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River Cafe

Isla Rio Cuale # 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
+52 322 223 0788
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb lasagna” (19 reviews)
“pear salad” (15 reviews)
“banana flambe” (14 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:30All hours
Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Isla Rio Cuale # 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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Reviews (1,197)
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11 - 20 of 1,197 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had five different dishes for four people plus coffees and juices and didn't spend more than 20USD per person. The service was pretty good and the place is just beautiful. The quesadillas were SPOT-ON authentic Mexican. Handmade tortillas and ingredients like huitlacoche and flor...More

1  Thank Fernanda G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our first trip to Puerto Vallarta and were referred to River Cafe. I wasn't sure what to expect as we had our two young grandsons with us. Our experience was completely fabulous from the unique atomosphere, service and food. Our young grandsons sat...More

1  Thank susannahostetler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Year after year this restaurant never disappoints. The staff, service, food are all excellent. Such lovely wait staff, so anxious to please. The mango martini's are excellent, happy hour all day is great! I soooo recommend this wonderful restaurant, lunch and dinner.

Thank edele a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn't have had a better experience. Herndaldo was amazing. The magic tricks were the best. Our son's new best friend. Dinner was delicious. Don't miss the Banana Flambé for dessert.

Thank Todd G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the service at this restaurant. The past 5 times I have gone on Sunday before I leave the city. Our waiter Alejandro Glez is an absolute joy. He makes you fee at home. Yesterday I had the Mahi Mahi for lunch and it...More

Thank Tyler G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant on a previous trip to Puerto Vallarta and had a great time. This visit was just as good. The food is wonderful and the setting is the best in PV.

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

River Café is a lovely restaurant on Isla Rio Cuale that sits over the river. They take reservations and it's probably a good idea you make one, especially for Sunday brunch. I brought my mom here for US Mother's Day with a reservation. They seated...More

2  Thank knepbra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is located on the island where all the markets are . A great location, off the beaten path and the food,beverages and waitress were excellent

1  Thank Jerry P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the lounge music which we heard strolling along the river one evening so much that we came back for a nice dinner our last night in PV. Both cocktail lounge and seated dinner area had a good atmosphere , excellent food, and...More

1  Thank Holidz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There's nothing wrong with this restaurant, but the food just isn't as inventive as Maia or La Palapa. My parents would love it here - the cuisine is more on the safe side and they'd love the Jimmy Buffett-style cover band - but for me...More

2  Thank paultibbits
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Lynz D
Hi-How much is the Sunday brunch and what time does it go until?
6 April 2017|
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Response from Gbreau | Reviewed this property |
800 to 130 and the cost is 230 pesos per adult.
What time does the music stop on Friday nights in June? Thanks
2 April 2017|
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Response from Michelle E | Reviewed this property |
Never been there in June, the music is great though!
Why do you call music "jazz" when it clearly is NOT JAZZ? I'm a jazz pianist by profession, and was given very misleading information when I called. I'm sure the food is great, but the music, when we stopped by, was terrible (not good enough to stay for dinner). It is disheartening to see other people (from the SF area, too) mentioning "jazz" in their reviews. Americans should know better.
27 March 2017|
Response from RIVERCAFEPV | Property representative |
Hi! We have different types of music each day of the week for 7:30 to 10 pm, from Jazz, Latin Rhythms, Classic Rock and Blues to Mexican Traditional Music. We hope to have you with us sometime, and maybe show us some of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 25
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Isla Rio Cuale # 4 | Centro, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Puerto Vallarta
  • Phone Number: +52 322 223 0788
The River Café is a landmark in Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy its cuisine and ambiance with infused flavors for breakfast, lunch or dinner, cared for the friendliest service. By day you'll see this natural setting surrounded by trees, iguanas and birds. At night expect a pleasant evening with the river sounds, candlelight tables, listening to the live music. Visit and enjoy River Café with all your senses!
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