There’s more to our history than just great flavors. It began back in 1978 when Archie was asked to become Hollywood director John Huston's private chef at his personal retreat on Banderas Bay’s south shore. Only reachable by boat, Las Caletas (The Coves) was John Huston’s jungle villa by the sea. There Archie prepared a table for the full spectrum of humanity entertained by Huston: the occasional indigena bringing him an ocelot or coatamundi from the jungle…Mexican entertainers…his eclectic family...Hollywood friends and film collaborators…Mexican filmmakers…French winemakers…English nobility.
Today, Archie’s Wok remains a very personal operation, a labor of love now under the guidance of his wife Cyndi, daughter Kiyoki, and son Sergio. Kiyoki radiates hospitality as she welcomes you into our cozy/elegant dining room. Sergio heads up the kitchen operation, daily garnering the freshest of local seafood, meats and vegetables to be transformed in the Woks and on the grill into delectable Asian-inspired dishes. His pantry includes an array of home-grown tropical herbs & spices…kaffir lime, galangal, lemon grass, ginger, chilies, tamarind, coconut milk…native to both Asia and the Mexican coast.
A tradition of family-style dining is reminiscent of the days when Huston and his entourage shared the pleasures of the table, with each guest enjoying the full range of flavors offered up to create a bountiful spread. Or a more romantic tete-a-tete in the intimate candle-lit tea garden may be your style, as classical/contemporary musician d’Rachael entertains you on harp, flute and vocals. Celebrate with a Sichuan Margarita, Mai Tai Thai or Manila Cooler and settle in for an enchanting dining experience. We welcome you to our table!
“Having feasted around the globe, I can appreciate this wizardry.
You bring the Orient, indeed the world, to my table in the middle of the Mexican Jungle.
Marvelous flavours—I applaud you Archie!”
Written by John Huston to Archie at Playa Caletas, 1981
Open Monday through Saturday from 2pm – 11pm.
Located in Vallarta’s South Side at Francisca Rodriguez 130, the street that meets the new pier.
Tel. (322) 222.0411. We are a no-reservation restaurant. We offer a smoke-free environment.
D´Rachael, on harp, flute and vocals, Friday evenings, 8:00 to 10:00.