Asian chef cooking on a grill.

Puerto Vallarta’s Top New Restaurants-2020

Shawn OlaughlinBest Food in Vallarta, Blog, Restaurants, Travel Tips

We are excited to showcase some of Puerto Vallarta’s new restaurants for 2020. These are the new trendy hot spots for dining in Vallarta. Provecho!


Tables and seating in the dining room of D'Cortes, in Puerto Vallarta.

Chef Polo Cortes has created a unique dining experience that everyone is raving about. After twenty years of cooking in gourmet restaurants in France, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico, Chef Cortes, opened his own place here in Puerto Vallarta, in the Caloso neighborhood (just behind Old Town).

The room is warm, artful, and beautifully designed. The menu is ambitious, and the cuisine is fusion-a masterful blending of elements of European Cuisine with the flavors and recipes of Latin America. The food is simply amazing. Chef Polo Cortes has created a culinary sensation!

We recommend the grilled fish filet. Located at Calle Via Lactia #222, Col. Caloso. Open from 4 pm till 11 pm, closed on Mondays. 322 244 1144. Here is their website.

La Fina Cocina de Barrio

patrons gathered around tables on the patio of la fina cocina de barrio in puerto vallarta

Another culinary gem has opened in the Caloso neighborhood. The venue is a small outdoor patio with just five tables. The menu changes daily and is presented on a chalk board. It’s a family run restaurant with the chef’s delightful mom often serving the meals.

Co-owners and chefs Emiliano and Laura, blend Mexican Cuisine with European and Asian influences. The food dazzles with a complexity and balance of flavors. We recommend the short rib, in a port sauce, with sweet potato puree and corn.

a plate with short rib and corn on the cob.

Note: Don’t leave without ordering a dessert. Open 7 pm-11 pm Closed on Mondays. Calle Atmosfera #151, Col. Caloso. 322 136 7662

Puerto Marisco

people gathered round tables in restaurant puerto marisco in puerto vallarta.

Seafood Sinaloa style. Most Mexicans will tell you the best seafood in all of Mexico, is found in the State of Sinaloa. Puerto Marisco brings the flavors and style of Los Mochis Sinaloa to Vallarta. A clean contemporary bright room with simple wooden tables. A favorite place with the locals.

We recommend the scallops and shrimp.

Shrimp and scallops in a clam and tomato sauce

Puerto Marisco is located on Calle Aldanaca #126, Col. Versailles,  Open 1100 am to 6 pm (Closed Mondays). 322 108 9490.

Los Monos Bichis

patrons at a table in monos bichis restaurant in puerto vallarta

Another Sinaloa style seafood restaurant that opened just a year ago. This family brings their regional recipes from Mazatlan. We recommend the shrimp tostada with marlin pate, or the “el faro” a mixed seafood creation. 

mixed seafood stacked on a tostada

Los Monos Bichis is located on Calle Viena 209-B, Versailles Open 1 pm to 10 pm 322 170 2336.

Poblanos Cocina Mexicana

A table set with colorful placemats in restaurant Poblanos Cocina Mexicana in Puerto Vallarta.

Michael Boufford has another hit on his hands. He has two wildly successful restaurants in Old Town, Bravos Restaurant (gourmet international dining) and Siam Restaurant (Thai Cuisine).

He has recently opened Poblanos Cocina Mexicana in Old Town and it’s  already a hit. Serving traditional Mexican cuisine, in a perfect location on the Cardenas Park. An intimate contemporary room with a casual relaxed ambiance. We recommend their chile en nogado.

Two stuffed chiles en nogado sauce and rice on a blue plate.

A mild sweet chile stuffed with meat, rice, nuts, vegetables, bathed in a walnut sauce, and sprinkled with pomegranates. Calle Cardenas # 179, Old Town. Open 8 am to 10:30 pm.  Closed Mondays 322 365 1654. Here is their website.

Calmate Cafe

Entrance to the calmate cafe in Puerto Vallarta.

A cute little cafe, serving excellent healthy breakfasts and lunches with exciting and robust flavors. House blend full bodied organic coffee and fresh fruit juices and smoothies are on the menu. We recommend the blue corn taco with eggs, bacon, and avocado. 

scrambled eggs, avacado slices and bacon on three blue corn tortillas.

Calmate Cafe is on Calle Honduras # 218, El Centro. Open 8 am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays. 322 365 1557


patrons dining in Oregano restaurant in Puerto Vallarta

Chef Chela offers gourmet Caribbean flavors, Jamaican, Creole, and Cajun Cuisine, in a relaxed and warm ambiance. A contemporary hip room with Caribbean art and murals on the walls. The curry dish is the specialty of the house, or try the ox tail tacos.

Three tacos of oxtail on a plate.

Oregano is located at Calle Aldanca #130 Versailles. Open 1 pm to 11pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. Sundays, 5 pm to 10 pm.  Closed on Mondays. 322 596 1168 Here is their website.


dining tables on a terrace in Mykonos Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta

Chef Apostolis opened his new restaurant in Versailles to rave reviews. Dining is upstairs, with one small room inside, and two spacious outdoor terraces. Authentic Greek food served in a warm and friendly ambiance. We recommend the kebob served with rice and tzatziki.

Mykonos is located on Calle Francia #199-B, Versailles. Open 2 pm to 11 pm. Closed on Sundays. 322 688 8956

Meños Place

patrons gathered around tables a restaurant meños place in puerto vallarta

Meños serves delicious Mexican Cuisine with a spectacular view over the roof tops in downtown Vallarta. The room is spacious, open-air, with a warm and welcoming ambiance. We love the breakfasts here. And don’t these veggie fajitas look amazing?

colorful slices vegetables in a skillet,

Open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. Calle Honduras # 348, Col. 5 de Deciembre 322 138 7650 ; 322 222 7549 Here is their Facebook page.


two customers sit at the counter in restaurant Budaix in Puerto Vallarta

Taiwanese Cuisine. The food is authentic and amazing. We recommend the spicy chicken bao and wonton soup.

chicken bao with sweet potato fries on a plate

Budaixi is open 12 pm to 7 pm. Closed on Monday. Calle Hamburgo # 155 Col. Versailles 322 221 0983


Sushi Chef behind counter at Umai in Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta

Japanese Cuisine and the best sushi in Puerto Vallarta. Located in the new resorts addition of the Sheraton Buganvilia Hotel. The room is contemporary with Asian accents. We recommend the spicy tuna roll and whole fried snapper.

sushi rolls

Umai is open everyday, 1 pm to 11 pm.  Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio, # 999, Hotel Zone. 322 226 0404. Here is their website

So many talented new chefs here, making the magic happen!  

chef celebrates over a flaming grill

We visit some of these new trendy restaurants on our Seafood Lovers Tour and on our Discover Versailles Tour. Come take a tour with us!

If you are wondering about Vallarta’s best restaurants for fine dining, check out our previous post 25 Best Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.

Until next time, we’ll see you out there on tour!