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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEntertainment | Restaurants & Dining | May 2009 

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2009
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Don't miss the chance to dine at your favorite Puerto Vallarta restaurant - and save a bundle - during Vallarta Restaurant Week 2007! For participating restaurant menus, visit

For the fifth year in a row, some of the most recognized restaurants in Puerto Vallarta will once again be offering you the chance to dine at your favorite Banderas Bay area restaurants - and save a bundle - during Vallarta Lifestyles' Restaurant Week 2009.

From May 15th-31st, participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants will be serving special three-course menus (with 3 options each) at the fixed price of either $179 or $299 pesos per person, not including beverages or tips. Many venues will also be featuring live entertainment to enhance your dining pleasure.

With so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, and only 17 days to sample the culinary talents of some of Puerto Vallarta's finest chefs, it may be hard to decide where to dine, so Puerto Vallarta restaurant reviewer Gary R. Beck will be taking small groups of food lovers to various participating restaurants, where they will select one of each of the three choices for each course. (appetizer, entrée and dessert)

After sampling all nine offerings at each restaurant they visit, Gary will write a review based on the group's opinions and share the information with you right here on BanderasNews.

If you would like to be part of Gary's group, send an email to garyrbeck1(at) Only the first 7 people to request participation on any certain night will be accepted, and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Dinner reservations are being made for 7:30 pm each evening, and as soon as the restaurants he'll be visiting are booked the dates will be listed on the chart below. We'll also be posting Gary's reviews throughout Restaurant Week, so keep checking back for the latest news and updates.

Participating Puerto Vallarta Restaurants: (read Gary's reviews marked with )

• Al Fresco
• Archie’s Wok
Banana Cantina: read Gary's review
• Barcelona: read Gary's review
Boca Bento
• Bubba Gump Shrimp
• Café des Artistes
• Café des Artistes del Mar
• Cilantro’s: read Gary's review
• Coco Tropical
Daiquiri Dick’s: read Gary's review
El Arrayán: read Gary's review
• El Dorado
• Epoca
• Hacienda San Angel: read Gary's review
• Japanice
Kaiser Maximilian: read Gary's review
• La Estancia
La Palapa: read Gary's review
Le Kliff: read Gary's review
• Mar Azul
• Mestizo
• Mezzogiorno
• Porto Bello
• Roberto’s
• Si Seńor
• The Blue Shrimp
The River Cafe: read Gary's review
• Tikul: read Gary's review
• Trattoria Michel: read Gary's review
• Trio: read Gary's review
Vista Grill: read Gary's review
• Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse
• Vitea: read Gary's review

Visit to see the special three-course menus participating restaurants will be serving during Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2009.

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Vallarta Lifestyles' Restaurant Week 2009 Wrap-Up
Gary R. Beck

Over the course of the 17 day Restaurant Week 2009, which took place from May 15th-31st, Puerto Vallarta restaurant reviewer Gary R. Beck escorted small groups of food lovers to participating restaurants - and you can read his reviews right here on BanderasNews.

Le Kliff Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

Since Le Kliff has reached international fame for its unusual architecture and stunning sunsets, not to mention it's gourmet cuisine, we could not pass up the opportunity to take advantage of the specially priced 3-course menu presented during Vallarta Restaurant Week 2009.

Restaurant Week at Barcelona Tapas
Gary R. Beck

Serving up both excellent bay views and small plates of delicious tapas meant to be shared amongst guests, Barcelona Tapas is the ideal place for eating out with friends - and those are just some of the reasons that it was on the top of my list of places to visit during Vallarta Restaurant Week.

Cilantro's Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

In addition to unique menu selections, Cilantro's serves up a fantastic view of Puerto Vallarta's most famous landmark, the uniquely crowned Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral, an extensive wine list and creative cocktails, all of which we immensely enjoyed during Restaurant Week 2009.

Restaurant Week at Trattoria Michel
Gary R. Beck

Swiss Michel Pascal Ferrari brings his knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine to bring Puerto Vallarta the traditional tastes of Tuscany at his south side restaurant, Trattoria Michel, where we enjoyed 'una notte italiana' right here in Puerto Vallarta during Restaurant Week 2009.

Vista Grill Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

At Vista Grill, Executive Chef Sergio Esquivel and his fine group of 'cocineros' present eclectic and creative cuisine, beautifully presented. Add to this top-notch service, gorgeous views, and the special Restaurant Week menu and you'll enjoy an evening that is as memorable as it is unique.

Restaurant Week at Vitea
Gary R. Beck

During Restaurant Week 2009, we visited Vitea Oceanfront Bistro, an intimate oceanfront bistro and bar offering classic and contemporary European fare in a casual atmosphere. But enough about the ambiance - what counts here is the exceptional fare, which is both classic and original...

Tikul Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

Tikul's artfully prepared and presented Pacific Cuisine, excellent wine selection, fabulous service and spectacular views of Marina Vallarta, plus a look at their special 3-course Vallarta Restaurant Week 2009 menu, put this gourmet restaurant on the top of my list of places to visit this month.

Restaurant Week at The River Café
Gary R. Beck

The River Cafe's creative and ever-changing menu always offers diners a wide range of national and International dishes created with only the finest ingredients and elegantly eye-catching plate presentations, but they've really outdone themselves with their Restaurant Week 2009 menu!

Trío Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

The Restaurant Week menu at Trio exemplifies the outstanding Mediterranean cuisine served at this upscale restaurant. Serving "food cooked with love," chef-owners Bernhard Guth and Ulf Henriksson personally see that every dish meets their exacting standards and that every guest is satisfied.

Restaurant Week at Hacienda San Ángel
Gary R. Beck

Between Chef Eduardo Mitchaca's Mexican infused international cuisine, the boutique hotel's luxurious surroundings and the fabulous views of downtown, Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta's famous sunsets, a visit to Hacienda San Angel during Restaurant Week is a must!

Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

Through May 31st, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café is offering diners their choice of 8 superb starters, 10 enticing entrées and 10 delectable desserts in a 3-course meal for only $299 pesos, making a visit to this upscale eatery during Restaurant Week not only necessary, but also most pleasurable.

Restaurant Week at Banana Cantina
Gary R. Beck

At bANANAcANtiNA, traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine is always beautifully presented, but during Restaurant Week, the restaurant is presenting old-style dishes with modern twists that will excite your taste buds and encourage a return visit.

La Palapa Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

During Restaurant Week 2009, La Palapa executive chef Rafael Cornejo Solórzano and his staff are on a whirlwind journey of combining unusual ingredients, mixing unlikely partners, and presenting the dishes in an extremely elegant fashion. We were very much impressed.

Restaurant Week at Daiquiri Dick's
Gary R. Beck

With exceptional Pacific Rim cuisine and superior service in an elegant beachfront setting, when it comes to fine dining in Puerto Vallarta, Daiquiri Dick's has it all - especially during Restaurant Week 2009, when you can enjoy a special 3-course menu for only $299 pesos through May 31.

El Arrayán Restaurant Week Review
Gary R. Beck

We visited El Arrayán on May 16th, where our group sampled all nine dishes in the three courses offered on the Restaurant Week 2009 special menu. The three enticing entrees, Filet Mignon, Mahi Mahi and Cochinita Pibil, tested the kitchen's breadth... with the staff succeeding.

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