Eating at Ocean Grill Restaurant and Beach Club is an excellent half day excursion out of Puerto Vallarta. The restaurant is only accessible by boat or foot which, in my opinion, makes it just that much more intriguing.
We decided to make an adventure of it and have lunch at this (not so) secret hideaway. Instead of just blindly going, our friend Anne called and made some lunch reservations along with arranging a time to be picked up in Boca de Tomatlan by their free water taxi.
The next day we caught the bus to Mismaloya/Boca de Tomatlan on the corner of Basillo Badillo and Constitution. The bus is the way to go, it’s fairly comfortable and only 7 pesos. You could take a taxi for 250 pesos but I’m not sure why you would! Also as I found out, the bus goes right past the zoo and the botanical gardens. Both are places that we would like to visit one day. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes and has a great view of the ocean the entire way. One day, I would like to get off and visit some of the many beaches along the way.
Once in Boca, head down to the pier on the beach where the water taxi called Erika II will come pick you up. The boat ride takes about 10 minutes and has some good scenery along the way. Once you arrive at the Ocean Grill, you will either pull up to the pier or as in our case, get off on the beach due to rough waters.
The beach is beautiful and has large sand pebbles. You can snorkel, kayak or swim. Unfortunately again, the water was too rough for us to really enjoy it but I can see how one could spend an afternoon there.
Now onto the restaurant! It’s built on the side of the hill and is totally open. The owners family lives there so you will have a few children and dogs running around, both are totally adorable!
We decided to try almost everything and share. Octopus, grilled cactus, salsa and guacamole, burgers, fries, and ending with one each of the desserts. All were EXCELLENT! We also saw some lobster being grilled which I wish I would have tried.
The owners, there are two of them, came up to our table and we were able to have a great conversation. Their plan to also build a hotel of sorts above the restaurant is very intriguing. The condos/suites would be ownership with the option to include them in a rental pool, all with a Fours Seasons level of quality.
After we finished up our wine and desserts, we headed down to the beach to catch our free water taxi to take us back to Boca and the Puerto Vallarta bus. Another adventure under our belt!
The Ocean Grill is something like I have never experienced before. Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, I never would have imagined I’d be eating octopus and drinking wine at a private beach restaurant built over the ocean in Mexico. And best of all, I get to share this with my beautiful partner Victor and my wonderful friends. Now I just need to get my Mom and Dad here. Hmm, I wonder if Dad would eat octopus? Really Dad, it tasted like chicken, HA.