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|El Arrayán Cocina Tradicional
...named "Best Mexican Restaurant in Vallarta"
Discover for yourself why El Arrayán was named the "Best Mexican Restaurant" in Puerto Vallarta for a record 5 straight years!
|El Arrayán • 344 Allende • El Centro • Puerto Vallarta • Tel: (322) 222-7195
Email: Info@ElArrayan.com.mx • Visit the Website: ElArrayan.com.mx • Area Map
Forget about fajitas. Brush aside burritos and chimichangas. The search for authentic and award-winning Mexican food in Puerto Vallarta ends at an intimate and comfortable restaurant an easy stroll from the Malecón; El Arrayán.
In addition to being named “The Best Mexican Restaurant” in Banderas Bay, El Arrayán has been leading the Slow Food movement in the region for over two years, has been awarded the coveted AAA Three-Diamond Award, named a Fodor’s “Choice Restaurant”, was called a “truly memorable meal” by Lonely Planet, and a “must-do” by Frommer’s Guide.
The atmosphere is contemporary Mexican with accents reminiscent of times passed. The walls are colors traditionally used in haciendas of the La Sierra region in Jalisco: washed-down terracottas, brown, brilliant yellow and lively pink.
|El Arrayán is in downtown Puerto Vallarta at 344 Allende, just a short stroll from the Malecón.
And the food is anything but boring - something to tickle everyone's taste buds! Plantain empanadas, shrimp pozole, baby scallop and avocado ceviche, their original crispy duck carnitas, a marinated goat cheese salad with smoked peppers or the cochinita pibil, a lean pork leg stew with achiote over a marinated banana leaf, the list goes on and on. From appetizers, soups, salads and desserts, each item is authentic Mexican. And don't get me started on the fabulous cocktail options and wine list!
El Arrayán is in downtown Puerto Vallarta at 344 Allende, just a short stroll from the Malecón. Open Wed-Mon from 5:30 to 11 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Reservations at (322) 222-7195 or online at ElArrayan.com.mx.
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Celebrate Día de Los Muertos at El Arrayán Restaurant
Banderas News Team
Now is a great time to visit one of Puerto Vallarta's most popular Mexican restaurants - El Arrayan Cocina Tradicional. The chefs are proud of Mexican traditions, and the Day of the Dead is one of their favorites, so they've prepared a special Dia de Los Muertos menu that's 'to die for!'
El Arrayán Mexican Cooking Classes Resume October 10
The entire team at El Arrayan Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is happy to announce that the 2016-2017 season of their Traditional Mexican Cooking Classes will begin on October 10, 2016 and be held every Monday, Thursday and Saturday through the end of March 2017.
Vallarta Restaurants Join Forces for Qué Rico! PV
Local restaurateurs are combining their talents to offer Puerto Vallarta diners fun and unique culinary experiences. From November 11-15, 2015, Barcelona Tapas, El Arrayán, Michel's and Sapphire Ocean Bistro will share their enthusiasm for the culinary arts with the public.
El Arrayán Celebrates El Día de Los Muertos
Every year on November 1 and 2, Mexicans celebrate Dia de los Muertos in honor of their deceased loves ones. Here in Puerto Vallarta, El Arrayan is serving a traditional menu Oct 29-Nov 2, and erecting an altar in honor of Remedios Varo, a Spanish artist who adopted Mexico as her country.
El Arrayán Mexican Cooking Classes Resume October 12
If you are interested in Mexican food and looking for a different kind of experience during your Puerto Vallarta vacation, El Arrayán cooking classes are for you! Scheduled to resume on October 12, this season's classes promise to be better than ever!
Enjoy Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week at El Arrayán
If you love to dine out, then get ready because Vallarta Restaurant Week is here! And if you love authentic Mexican cuisine, then be sure to visit El Arrayán Cocina Tradicional, where a three-course meal costs just $199 pesos through May 31, 2015.
