Camino a la Aguacatera Km. 1.2, Lomas de Enmedio 48290
AVERAGE USER RATING
Cuisine: Steak & Barbecue
Contact:+52 332 223 2104
Open Hours: 11a-11p M-Su
Located 390 meters above Puerto Vallarta, this locale boasts one of the best views for watching sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by the ... More
Located 390 meters above Puerto Vallarta, this locale boasts one of the best views for watching sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sierra Mountains and the inspiring mountaintop view of the city, the dining experience is very memorable. Although featuring some traditional Mexican appetizers, the menu is mostly food from the barbeque grill. Enjoy the advantages of tasting a good steak in combination with freshly made Mexican wheat tortillas. A camera is a must.
So, we went to PV for my brother's wedding, the following day a group of about 20 + decided to go to Las carmelitas, which was highly recommended. The view is definitely worth the fee you pay as you go up; maybe worth a drink see the view, THEN LEAVE.
To make my story short, at least 18 of the people the party complained about their food. Usually, you'll have the picky person here and there, but 18 of us? My food was good, but not at all enough for the 190 MXN that I paid (and I'm a small guy, 130lbs). Others had incorrect orders, burnt, raw tortillas, union and water (that's union soup), and the list goes on. It also took an incredible amount of time to receive our orders and yes, we did have a reservation.
And the end we got in an argument with the restaurant, paid for most of the food. But the best part of the evening was that, we asked our cabs to take us to a taco shop, where I ate again and everyone else ate as well! That was good!
Go at your own risk....
We went to Las Carmelitas for the first time last month and enjoyed our evening.The service was top notch and the food (flank steak) was great. A word of warning about the drinks. They are expensive and you may want to consider sticking with beer or soft drinks. Although the margarita was excellent but the 150 pesos cost was very expensive for PV. They also charge for the chips and salsa which often is included in most of the restaurants we frequent in PV. They are building a new restaurant and the view covers pretty well all of PV. We could see not only old town, but all the way past the airport to Bucerias and even Punta Mita. The sunset was spectacular. The ride up was interesting. Our cab fare from the Hotel district was 180 pesos which also is expensive, but when you see the ride up, you understand better. If you have reservations there is no charge at the gate. However, if you don't I understand there is a $10 refundable charge,
Been going to Vallarta every year for 25 years and finally made it up to Las Carmalitas. We (our family) love all that Vallarta has to offer as far as food - from cart tacos to fine dining. That being said, it is unlikely that we would ever dine here again. Neither would we suggest dining here to others. The view, and trip up to the restaurant is great but that is pretty much where it ends. The prices are very inflated for the quality. The drinks, outrageous - even for resort area standards. For example, a miami vice (half pina colada/half strawberrry dacquiri) cost us $17!! This is a drink that you can get just about anywhere in Vallarta for $4-8. I understand that you can just pay about $10 for your party to go up and enjoy the view - probably the best bargain in my opinion. Pay the price, skip the meal.
We should have expected that a surprise was awaiting us when we got the check as there is no drink menu with prices. The 4 of us ordered margarita's which were not very good at all. My wife couldn't drink hers (too sour) and ordered a beer instead. After the waiter took back her margarita I expected that there would be no charge for hers. When the bill was presented to us each margarita was between $13-$14 US and they charged us for all 4. The food was ok except the garlic shrimp was too salty for my liking. Beuatiful view but overall I would not recommend anyone to go there. Go to El Panorama in instead where you will get a great view, wonderful service and good food.
Poor food and service do not make up for the spectacular view.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 7/9/07
Las Carmalitas came highly recomended as I was on my honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, but did not meet standard expectations of a great dining experience.
To begin, you have to pay extra for a taxi to bring you approximatly 2 miles to a destination where the city bus does not run.
It is such a tourist trap they nail you just to get you to this restaurant.
When you enter you are enamored by the view. It is spectular.
But then the dinning experience begins.
You are handed a menu that is only in Spanish so you have no idea what is on the menu. Then as you attempt to ask the waitor the specifics of the menu, it is clear he does not fully understand english.
Then when you order drinks such as coke or water, they bring them to you warm with a glass half full of ice. Try to put a warm can of soda that has been sitting out in the Mexican heat in a small glass only half full of ice. Needless to say the soda stinks and is undrinkable.
After you order, which takes forever to do because they don't understand you and they have very little staff because it is hard for the Mexicans to get to work at a place that has no public transportation, you wait. You are not brought any nachos or bread as it says it does on the menu. After 45 minutes of sucking on a warm flat soda your meal comes. I ordered the most expensive thing on the menu as it was our last night of our honeymoon. The meal came and went. The portion was so small I was not sure if I had eaten yet. Not only was it small, it was average tasting at best.
We tried to complain, that the service, the food, the portions, the drinks were all poor. But no one cared. The waitstaff all stood at the bar drinking tequila every chance they could, instead of caring about what was going on.
To top it off, they overcharged us thinking you don't know how to count pesos. It was very difficult to get them to fix the bill to the price it should have been because we caught them trying to take advantage of tourists.
At the end they did not offer us a drink, to pay for our taxi, or a dessert, nothing.
This was one of the worst dinning experiences in my life and would not recomend Las Carmelitasto anyone.
I loved the view over Puerto Vallarta. It is beautiful at sunset and when nightfall occurs. All the sparkling lights of the city below appear.
The cover is now $100 pesos which is applied to your bill. The drive up is a little nerve wracking but not bad. I have a car so I drove up. When you reach the top there is a parking lot right next to a corral where there are some horses. There are goats and chickens around too.
It is much improved from a few years ago when I was there. There are now guardrails around the seating area. There is a palapa roof on the rest of the restaurant.
The prices have increased also but not outrageous. The average was $220 pesos per person including drinks. All I could drink was one margarita they were so big. Two of my friends and I had the arrechera (flank steak), another friend had stuffed mahi mahi, and the third had a whole red snapper. We all agreed the food was great.
I would definitely recommend the restaurant.
We went there on our last trip to PV and had a wonderful experience. Went with 8 friends and had a table overlooking the entire bay. The food was prepared excellent and the service could not have been better. The trip up to Las Carmelitas was half the fun. Make sure you take a good taxi that can make it up the side of the mountain, once you get there, the view is the best in all of Vallarta.
Food was good as always,but, It has become very expensive ( like eating at El Set or Roberto's) with an outstanding view.
1 1/2 hours to get our Food. $15.00 margaritas and a 20.00 Taxi both ways. It is not the bargain it used to be
What a neat place! The last time we were there was March of 2005. We are going back again this March and we will definately make a reservation to Carmalita's. The view is breathtaking, something I've never experienced before. The food wasn't the greatest, althought it might have been what we ordered (seafood sampler for 2). Everything about this restaurant was like taking an excursion. The taxi ride was like being on a roller coaster climbing the first really big hill. The restaurant is quite casual and open air, so bring a sweater or jacket as it will get chilly when the sun goes down. The sunset is out of this world. Pictures don't do it justice. You have to experience this for yourself. If you are going to PV, don't miss this fantastic restaurant, you won't be disappointed.
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