Vallarta Living | Restaurants
Café des Artistes
Av. Guadalupe Sánchez 740
Old Town Puerto Vallarta
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"...one word - Fabulous!"
You might say that Thierry Blouet is passionate about food: not only is he a master chef and the owner of this restaurant, he's also a promoter of PV's beloved Festival Gourmet, held each November. In his kitchen Mexican ingredients and European techniques are used to produce such stellar dishes as cream of prawn and pumpkin soup, mussels in a scallop mousse, and roast duck with soy and honey.
Special menus combine some of his signature dishes with appropriate wines and, of course, dessert. Nestled in its own magical gardens, Café des Artistes exists in a fantasy-like setting. There are several sleek, intimate dining spaces, including a courtyard garden, as well as a cigar lounge, and a bar. Reservations required. Open 6 pm-11:30 pm daily. Prices are moderate to moderately-expensive. AMEX, MC and Visa accepted.
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|Without a doubt, the best meal I have ever been served. Course after course of masterfully prepared food in a most romantic setting. An anniversary dinner I fear may never be matched.
Chef David Nelson
|We have eaten at many fine dining restaurants, including The French Laundry and to me this restaurant is on the same level. Wonderful food and attentive service. I would love to transport this restaurant and chef to within 25 miles from us.
|Wow, am I the only one who didn't really like this place? I'm not a food snob, but I live in SF and have been to some of the best. First, they sat us in the corner up the stairs outside by the chair and table storage area...not romantic. The food was obviously expensive and not that ah-inspiring. Maybe a bad night, who knows, but I will not return because there are tons of places around PV that are much better.
|My family and friends dine at the Cafe every chance we get when vacationing in PV. Five star quality through and through!
|Cafe des Artistes is the diamond in the rough of Puerto vallarta. It has proven to be the best dining experience our family has ever had. The beautiful terrace which rained white orchids. Food is always perfect. The Cafe is the driving force to international food perfection.
Chef Mark Dansbury
|Please consider adding The Mango Duo, = Zoe Wood and Alfredo Estrada, for precious music. Thank You for All!
|This is the most glorious restaurant. To have orchids raining down on you while you eat among candles. And the private dinning room is to die for. It is worth traveling to Puerto Vallarta just for dinner. The most romantic meal on earth...
Kim - Houston
|The food was divine, the service was most helpful, and the ambience was unique under the trees on the terrace. We hope to win a ticket for two!
Henry & Pat Irish Amez
|We spent one night of May Restaurant Week 2005 and agreed it was the finest meal of the past couple years. Memories are made of this! Kudos.
|My friends and I visited Cafe des Artistes in February. What an awesome dining experience... The Sea Bass was done to perfection, and the service was attentive but not pushy... Prices were on par with fine dining in the US. After your meal go to the bar and have a glass of wine and listen to the piano and flute player.
Jennifer Walther, Milwaukee Wisconsin
|If you are looking for a fine dining experience while in Puerto Vallarta, you must try this restaurant. The decor and ambiance are lovely and the service and food are excellent. But don't expect to find Mexican food or locals in this restaurant. The clientele is decidedly tourist/American transplants.
|We used to live in Puerto Vallarta during the 60's and 70's. I hadn't been back since...and what a pleasure to find such great food.....it literally attacked all your senses! I'd love to know how to get the cold melon soup with goat cheese and the short ribs with prune recipes.
|One dines in a lovely series of rooms filled with interesting art or in a charming multi-level garden - our choice. Great food, usually excellent service. Pricey for Mexico, but worth it, and there is no view of the Pacific...
Marianne, San Francisco
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1st Anniversary Tribute to Patrick Denoun
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Katmandu at Cafe des Artistes
Katmandu (Don and Rhonda and group) will perform in a sitar concert on the evening of March 10th in the garden at Cafe des Artistes in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Doors open at 7:30 pm, dinner is at 8 pm, and the hour-and-a-half show starts at 9 pm.
Café des Artistes: A Gastronomic Adventure
Well worth an hour's ride from Punta Mita, indeed worth a trip from Houston: a religious experience of the culinary kind at Thierry Blouet's stylish Café des Artistes compound, carved out of a century-old home on the hill above the Malecon.
Season's Final Concert by Katmandu
Polly G. Vicars
Katmandu's season-ending performance, described as a fusion of Mexican-Canadian-Indian styles with free flying, playful exchanges between the music and the sensuous Middle Eastern and Indian dances, is coming up at Cafe des Artistes on April 18th.
Celebrating Spring at Cafe des Artistes
Be sure to stop by Cafe des Artistes on April 16th and 18th as Puerto Vallarta's favorite fine dining restaurant celebrates the coming of Spring with some of our very favorite things... Champagne, fabulous food and marvelous music!
