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Chef’s Pass - Puerto Vallarta: Eat Where the Locals Eat in Old Town

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Great overview and orientation of the city


Visit three local, family-owned and operated neighborhood restaurants and enjoy two courses at each place. Experience one delicious 3.5 hour, 7-course culinary journey through the heart and soul of the historic and romantic Emiliano Zapata neighborhood.

Eat Where the Locals Eat showcases signature dishes from traditional, local, family owned and operated restaurants in historic “Old Town.” Each course features a unique riff on traditional Mexican dishes from family recipes handed down through the years. Seafood is the focal ingredient in all but two dishes. It is a culinary adventure that dives into the heart and soul of the famed “Old Town” / Emiliano Zapata neighborhood where you dine at restaurants whose cuisine remains untouched by “what the tourists expect.” Experience these historic Old Town favorites through seven courses from three restaurants and one street food stand.

This dinner progressive tour begins at the Emiliano Zapata market where you will meet your guide. Throughout the tour your guide will charm you with stories and facts about the history of Emiliano Zapata. Your first stop is Restaurant Parajitos, a hidden gem just off the Rio Cuale that you have to know is there to be able to find. And once you experience it, you’ll want to go back on your own, time and time again. Stop two, Mariscos Cisneros, is the quintessential neighborhood go-to. Pass by the street stand, roam through the main dining area right past the kitchen and settle into the quaint courtyard to dine al fresco (weather permitting). Stop number three finds us a traditional Mexican Cenaduria. "Celia" is another hidden gem that defines traditional homemade Mexican cuisine. 


  • Alcoholic Beverages (adults over 18 only)
  • All food
  • Food tasting
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Additional alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour needs a minimum of 6 guests to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough diners to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Not recommended for child aged 10 and under
  • Dress code is casual. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Operated by a bi-lingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • A short amount of walking is involved. About one mile total.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Bring your mobile or printed ticket to the first restaurant to check in for admittance
  • Not recommended for participants with seafood or gluten allergies.
  • Not recommended for vegetarians or vegans.
  • Unable to accommodate special dietary needs due to the prix fixe menu and focus on the restaurants signature dishes.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

Meeting Point

Mercado Emiliano Zapata (The Emiliano Zapata Market), Located at Lazaro Cardenas St. and Camichin St. in Old Town.

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The final stop is at the corner of V. Carranza and Naranja streets. As soon as the tour is over you may continue strolling the neighborhood on your own. Or, there will be taxis waiting to bring you back to your hotel or wherever you want to go.
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