
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I would recommend River Cafe because it is usually wonderful! We went on Valentine’s Day so it was a special pre-fixed menu. Very expensive!! We have some selections we really like but they weren’t available. Very busy so service was pretty slow. We’ll go back, but not on a holiday!

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dsbaz
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service, would definitely recommend.

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BeverlyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant right on the river. Sunday they provide a traditional buffet for a reasonable price. Lots of items to choose from.

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vipNana
Mexico City
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Really good music too...a guy who sang songs in Spanish, French, and English.

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vipDisappointing
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special meal! The music they offer adds to the ambiance.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday.Very nice place with great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here every time we are in PV. Had the duck for dinner. Excellent! I’m super picky about Margaritas. There’s is the real deal. Friendly waiters. Treat yourself!

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TiborZ
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I am sorry to tell you my wife's chicken was very dry and hard. Well below your regular standards we are used to.

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vipNancy
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the entertainment and the homemade ravioli was excellent. Great Cosmo!

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vipKirkee
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good meal at the River Cafe. Everything was very good and the combo playing in the bar was perfect.

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vipRyan
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

River Cafe continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in Puerto Vallarta year after year. Always a very special, memorable Saturday dining experience. Highly recommend it.

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EddF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

River Cafe's standards of excellence in their food has fallen quite a bit over the past 6 years. I had the pasta with seafood and tomato sauce. The sauce was uninspiring and bland. Two people had the Mahi-mahi which was overcooked. My wife had the artichoke ravioli and that was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food and service were very good. However, there was a loud band playing making it almost impossible to talk. I recall other times a nice jazz band playing and not overpowering everything. The setting is lovely but that loud music is not conducive to a pleasant experience. So I was disappointed.

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vipBruceL
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch cannot be beat--the usual American Sunday Buffet with a Mexican twist.

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Jdfoodie
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lovely spot, eat out on the river! Two recommendations; maitre de was not friendly and lamb was tough. However, mahi mahi was delicious!

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JulieO
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and wonderful service. My Salmon, however, was overdone.

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vipEccezionale
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a pleasure to go to this very special restaurant with pleasant musicians, god food and friendly service.
It’s a wonderful ambiance among the palms and river Cuale below.

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vipMaryjaneB
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is fantastic at the River Cafe, a beautiful location overlooking the Rio Cuale. Food is delicious and well-priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the river cafe.. always the best, and service and staff are wonderful. Breakfast, lunch or dinner.. you can't go wrong!!

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vipHawaiianEye
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend The River Cafe. We have been dining there since they opened in 1996. Save room for dessert, they are delightful!

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vipTomP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We and never disappointed when we go here. Food and staff are both excellent.

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vipTomS
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience with great service and great food. You will never be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & experience

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vipPhil
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service!

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CorneliusS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a group of 6 and were seating right on time. The food was excellent, the drinks were ample and service was attentive without being intrusive. I always include River Cafe in my plans during my New Years holiday visit.

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HayleyB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely AMAZING! From the food and service to the music and ambiance ... wonderful! I’ll definitely be back!

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vipDonG
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years eve

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ValpoDave
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

To be fair, we had dinner on New Years and were presented with a 4 choice menu. So we really weren't exposed to their many daily choices. So they were a little crowded and service was just ok. I would go back should we return to PV. The venue is very nice, there was live music and am sure the standard menu is very good.

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SergioR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lo malo: Estuvimos en la cena de fin de año hicimos nuestra reservación y llegamos a la hora pactada. Sin embargo pedimos un Rack de Cordero que era una de las opciones y ya se había terminado. Pedimos una crema de Poro y Papa y nos sirvieron de Champiñones.
Lo bueno: El lugar estaba muy bien ambientado, la música y la atmósfera cumplieron con su objetivo. La comida que si hubo estaba excelente.

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