The extraordinary setting of the cafe next to the Cuale River with its soothing sounds, creates an oasis of silence and tranquility in downtown. Its ... More
River Cafe (The)
The extraordinary setting of the cafe next to the Cuale River with its soothing sounds, creates an oasis of silence and tranquility in downtown. Its magnificent terrace with its white umbrellas swaying with the wind, give an almost poetic quality to the place. The River Cafe features a good selection of wines to complement the numerous steaks and chicken entrees. You may wish to enjoy the Smoked Salmon Blini with goat cheese and fine herb vinaigrette or the River Cafe Salad.
Well OK, it was Chili Willi's twenty years ago but it's still our favorite special occasion restaurant. Over the years, we have dined there over a dozen times and we have not been disappointed once. The food is always excellent and the staff could not be any better. Unfortunately, Efrain has gotten married and moved to LA but the rest of the wait staff makes up for the loss.
The prices are what you would expect to pay at one of your better stateside establishments and they have an extensive wine list featuring many local and Chilean wines. Their menu is posted on their web site and you can make reservations via e-mail. Reservations are recommended as it often fills up early.
The restaurant is located on Isla Rio Cuale next to the lower bridge where Morelos turns into Ignacio L Vallarta so sometimes there can be some street noise. This is not a bay view restaurant but after sunset, it doesn’t matter.
All in all, after eating in PV restaurants for well over twenty visits in the past twenty years, this is still our favorite and maybe it will be yours also.
We found the River Cafe a few years ago when we were on a month long holiday.. My husband and I must have eaten there 3 times a week to the point they gave us a discount card. Since we bought a condo there we use the card often. The live music, great service and most of all is the food, always fresh, very well presented and tastefull. We are happy we found you......
My boyfriend and I went for a romantic dinner and had a wonderful time! The food was incredible, the service was unbeatable, and the restaurant was beautiful. The waiters were very attentive, we had a bottle of wine and did not have to pour one glass ourselves!
I had the stuffed chicken and my boyfriend had the rib eye steak- both highly recommended! I had the cream of wild mushroom soup as an appetizer and it was the most delicious soup I have ever eaten!
It is a very romantic, beautiful restaurant and we will definitely be returning!
The River Cafe has all the qualities for a nice night of dining.
Ambiance, service & food were very good. The staff was very friendly till we questioned a price on our bill. We don't usually stay very frugal on vacations but, we ordered two bottles of water with our dinner($6.50 US.) a bottle. Maybe our fault not specifying a type of water. But, I'm use to requesting a specialty item, not having it assumed I want the top shelf item. You see their explanation was that the water was from Fiji. Nothing else no apology, no adjustment to the bill. Just cold stares and tension in the air. Except for that nice place. Adios
The River cafe is a must for anyone who enjoys good music by two who enjoy doing it. The service is next to none and everyone is very nice and friendly. My wife and I go every year to PV and always go to the River Cafe at least 6 nights out of 10. We are looking forward to our 2008 trip as we are staying 2 weeks this time. What's really cool, is when they see us coming down the steps they have our table ready by the time we get there. WONDERFUL PLACE!
I have been eating at this cafe for many years (probably 20 times) and it is always fantastic. Over the years it has grown and has great entertainment. River Cafe along with the Kaiser Maxamillian are must go to spots in Old Town. Don't pass up this lovely, relaxed spot. If you are looking for a fast food eatery stay in the tourist areas. You would pay two or three times this amount in the U.S. or Europe.
The atmosphere in the River Cafe is more than you may expect. If you arrive in the early evening, bats can be seen fliting through the trees. A beautiful, wee cat stolls between the tables waiting to be admired and petted. It feel more like you are sitting in a friend's backyard than in a restaurant.
The food is excellent and well presented. It seems to be a fusion between true native cuisine and modern nouveau. The native has the upper hand!
This is my wife's favourite restaurant in all of the different Mexican cities that we have visited. Each tiome we come back to the area, we have to hit the River Cafe.
the setting is beautiful, we were greeted by the manager/owner very hospitably and as we were early with no reservations we were seated in a lovely section of the restaurant.that is the best part of our eating experience. Our waiter was surly, not a smile or a greeting especially when as seniors we shared our entrees and just the men had drinks.our food was served inoorrectly by wait staff who seemed in a a great hurry. we ordered the apple salad, not impressed, tasted like wilted greens with applesauce.the fish was hohum certainly not worth the money,Then when we paying our check and the 10 per cent tip was added our surly waiter had the audacity to question the tip by asking "was our service not good?". It is a good thing that my husband has a hearing aid and didn't hear him..We eat at wonderful restaurants like the Jass Bistro, La Palapa, Cafe de Artistes but we will never eat at the River Cafe again and will tell all of our acquaintances around the pool of the Sheraton..bad experience
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