Puerto Vallarta Restaurants Join Forces

Building on the city's reputation as a foodie destination, three of the region’s top restaurants form the Puerto Vallarta Culinary Collection

By: Lisa Jennings

Building on Puerto Vallarta’s growing reputation as a foodie destination, three of the region’s top restaurants joined forces in December to form the Puerto Vallarta Culinary Collection.

Frustrated by the lack of marketing efforts by the existing hotel and restaurant association locally, the collection’s restaurateurs hope to increase their visibility and ensure consistent fine-dining experiences while drawing in more gourmet travelers.

Future efforts may include offering dine-around programs, in which guests can enjoy a progressive multi-course meal at several restaurants one course per venue which could be offered as part of a hotel package. The collection also plans to launch a joint Web site. And, because seats in each of the restaurants are in such demand, the collection may eventually offer preferred advance reservations for select VIP guests.

The collection includes an eclectic mix of three restaurants, and more are expected to join down the road. Those included are all considered gourmet hot spots:

El Arrayan, which opened in November, is one of Puerto Vallarta’s newest restaurants. Owner Carmen Porras aims to preserve the traditional regional recipes from her family and others by using authentic tools and ingredients. The kitchen design and menu give a nod to Mexico City chef Carmen Titita, who was noted by famed food writer and gourmand James Beard. (52-322-222-7195)

Daiquiri Dick’s, owned by Peter and Tari Bowman, has been a Puerto Vallarta mainstay for 22 years. Chef Rafael Nazario, who worked previously at California restaurants 72 Market St. and Hugo’s, is known for fusing European, Mexican and Pacific Rim dishes with classic American cuisine. (52-322-222-0566)

At Los Xitomates , chef and owner Luis Fitch brings ancient Mexican recipes to the level of “alta cocina Mexicana,” or haute cuisine, Mexican style. The restaurant is also known for its extensive wine list, and recently earned a Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. (52-322-222-1694)