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Why be a tourist when you can live like a local guide to PV!

Chuck And Tom
Chuck And Tom
Joined in 2014
Chuck And Tom

Why be a tourist when you can live like a local guide to PV!

Our favorite restaurants
So we are not fancy dining folks but rather enjoy good food and service at reasonable prices.
We just love this place for dinner and the space is beautiful! The food is always good and make sure you ask about the specials. Ask for Gabriel and he will take great care of you (really nice guy and speaks English). Make sure you make time to tour the artist spaces on the second floor. The prices are really good compared to similar places closer to the beach. This place is always our "treat night out". We especially love the Casandra Shaw booth.
Qulture
466 Venustiano Carranza
We just love this place for dinner and the space is beautiful! The food is always good and make sure you ask about the specials. Ask for Gabriel and he will take great care of you (really nice guy and speaks English). Make sure you make time to tour the artist spaces on the second floor. The prices are really good compared to similar places closer to the beach. This place is always our "treat night out". We especially love the Casandra Shaw booth.
So where else can you get four margaritas and breakfast/lunch for under 400 pesos? Karla, Louise & Brenda are great people who work here and will take very good care of you! Esmeralda is a fantastic cook, do not be afraid to ask for something not on the menu. This place is a locals hangout and not so great on atmosphere but makes up for it with good food, great prices (happy hour till 5pm) and lively conversation.
The Salty Caesar
418 Calle Francisco I. Madero
So where else can you get four margaritas and breakfast/lunch for under 400 pesos? Karla, Louise & Brenda are great people who work here and will take very good care of you! Esmeralda is a fantastic cook, do not be afraid to ask for something not on the menu. This place is a locals hangout and not so great on atmosphere but makes up for it with good food, great prices (happy hour till 5pm) and lively conversation.
One of our guests favorite places. It is also Air-Conditioned. They make all of their breads fresh. Only open for lunch and breakfast. They have an Espresso Bar but no alcohol. It is also cash only. Everyone raves about the French Toast.
Mi Café
505 Calle Francisco I. Madero
One of our guests favorite places. It is also Air-Conditioned. They make all of their breads fresh. Only open for lunch and breakfast. They have an Espresso Bar but no alcohol. It is also cash only. Everyone raves about the French Toast.
Just a few blocks from our home and off the "tourist path". Wonderful dinners with an italian flair but not limited to just Italian food. Service is always friendly and good and prices are very reasonable. We walked by this place so many times and so glad we finally stopped in and had dinner.
Tony's Please
440 Lázaro Cárdenas
Just a few blocks from our home and off the "tourist path". Wonderful dinners with an italian flair but not limited to just Italian food. Service is always friendly and good and prices are very reasonable. We walked by this place so many times and so glad we finally stopped in and had dinner.
Save this place for a special dinner treat! Make reservations early for a spectacular sunset dinner on the beach. You will find incredible food, great service and just a beautiful space. Sit with your feet in the sand and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. So not going to be a "cheap meal" but will be well worth it (very romantic). They are also open for lunch but we just like stopping by the bar for some shade and a great margarita! If you sit at the bar be sure to ask for Juan, Tito or Cesar. Tell them Tom and Chuck from Casa Tamarindo sent you. Also, do not be afraid to ask them what they are making, many times they will let you taste. :)
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locals recommend
La Palapa Restaurant
105-3 Púlpito
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locals recommend
Save this place for a special dinner treat! Make reservations early for a spectacular sunset dinner on the beach. You will find incredible food, great service and just a beautiful space. Sit with your feet in the sand and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. So not going to be a "cheap meal" but will be well worth it (very romantic). They are also open for lunch but we just like stopping by the bar for some shade and a great margarita! If you sit at the bar be sure to ask for Juan, Tito or Cesar. Tell them Tom and Chuck from Casa Tamarindo sent you. Also, do not be afraid to ask them what they are making, many times they will let you taste. :)
The best Asian restaurant in PV and one of our very favorite places to eat! Food and service are always good here and it can have a long wait (they don't take reservations but you can put your name on the list once you arrive - plenty of places to sit outside, grab a drink and wait). You're going to spend a little more here but well worth it!
