Bucieras (Nuevo Vallarta - Royal Decameron)
I am considering a week at an AI, the Royal Decameron resort, mostly because family have already booked there. From web reviews I gather the food is somewhere between OK and terrible. Puerto Vallarta is at least half an hour away.
I am wondering if there is anywhere to eat in the nearby village of Bucieras. It's described as a fishing village. I am from Canada, so my standards for Mexican food are not that high... I am not expecting fine or mid-level dining, nor to experience great regional Mexican cuisine. Seriously, somewhere to get fresh, simple seafood, good tacos, a bakery.. that would make the trip for me.
You won't have any problem finding a place to eat in Bucerias. The town is divided by a river. Although there are restaurants on both sides there is a wider variety on the north side so get the cab to drop you off near the town square on the north side. Lots of places on the beach and one block off the beach so explore and enjoy.
I would easily reccomend Adauto's Beach CLub on the beach in downtown Bucerias. Great drinks, beautiful view and excellent food. It's a friendly place with some terrific dishes.
I wnnt to the Roayal Decameron in Sep 2002 for my honeymoon, the food was fine but did get a bit repetetive so we went to Bucieras for a few meals found a lovely place on the beach where I had VERY freshly cooked lobster caught that day and my husband had red snapper both meals were absolutely gorgeous and were very very cheap. would recommend trying Bucieras as it was very basic but lovely. Hope this helps you
I really appreciate everyone's replies, but there was so much food at the resort that I could not even think of eating when we left it!
The food at Decameron was ok. Nothing special, but just unlimited guacomole and good pico de gallo (with good tomatoes) are so much more than we get in Toronto. They allow unlimited dinners at the seated restaurants and at this time of year getting reservations was no problem. The only special dish I had was the Mexican restaurant, the shrimp-stuffed poblano. The Italian restaurant had nice ambience and decent food as well - nice "greek" salad app with tasty cheese that tasted more like a chevre than
feta. There was plenty of Mexican food at all breakfasts and lunches. Mediocre in quality I suppose but we were happy enough. I was disappointed at the almost total lack of fish or seafood, as the last AI resort I stayed at in Cuba had a very simple beachside grill with lovely grilled fish.
I'm a foodie and I found the food at Royal Decameron very pedestrian/boring.
Bucerias has some really good restaurants:
Mark's Bar and Grill- contemporary cuisine, pricey
Claudio's - Seafood restaurant on the beach as you head to Bucerias from Royal Decameron- their seafood and specials are some of the better deals around.
Roots- A very good vegetarian restaurant on the same strip (I think it's Lazero Cadenas)
Karen's Place- Probably one of the closest restaurants to your hotel Good food and prep.
Sandarina's- again on same strip, Mediterranean fare, nice garden terrace dining, good desserts
Cocina de Jorge- a little restaurant which does breakfast and lunch really cheap- good food located on the street just south of karen's place and one block east.
Mark's is probably one of my favorites for dinner.
To add to salsailsa's list for anyone's future reference -
The Red Apple - across the street from Sandrinas
Adrianos - good seafood - beautiful sunsets - on water next to the town square
Miguel Angels - good seafood and Mexican dishes - across from town square
Dugarel Plays - great seafood - on water - down from Adrianos - my favorite for seafood
Julesrules you missed some good seafood by not venturing out of the AI - especially at Dugarel Plays.