You need to choose those ones where you see locals (or have local flavour), because prices will be better, service too and the food more likely too. Avoid the malecon restaurants, except La Dolce Vita, and go for authentic experiences of different type of food. If you want Mexican go for a real one (most are Tex Mex, or international fusion), you also have oriental, italian, Spanish, even Indian and they are really good options. Be aware of any recommendation given by someone in a store, a taxi driver, and the worst of all the hotel concierges! All of them get paid by some restaurants that are "real" tourist traps, and they never recommend the ones that are hundred times better.
I always say that the best advise is the one of a friend, or a local that you meet in a bar, etc
Unique Suggestions: If the place is full with tourists, leave! If there is a mix, the very good, and if it´s full of locals, then you are in the right place
Fun Alternatives: Avoid "touristy" places like the malecon or Olas Altas, go to side-streets, where there is less foot traffic, you will usually find a good place
Have you ever felt that urgency to fade far away and dissolve into the lands of sea, sun, sand and turquoise splendor! Well, I felt and perhaps it was so strong that I had to take a break from my routine work and considered a trip to Mexico, the land of food, wine, sea and culture! Thinking of spending a day on boat or may be watching the nameless endless horizon that hangs loosely above the cobalt sheen of the sea then Mexico is indeed the leisure place to be with nature. I went to the Mexico beaches to unwind , relax and to enjoy fishing. Embodied by variety of waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and from the Caribbean Sea to the Bay of Baja, the place is my most preferred destination to enjoy fishing.
Spectacular fish and coral rich waters of Isla Coronado or Isle Del Carmen is always my choice to do snorkeling and fishing. Last but not the least my holiday diary will be incomplete if I do not write about the Mexican food here. Shrimp Ceviche, a typical Mexican menu is inspired by the seaside villages in Puerto Vallarta and is a great low fat snack and appetizer.
If you are considering taking a break visit MEXICO, the land of corals and oysters!
Unique Suggestions: Hospitality
Few places in the world can rival Puerto Vallarta’s hospitality industry. Besides the fact that you’re located in a beautiful part of the world, you can stay at world-class resorts or quaint inns where service is of the utmost quality. The place is beautiful, and the resorts are great, but food might just be Puerto Vallarta’s strongest suit. In PV, you can find all types of food along with exceptional service. Our visitors have many hospitality choices, and I’m confident that Puerto Vallarta is a good fit for most tourists from around the world. To read further restaurant reviews, suggestions, and more, visit us at Puerto Vallarta Hospitality Industry.
...frequent the following or any of the other numerous severely gringoized tourist traps.
They all offer the lowest quality product and service at the greatest possible price.
They rely upon location and mass marketing and cater only to the lowest common denominator.
I know I know that you may have been and even enjoyed it, but remember, it is virtualy impossible to find a truely bad meal in PV...what is noteworthy is that you are missing out on a vastly superior experience elsewhere.
Places to avoid include No Name Cafe, Las Palomas, El Torito, Carlos O'briens, Cafe de Olla, Asadero's, La Fabula, Fajita Republic, Pipi's, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Adriano's (in Bucerias) and so on.
Unique Suggestions: Relax and have a great time. After all, you are on vacation. Besides, the crappiest place in PV is equivalent to a good U.S. restaurant.
Fun Alternatives: See Restaurant Tips.