50
locals recommend
Archie's Wok
130 Francisca Rodríguez
50
locals recommend
The best Asian restaurant in PV and one of our very favorite places to eat! Food and service are always good here and it can have a long wait (they don't take reservations but you can put your name on the list once you arrive - plenty of places to sit outside, grab a drink and wait). You're going to spend a little more here but well worth it!
If you are looking for somewhere to watch the game, this is a great place. Sean the owner has assembled a great staff, besides the fact he is also from Austin. Adrianna, Rosanna, Romy, Phillipie and Tammy all do an excellent job making sure you are well taken care of. Also, there can sometimes be impromptu jazz sessions that are fun. There is a small theatre above Nacho Daddies with great local talent.
12
locals recommend
Nacho Daddy
287 Basilio Badillo
12
locals recommend
If you are looking for somewhere to watch the game, this is a great place. Sean the owner has assembled a great staff, besides the fact he is also from Austin. Adrianna, Rosanna, Romy, Phillipie and Tammy all do an excellent job making sure you are well taken care of. Also, there can sometimes be impromptu jazz sessions that are fun. There is a small theatre above Nacho Daddies with great local talent.
This is one of the 1st restaurants we went to in Puerto Vallarta many years ago. It is a beautiful space that is outdoors but from the front of the restaurant lookin in, you would not know. Ask for Santiago and tell him Chuck and Tom from Casa Tamarindo sent you, he has been taking care of us for years and he will treat you right. The food is very good as well.
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locals recommend
Coco's Kitchen
39
locals recommend
This is one of the 1st restaurants we went to in Puerto Vallarta many years ago. It is a beautiful space that is outdoors but from the front of the restaurant lookin in, you would not know. Ask for Santiago and tell him Chuck and Tom from Casa Tamarindo sent you, he has been taking care of us for years and he will treat you right. The food is very good as well.
You will love this place just as soon as you walk in the air conditioned space! Traci does a fantastic job taking care of her guest and we have never had a bad meal here. Prices are good and very nice views of the city. Drop by Garbo’s (located just across the street) for a drink before or after dinner
23
locals recommend
Restaurant The Swedes
154 Púlpito
23
locals recommend
You will love this place just as soon as you walk in the air conditioned space! Traci does a fantastic job taking care of her guest and we have never had a bad meal here. Prices are good and very nice views of the city. Drop by Garbo’s (located just across the street) for a drink before or after dinner
Great food, service is incredible, air conditioning and all at good prices. Pad Thai is just wonderful but the whole menu is fantastic.
16
locals recommend
Siam Cocina Thai
271 Calle Francisco I. Madero
16
locals recommend
Great food, service is incredible, air conditioning and all at good prices. Pad Thai is just wonderful but the whole menu is fantastic.
The absolute best Salsa we have had since we moved to PV. Why did we walk by this place so many times. Don’t let the touristy look keep you from trying this place. You will not be disappointed.
32
locals recommend
Margarita Grill
321 Pino Suárez
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locals recommend
The absolute best Salsa we have had since we moved to PV. Why did we walk by this place so many times. Don’t let the touristy look keep you from trying this place. You will not be disappointed.
If you love a small menu, everything is delicious and so reasonably price. The tacos al pastor are great, only 20 pesos each. Good location. Good service.
Don Chava Taqueria Cantina
288 Lázaro Cárdenas
If you love a small menu, everything is delicious and so reasonably price. The tacos al pastor are great, only 20 pesos each. Good location. Good service.