Eat Dessert First at Café des Artistes
One of my favorite catch phrases of all time is, "Life is short, eat dessert first," and that's exactly what I did during the 16th anniversary celebration of Thierry Blouet's world-famous restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Café des Artistes.
Cafe des Artistes Celebrates 16 Years
Since 1990, Chef Thierry Blouet has been leading the dining revolution in Mexico. This month, he is celebrating 16 years since the opening of one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the world, his landmark Puerto Vallarta restaurant, Cafe des Artistes.
Third Annual Culinary Jam Session
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Cool Summer Specials at Costantini
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Vallarta Trophy Cooking Competition
One of Mexico's rising culinary stars, 24 year old Oscar Galvan, Executive Chef of Agave Grill in Puerto Vallarta, was crowned on March 19th at the First Annual Thierry Blouet Vallarta Trophy Cooking Competition.more »»»
From the Hands of Two Masters
Two of the world's top chefs, Thierry Blouet and Gerard Dupont, are offering bilingual cooking classes in the elite setting of Puerto Vallarta's Café des Artistes on March 21, 23, 24 and 25th.more »»»
Thierry Blouet Vallarta Trophy Cooking Competition
Maintaining his status as one of the culinary visionaries in this Pacific paradise, Thierry Blouet, owner of Puerto Vallarta's outstanding restaurant Café de Artistes, has established the first ever local chef competition. Entry deadline is March 8th, and the competition will take place on March 19th in the Thierry Blouet Cocina de Autor.more »»»
California Wine Dinner at Café des Artistes
Chef Thierry Blouet and the California Wine Institute invite you to enjoy a relaxing evening of fine food and wine at Café des Artistes this Sunday, March 5th, at 6 pm.more »»»
Perfecting the Palate at Costantini Wine Bar
Mark Thursday evenings on your calendar for Costantini's hour-long, complimentary, bilingual wine tasting seminars, hosted by Susan Stewart who heads the Wine Bar staff, and guest wine experts.more »»»
Ultraglam: Champagne by the Glass at Café des Artistes
New York's trendy Bubbles wine bar has over 16 champagnes available nightly by the glass. Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has a rival cellar, and recently offered an evening of Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot tasting to celebrate their 15th anniversary. more »»»
"Tasting the Stars" under the Stars
On Thursday December 1st, Café des Artistes kicked off their 15th Anniversary celebrations with a champagne tasting party. Join BanderasNews video journalist, Laura Gelezunas, as she pops the cork in celebration of this sparkling event.more »»»
The "Grand Familia" of Café des Artistes
"There is no Café des Artistes, no Thierry Blouet, without you. Thank you!" said Café des Artistes Chef/Proprietor Thierry Blouet to the packed salon in the Sheraton Buganvilias on Friday afternoon. His landmark Puerto Vallarta restaurant is a gastronomic superstar in Mexico, and one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the world.more »»»
Like the Best Wine, Café des Artistes Only gets Better with Age
The traditional gift for a 15th anniversary is crystal, and Café des Artistes is busy polishing the crystal in preparation for the 15 days of celebration that begins on December 1st, when Café des Artistes will recognize its community, guests, and staff in very special ways.more »»»
The Chef's Table Masterpiece of Cocina de Autor
Imagine this... you've invited two of the world's finest chefs into your home, as well as a sommelier, a maitre d' and staff, and a jazz duo. The linens are crisp, the glasses gleam in the candlelight, and soothing water cascades down the rock wall in your outside atrium as you watch Chefs Blouet and Tapia create a masterpiece.more »»»
The Flavours of Contemporary Chile
In the leafy aerie that is the top terrace of Chef Thierry Blouet's Cocina de Autor, his guest chef Oscar Tapia gave us a little gift yesterday, an amuse-bouche, which not only pleased but teased in anticipation for the chef's table dinner they will offer this Tuesday.more »»»
Café des Artistes Captures Three "Best of Puerto Vallarta" Awards
In a recent online survey conducted by virtualvallarta.com, Café des Artistes was selected by tourists and residents alike as the Best Overall and Best Gourmet restaurant in Puerto Vallarta and the Best Wine List in the entire Banderas Bay area.
This year's "Reader's Choice" winners were selected by people who filled out an online voting form at virtualvallarta.com between February 1 and June 15, 2005. Overall, more than 11,000 votes were submitted — almost three times as many as last year. Thirty one percent of the voters were "locals," and 66% identified themselves as visitors.
Puerto Vallarta, and the entire Banderas Bay, includes some of the finest restaurants found in Mexico, so the competition was fierce, but the survey says that Café des Artistes remains one of Vallarta's favorite places to enjoy fine dining in an elegant atmosphere.