Riviera Nayarit has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. Specifically, the areas close to Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay receive millions of visitors each year. The great weather, beautiful beaches and endless outdoor activities are very attractive for vacationers and residents alike. If you want to own a second home in Mexico, contact us at Villa La Estancia. We have a modern hotel-condo concept property located in the peaceful neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta. Our beachfront residences are luxurious, spacious and come with resort amenities and services. That way, every day at your vacation home feels like a dream. If you’re wondering where to dine in style in Riviera Nayarit, there are lots of excellent restaurants in Nuevo Vallarta and around Riviera Nayarit. Read more below about our top 5 picks of where to eat in Riviera Nayarit.

La Casona

At Villa La Estancia, we are proud to have one of the area’s top restaurants located right onsite. La Casona is a lovely American-Mexican style steakhouse that has stunning views of beautiful fountains and lush landscaping. La Casona only utilizes the best quality of locally sourced ingredients in our dishes. The result is a wonderful selection of classic favorites and Mexican specialties. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have options for those with dietary restrictions, too. If you visit us for breakfast, we have several eggs benedict dishes that will blow your mind. For a special dinner with your sweetheart, choose from a selection of tender Prime Cuts of meat such as Kobe beef and New York Strips. In addition, La Casona restaurant recently won the Wine Spectator 2021 certificate, this award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate for their cuisine and attract a wide range of wine lovers.

Litibu Grill

If you head north of Villa La Estancia, you can visit the beachside village of Higuera Blanca. There, the Litibu Grill is another top restaurant in Riviera Nayarit. Litibu Grill is located right on the water and the beach in front of the restaurant is wide and sandy which is ideal for swimming, too. The open-air and spacious restaurant is ideal for COVID safety. In terms of what to eat, popular choices include the beet salad, grilled clams, marlin tostadas, homemade veggie burgers with a side of plantains, and Baja style fish tacos. Make sure to try one of their landmark mint margaritas or another signature cocktail to accompany your meal.


Frascati is located in the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle marina, which is about 15 minutes north of Villa La Estancia. Each Sunday during high season, a wonderful farmer’s market is held in the marina that is worth a visit. At Frascati, the Italian restaurant is the perfect place to spend a romantic dinner with your partner. The menu is extensive and some of the most popular dishes include ossobuco di vitello, caprese salad, homemade pastas, fresh fish, pizzas, and shrimp dishes. Plan ahead and make reservations to request a table on the patio so you can enjoy the beautiful marina views. Last but not least, the professional staff is very attentive and ensures that visitors have a wonderful dining experience.

La Postal

For a casual and affordable meal that the whole family will enjoy, head to the beachside town of Bucerias just minutes north of Villa La Estancia. There, La Postal is open for lunch and dinner. The open air restaurant has lots of shady trees to keep diners comfortable during their meal despite the warm weather. They make homemade pasta daily, and diners can choose between a variety of pasta types and sauces. Their thin crust pizza is wood oven fired and so tasty. Make sure to sample the dipping sauces that include a spicy mulata salsa and a creamy chimichurri sauce. The open air restaurant often has live music in the evenings as well to create an inviting dining environment that keeps people coming back for more.

Nicksan Sushi

Sushi lovers will absolutely adore Nicksan Sushi which is conveniently located near Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. The Mexican and Japanese fusion restaurant prepares delicious dishes that are innovative and aesthetically pleasing, too. The restaurant prides themselves on selecting locally sourced Mexican ingredients for their dishes. For example, different types of chiles, tropical fruits, cilantro and other herbs are used along with Asian ingredients to create truly unique dishes. Diners can enjoy their meal outside beside a soothing water feature, or inside in the cool air conditioning.

There are lots of amazing restaurants to choose from in Riviera Nayarit. If you are in the market for a dream vacation home in Banderas Bay, contact us at Villa La Estancia. Our chic hacienda-style property is especially popular with expats who love the world class amenities and services that come with home ownership. Plus, our beachfront residences are situated on one of the best beaches in Nuevo Vallarta. We only have a limited number of beachfront residences left for sale, so contact us at Villa La Estancia today to learn more. We will be happy to give you a property tour and show you what owning a dream vacation home in paradise can be like.