The place has a mix of modern eclectic elements in the decor and ancient symbolism. Its ambience reflect the local hospitality with a European Riviera atmosphere. The Sunsets are beautiful from here. We almost always order the 1/2 portion of the Greek Salad or the Cesar Salad and add chicken. They both are delicious.
18
locals recommend
Vitea Oceanfront Bistro
S/N Libertad 2 y Malecón
18
locals recommend
The place has a mix of modern eclectic elements in the decor and ancient symbolism. Its ambience reflect the local hospitality with a European Riviera atmosphere. The Sunsets are beautiful from here. We almost always order the 1/2 portion of the Greek Salad or the Cesar Salad and add chicken. They both are delicious.
This is the ONLY place we have found in PV that is true Tex-Mex. We love their salsa, it reminds us so much of Austin. You can walk but we would recommend an Uber. If you are looking to walk, let us know and we will give you a shortcut. At night, the mariachi band is excellent and we promise you that you will be singing along. Watch out for the house margarita as they are strong.
16
locals recommend
Pipis
804 Guadalupe Sánchez
16
locals recommend
This is the ONLY place we have found in PV that is true Tex-Mex. We love their salsa, it reminds us so much of Austin. You can walk but we would recommend an Uber. If you are looking to walk, let us know and we will give you a shortcut. At night, the mariachi band is excellent and we promise you that you will be singing along. Watch out for the house margarita as they are strong.
Wonderful food and great service! Think dinner at “Moulin Rouge”...lol! A great find for the tourist area.
Café Bohemio
127 Calle Rodolfo Gómez
Wonderful food and great service! Think dinner at “Moulin Rouge”...lol! A great find for the tourist area.
So just down the hill from us and well hidden. Food was ok to us but a nice view and sorta romantic if you’re looking for this. Prices were above average for the area and you will most likely need reservations.
9
locals recommend
El Palomar de los González
425 Aguacate
9
locals recommend
So just down the hill from us and well hidden. Food was ok to us but a nice view and sorta romantic if you’re looking for this. Prices were above average for the area and you will most likely need reservations.
Wonderful breakfast menu and the best burgers in town - upgrade to sweet potato fries! Great people watching spot and we are never disappointed with this place!
12
locals recommend
San Angel Burgers And Tacos
449 Olas Altas
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locals recommend
Wonderful breakfast menu and the best burgers in town - upgrade to sweet potato fries! Great people watching spot and we are never disappointed with this place!
Great location and sit outside for good people watching. A notch above “bar food” (fish tacos are great) but extremely strong margaritas.
Andele
425 Olas Altas
Great location and sit outside for good people watching. A notch above “bar food” (fish tacos are great) but extremely strong margaritas.
Yes we have Uber Eats here. Download the app and checkout the selection. Normally fast delivery and please be waiting for them at the bottom of the outside stairs on the ramp landing.
Uber Eats
Yes we have Uber Eats here. Download the app and checkout the selection. Normally fast delivery and please be waiting for them at the bottom of the outside stairs on the ramp landing.
Looks like it’s going to be expensive on the outside but just wait! Fabulous 2 for 1 happy hour and food is wonderful. What’s not on the menu is even better- trust us! Great view and vib and you will be sitting in a covered area directly on the beach.
Restaurant Bar Canto del Mar
Looks like it’s going to be expensive on the outside but just wait! Fabulous 2 for 1 happy hour and food is wonderful. What’s not on the menu is even better- trust us! Great view and vib and you will be sitting in a covered area directly on the beach.
Grocery Stores & Markets
Local grocery shopping options
Search for Mercado Emiliano Zapata, Lázaro Cárdenas SN-C, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta for directions. Great open air traditional Mexican market! It's just a short walk to find fresh local produce, meats, spices and everything else you need to create a great meal. Knowing some Spanish will help you here but a nice smile and being humble will go a long way here. Take a break from the traditional grocery store experience and visit these folks (its great to being small change and a bag with you).
