Best in Puerto Vallarta: Dining

In Dine, Puerto Vallarta & Punta Mitaby Suzanne KochLeave a Comment

Indulge at these mouthwatering outlets, from exotic eateries to exclusive experiences.

Spice Market at W Punta de Mita

The resort’s signature Pan-Asian restaurant with a tropical vibe, Spice Market offers up a selection of simple dishes inspired by the street fare of Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, all served family-style. Dishes incorporate traditional Eastern flavors like regional fish sauces, curries and spices while the striking décor includes a mirrored ceiling with hand-cut images and a signature glass dome. Nosh on Pork Belly Bao Buns or indulge in house made ginger ice cream.

Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Carolina is a AAA Five-Diamond Award restaurant serving modern Mexican cuisine. Its name pays homage to Caroline Astor, a prominent 19th century American socialite. Executive Chef Jesús Duron’s menu features a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts, a vibrant cocktail list, and an impressive wine list to delight discerning palates. Signature dishes include pozole verde ceviche, suckling pig and tascalate. Dine on the romantic outdoor terrace to enjoy ocean views.

Mesa1 at W Punta de Mita

Mesa1 is a coveted dining spot located in the middle of a spring-fed lake and accessed by stepping-stones that emerge and then disappear after you’ve been seated. Hungry patrons can live it up with a seven-course customizable tasting menu by one of the resort’s private chefs on a table repurposed from a Parota tree trunk. Plan ahead; Mesa1 accommodates only one reservation daily for up to 12 people.

Dos Catrinas at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

The five-star resort’s newest dining outlet, Dos Catrinas, is a two-story space combining Mexico’s past and future. The restaurant, which replaced the former Ketsi, features a main dining area and bar on the ground level and a second bar and lounge area on the upstairs level. Design elements include copper lamps, black clay and woven textiles. Inspired by La Catrina, a powerful Mexican reference, the menu honors traditional and modern day Mexico for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Iguana Restaurant at Casa Kimberly

Serving modern Mexican cuisine with an international flair, The Iguana is an elegant open-air restaurant featuring retractable walls, a wrap-around dining room and an outdoor patio that overlooks Banderas Bay and the city of Puerto Vallarta. Give some of the favorite dishes a try including the lobster tacos, shrimp tamale or sea bass. Or head to the Iguana Tequila Bar where guests can order top-flight tequila and mezcal made within driving distance to Casa Kimberly in the neighboring state of Jalisco.

Hiroshi at Hotel Mousai

Dine on contemporary Asian cuisine at Hiroshi, Hotel Mousai’s refreshing outlet serving fresh eats like sashimi, sushi, rolls, soups, tempura and a selection of seafood and meats. Signature dishes include Ajo Wagyu, wasabi ribeye, duck magret and more.

The Rock at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

A small, secluded oceanside cliff serves as the magical setting for this dinner that includes a chef-prepared menu of your choice from three different options with fancy treats like chef-selected caviar and bottles of Dom Perignon. Listen to the waves and watch the sunset in one of the best locations in Punta Mita.

This article originally appeared in the 2019 Spring/Summer issue of InMexico Magazine. Click here for the full digital version.

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