Welcome to El Arrayan! What does the name stand for? Arrayan is a tree, and its sweet and sour fruit, which grows in this region of Jalisco, Mexico, just like our own arrayan tree does in the restaurant’s courtyard.
To say El arrayan is to say that since 2003, hundreds have supported us by coming back and recommending us to their family and friends; by doing so they motivate us to create new flavors and combinations, they challenge us to cook more delicious, daring dishes.
Notice: This food is not Tex Mex.
The name also means that the dishes in our menu are part of the Mexican Cuisine that was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. What is recognized is the authenticity and the ability to change, to evolve, to change without losing sight of the roots, but taking as point of departure our own basis: our Traditional Mexican Cuisine. Please enjoy tonight what we do, the same way we enjoy doing it every night!
Claudia Victoria R. and Carmen Porras E.
El Arrayan is a Mexican restaurant with an intimate atmosphere at the heart of Downtown Puerto Vallarta, just a few steps off the Malecon.
The spirit of the restaurant is to offer a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, with roots in the best recipes of Traditional Cuisine, and to use only ingredients of the highest quality.
El Arrayan rises from the need to put the authentic Mexican cuisine in the limelight, with unique, different meals. It offers a unique experience in Puerto Vallarta. By serving regional cuisine from different states, it reaches out to lovers of fine dining all over the world, with its excellent service and great attention to detail, in a casual, amiable atmosphere.
In the restaurant’s décor, accents of Mexican art and furniture abound, as reminders of the country’s traditions and customs. Shades of terracotta, washed-out browns and bright fuchsias surround the traditional courtyard, at whose center an emblematic arrayan tree grows.
At El Arrayan, dishes are prepared by incorporating pre Hispanic ingredients, such as a large variety of chili peppers, corn, nopales, beans, squash and avocado, in harmonious combination with ingredients of European origin brought to Mexico during the times of the conquest, such as pork, beef and cheese, among others. All sauces and moles are home made from scratch. The bar offers a good selection of regional raicilla, mezcal and tequila, as well as international liquors and select Mexican wines.
The menu also includes choices of vegetarian and vegan dishes, and almost every dish is gluten-free. A kids menu and high chairs are also offered.
El Arrayan is a Pet-Friendly restaurant.