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15 Tasty Spots For Seafood in Puerto Vallarta

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Looking for the best seafood in Puerto Vallarta? Let us help you! We live in Puerto Vallarta and love eating seafood, so we’ve found all the top Puerto Vallarta seafood restaurants.

One of the best things about visiting Puerto Vallarta is the abundance of fresh, affordable, and delicious seafood caught straight from the bay.

Whether you’re looking for some fish tacos, a plate of ceviche, or a grilled red snapper, you can find it here.

Just a fair warning – you might get some drool on your keyboard or phone screen by the end of this guide. I don’t recommend reading this while hungry, that’s for sure!

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Where to get the best seafood in Puerto Vallarta

1. El Coleguita Mariscos

If you’re looking for a nice seafood dinner in the exclusive Marina area, this is the place to go. Start with some Coleguita clams and order up a Happy Tuna or Terminator Lobster for your main course.

I should mention that the main courses include a shot of tequila, shrimp broth, fried bananas, and Kahlua. All the while, you can enjoy the view of the yachts in the Marina.

2. Mariscos 8 Tostadas

Mariscos 8 Tostadas seafood restaurant in puerto vallarta
Mariscos 8 Tostadas in 5 de Diciembre | Image by Sasha Savinov

Just a few doors down, you’ll find this popular local spot for seafood in Puerto Vallarta. They also have locations in Versalles and 5 de Diciembre near the stadium, and they’re all always busy.

I regret not trying this place sooner because it’s quickly become one of my favorites. Seriously, folks – you can’t go wrong ordering from this menu if you’re a seafood lover.

3. Lamara

girl eating seafood at Lamara seafood restaurant
The aguachile here is amazing | Image by Sasha Savinov

If you’re on the hunt for some amazing ceviche and aguachile, do yourself a favor and get over to Lamara. They have so many varieties of each, and you can order a single tostada or a large plate to share with friends.

We tried several of each and thoroughly enjoyed every single bite. Even my pretentious chef friend was raving about this place. It’s just that good.

4. Mariscos Fredy

Marlin tacos in Puerto Vallarta
Marlin – the bacon of the sea | Image by Sasha Savinov

Yet another excellent local option in Versalles, which is somewhat of a foodie mecca these days. Even if you’re not staying there, it’s worth the trip just to sample the cuisine at places like this.

They have an impressive menu highlighted by dishes such as their smoked marlin and cast-iron octopus cooked in garlic butter. Oh, and we can’t forget their soft-shell crab tacos. Those are amazing as well.

5. Mariscos La Tia

I’ve eaten seafood more times here than any other Puerto Vallarta restaurant. Yes, that’s partly because I used to live on this street, but trust me when I say this place is worth visiting again and again.

In my humble opinion, their marlin tacos (or quesadillas if you prefer) are the star of the show. They also make solid ceviche tostadas that are super cheap.

Get them “con mayonesa” if you want some mayo to cool you down or order them “preparada” for a spicy black sauce with onions.

6. The Happy Lobster

Tucked away a few blocks behind the stadium in 5 de Diciembre (5D), this place flies under the radar of most. It’s worth coming here from any part of town, though.

This 100% family-run business is a favorite of locals, and for good reason. Obviously, they’re known for their lobster dishes.

For an unforgettable meal, order the Parrillada for two, which includes lobster, giant shrimp, prawns, and filet mignon. It’s the best lobster in Puerto Vallarta!

7. El Barracuda

sasha smiling while eating at el barracuda, eating the best seafood in puerto vallarta
El Barracuda | Image by Sasha Savinov

For a seafood dinner on the water, the choice is clear. El Barracuda is full on a nightly basis, and not just because they’re on the beach.

They have a wide-ranging menu focused on seafood, including shrimp tacos in an al pastor style, a crispy fish chicharron, and some excellent surf & turf options for those who want a lil’ meat as well. The cocktails from El Solar next door are top-notch as well. It’s one of the best beach clubs in town!

8. Mama Caguamas

tacos on a colorful plate at Mama Caguamas restaurant
Tacos and caguamas | Image by Sasha Savinov

While there aren’t a ton of seafood options on the menu here, it’s worth checking out this local hangout in 5 de Diciembre.

They might have the best fish tacos in town, and I’ve done substantial research!

Plus, there aren’t that many places in town where you can order a caguama – a liter-sized bottle of beer named after sea turtles. Cold beer, amazing tacos, and live music are my trifecta.

9. Mariscos el Guero

Fried fish taco on a white plate in mexico
A classic fish taco | Image by Sasha Savinov

I discovered this place while on a Puerto Vallarta food tour five years ago and have been frequenting it ever since. It’s a simple, unpretentious local seafood joint that always delivers.

