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Local cuisine, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Sicilian
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Business meetings
Padrino is a fully licensed traditional Italian restaurant boasting a picturesque view of the Seafront within short walking distance from the Cliffs Pavilion. We pride ourselves for being an independent establishment with a combined experience in Italian cuisine of over 25 years. In keeping with the Italian tradition we provide a diverse range of cooking styles with much of the ingredients sourced locally. We provide competitively priced a la carte menu, reasonably priced wine list and our weekdays famous Two Course Set Menu for just £9.95 without compromising on quality. No service charge on all our dishes so you pay for what you eat. The Restaurant's seating plans make it the ideal place to
US$3 - US$55
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in Gidea Park and feel robbed, because we don't have a restaurant of Padrino's standard anywhere near us. But, whenever we are visiting The Cliffs, Padrino's is always our first choice. In fact, when we visit friends around the area, we always insist...on a visit to the restaurant. So many people simply turn up, expecting to get a table, but this restaurant is so popular, so please do book. Lots of staff, friendly staff too, and so helpful. Lovely being greeted with a smile. A nice buzzy restaurant too, music isn't stupidly loud - a great all-round restaurant that cannot be faulted. We have never been on a Saturday night, so I can't comment, but probably been every other night of the week. We tend to book an early table (5.30pm). They ask for the table back at 7.20pm, which is fine - show at The Cliffs starts, and the evening guests start arriving! There's a set menu (what a bargain), but our party never tend to take advantage of that. We last visited on 17th September, starting with some mussels and breads to share. I then went for one of the daily specials; king prawn spaghetti in a cream and truffle sauce - it was truly scrumptious! We eat out a lot (and some very fine London restaurants), but I can honestly say this was one of the best pastas I have ever tasted. One of our party had the skate, which he said was delicious. My husband and friend both went for the Spaghetti Marinara (good seafood in this dish). The men had a couple of beers and then on to the house red, which was great. No puddings for us - the portions are large and what with us going off for a little 'soul' night at The Cliffs, we needed to get up and have a dance! The restaurant is pretty big and popular not only with visitors to The Cliffs, but locals alike. Definitely one of my favourite restaurants and, in my eyes, the best Italian in Essex. We are due back on 15th November, but no doubt we will be booking Padrino's - not sure I could wait that long. If only our area had such a great restaurant. Excellent value, not stupidly over-priced - they have everything just right! Oh, and on a lasting night, this is also a favourite of a friend of ours who is a vegetarian, so ....... win win! Thank you.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service lovely, friendly staff, made us feel welcome. Food wonderful value for money. Love it. No complaints here about anything. Others should take note or may be not.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, so much good value for money! Two courses for £11.99. Then I had a pud to finish plus a large beer for £20 Atmosphere is brilliant and it’s always full. Fully recommend this restaurant!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us went to Padrino’s last night Monday 27th September for a pre show meal and it was amazing, the food was delicious possibly the best Italian ever ( outside of Italy ) they had a large menu with so much to choose from...plus a big specials board and the staff were brilliant very attentive without being over the top. I would certainly go back when we are next down in Southend for a show.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 17, 2021 via mobile

Have visited Padrinos umpteen times over the years and never fails to impress. Have tried most things on the menu with particular favourite being lobster pasta. Being a seafood lover the selection is excellent and even when restaurant is boiling with customers the service is...first class. Will always return.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 6, 2021

It was good to see this popular restaurant flourishing again after the lock-down. The extensive menu provides generous portions at very good prices. Our choices were served piping hot by the friendly staff. The restaurant is very popular and booking is essential. BE CAREFUL WHERE...YOU PARK.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 30, 2021

This was our first time dining here and WOW were we satisfied, from the moment we walked in we were greeted by a very nice lady who welcomed me by name, the ambience has a feel of traditional Italy in its decor,and is very spacious...and comfortable, the restaurant has a good view of the see to. We ordered drinks and were given plenty of time to order, i had Melon and parma ham for starters which was really lovely, fresh and tasty, my partner had calamari which she said was amazing not chewy and light batter, for main i chose Lamb rump in garlic and red wine gravy, with saute potatos and 3 veg everything was cooked to perfection and was very tasty, do'nt think ive had better my partner had chicken breast with prawns and crayfish in a creamy mustard and brandy sauce again with amazing saute potatoes and veg, she loved it ,i tried it and was blown away by the flavour of this dish, will order it myself next time we go. I opted for an irish coffee to finish with again ive never had better, my partner had torte lemon cheesecake, which was light and refreshing finished off with complimentry chocolates and limochello. All in all we had an amazing meal served by friendly staff. Loved it.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 30, 2021 via mobile

Wow, where to start. We originally booked this as a table for 2. However our family were able to join us so we were able to increase our table to 6 the day before. I should state we were eating on a Sunday night, I...can’t imagine it would be possible to increase by that volume on a Saturday but always worth checking. We were welcomed, seated & given our menus and shown the specials board. After a few minutes our drinks orders were taken and bought quickly. We weren’t ready to order food yet as there was so much choice. The waiter came back a few minutes later and took our orders. Unfortunately the lobster Thermidor wasn’t available that my husband wanted but he did discuss a couple of the other dishes with the waiter and chose something else. The waiter was apologetic (it can’t be helped if something has run out though) but we were impressed by the time he took to discuss the other dishes, it felt like he cared. The food we had was amazingly tasty, I opted for Devon sole with the lemon butter sauce. It is an expensive fish but wow they did it justice it was phenomenal. They asked if I wanted it and on the bone or filleted. Well I hate filleting fish but I don’t recall before being give you be choice in a restaurant. I opted for it to be filleted for me and it was so much easier to eat and enjoy. We had a wide variety of dishes, sea food mixed grill, pizza, pasta, steak… everything was cooked perfectly over the starters, mains and the deserts. There isn’t a single thing we can fault and we will definitely return if we visit Southend again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 24, 2021 via mobile

The first time we’d been there, attracted by the existing reviews, of course. The restaurant was packed, mainly family and friends - as you’d expect when it’s Italian cuisine. The staff are excellent and the food is plentiful and all served hot. My carbonara was...rich and tasty, the pasta just right. But maybe the best guide to the quality would be the spinach and ricotta cannelloni that my wife had. Light years from the supermarket convenience version - this is how it should be done. It was a generous portion too, but it was all eaten up. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed August 23, 2021

Booked this restaurant as it was convenient for our visit to the theatre that was a short walk away. The food was fine and the service prompt and would assume that the majority of people were there for the same reason as us. Would use...again when going to see a show but personally would not consider as a restaurant to spend an evening in.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Phone Padrino's. They told me they are happy to provide gluten free food as well as gf pasta. They informed me they will clean pans and not use oil previously used for food containing gluten, like floured pan grilled fish so... More
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Padrino is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5