Vallarta Pride 2015: Big Boo's Birthday Bash for Women
As part of the official calendar of Vallarta Pride 2015, 'Big Boo's Birthday Bash,' an exclusive party for women sponsored by El Arrayan Restaurant, will be held on Friday, May 22 from 9-11 pm at Casa Meztli, in the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone.
5 Reasons El Arrayán is One of PV's Best Restaurants
The search for authentic Mexican cuisine in Puerto Vallarta ends at El Arrayán Cocina Tradicional. This intimate and comfortable restaurant, just a few short blocks from the Malecón in downtown, is a 'must-visit' for traditional, and delicious, Mexican food. Here are 5 reasons why.
El Arrayán Restaurant Celebrates El Día de Los Muertos
Every year on November 1 and 2, Mexicans celebrate Día de los Muertos in honor of their deceased loves ones. Here in Puerto Vallarta, El Arrayán is serving a traditional menu and erecting an altar as part of the Asociación Vallarta Centro's 'Pasaporte del Festival de Muertos.'
El Arrayán's Mexican Cooking Classes Resume October 6
Puerto Vallarta's El Arrayán restaurant is happy to announce that starting October 6th they will resume their popular Traditional Mexican Cooking Classes. Owner/Chef Carmen Porras and Chef Alfonso Corona will teach you how to make a wide variety of classical Mexican dishes.
Enjoy Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week at El Arrayán
If you love to dine out, then get ready because Vallarta Restaurant Week starts tomorrow! And, if you love authentic Mexican cuisine, be sure to visit one of Puerto Vallarta's most popular Mexican restaurants - El Arrayán Cocina Tradicional - from May 15-31, 2014.
Pink & Proud Exclusive Party for Women at El Arrayán
As part of the official calendar of Vallarta Pride 2014, a Pink & Proud Women's Party will take place at El Arrayán Restaurant on May 23. This women's-only party will feature music by DJs NatCate and Serena Lazcano, national drinks at reasonable prices, and a fun atmosphere in pink.
El Arrayán 'Touching Your Heart for a Noble Cause'
On Saturday, March 22nd El Arrayán Restaurant will open its doors - and its heart - to support MexPup, Puerto Vallarta's non-profit dog rescue organization that oversees the health, socialization, fostering, and chaperoning of stray dogs while finding them a forever home.
Christmas Specials at El Arrayán Restaurant
From December 20th, 2013 through January 5th, 2014, El Arrayan Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico invites you to enjoy a selection of traditional Mexican Christmas dishes prepared by Chef Alfonso Corona, which are available for dine in or take out service.
Elena Martinez Bolio Expo at Espacio de Arte Arrayán
Elena Martinez Bolio comes to Puerto Vallarta via Mérida to show her very moving and beautiful textile art at Espacio de Arte Arrayan, located within Restaurant El Arrayán in downtown. The show will open with a reception for the artist on Wednesday, December 18th at 6 pm.
Popular El Arrayán Cooking Classes Return to Vallarta
Banderas News Team
El Arrayán, Vallarta's choice for traditional Mexican food, is offering a new series of Mexican cooking classes for the 2013-2014 season. On Mondays, you can join owner Carmen Porras and her team of chefs as they share their secrets for preparing rich and varied Mexican dishes.
El Arrayán Celebrates 10 Years in Puerto Vallarta
Banderas News Team
To commemorate a decade of cooking the very best Mexican cuisine and creating unique experiences full of the flavors and traditions of Mexico for Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors, El Arrayán Restaurant is planning 10 wonderful days of celebration from November 13-24th.
El Arrayán Opens Espacio de Arte in Puerto Vallarta
The new Espacio de Arte Arrayán, featuring oil paintings created by Guadalajara artist Roberto Gil de Montes, has been created within El Arrayán Restaurant in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The new art gallery will officially open on Wednesday, November 13, with Mexican appetizers and wine served.
El Arrayán Announces New Cooking Classes!
El Arrayán, Puerto Vallarta's choice for traditional Mexican food, will once again be hosting a special cooking class on Monday, October 25 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Join owner Carmen Porras and her team of chefs as they share their secrets for preparing traditional Mexican dishes.
