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About The River Cafe - Puerto Vallarta

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.

Isla Río Cuale #4
Col. Centro
48300 Puerto Vallarta
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Daily 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–11:30 pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
MXN300 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01 322 223 0788

Website:
http://www.rivercafe.com.mx/

Entertainment:
Live music

Parking Details:
Aquiles Serdan (corner)Constitución

Executive Chef:
Roberto Chavez

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.

Private Party Contact:
info@rivercafe.com.mx: 01 322 223 0788

Additional:
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

The River Cafe - Puerto Vallarta Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (25)
Scenic View (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
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Good for a Date (14)
Live Music (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Waterfront (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (8)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We've eaten at River Cafe several times over the years and it always warranted a 5 star rating. Sadly, this time the food did not meet its standard. One of our party ordered a seafood platter he said was sorely disappointing. Another said the food was decent but not stellar as it has been before. My pasta was warm, not hot, and appeared to have sat under the heat lamps too long. Yes, we will go back...could have just been an off night.

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We just had desserts. We had 3, cheesecake, creme brulee, and fried ice cream. The ice cream was great and really enjoyed. The other two seemed really dry or over cooked. They weren't very good. The presentation was good. We were bummed not to do the flambe for the kids, but it made since that we wouldn't see the flames in the day. We should have tried the flan, it was probably way better than the cheesecake.

The services was fantastic though. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and made our kids feel welcomed. The harpists in the lobby was fantastic. We loved sitting next to the river. Such a cool environment.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Rib eye was outstanding. Excellent service ahi was very good. Will be back

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Some of the food was excellent. Fish overcooked.
Probably will not go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The ambiance was very lovely, right by the river and the seating was on several levels giving a view of the river at most of the tables. Our table was out farther and more scenic. The food was good. The French toast was delicious, just as my husband described it more of a child’s portion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Fabulous food and great service. Definitely a go too establishment!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We met "new" friends on vacation. They were from Indy. We had 2 great dinners with them. We sat on veranda over the river. We nice but very warm. Good, service and atmosphere was great. That was our 2nd visit to the River Cafe on this trip. We hope to return soon.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful way to kick off our vacation in PV. Excellent service, very good food from a creative offering. We also enjoyed a great view and amazing thunderstorm!

We will go back and highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Live Music, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Interesting spot on the river in Old Town Puerto Vallarta. No air conditioning. Open air restaurant. Like most restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Not perfect on a hot, humid evening. The food was OK. Suffered in comparison to a great restaurant the prior evening.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Sunday brunch was delicious. There was a wonderful selection of local breakfast foods and the made to order tortillas were perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Very nice, good food, romantic and nice scenery (overlooking a river). But, bug spray is needed, due to the environment.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were visiting PV w/ my family. I reserved this place on line. Days prior to our reservation I had some questions about the restaurant which I emailed them and someone got back to me and answered all my questions.
Our table was on the terrace right by the River. This is such a cute place. We went here for lunch. We all fell in love with the place, food,drinks and the ambience. Our servers were really sweet, professional with awesome service. They had 2 for one drinks for happy hour. I had their fish tacos ( very tasty), my mom ordered the seafood pasta which was surprisingly very fresh and amazing taste. Others ordered the Mahi Mahi and Chillie dish ( very delicious and flavorful). I appreciated that they had kids menu for our toddler.
We wished we could have come back another time and try this place again. I would highly highly recommend this place. It will be an unforgettable experience. You will not regret it. Its a must if you are in PV.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Muy buen servicio . atentos, buena recepcion. La comida en su punto y deliciosa.
Muy buen ambiente.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The meal was excellent and staff a perfect 10!
We have been before and will continue to make River Cafe a destination when in Puerto Vallarta

