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PV opinions on Vista Grill, La Kliff, Xitomates, La Palapa, etc...

We will be visiting the Puerto Vallarta area (styaing in Nuevo Vallarta)and are trying to narrow down our restaurant outings. We plan on going down to PV for a nice dinner and a lunch.

Any opinions on La Kliff vs Vista Grill? The food is just as important as the view to us.

And El Dorado vs La Palapa for lunch (if they are open for lunch that is)?

Also have heard good things about Xitomates, but it is not on the cliff or the beach...

The other factor is that I have to eat wheat/gluten free (Celiac), so the place has to be nice enought for me to make that special request with the chef.

Thanks,
Pam

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  1. I have lived in P.V for almost 6 years, and have been a professional chef for 27, although pretty much not working here. Vista Grill would be my choice for dinner, excellent food, very professional service, and an outstanding view. Go just before sunset for cocktails at your table. I suggest making a reservation.
    As for lunch, neither of your choices would be mine. In Centro, just above the main church is a very small place named Esquina do los Caprichos.
    Esq.Miramar 402e Iturbide.
    tel: in P.V. 323 2948319 or 222 0911
    It is very small and very Spanish, in a very non touristic area, above the dome of the main church. No one who lives here talks about it because no one wants it to be overrun with tourists. The prices are very reasonable,and the people speak English although they are Spanish and Mexican.
    For the perfect alfresco lunch, at around 3 or 4, I cant think of a better place.

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      1. I would not recommend La Palapa after two very bad experiences there.

        1. Can you elaborate on your experiences at La Palapa?? I was planning to go there for my birthday dinner while in PV in February.

          Any alternate suggestions for a special birthday dinner? Was especially hoping to get lobster...love Caribbean lobster...

          Other places on my list for the week are El Arrayan, Xitomates, Red Cabbage. Really not interested in Continental-style foods as I can get plenty of that here.

          La Palapa looked like the perfect place for a special birthday.

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          1. re: jinx

            It depends on what you're looking for. This atmosphere is nice and clean and kind of like Disney's version of Mexico. It's fun to eat on the beach and if it's just atmosphere, this may be your place. The food is not particularly good and on two occasions, it didn't "agree" with me, if you know what I mean. The menu is pretty boring but average by Vallarta standards.
            I am mildly obsessed with Mexican food and I wouldn't consider La Palapa. I have friends who were staying at an inclusive resort and this was their favorite meal. They came back raving about it.
            I would go back to Xitomates in a heartbeat, just to see what they were up to.

            1. re: Earl Grey

              Check out Aye Carumba...great view and really good food....did I mention great view yet?

          2. I wasn't that impressed with Red Cabbage -- maybe because it came so highly recommended and it turned into such a huge schlep to get there ... and if you've had it up to here with Frida Kahlo images, don't go there. (Is Frida fever going to peak finally?) I had mahi mahi, without much flavour and sitting in a bland butter sauce. On the other hand, a lot of people (including my wife) like this place, so you might, too. I was very impressed with the two dishes I tried at La Palapa, a coconut shrimp appetizer and a very expensive filet mignon in an adobo sauce. (410 pesos! More than some of our lodgings.) Was it Disney or authentico? Without wading into that debate, I'll say that what they did, they did well. And, like so many places in Mexico, the service was very professional - waiters who seemed to really care about their job, and about taking care of you.
            I know you're looking for something high-end, but it's definitely worth another visit to downtown just to go to Planeta Vegetariano. I am not a vegetarian, and I think New Age music shouldn't be played near food, but I got absolutely hooked on this place. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet for about $6.50 (if I remember correctly), but the trays are refreshed frequently and the dishes are so flavourful and creative. You just feel good eating there, period. Anyone out there react the way we did to this place??

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            1. re: mike.s

              I'd have a drink at Vista Grill, but dine elsewhere. View is spectacular. Food is okay, but you can definitely do better. I have consistently been impressed by both service and food at Xitomates. And, they'll accomodate your diet. www.losxitomates.com