Farmer's Market
SN-C Lázaro Cárdenas
Search for Mercado Emiliano Zapata, Lázaro Cárdenas SN-C, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta for directions. Great open air traditional Mexican market! It's just a short walk to find fresh local produce, meats, spices and everything else you need to create a great meal. Knowing some Spanish will help you here but a nice smile and being humble will go a long way here. Take a break from the traditional grocery store experience and visit these folks (its great to being small change and a bag with you).
Wonderful local market with much more than just sausage. Alex (speaks great English) and has most all your grocery needs. Lots of local natural foods as well. He also does delivery 322 120-1841.
Alex's Sausage Market
476 Venustiano Carranza
Wonderful local market with much more than just sausage. Alex (speaks great English) and has most all your grocery needs. Lots of local natural foods as well. He also does delivery 322 120-1841.
Small market with a good selection at fair prices. Very clean and air conditioning!
Old Town Market
315 Lázaro Cárdenas
Small market with a good selection at fair prices. Very clean and air conditioning!
Just a little store located down the hill from us (bottom of the hill, take a left and store will be on your right). They will have the convenience store basics you may need during your stay
Abarrotes Bvgarel
Just a little store located down the hill from us (bottom of the hill, take a left and store will be on your right). They will have the convenience store basics you may need during your stay
Great selection of grocery items from the U.S. and Canada but you will pay higher prices here.
Mercado Ollin
205 Lázaro Cárdenas
Great selection of grocery items from the U.S. and Canada but you will pay higher prices here.
Nice, clean, well stocked grocery store and our favorite place to shop! You will need a taxi or Uber to get here but well worth the trip! Very "US style" store with a great selection and lots of hard to find specialty items.
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locals recommend
La Comer Fluvial
25
locals recommend
Nice, clean, well stocked grocery store and our favorite place to shop! You will need a taxi or Uber to get here but well worth the trip! Very "US style" store with a great selection and lots of hard to find specialty items.
Larger convenience store (better selection) located just a few blocks down the hill! Stop in just to cool off in their air conditioning.
OXXO
294 Venustiano Carranza
Larger convenience store (better selection) located just a few blocks down the hill! Stop in just to cool off in their air conditioning.
Large local store with good prices but not the cleanest place we have been.
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locals recommend
Casa Ley, S.a. de C.v.
1150 México
29
locals recommend
Large local store with good prices but not the cleanest place we have been.
Great liquor store located a few blocks away! Huge wine selection and any kind of booze you can think of here!
6
locals recommend
Vinos América Basilio Badillo (Puerto Vallarta)
284 Basilio Badillo
6
locals recommend
Great liquor store located a few blocks away! Huge wine selection and any kind of booze you can think of here!
Bars, Beach & Nightlife
Here are some of the places we and our guest like to visit.
Wine & martini bar with great local music (music starts about 10:30pm most nights)! Ask for German (owner) and he will take very good care of you. Lots of locals sitting at the bar that will gladly help you with any PV questions and recommendations. We like this place because you can just relax and chill before or after dinner. It does get packed but the crowd changes often (great people watching).
25
locals recommend
Piano Bar & Jazz Garbo
142 Púlpito
25
locals recommend
Wine & martini bar with great local music (music starts about 10:30pm most nights)! Ask for German (owner) and he will take very good care of you. Lots of locals sitting at the bar that will gladly help you with any PV questions and recommendations. We like this place because you can just relax and chill before or after dinner. It does get packed but the crowd changes often (great people watching).
Great neighborhood bar located just a few blocks away from our home. You got to see this place and they have great drink prices. Note to our guest who may define themselves outside of "LGBT". We are gay so some of our recommendations will be "gay bars", but you will find all are welcome anywhere here in PV so relax and have fun!
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locals recommend
Reinas Bar
9
locals recommend
Great neighborhood bar located just a few blocks away from our home. You got to see this place and they have great drink prices. Note to our guest who may define themselves outside of "LGBT". We are gay so some of our recommendations will be "gay bars", but you will find all are welcome anywhere here in PV so relax and have fun!
