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Penny's Palapa

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican
10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
+1 250-753-2150
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“ceviche” (18 reviews)
“citrus mint” (5 reviews)
“guac” (3 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

I was disappointed. I visited during a quiet time of day. My table was 1 of only 2 tables be served. I had to wait & signal a server when I was ready to order. I had to signal a server for drink refills. I...More

Thank 123HJ
Reviewed 22 November 2017

I ate fish tacos and a margarita. Fish tacos were dry and tasteless and the sauce for them was awful and bland. Even the margarita tasted a bit off. The only redeeming features are the view and sorta friendly staff. Such a let down --they...More

Thank smub
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The food was amazing. They can cater to my tomato allergy, which is amazing since not a lot of places offer tomato free guac. My boyfriend and I both got margaritas since they were on special, and oh my are they good. The atmosphere is...More

Thank Morningcoffeevic4
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Found this place by accident whilst waiting for the rest of our motorcycle group who ended up on a later ferry than us from Vancouver. Really great little place in a lovely setting in the marina. Food and service were all very good. The four...More

Thank DucatiMartin
Reviewed 2 October 2017

loved the food and atmosphere so much we returned 3 times with friends for dinner...gorgeous setting on the harbour..friendly service and yummy

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 26 September 2017

My son wanted to try Penny's Palapa Restaurant tonight. I'm very glad he did. Penny's is located on the harbourfront, right on the water in a beautiful setting. We started with drinks, tortilla chips and homemade salsa, which was bursting with flavour and just enough...More

Thank Alicia M
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...More

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 18 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...More

Thank Paulakowski
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
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank Tarrhi
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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
View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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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