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The River Cafe - Puerto Vallarta

110 reviews
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MXN300 and under
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  • Romantic
  • Live Music
  • Scenic View
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Daily 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Daily 4:00 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
01 322 223 0788
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roberto Chavez
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, The River Cafe - Puerto Vallarta can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact 01 322 223 0788
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Parking details
Aquiles Serdan (corner)Constitución
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Live music
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 110 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNana (Mexico City)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

For 2 years we thought River Cafe was closed for remodeling. It all was started by the stairs down from the bridge being taken out. We thought we were going back to a newly reopened restaurant. To our surprise we found that it had never closed and was just as we had loved and remembered it. We had a good meal and great service. When we were leaving there was a fun band playing in the bar with a gathering of people enjoying their music. Great place!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

LOVE this place! Food is great and staff is outstanding!

OpenTable Diner (Puerto Vallarta)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Good but not great. A step above many but far below the top places.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Had a lovely experience. Two musicians played Brazilian jazz in the background. Lovely open air restaurant. Food was above average for Puerto Vallarta. Mahi mahi was excellent. Molten chocolate dessert melted in our mouth.

Anne (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

River Cafe is a favorite of ours for food, atmosphere, and service. We have been coming to Puerto Vallarta for twenty years and would never miss the opportunity to dine here. It is a first choice for holidays and other special occasions. We always recommend it to friends who visit.

CharlieB (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We always consider this our special restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. A step above most all other restaurants.

MrTasty (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The River Cafe is our favourite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, and we always make certain to dine with them when we are in town. The food, ambiance and service is always exquisite, but they really go the extra mile on special occasions. This was our second Valentine's meal with them (we are usually in Vallarta for two weeks in February) and the special menu was once again divine from the first bite to the last. The service by Antonio was impeccable.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful Sunday brunch buffet. Highly recommended

vipsingsong (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved it..the waitstaff was wonderful!

vipDobbie (Denver)
1.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

We thought we were going to a classic, 4-5 star restaurant. Instead, tired decor, non creative menu, poorly executed. Grilled octopus that time not taken to properly tenderize- not even chewable. Mahi mahi, 1 portion not from prime center cut fillet but a fringe, a camelized sauce that was inedible, nauseatingly sweet without any complexity. Service which was not particularly attentive & amazingly slow for both 1st course & entree . Somebody is not managing this place!

Shap56 (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Solid menu with a good selection of meat and seafood items. Service was very good and the setting right on the river is great. Musical entertainment was also nice.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Lovely evening with quiet music. The service was extremely attentive. Salmon and duck were cooked and presented to perfection.

Joan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Sunday brunch features the most wonderful Mexican dishes. Even if you are unfamiliar with them, they all mix together very nicely for an outstandingly delicious taste sensation.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Have dined at River Cafe when we are in Puerto Vallarta for the past 10 years. Also great service, delicious food and a wonderful evening.

OpenTable Diner (Puerto Vallarta)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

A great river's edge location with impeccable service, good food and convivial atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Day Brunch

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent experience. We come often as we live right up the river from them and love what they do. Miss the rush, skip the beach restaurants and get a great meal in a great place.

vipOnthemove (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

River Cafe is definitely a PV classic. Nice secluded location along the river. Even saw a couple river otters. But also very close to both downtown and old town. Smoked salmon appetizer was terrific. Seared tuna entre was speculacular. And dirty martini was one of the best in PV. What more could you ask for?

vipJohn (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. top notch!

OpenTable Diner (Puerto Vallarta)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Took my father to The River Cafe. Right from the start we were made feel very welcome. We were seated right away in the beautiful Gazebo over looking the river. It was around 4:30 so if you can do an early dinner or super late lunch, you can really enjoy the serenity this place can offer. We shared the Peruvian Ceviche that was Mahi mahi. It was fabulous. I ordered the duck with a blackberry sauce that was superb. My father ordered the ribeye and I forgot to order the sauce on the side. So glad because he really enjoyed it. I tried it and found the steak melted in my mouth. Very tender and tasty. Even the bread was a wonderful treat. While I wish I had room for one of their deserts there was more than plenty of food. We left there very happy and in need of a nap. The positive reviews are spot on. Glad I did not miss out.