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Zaide Brambila of Ai Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Diners at La Leche, Purto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA fancy dinner in Puerto Vallarta could cost you around 200 pesos (US $11) per person for the main dish. Dessert is around 50 to 60 pesos ($3 to $3.50) person. Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta usually have a full meal with dessert for around 300 pesos ($16) per person. One example of a restaurant with these prices is La Leche, which is a gourmet place in Vallarta. Their restaurant looks interesting, too, because they have a monochromatic theme.
 
For 100 pesos ($5.50) per person, you could get some good Mexican food and soda. You could also get tacos and soda or fresh water for around 150 pesos ($8.20) per person. This would be in a sit-down restaurant where they have waiters to serve you.
 
On the low end, you can spend 30 pesos ($1.65) and buy tacos. There is a guy who delivers really good tacos to our office. You get six regular-sized tacos for 30 pesos ($1.65) so it’s 5 pesos (27 cents) each. It is good enough for lunch if you’re running low on your budget. If you have lots of money, you would still buy it, though, because it tastes good.
 
(Diners at La Leche Almacen Gourmet restaurant, Purto Vallarta, Mexico,pictured.) 
Paul Mayer of Vallarta Food Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Popular ceviche place n Puerta Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFor the equivalent restaurant in the States, you would probably pay about 30% less in the restaurants here in Puerto Vallarta. If you were having a lunch or dinner that costs US $40 in the States, then it would be around $28 here. That is for the nicer restaurants. If you go the more family-owned, smaller restaurants, it cost about 70% less than how much it is in the US. One of our favorite stops is a fish place where I could eat a full meal and have a beer for $7 to $8. It’s really inexpensive and the food is good and fresh.
 
(Recommended ceviche place by Vallarta Food Tours,Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Audrey Royem of Ai Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Sea bass with mash potatoes, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAll the restaurants in the Puerto Vallarta area are fabulous. There is a lot of variety. The restaurants in Sayulita, where I live, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, are absolutely wonderful.
 
In both areas you get this really great fusion of European influence, traditional Mexican, and then there’s this Mexican fusion, which like a modern interpretation of Mexican food. For example, you can have a chile relleno with a nice different filling or different salsas that are not traditional that bring out some new, exciting flavors. The food here is so fabulous. It’s so fresh. The seafood laid out right here out of the ocean and very affordable.  
 
(Women making tortilla from scratch, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Michael Keller of Guardian Insurance Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Vegetarian Mexican food in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMcDonald's is more expensive here in Puerto Vallarta than in Chicago. Restaurants like KFC's and Domino's Pizza's are more expensive or the same than in the States. There is also an Outback Steakhouse in Puerto Vallarta, which is a step up from the fast food restaurants and that is also either the same or more expensive than in Chicago. The Mexican restaurants are comparable to prices in the States, almost exact if not more expensive. I have not seen a restaurant down here in Puerto Vallarta that is cheaper than in the States. 
 
If you go to a taco stand on the street, you get a taco for 10 pesos (US $0.55), which is cheaper than the cost of taco in the States.
 
This is one of the things that surprised me when I moved to Puerto Vallarta. Cost of food in Walmarts in Puerto Vallarta is at least the same, if not more expensive, than in the States. 
 
(Vegetarian Mexican food in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Barb Goodhart – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Taco stand in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingRestaurants in Puerto Vallarta can vary from top gastronomical gourmet dining to the other extreme consisting of small Mexican spots frequented by the locals.  Naturally prices will vary accordingly.  Some of the top chefs in the world are located here and the locations of some of the restaurants will impact the price as well.   Since Puerto Vallarta is located on the side of a mountain going down to the sea, restaurants on the hill have incredible views, which of course will impact the price.   Other locations on the beach or offering views of the daily spectacular sunsets can be very pricey as well.  These locations will cost you as much as any US (i.e., Phoenix) top quality restaurant along with the ambience to boot.  You could easily spend $100 US per person along with drinks.
 
In the middle of the road ($25-$50 US) there are hundreds of places to enjoy with great ambience and great food that are very attractive to tourists that can be found in all areas of the city.  These are often written up on websites such as Tripadvisor, etc., so I encourage you to check them out. 
 
However as an expat living in Puerto Vallarta there are an incredible number of places, be they small dining spots, or even street stands where the food is delicious and may cost as little as $2-$3 US for a meal.  I find that while there may be little ambience at these places, the experience makes it all the more exciting.  Food is often served in ways unfamiliar to outsiders but that's the fun of living in Mexico!  You can always tell the ones with the best food because those are the ones that are always crowded. 
 
So from a cost perspective you can dine out for whatever your budget will allow.  My recommendation is to mix it up and try the gamut if your budget allows. If not you can still enjoy delicious food for very little money.
 
Many tourists who travel to Puerto Vallarta here stay at resorts or hotels that are "all inclusive."  While that might sound great in theory it really ends up costing your more and limits the opportunity to discover many great alternatives for dining.   If you are thinking of moving here make sure you open your options and try all that the area has to offer.
 
(Taco stand in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)

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