Great beach club with DJ/music, pool, food and bar service. Entrance prices vary depending on season and events but prices will include beach chair, umbrella and towel. They really take good care of guest and it’s a great place for “people watching” with clean restrooms. Large LGBT crowd but lots of our straight fiends go here as well. Not the place if your looking for that “secluded beach” visit. Not going to be a cheap day at the beach here...
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locals recommend
Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill
32
locals recommend
Great beach club with DJ/music, pool, food and bar service. Entrance prices vary depending on season and events but prices will include beach chair, umbrella and towel. They really take good care of guest and it’s a great place for “people watching” with clean restrooms. Large LGBT crowd but lots of our straight fiends go here as well. Not the place if your looking for that “secluded beach” visit. Not going to be a cheap day at the beach here...
Incanto Vallarta takes its name from the charming and elegant setting along the Rio Cuale that divides old town from Centro in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Incanto features an eclectic offering of world-class entertainment in both the lower level 90 seat cabaret/theatre, and in the intimate piano bar space on the second floor. Classic cocktails and delicious offerings from their cafe will make Incanto a destination where you’ll want to linger well before and after the show; especially on one of the two riverside terraces. Mornings on the terrace at Incanto features signature coffee and delicious creative breakfast selections.
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locals recommend
Incanto
109 Insurgentes
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locals recommend
Incanto Vallarta takes its name from the charming and elegant setting along the Rio Cuale that divides old town from Centro in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Incanto features an eclectic offering of world-class entertainment in both the lower level 90 seat cabaret/theatre, and in the intimate piano bar space on the second floor. Classic cocktails and delicious offerings from their cafe will make Incanto a destination where you’ll want to linger well before and after the show; especially on one of the two riverside terraces. Mornings on the terrace at Incanto features signature coffee and delicious creative breakfast selections.
Off the beaten path but a great find! We love the Sunday early Happy Hour (no food just cocktails) and the very comfortable chairs.
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locals recommend
Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge
228 Ignacio L. Vallarta
6
locals recommend
Off the beaten path but a great find! We love the Sunday early Happy Hour (no food just cocktails) and the very comfortable chairs.
Great new spot (March 2020) located on the 2nd floor above the Los Arcos Hotel. You will see the steps up to the bar on the Calle Manuel side just off the beach. We have not had dinner here but LOVE the space and sunsets sitting at the bar - it has the feel of a "W Hotel" lobby. Prices seem fair for the view and how well done the space was built out.
iK Mixology Bar & Cuisine
Great new spot (March 2020) located on the 2nd floor above the Los Arcos Hotel. You will see the steps up to the bar on the Calle Manuel side just off the beach. We have not had dinner here but LOVE the space and sunsets sitting at the bar - it has the feel of a "W Hotel" lobby. Prices seem fair for the view and how well done the space was built out.
Great service and fair prices. They provide you with a beach chair and umbrella at no cost. You just purchase their food and drinks. Our favorite beach club!
10
locals recommend
Ritmos Beach Café
177 Malecón
10
locals recommend
Great service and fair prices. They provide you with a beach chair and umbrella at no cost. You just purchase their food and drinks. Our favorite beach club!
Happy Hours
These are a few places we enjoy for their great happy hours.
Beautiful view of the bay and city. Just a short walk from our place and wonderful STRONG Margaritas. Happy Hour is 4pm to 6pm daily.
7
locals recommend
Casa Isabel
483 Privada del Bosque
7
locals recommend
Beautiful view of the bay and city. Just a short walk from our place and wonderful STRONG Margaritas. Happy Hour is 4pm to 6pm daily.
Excellent sunset photo spot. 2 for 1 Happy Hour from 5-6:30 PM. Ask for Jorge or Adrian and please make sure you tell them that Chuck and Tom from Casa Tamarindo sent you. I promise it will become a favorite sunset spot. I caution you though, get there early.
