Entertainment | Restaurants & Dining
|Restaurant Week Returns to Vallarta|
Paco Ojeda - Vallarta Lifestyles
May 06, 2010
Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group organized the first Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week six years ago to encourage visitors and locals to get to know Puerto Vallarta’s broad range of culinary experiences. The invitation lives on. "Restaurant Week" events are quite popular in many important cities throughout the world, such as New York, London, Washington and Boston, among others, a fact that allowed the local version to quickly win the hearts of its followers.
|Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board PR Coordinator Nora Ocegueda (L) Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant Owner Tari Bowman (C) and Vallarta Lifestyles Managing Editor, Paco Ojeda at the May 5th Restaurant Week press conference.|
Restaurant Week in Puerto Vallarta is structured very much like it is in other cities (a three-course menu, three choices per course, at a fixed price — in our case, two price options, $189 and $299 pesos per person), making it a favorite among visitors and locals.
The constant monitoring of online discussion boards, websites, along with questionnaires answered by restaurant owners, reveal that an increasing number of visitors now travel to our destination specifically during Restaurant Week dates (May 15 - 31) in order to be part of this popular celebration, thus bringing some respite to restaurant owners during a time of year that traditionally heralds a slower season due to Puerto Vallarta’s summer weather.
Of the 31 restaurants participating in Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week, six are doing so for the first time, bringing their own unique take and cuisine to the already varied offering: AmapaSunset will feature their contemporary cuisine; Blanca Blue will be, without a doubt, an elegant choice; Hacienda de Oro at the Botanical Gardens, will surely welcome many new visitors to this popular attraction; La Albufera will feature their Spanish cuisine, while Los Chilaquiles will feature their Mexican menu. Finally, Madison South Bar & Grill at Casa Isabel will offer a spectacular view, very similar to Vista Grill’s, but at the lower price option.
A complete list of participating restaurants follows:
AmapaSunset • $299 pesos
Archie’s Wok • $189 pesos
Barcelona • $189 pesos
Blanca Blue • $299 pesos
Café des Artistes • $299 pesos
Café des Artistes del Mar • $299 pesos
Cilantro’s • $189 pesos
Coco Tropical • $189 pesos
Daiquiri Dick’s • $299 pesos
El Arrayán • $299 pesos
época • $189 pesos
Hacienda de Oro at Vallarta Botanical Gardens • $189 pesos
Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet • $299 pesos
Kaiser Maximilian • $299 pesos
La Albufera • $189 pesos
La Estancia • $299 pesos
La Leche • $299 pesos
La Palapa • $299 pesos
Le Kliff • $299 pesos
Los Chilaquiles • $299 pesos
Madison South Bar & Grill at Casa Isabel • $189 pesos
Marazul • $299 pesos
Mezzogiorno • $299 pesos
Si Seńor • $299 pesos
The Blue Shrimp • $299 pesos
The River Café • $299 pesos
Thierry’s Prime Steakhouse • $299 pesos
Tikul • $299 pesos
Trio • $299 pesos
Vista Grill • $299 pesos
Vitea • $299 pesos
All prices include IVA tax. Drinks and gratuity are separate.
Restaurant Week Sponsors:
• H. Ayuntamiento de Puerto Vallarta
• Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta
• Vallarta Opina
This is the sixth annual edition of Restaurant Week in Puerto Vallarta.
To foster continuity, Restaurant Week always takes place on the same dates and follows the same format.
Restaurants pay a fee to participate, which allows Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group to create promotional materials, manage and publicize the event.
The two fixed price menus are determined by participating restaurants, by way of a poll.
The following 11 restaurants have participated in every edition of Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week: • Archie’s Wok • Café des Artistes • Daiquiri Dick’s • El Arrayán • Kaiser Maximilian • La Petit/La Leche • La Palapa • Le Kliff • The River Cafe • Trio • Vista Grill
The average number of participating restaurants each year has been 34, with 37, the highest number so far, in 2007.
The Restaurant Week Menu Guide is featured as part of the content of the Spring/Summer edition of Vallarta Lifestyles magazine, available during the first week of May, circulation 22,000.
The digital edition of the Menu Guide, available at VirtualVallarta.com, features additional content that includes a map with the exact location of each one of the participating restaurants.