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Penny's Palapa

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10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
+1 250-753-2150
11:00 - 20:30
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Penny's Palapa has excelent authentic Mexican food, Her and her husband open it from May until the end of September and in the winter months they head down to Mexico each year. This way when they come back they have new and interesting things for us to try.

Thank Kurt S
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Everything was delicious, service was good and the weather was amazing. Overall the perfect lunch/dinner spot to eat outdoors.

Thank Cynthia D
Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

My first thought was that I know it's an outdoor place but I thought more care could have been taken with cleanliness, especially the floor, which is covered in a dirty old outdoor rug. Having said that, the service was very good, the food was excellent and was very quick arriving. Despite the floor, I would recommend this restaurant to... More 

1 Thank mikemerylb
Lottsburg, Virginia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Food and service were ok. But I ordered an extra serving of salsa for the fish tacos--in a little cup that could have held no more than a tablespoon or two. Much to my surprise, there was a charge of $2.50 for this on the final bill, even though nothing about such a charge had been mentioned. This hardly breaks... More 

3 Thank Dan B
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Just happened to stumble on this place and so glad we did. Its on a boat in the harbour, so lovely atmosphere surrounded by water. We had margaritas and coronas with halibut tacos (YUM!), shrimp burrito and chicken tacos. All really tasty and everyone full and happy. Would return and recommend.

1 Thank Internationalbound
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were there with a group of 10. I purposely arrived early so that we could be seated- it's a busy place that does not take reservations. I was fine having our party at two different tables. Even though 5 of us were already there, the hostess refused to seat any of us until our entire party was there. I... More 

3 Thank JohnDJJ
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The food is always great. Love the sides and the margaritas. The service is never great but it's a small dining room and I get the impression they don't want people to stick around for long. Good nonetheless.

Thank CharlesXY
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Nothing better than great food while you sit right ON the water among the boats! Always fresh and tasty. Great combinations of flavours and very accommodating staff.

Thank 268evaw
Nanaimo, Canada
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, Excellent Service and Excellent view. The portion are a good size and won't leave you feeling stuffed. If you are a big eater you may need an appy to help fill you up.

Thank Tyler F
Mesa, Arizona
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Located down the ramp to the small quaint restaurant with wood tables and benches. A very casual place, your order and when food is ready they bring it to you. Great tasting fresh fish and chips. Coffee,tea,soda,water available. Friendly courteous service we go back as we can

Thank switzer2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-753-2150

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?