Coco Tropical
101 Basilio Badillo
Excellent sunset photo spot. 2 for 1 Happy Hour from 5-6:30 PM. Ask for Jorge or Adrian and please make sure you tell them that Chuck and Tom from Casa Tamarindo sent you. I promise it will become a favorite sunset spot. I caution you though, get there early.
Happy Hour Martinis just 75 pesos and the most comfortable bar chairs in PV! Ask for Al & Manuelito. Very relaxing place with excellent drinks!
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locals recommend
Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge
228 Ignacio L. Vallarta
6
locals recommend
Happy Hour Martinis just 75 pesos and the most comfortable bar chairs in PV! Ask for Al & Manuelito. Very relaxing place with excellent drinks!
ATM
Be careful and only use bank ATM’s here and not some of the standalone private ones. Make sure you select machines with pesos as some are USD only. Never except the exchange rate shown on the screen (just decline) and you will get a better exchange from your home bank.
Good ATM
Intercam Banco Puerto Vallarta Centro
130 Ignacio L. Vallarta
Good ATM
Good ATM
Banregio Exchange
#180 Basilio Badillo
Good ATM
Good ATM
Banorte Suc 1701
246 Olas Altas
Good ATM
Laundry
While we don’t have a guest laundry facility here, there are several nearby places who will wash, dry & fold for you.
Go down the hill and take a right on Jacarandas. Then walk down 1 & 1/2 blocks past Basillo Badillo and look on the right for “Fast & Clean”. They charge by the kilo/pound and can normally have stuff back to you in a day! Our guest seem to really like this place.
Laundry N Press
476 Calle Francisco I. Madero
Go down the hill and take a right on Jacarandas. Then walk down 1 & 1/2 blocks past Basillo Badillo and look on the right for “Fast & Clean”. They charge by the kilo/pound and can normally have stuff back to you in a day! Our guest seem to really like this place.
Just opened in August 2020 and our guest seem to really like it! Drop of in the morning and normally pick back up the same day. They are located just down the hill making them the closest to our home.
Calle Jacarandas 349
349 Calle Jacarandas
Just opened in August 2020 and our guest seem to really like it! Drop of in the morning and normally pick back up the same day. They are located just down the hill making them the closest to our home.
Will pickup and deliver for around 50 pesos plus the cost of laundry. They do a good job but you just need to coordinate pickup and deliver times with them. We typically tip 50 pesos extra for the driver on delivery.
PVRPV - Laundry Service
212 Pino Suárez
Will pickup and deliver for around 50 pesos plus the cost of laundry. They do a good job but you just need to coordinate pickup and deliver times with them. We typically tip 50 pesos extra for the driver on delivery.
Helpful Stuff
Here are a few places our guest might need during their stay.
Great pharmacy located down the hill. They have an English speaking doctor located in the building next to them. We have some friends that have used him with great reviews.
Farmacia Medisim Basilio Badillo
450 Basilio Badillo
Great pharmacy located down the hill. They have an English speaking doctor located in the building next to them. We have some friends that have used him with great reviews.
Nearest hospital to our home. Cut my finger and was in & out in 45min for less than $100 USD. Extremely clean and great service.
Hospital Medasist
360 Manuel M. Dieguez
Nearest hospital to our home. Cut my finger and was in & out in 45min for less than $100 USD. Extremely clean and great service.
This place is excellent. They will ship for you or wrap it for travel. You will love it.
Mundo de Cristal
333 Insurgentes
This place is excellent. They will ship for you or wrap it for travel. You will love it.
Our goal is to create a memorable local experience for our guest that makes them want to return and recommend us to their friends and family.
Casa Tamarindo PV
500 Calle Rodolfo Gómez
Our goal is to create a memorable local experience for our guest that makes them want to return and recommend us to their friends and family.