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Always a wonderful experience. This time was a Sunday Brunch with friends. Staff is wonderful especially Alejandro! You cannot ever be disappointed when you dine here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great time!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great spot. Decor a bit tired but service was amazing and the evening was particularly good as we had a table set for 8 in the outdoor gazebo. Mariachi band latter part of the evening. Food was very good and a good value for the money. Great variety on the menu.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

First time at River Cafe and we won't forget it! Amazing service. Get the grilled octopus appetizer. :)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I had flank steak and my husband had a seafood pasta. We enjoyed every bit of our time there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Lovely, authentic, Mexican experience. Ambience muddled by clashing melodies...in house music vs. singing from across the river. Food good, wait staff attentive, nice wine

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 9, 2017

This is a great restaurant! Unfortunately, Open Table has become a total ripoff -- we have 6500 points and we are VIP status, but we just learned that there is no way that Open Table is going to give us the $65 credit that we have earned.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 26, 2017

River Café almost never fails to provide a lovely dining experience. The food is excellent and the service is top notch. This is one of our frequent go-to spots for lunch and we also recommend it to out of town visitors. The live music at night and on Sundays is a plus.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food!! But, it was the most expensive meal,we've had in PVR.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 18, 2017

A bit disappointed. Last time had dined here remember very pleasant music - gal playing violin walking around restaurant = really was nice ambiance - This time duo up front playing rock - not so enjoyable for dining.
The restaurant has such a nice setting and decor, but, I find quality of food inconsistent.
Had a great Tuna Ceviche for appetizer. My salmon was disappointing more like baked then grilled - sauce nondescript .My husband enjoyed his Lasagna .

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

We try to eat here every time we visit Puerto Vallarta and we are never disappointed. Wonderful ambience, very good food and good service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Simply a great experience - Fernando was our wonderful waiter, the seafood was amazing,and the Flamenco guitarists were spectacular!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2017

I travel to Puerto Vallarta every year and always make sure that I go to River Cafe ! This was my 20 th year traveling there and River Cafe is always a special night.
Beautiful restaurant on the river in the Romantic Zone. Everyone is so awesome there ! Food is amazing! Lobster to die for the best in Puerto Vallarta! Exceptional dessert selections and cocktails!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Totally amazing. Once again best restaurant visit in a month. Service beyond a ten. And food amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The food was way overcooked, over salted and TOOOOOOOOOOOOO much sauce. The Prime Rimb was like leather. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE Guaranteed not to return nor recommend.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Lovely décor overlooking the River Cuale in a lush setting. The food was excellent and the service friendly and prompt without being intrusive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Always one of our PV favs; meals are always tasty & service is excellent. Would recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Loved the food and atmosphere. Service was exceptional and the food had a very fresh taste.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2017

A return to one of our favorite spots in PV. Quiet, luxurient riverside setting with great food and setting.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We went to the River Cafe for brunch a couple of weeks ago.
Brunch was 195 pesos/person. This time, two weeks later
it had gone up to 230 pesos/person. Two years ago it was 160 pesos/person.
This is an alarming increase in price. Also, the quality of the
dessert buffet has declined. No more little chocolate pastries.
Just Jello and cream! Ugh! Disappointed!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Great place for brunch! Larger buffet with many options to choose from including American and Mexican dishes. Great prices and friendly service. We will return again.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on February 11, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. It would be even if the food was mediocre with its great oasis in the middle of a city atmosphere. Fortunately, the food ranges from good to excellent.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Wonderful restaurant excellent service and great wood quality. I must when visiting Puerto Vallarta. Thursday night is prime rib night

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Breakfast breakfast bu

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 (México)·Dined on February 4, 2017

It was delicious, nice ,excellent service. You can see beautiful animals in front of you , or in the trees , it was amazing.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

River Cafe has a Sunday Brunch and it is a wide variety of excellent Mexican dishes, made-to-order omelets, fruit, more than you can possibly consume. It is a tremendous value, in a refined setting on the Cuale River. This was our third Sunday Brunch there in the five weeks we have been in Puerto Vallarta. Highly recommended!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value
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