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Bistro Balsamar

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$$ - $$$
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Ignacio L Vallarta # 372, Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
+52 322 222 0926
08:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was looking for a place to eat and friend recommended trying Bistro Balsamar just off Basillo Badillo. I had seen the servers trying to entice people to come down for lunch and dinner but had never tried it till today. The meal started with a complimentary appetizer of quick fried cauliflower, I typically HATE cauliflower but this was delicious... More 

1 Thank MamaTits
Omaha, Nebraska
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here all week and walked through this bistros tables several times. When we stopped to read the menu it was full of our favorite foods, enchiladas, sandwiches, marine offerings and vegetarian fare. I had the Coconut Shrimp. Huge portion 4 inch long prawns, perfect rice and steamed veggies. We will eat there again. Enchiladas pollo with Verde... More 

2 Thank sfili
San Francisco
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to experience great, regional Mexican food on a romantic, quiet side street just off the busy street (Basillio Badillo), then this is the place! We have been coming here every visit to PV old-town since we stumbled upon it in spring 2013! It's a family run restaurant with great presentation on dishes. Price is very affordable including... More 

2 Thank Steve S
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened by this very quaint Mexican restaurant. Food was very good. A little problem with the language. The food was great. We had the 3 entres starting with the Emoladas which smouthered in mole sauce. Fabulous. Great guacamole. I had the rather large porkchop which was done to perfection. We also tried the Chillies Nogada which were chillies stuffed... More 

1 Thank AlexTerry12
Austin, Texas
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some reason, the restaurant was not very crowded even though we are in the middle of a busy holiday week. 2 blocks away there were places with an hour wait, which makes no sense given the food quality here. We received a very tasty welcome of fried cauliflower and a dipping sauce. Next the black bean soup with crema... More 

1 Thank BDH1Austin
Rehoboth Beach
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112 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The chef here is actually amazing and very talented. The food is superior to some of the 5star fancy places without the attitude and Cost. Food is always a delicious chicken notixa spelled wrong was delightful the starter of cauliflower done to perfection everything was definitely top notch as well as the service The only problem is that it is... More 

1 Thank Doslocosguyspvrmx
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Smallish place, but the food and service is excellent. Great little find. I went with friend and we tried a variety of dishes and all were very good. Great place in warmer weather as it is air conditioned. Have also eaten outside on street side tables also very nice.

1 Thank Bill P
Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here my first trip to PV in 2014. Had to make sure I found it again this year! Still the same great food and service off the beaten trail of Basillo Badillo. Show them some love ❤️ when you visit!

Thank John P
Pinellas Park, Florida
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89 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Stopped in for a quick breakfast. I wish they were open for dinner in the low season as the menu looks amazing. They are open for breakast and lunch and really need customers to make it through the low season.

Thank acajane
San Francisco, California
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165 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We've been to Bistro Balsamar three times, always for breakfast and lunch. When we went most recently, they were not open for dinner. Summer off-season hours. We've had a few kinds of pancakes there. All perfect. Light and with (sometimes) the fruit on top. We've had tortilla soup and empanadas (with a *snack* of tasty cauliflower, on the house). I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ignacio L Vallarta # 372, Puerto Vallarta 48380, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Puerto Vallarta
  • Phone Number: +52 322 222 0926
New Small Mexican location Home with street-side dining,Organic Coffe, seating available for small groups. A/C, Wifi, once you visit Bistro Balsamar you'll understand why we have the most loyal clients in Puerto Vallarta!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?