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Penny's Palapa

10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
+1 250-753-2150
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
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“ceviche” (19 reviews)
“citrus mint” (5 reviews)
“guac” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped by with friends for lunch yesterday - they’ve been here before but my fellow and I had not. We all loved our meals! We tried the halibut tacos with corn tortillas and the spicy mayo and passed on the rice and beans and went...More

Thank Zootennany
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I stopped in for lunch. I don't know if it was because the day was perfect - bright sunshine, warm breeze - or because the food was good. But we had a great time. She had a Corona and I had a...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The meal started off with margaritas that were not only awful but had no tequila in them. When the waitress asked how they were, my dining partners complained, she told them to purchase a shot for $5, which they did. I ordered their soup which...More

Thank williambR4750FW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fish tacos were unmemorable and just disappointing considering the price. This place apparently used to be good. I won't going back (considering the much better options around town) unless I hear from word of mouth that it's somehow amazing again...

Thank Amorous87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great music, location and ambience of this floating café lent a feeling of being in Mexico. The nachos were the best we’ve ever had - the tortilla chips were remarkably flavourful (wish I knew the brand!); the toppings delicious and generously layered throughout. Icy cold...More

Thank TengoZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always enjoyed the food at Penny's Palapa but when we took friends there for lunch today we were disappointed and even embarrassed. There was little presentation and one dish had to be returned because the beef was raw and was not returned in...More

Thank BonnieS290
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the special, creviche. Had the chocolate torte for dessert and that was delicious. There is also takeout.

Thank SRfromLondon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last year they didn’t had a table for us . So we tried again because it looks so cosy and nice And I’m glad we did this. Good food . Super nice vibe . Friendly and good service. Stay of the Green Hot sauce 🌶🌶🌶...More

Thank frankdilien
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Visiting Penny's Palapa is a must for me, as it says "summer". Fun little place on the water in Nanaimo harbour with good Mexican food, good service and fun atmosphere.

Thank Lov32Trav31
Reviewed August 5, 2018

I wanted to try this cute-seeming restaurant after taking my husband for his birthday haircut, figuring a margarita or two would add the perfect spike to his fresh look. Boy, was I mistaken--little did I know how wrong one can actually go with a margarita,...More

Thank axaxax2014
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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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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Penny’s is all new for 2017. New Owners and a New Chef! All the margaritas, enchiladas and tacos you love!
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