This busy, family-friendly restaurant was founded in 1986, and has not stopped serving fajitas since. The aroma from the sizzling meats cooked on a ... More
This busy, family-friendly restaurant was founded in 1986, and has not stopped serving fajitas since. The aroma from the sizzling meats cooked on a metal plate emanates from the restaurant. The daily catch offers succulent fish fajitas; but the usual shrimp, chicken and steak fajitas are always available. The deep-fried Chimichanga burritos are favorites, and for the truly big appetite, the Macho Combo will definitely drive away hunger with everything from a grilled steak to a Tamale piled on the plate. The dress code is resort-casual.
They pack you in like sardines and try to get you out as soon as they can to turn over tables. I have been going to PV for over 15 years. We thought Pipis was fun at first but now we refuse to go near the place. The last time we went we waited for about 20 minutes to get in (it can get busy at dinner time). They sat us in a table right by the door where we literally didn't have any space to eat comfortably. When we asked for a different table they said we'd have to wait at the end of the list again!
First of all, you need to understand that Pipis is NOT a Mexican restaurant. It is a restaurant designed explicitly to separate tourists from their money.
Yes, it is owned Mexicans. In fact, all the brothers live close by (as in across the street).
Yes, it is staffed by Mexicans. And they provide excellent service.
Yes, some of the food is Mexican. For example, the boiled vegetables that accompany many dishes are a tradition in Mexico.
No, the vast majority of the food is not Mexican. It is a gringo's idea of Mexican. I mean, seriously, fajitas? If you think that fajitas are Mexican food, then you need to educate yourself.
So, why do I like Pipis so much?
1. The crowds. Lots of people having lots of fun. There are no (or should not be any unhappy people) here.
2. The servers. Actually, the entire staff. This restaurant is one well-oiled machine. Everything works and flows smoothly. Do they rush you a bit. Yes, because they have prospects waiting outside. I really enjoy watching the machine work.
3. The atmosphere. It is so over the top with the music.
4. The table-side guacamole is the best in the world. Make the way you want it with the freshest, softest avocados.
5. The love. The brothers who own Pipis clearly love their work and being in the restaurant business.
6. The drinks (not the frozen ones, but the "on the rocks" ones) will put you on your butt.
So, go to Pipis and enjoy the Americanized Mexican food and have a good time.
We were recommended to go to Pipi's by a Tour guide and he said it was definitely one of the greatest places in town. We visited this restaurant on 12-3-08 for lunch. There were a group of six (three couples)of us. This was our first time in P.V. (we were all tourists from a cruise trip). We were sat immediately after arriving into the restaurant. Our waiter, who spoke decent english but never introduced himself, was not customer-centric at all but all to arrogant. He came by to take our order and had an attitude about most questions asked. He never smiled, didn't check back to make sure everything was ok, or bring our bill when it was requested. I spoke Spanish to him immediately after he came by to introduce himself and continued to speak that same language to him thereafter. We were given complimentary guacamole and tortilla chips soon after placing our lunch order. Our server came back to bring the cadillac margaritas that we ALL ordered and poured the grand marnier into the drink in front of you. I didn't see him pour the shot into my glass so I politely asked him if he had done so and said, very rudely, "of course I did...that's how cadillac margaritas are served....1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and six"! He counted the shot glasses he was holding to make sure that I was in no doubt. He didn't have to do that nor did he have to explain how they were served. Little did he know, Cadillac margaritas are all I drink.!! The food was brought by a different person and our plates were removed by the bus boy. We waited about 20 minutes before requesting our bill and it took our waiter an additional 15 minutes to bring it to us. He took three orders (which we saw him do)before finally bringing our bill. There was a group of about 10 caucasians, sitting next to us, who happened to be sat after we were and they left before we did. The food was good, a bit over-priced and the service was horrible. If it wasn't for the service, I would go back. What an awfull experience. It's safe to say that if you are caucasian or look it then maybe you'll get much better service than we did!
Every time I come to PVR I go to Pipis. I am never disappointed. Everything about the place is great.
The staff are attentive and fun. The food is plentiful and tasty, my favourite is the guacomole. And the cocktails!!! HUGE!!
omg!! I love it. I'm mexican but still I didn't know what to order the food is amazing, the mood is awsome cause there's mariachi.
They ground the wacamole right in front of you so you know it's fresh.. I really recomend the quesadillas that are filled with like mushrooms and salsa they're sooo good..
Very noisy and fun setting. Hard to hear your mate talk, but a very fun place to go with a group of people. The homemade guacamole at the table was very good! Our dinners were reasonable and you got a lot of food, very fun setting.
My wife and I have been going to Pipi's since they opened when it was less than 1/2 the size. Always treated with good food and friendliness by all. The best margaritas and lively music with mariachis. The food has been consistently good. Only thing I miss is the seafood soup they originaly served.
We visit Puerto Vallarta every other year and never miss a visit to Pipi's. The food is excellent and there is a lot of energy in the room. It makes a great place for lunch or dinner. We always go with a large group and have a blast with the mariachi players. I am surprised it is not in the top 10 on Yahoo! as it is our favorite restaurant in PV and would be the one I would choose above all others.
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