I love coming here for a few fish or shrimp tacos and a couple of beers. It’s a great way to start a night in Old Town and doesn’t even set you back 200 pesos.

Check out El Guero and La Tia in this video of a street food tour.

10. Joe Jack’s Fish Shack

First of all, don’t be alarmed – this is not Joe’s Crab Shack. This is a PV original that’s been a staple in town for 15 years now, serving up some of the best seafood in Puerto Vallarta.

Ceviche is their specialty here, and you can get a sampler plate to try all four varieties. Wash it down with their famous mojitos, which are 2-for-1 from noon to 7 PM.

11. The Blue Shrimp

If you’re looking for a nice seafood dinner with an ocean view in Old Town, you can’t go wrong with this spot. Whit their location, they could easily just phone it in here.

Thankfully, that’s not the case at all, and you can expect a quality (albeit a bit pricey) meal here. They’ve got Rockefeller oysters, lobster tail, and of course a massive “shrimp boat.”

12. Marisqueria Los Lirios

Seafood tostadas with avocado on top in Puerto Vallarta
Mmmm… tostadas | Image by Sasha Savinov

This is a hidden gem and one of my personal favorites for Puerto Vallarta seafood. It’s a super local place with very reasonable prices, and it’s cash only, so come prepared.

They’re known for seafood cocktails, but my go-to is usually a plate of various tostadas. A couple of these and a nice cold cerveza is a great snack, and I almost always grab a few tacos de cabeza from the car across the street as well.

13. Marisma Fish Taco

We’re going even deeper into the Old Town for the last stop. This is an awesome taco truck back by the tunnel in Emiliano Zapata, and it’s well worth the hike to reach.

They’ve been battering and frying fish and wrapping it in warm corn tortillas for over 20 years now. Pull up a stool, order a plate, cover those tacos with some salsa & hot sauce, and dig in. I highly recommend the fried fish tacos!

14. La Tia Nana

La Tía Nana is a hidden gem tucked away by Playa Camarones, offering a cozy and intimate ambiance perfect for seafood enthusiasts.

This family-owned restaurant takes pride in serving traditional Mexican dishes with a focus on fresh seafood. Their seafood soup, known as “Caldo de Mariscos,” is a highlight, brimming with an assortment of succulent seafood and rich flavors.

15. La Palapa

No list of the best seafood spots in Puerto Vallarta is complete without mentioning La Palapa. This iconic beachfront restaurant has been a favorite among locals and tourists alike for years, serving up amazing food consistently.

Situated on Los Muertos Beach, La Palapa offers one of the best beachfront dining experiences with its thatched-roof palapas and panoramic views of the sea. Their seafood menu features an array of delicious food, including ceviche, grilled octopus, and shrimp tacos.

FAQ: Seafood in Puerto Vallarta

Does Puerto Vallarta have good seafood?

Yes, Puerto Vallarta is renowned for its excellent seafood, with a wide range of restaurants offering fresh catches from the ocean.

Are there lobsters in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, lobsters are available in Puerto Vallarta, and they are often featured as a delightful seafood delicacy in various restaurants.

What food is popular in Puerto Vallarta?

Popular foods in Puerto Vallarta include traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, ceviche, enchiladas, and fresh seafood preparations.

What is the local fish in Puerto Vallarta?

Red snapper is one of the popular local fish found in Puerto Vallarta and is frequently featured in many seafood dishes.

Do you tip waiters in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, tipping is customary in Puerto Vallarta. It is customary to leave a tip of around 15-20% of the total bill in restaurants.

Is street food safe in Puerto Vallarta?

Generally, street food in Puerto Vallarta is considered safe, especially in areas frequented by tourists. However, it’s always a good idea to choose busy vendors and make sure the food is cooked fresh.

Final thoughts: Best seafood restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this guide to the best seafood restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. I apologize for that drool on your keyboard or screen. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

From beachfront dining with ocean vistas to hidden local gems serving up traditional recipes, each restaurant offers a distinct and unforgettable experience.

For something truly special, check out these Puerto Vallarta fishing charters and catch your own seafood!

Embrace the culinary delights of Puerto Vallarta’s seafood scene and savor the freshest catches while immersing yourself in the city’s coastal charm. Bon appétit!

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  • Sasha Savinov

    Sasha is a teacher, writer, and video producer from Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State (Go Green!) and has since lived in China, Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia. Sasha and his wife Rachel run Grateful Gnomads, where they write about teaching ESL, digital nomad life, long-term travel, live music, and more.

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