Best restaurants in Bucerias – Bahia de Banderas, Mexico

What do we all look for when taking a vacation –  experiencing interesting places, savouring unusual flavours, meeting new friends and embracing different cultures. And the best way to achieve all these new destination goals is through food. As a local I’m happy to share my favourite spots and best restaurants in Bucerias, and hope you have the chance to give some of them a try.

Miguel Carvalho, founder of Punta de Mita-Rentals and Tripwix Vacation Rentals spent twenty years as Food and Beverage Director with five star hotel chains like Four Seasons Hotels, Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental. Miguel is a long-term Punta Mita resident with a passion for pursuing the best that Punta de Mita area restaurants have to offer.

As a food (and wine….and tequila) lover my philosophy has always been about trying as many authentic flavours as possible, price should not dictate quality, nor taste tingling experiences, any good cook or chef can deliver an unforgettable experience, but they do need to be good!

Happily for us locals, Bucerias and Bahia de Banderas area is served by an excellent choice of restaurants showcasing the best of Mexican and International flavours from fine dining to street grab n go grub.

My favourite choice however is opting for a local cook or chef bring the local flavours to you – in villa/home dining is an excellent and affordable way to enjoy that fish you caught today or design your own culinary experiences ( with and without Mexican wine and Tequila pairings)

Buen Provecho!

Best French Food in Punta de Mita area,  Bucerias

Le Bistro

This tiny Bucerias restaurant is another local go to. An authentic French bistro run by a husband-and-wife duo really delivers on all levels. I order the Foie Gras pate to take home and serve at dinner parties, velvety, smooth and definitely the real deal, it wows every time. Dining at the restaurant I’m always spoilt for choice and cannot say there is a bad plate on the menu. An intimate restaurant with a BYOB policy it’s well worth the drive if French food floats your boat.

AddressGaleana 11, Zona Dorada, 63732 Bucerías, Nay.

Dinner ONLY

Phone322 158 0937

le bistrot restaurant    le bistrot restaurant bucerias

Best Mexican Taco Experience

Tacos on the street- La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Hidden in a back street of the quaint nearby village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle this is the place to eat authentic Mexican tacos, washed down with a couple of cold ones you’ll always make new friends at this “on the street” local hangout.

AddressHuachinango 9, Mesa Quemada, 63734 Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nay.

Lunch and Dinner

Phone322 349 6136

Service options: Dine-in · Kerbside pickup · No delivery

Hours: Open 5 PM⋅ Closes 10:30 PM (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

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Best Meat Lovers Restaurant

Meet Meat, Bucerias

As close to a big city dining experience as you’ll get in the area, the swanky urban rooftop space does not fail to deliver a huge WOW! In terms of location the views across the Bay to Vallarta and up to Mita are exceptional, the service has been faultless to date and the extensive menu does not disappoint whatever you order. As the name infers this is a speciality meat restaurant but Mexican cuts are as tender and flavourful as their International counterparts. Sides are abundant and for non-meat eaters there are pasta to fresh fish options all as tasty as each other.

A well-priced and varied wine list rounds out the excellent experience. Not to mention some exciting dessert options

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery

Address: Calle Lázaro Cárdenas 84, Flamingos, 63732 Bucerías, Nay.

Hours: Open 5 PM⋅ Closes 10:30 PM

Closed Sundays

Phone: 322 192 0078

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Consistently Best Local restaurant

Mina, Punta de Mita

A good restaurant for me is one that delivers consistent greatness through the freshest products, ambience, service, and flavour. In all the years Mina (used to be Si Senor) has been open, it had never failed to deliver the freshest fish, (TRY catch of the day arriero style) interesting ingredient combinations and a great nod to Mexican cultural design

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery

AddressAve El Anclote 200, 63734 Punta de Mita, Nay.

Lunch and dinner

Phone329 291 6652

Hours:Open from Noon . Closes 11 PM


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Best In Home Dining

And….. My hands down favourite- a private chef in the comfort of my own home who can teach me some new techniques and prepare fish that I have just caught myself…… priceless!

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Contact Concierge: | +52 322 152 1541


+ Note the information provided here was last updated 10.2023 and hours, days, menu items and services may be subject to change.

Miguel Carvalho

Miguel Neves de Carvalho is Portuguese, from the southern region of Portugal, Alentejo. But, he considers himself a citizen of the world, having lived in Portugal, Mozambique, USA, Hong Kong, Macau, Dubai, and now, Mexico. For Miguel, the world seems a relatively easy place to get around as he speaks fluent Portuguese, English, Spanish and French and has a good understanding of Italian. His passion is to travel in order to eat and drink! Offer him the most unusual local dishes anywhere in the world and he is curious to try it and he will want to know what drink is typically served with it. Other passions include polo, horse riding, rugby, cigars and most recently ... golf.