Planning a vacation in the beautiful Riviera Nayarit and wondering where to go to eat? All-inclusive resorts are very popular in Riviera Nayarit and many tourists stay at the resort and only dine at restaurants located on site. We recommend you leave the comfort of your resort and try some of the best restaurants in the area. You will be happy you went out of your comfort zone! Here are a few of our top picks for great eats:
Mi Lola is a cute, uniquely decorated restaurant north of Nuevo Vallarta right off the main road in the town of Bucerias. Mi Lola offers an eclectic mix of menu options to go along with their funky decor. Colorful tables with different chairs and curious adornments decorating the walls make Mi Lola worth a visit. They offer everything from pizzas, pasta to fine cuts of meat. Staff is courteous and attentive, and menu options are well priced. Mi Lola is a great choice for both a family meal or mix it up and take your sweetie for a romantic dinner with a twist.
INSU Sky Lounge
Marival Residences Resort in Nuevo Vallarta has the INSU Sky Lounge located on its top floor terrace. A small restaurant with amazing views of the Banderas Bay, dinner opens at 6 pm and we recommend you arrive early as there is limited seating. The menu is comprised of tapas size plates, divided by continent so you can have a worldly meal perfect for sharing. Favorites include the roasted duck spring roll with Hoisin sauce, warm lobster rolls, grilled lamb chop with mint jelly, Napoleon de foie gras on brioche bread, and crab cakes with lemon confit aioli. Yum! Save room for dessert – macaroons, chocolate cream cheesecake lollipops, and lime cream tarts provide a tasty dessert tasting menu. If you come on the weekend, you might be treated to live music or a DJ so you can dance all night.
Luna Luna is a quaint Mexican style restaurant located in Bucerias and is famous for delicious, hearty breakfasts at a great price. Luna Luna prides themselves on offering a wide variety of healthy fresh squeezed juices and Mexican specialty breakfast items. In the mood for chilaquiles, sopes, or huevos rancheros? You came to the right spot! Everything is fresh and made to order, so service can sometimes take a little longer than anticipated, but it is worth the wait once your meal arrives. The front entrance to the restaurant is grassy and has several huge trees where you may spot large iguanas nestled amongst the tree branches if you look hard enough.
La Postal is situated on a corner property in Bucerias one block inland from the beach. A lovely shady restaurant, La Postal offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with everything from egg dishes to wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta and delicious sandwiches and salads. Don’t miss the giant calzone and top it off with their tasty homemade chimichurri sauce. Service is friendly and fast, and menu options are well priced. How about a glass of wine with your meal? Their house red and white wines are served in a carafe that equals out to two typical pours. How about a cool gelato to finish your meal? You won’t have to go far as the Buonissimo gelato shop is located right at the corner of the restaurant. The peanut butter chocolate flavor is a local favorite that is a must try!
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita is an Italian restaurant with its original location on the Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta. It’s Riviera Nayarit location is based in the 3.14 shopping center near the second main Nuevo Vallarta entrance. Gluten-free pasta is available for those with allergies, and they have seating outside in their large outdoor patio. They specialize in fresh, homemade pasta as well as chicken, fish, and salads so that there is something for every mood or craving.
Alcatraces has been a local favorite for authentic Mexican cuisine in the area for years. A perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or lunch, Alcatraces has an extensive menu that is so large it will be hard to decide what to choose. With rustic Mexican decor, it’s a homey spot perfect for a pleasant family meal or perhaps an afternoon cocktail with friends. They also offer several tasty options for kids so the little ones will go home with a full belly as well.
On your next trip to beautiful Riviera Nayarit, make sure to check out some of these top recommended restaurants for great eats.