Restaurants for Local Culture in Mexico 

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    El Fogon

    12 reviews

    This is our favorite restaurant in Playa - eat with the locals! The bean soup is wonderful and we always get tacos al pastor and arracherra. You won't be sorry you visited this casual spot.

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    La Cueva del Chango

    21 reviews

    Another of our "must dos" when in Playa. Outstanding breakfast (love the crepes). The building is very unique as well - nice outdoor atmosphere.

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  • 3

    Cabo Wabo Cantina

    32 reviews

    Stopped by here for some two for one Coronas and margaritas before dinner! Fun spot for late night shenanigans.

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  • 4


    9 reviews

    Our favorite fine dining in Playa. Yaxche is home to great service and wonderful Mayan food. Fish, steak, chicken and more are served up in traditional recipes from the Yucatan...and have an "Absolut Maya" while you're pondering the menu.

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  • 5

    Café San Ángel

    5 reviews

    The most incredible hotel, view and food in all of puerta Vallarta!

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  • 6

    Restaurante Justicia Social

    2 reviews

    Service was a little gruff, which was a surprising and almost welcome change from the overly attentive meals we've had before. The food could not be fresher though! It was recommended by our local dive guide and he was spot on! The seafood is excellent and the prices are good too.

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  • 7


    7 reviews

    We discovered this on our last trip - very good. Loved the tuna tostadas. Off the beaten track but worth the trek.

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  • 8

    El Parian

    5 reviews

    The El Parian is an entire city block in Tlaquepaque with nothing but restaurants, along with Mariachi bands.

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  • 9


    8 reviews

    Not only is the decor a stunning piece of artwork, but so is the food. They have a lot of Turkish, Moroccan and Greek entree's that are cooked to the point, they melt in your mouth. I would recommend making a reservation because they can get really packed, especially if you want outdoor seating. I would also recommend the Spanacopita ...

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  • 10

    Restaurante El Cardenal

    5 reviews

    Excelente lugar para degustar comida Mexicana: Desayuno con chocolate y conchas con nata IMPERDIBLES!!

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  • 11

    El Moro (Churreria)

    Despite being in every tourist guide book this place has managed to preserve much of its character and the interior is a marvel in its own right. Come here for yummy churros which you dip in sticky chocolate,

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  • 12

    Cantina La No. 20

    3 reviews

    La Nº20 is probably the most "in" place to get out with friends and enjoy some mexican crazyness!!! you'll find everything from mariachis to fortune tellers in an very friendly and trendy ambiance. Congratulations to the Nº20 for having mixed the Cantina and jetset World.

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  • 13

    Tacos Gardenias

    5 reviews

    Make sure to order the Caesar salad...but add grilled shrimp to's not on the menu! It's huge...but you can't keep yourself from making a "sunshine plate". It's that good. Just a local don't expect flare and such. It's has great margaritas...and very, very good ceviche. Family run. Right downtown.

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  • 14

    Puerto Nuevo

    5 reviews

    A short drive south from Rosarito Beach, this small town is known for lobster and fresh seafood. There are many restaurants and the locals are very dependent on tourism and will try their best to earn your business. There is a "fancier" restaurant located in the southwestern corner of the town-square that overlooks the water (indoor and outdoor seating available). ...

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  • 15

    Villa Ortega

    3 reviews

    This place is a great restaurant and I highly recommend it! Once you make your way through the shops and markets in the southwest corner, you'll find Villa Ortega's. They have their own secured parking lot. The restaurant is huge with a lot of indoor and outdoor seating that can accommodate large parties. The ceviche and lobsters are fresh and ...

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  • 16

    Maro's Shrimp House

    4 reviews

    Best meal of the Cabo trip! Shrimp and lobster, yes please!

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  • 17

    El Barracuda

    6 reviews

    My perfect weekend hang out spot. Child and pet friendly and very relaxed beachfront dining. Fresh seafood and excellent grilled fish and ceviche. Superb friendly service and great cocktails.

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  • 18

    The Restaurant

    6 reviews

    One of our favorite restaurants in San Miguel is called simply 'The Restaurant'. Tied in closely with the local scene, every Thursday the locals show up for 'burger night' which has a special menu of some of the most amazing burgers you'll taste from Lamb, to Fish, to Vegetarian. If you want to get into the local scene this is ...

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  • 19

    Pollo Lucas

    5 reviews

    A tasty outdoor grilled chicken....some of the best we have had down here...a MUST try !!

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  • 20

    The Office

    4 reviews

    You'll be RIGHT on the beach (Medano) to watch the surf, jump a water taxi to Lovers' Beach and fend off the vendors. Take off your flip flops and dig your toes into the sand while enjoying plantain pancakes, a pineapple bowl of fresh papaya and strawberries, and a Bloody Horse (Bloody Mary w/Horseradish. This is desayuno faire (breakfast) personal ...

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