In a destination such as Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, with hundreds of excellent restaurants, even the best chefs in the region deserve a break. But where do they go? There is a warm camaraderie among many chefs in our destination, such that they frequently visit one another’s restaurants to sample the latest culinary creations. But just as in any other profession, it is also healthy to spend some time away from work-related affairs for a change of pace, so you shouldn’t be surprised if a chef pursues his or her favorite dishes on their time away from work, for the sheer pleasure of enjoying them.
This time around, we’ve polled a few Restaurant Week participating chefs to learn about their favorite restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, for you to consider them as trustworthy recommendations or to simply appreciate the broad spectrum of tastes, flavors and sensations these culinary artists are attracted to and that somehow influence their own personal cooking styles. If you are a local chef and would like to share your favorite dish, please don’t hesitate to contact us at .
César Barajas, Chef at Taste @ Casa Cupula
Favorite Dish: Sirloin Tacos
Place: Los Molcajetes · Prisciliano Sánchez 545, Vallarta 500
I love the combination between the salsas, cheese and handmade tortillas.
Enrique Rodríguez, Chef at Di Vino Dante
Favorite Dish: Aguachile
Place: Mariscos Tino’s La Laguna · Blvd. Nayarit 393, Nuevo Vallarta
We locals eat a lot of chile. Besides, I like this dish for its freshness.
Carmen Porras, Chef at El Arrayán
Favorite Dish: Pizza Melinda
Place: Bella Napoli · Morelos 128, El Centro
Either oven baked or cooked in a firewood oven, this is the best pizza in Puerto Vallarta.
Julio Castillón, Chef at Gaby’s
Dish: Pizza Pera Azul
Place: Pan & Qué? · Perú 1002, 5 de Diciembre
A delicious firewood pizza with walnut, bacon, pear and gorgonzola cheese. Simply unique.