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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

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (16)
Romantic (16)
Scenic View (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Waterfront (8)
Cozy (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Fun (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful Sunday brunch buffet. Highly recommended

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved it..the waitstaff was wonderful!

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 (Denver)·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!

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 (Detroit)·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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Day Brunch

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Atlanta)·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?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. top notch!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·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.

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 (México)·Dined on December 25, 2017

El lugar es bueno con respecto a la cocina, sin embargo considero que los precios se establecen como si fueran dolares, por encima de $450.00 pesos el plato principal, es elevado considerando el restaurante, la ubicación y que aunque sus principales comensales son extranjeros, seguimos en méxico.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate here on Christmas and were pleasantly surprised! I’ve walked by this place on the way to the shopping area on the rio cuale a ton of times and never stopped. Glad I picked it randomly on Opentable by availability on a holiday. Excellent service, quieter, great view of the river. Awesome food and great value! Can’t wait to go back in April!

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Many menu choices. Had a great dinner. Will return again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Beautiful setting by the River Cuale. Great friendly service. Good wine list. Lamb lasagne very very good. Shrimp outstanding.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent menu with a number of Peruvian dishes. Seviche was particularly good & a a huge serving.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Wonderful, as always. Never disappointed. Staff is super! Looking forward to our next visit to River Cafe in April.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 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 19, 2017

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

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 18, 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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vip
 (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 6, 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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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on August 12, 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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