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“Pleasant surprise”
Review of Penny's Palapa

Penny's Palapa
Ranked #65 of 325 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: Penny’s is all new for 2017. New Owners and a New Chef! All the margaritas, enchiladas and tacos you love!
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Our plan was to take the little ferry to the pub out on Protection Island but when we saw the cost of that, we rethought our plan and defaulted to this little Mexican restaurant right on Nanaimo's beautiful waterfront. It was well after lunchtime and it wasn't very busy but we stood neglected for several minutes, "waiting to be seated" as instructed. However, after that, everything was perfect. My margarita was splendid, perfectly made, and I enjoyed every salty sweet sip. I ordered the fish tacos and loved them, and my husband enjoyed his pork ones as well, although he thought they'd have a bit more kick. They went nicely with his Corona, however. Our server( I didn't catch her name) was attentive and natural (not effusively, falsely friendly to get better tips). The weather was gorgeous, the sky clear, and the view from our waterside table unbeatable. A great lunchtime experience!

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Thank Anna H
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this cute looking restaurant moored on the harbour about 30 minutes from closing time at 8.
Tanya our waitress was very welcoming and helpful in suggesting dishes and drinks. We both felt the food was delicious and the setting was lovely.
Great little last meal on the island.

Thank Paulakowski
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing food , flavourful and fresh , great appetizers and friendly staff made our large group feel very welcome! What a great dinner before our ferry ride home ...

Thank Ang Z
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Went to Penny's for the second time this year. We have been going to Penny's for ten plus years and have always had great food however this was the last time we'll throw our money away at this establishment!!! The place is under new ownership and the food was terrible! When we went the first time this year they had just opened up under the new owners and it was not good at all. We thought to be fair we had to give them another try as after all they had just opened and maybe just needed to get the bugs out. Nope not the case as we went back on Monday for lunch and had an absolutely tasteless meal!!!! Too bad beautiful setting lousy food!

Thank Tarrhi
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

You couldn't ask for a better spot - it was our first time visiting Nanaimo and Penny's ticked all of the boxes. Super pretty scenery, yummy and authentic food and sweet and knowledgeable server.
Ceviche, halibut tacos and the citrus mint tea was all excellent.

Thank DeeBeeAdvo
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