El Arrayán Mexican Bicentennial Fiesta
Come celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial at El Arrayán on Wednesday, September 15th, from 6-11 pm. Listen to live Mexican music with Los Frijoleros Musica while enjoying a 4-course meal and one cocktail, including tip, for only $300 Pesos per person.
Chefs Dinner at Marantina Restaurant
On Tuesday, July 20th, El Arrayán's Chef Mariano Valdés, and Marantina's Chef, Oscar Rito, will combine their culinary talents to create a one-time special dinner at Marantina Restaurant, located at Púlpito #120 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.
Restaurant Week at El Arrayán
Gary R. Beck
Delightful owners Carmen Porras E. (supporter of Slow Food cooking techniques movement) and Claudia Victoria plus Executive Chef Mariano Valdés Ruiz present a menu of old traditional Mexican family specialties, which makes El Arrayán a must-visit every year during Vallarta Restaurant Week.
El Arrayán Announces Next Cooking Classes
Due to popular demand, everyone's favorite Mexican Restaurant in Vallarta, El Arrayán, will once again be sharing their secrets in another edition of their popular cooking class, 'Introduction to Mexican Cooking Techniques and Ingredients,' on Monday, June 14th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Popular PV Cooking Classes Return to El Arrayán
Due to popular demand, everyone's favorite Mexican Restaurant in Vallarta, El Arrayán, will once again be sharing a few of their secrets in an upcoming cooking class, Introduction to Mexican Cooking Techniques and Ingredients, on Monday, February 22nd from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
El Arrayán Cooking Class: Perfect Tamales
Vallarta's choice for traditional Mexican food, El Arrayán, will be hosting a very special cooking class on Monday, January 18, 2010. Guest teacher Laura Landeros Zuno, Carmen's cousin from Guadalajara, will share the secrets of preparing the perfect tamales!
Special Slow Food Wine and Food Event Sponsored by the Bahía de Banderas Chapter
Reserve November 16th for a very special Slow Food event at El Arrayán. Sommelier Daniel Mendez of Mi Cava wine distributors will be explaining his pairings of each wine with a fabulous five-course meal created by El Arrayán’s Chef Mariano Valdés featuring fresh regional produce.
El Arrayán: Still PV's Favorite Mexican Restaurant
Puerto Vallarta's choice for traditional Mexican cuisine, El Arrayán, recently captured Vallarta Lifestyle's "Best Mexican Restaurant" Award for the 5th year in a row, adding to the continued praise this award-winning restaurant receives from the North American Press.
The Sign of Excellence in Puerto Vallarta Dining
Since the start of this year, eight of Puerto Vallarta’s top restaurants have won the coveted International Star Diamond Award, considered one of the most notable achievements in the hospitality industry.
El Arrayán End of Summer News and Updates
El Arrayán, everyone's favorite Mexican Restaurant in Banderas Bay, voted Vallarta Lifestyle's 'Best Mexican' by a landslide for five years in a row, which closed for vacation on August 24th, will re-open on September 8 - just in time to celebrate Mexico's Dia de la Independencia.
El Arrayán Wins José Inés Loredo Award
Earlier this week, El Arrayán announced that they have received the prestigious José Inés Loredo National Award for restaurant business merit in Mexican Cuisine. Out of 12 Puerto Vallarta restaurants nominated this year, El Arrayán was the only one to be recognized.
Summer Cooking Classes at El Arrayán
In their continuing efforts to pioneer the Slow Food Movement in the Banderas Bay area, Puerto Vallarta's favorite restaurant for traditional Mexican food - El Arrayán - is once again hosting a special series of cooking classes this summer.
Summer Happenings at El Arrayán...
Learn traditional Mexican cooking techniques in Puerto Vallarta this summer. On June 9th, owner Carmen Porras and Chef Mariano Valdés will once again be sharing a few of their culinary secrets during a hands-on cooking class at Vallarta's favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Arrayán.
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.
El Arrayán Receives AAA 3 Diamond Award
Adding to the praise that El Arrayán has already received, including being named Vallarta's "Best Mexican Restaurant" by a landslide the past four years in a row to being named a "Must Do" by Frommer's Travel Guides, El Arrayán has recently been awarded the coveted AAA 3 Diamond Award.
Traditional Mexican Dishes at El Arrayán
Carmen Porras, co-owner of Puerto Vallarta's favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Arrayán, recently announced the addition of new and exciting Traditional Mexican selections to their already diverse and award-winning menu.
Frijoleros Musica at El Arrayán
The last day to enjoy the music of the Frijoleros Musica at El Arrayán before it closes for a much needed vacation will be Saturday, August 23rd. But don't worry! Puerto Vallarta's favorite Mexican Restaurant will re-open on September 11th.
El Arrayán Wins Vallarta Lifestyles Reader's Choice Award for Fourth Year
With previous wins in the "Best Tacos" and "Best Moderately Priced" categories, this year, El Arrayán took home the Vallarta Lifestyles Reader's Choice Award for the "Best Mexican Restaurant" in Puerto Vallarta for the fourth year in a row.
El Arrayán Hosts Special Charity Night to Support Children of the Dump
El Arrayán invites the public to attend a special evening of great food and live music to benefit the Children of the Dump's summer camp program on July 12th from 7 to 9 pm.
Frixoleros CD Release Party at El Arrayán
To celebrate the release of Frixoleros Música's new self-titled CD, which was recorded live in Ajijic in front of a small audience, El Arrayán will be hosting two special nights of celebration and music on June 20th and 21st beginning at 7 pm.
El Arrayan Offers Summer Cooking Classes with New Chef
Learn traditional Mexican cooking techniques in Puerto Vallarta this summer. Beginning on June 10th El Arrayan will be hosting monthly hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional recipes from owner Carmen Porras and new Chef Mariano Valdés.
El Arrayán Welcomes Chef Mariano Valdés
Puerto Vallarta restaurant owners Carmen Porras and Claudia Victoria recently announced the addition of Chef Mariano Valdés to the El Arrayán family. Mariano is an experienced Mexican chef who will be offering unique specials and new twists on old favorites.
PV's Favorite Mexican Restaurant Turns 4
Vallarta's Favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Arrayán is turning four this month, but you get all of the gifts! Come help the El Arrayán crew celebrate on November 16th at 6 pm and you'll enjoy free antojitos, live music and other special surprises.
Vallarta Celebrates El Mes de la Patria
Every September, know as El Mes de la Patria, cities throughout Mexico host a series of colorful and patriotic celebrations commemorating Mexico's Independence from Spain - but here in Puerto Vallarta, the festivities are unbeatable.
Slow Food Event at El Arrayán
Come discover "Slow Food Bahia de Banderas," as Puerto Vallarta's Favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Arrayán, hosts the first official "Slow Food" event for the general public on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 pm.
Summer Cooking Classes at El Arrayán
This summer, you can learn how to prepare your favorite Mexican dishes. The talented team of chefs at the best traditional Mexican restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, El Arrayán, will be sharing some of their secrets during a series of cooking classes.
Carmen Porras Goes to Italy
El Arrayán owner, Carmen Porras, has been selected as a member of the Mexican Delegation that will be attending the Second World Meeting of Food Communities in Turin, Italy from October 26-30th.
Mexican Cooking Classes at El Arrayán
El Arrayán, Vallarta's choice for traditional Mexican food, will once again be hosting a special cooking class on Tuesday, October 17th. Join Carmen Porras and her team of chefs as they share their secrets for preparing traditional Mexican dishes.
El Arrayán Cooking Class
Carmen Porras and her team of chefs at El Arrayán, everyone's favorite Mexican Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, will be sharing a few of their secrets during an upcoming cooking class on Tuesday, May 30th from 10 am to 3:30 pm.
Peyote People Exhibit at El Arrayan
The award-winning restaurant El Arrayán will once again host a special art exhibit March 15 through April 10, 2006 with a festive cocktail reception from 6 pm to 7:30 pm on the opening night.