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Penny's Palapa

10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
+1 250-753-2150
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
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Mexican, Gluten Free Options
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10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Given that it's on the harbour, I didn't have high expectations because these are often tourist traps. I had chicken tacos and found meat dry and bland. The pico de gallo wasn't great and the Chipotle mayo tasted more like mayo than anything else. I'd...More

Thank Bryan L
Reviewed 6 days ago

First time visit. Nice location on the Nanaimo Harbor dock. Halibut tacos were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. Will be back

Thank jakobj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this floating (at least I think it's floating) Mexican restaurant. The view of the harbour at water level is fantastic. I also appreciated the clear plastic roof and not being blasted by direct sun. It made a very hot day in the...More

Thank BobbyDij
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are on extended holiday and very nearby Penny's - so with our friend in town for Canada Day we decided it was time to try a lil Mexican. Recognizing the limited seating that goes hand in hand with a boutique wharf setting - we...More

Thank TNTATTHEBEACH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for dinner on Canada day, been her a few times before when the service and food was good. This time the service was poor, the waiter was less than attentive with the service for our table. While cashing out the table next to us...More

Thank Ken C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here a least 4 times and not once had I been disappointed. This time I gave my vegetarian diet a break and ordered Chipotle Chicken Tacos, and my friend ordered the Chicken Quesadillas. We both enjoyed our lunch and we ordered the...More

1  Thank Rose S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are quite a few choices in the downtown area, but when I spotted this restaurant tag in the marina on the online map, we just had to check it out. Sure enough, it's a modified cozy houseboat setting, with lots of windows and open...More

Thank Brian A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have always looked forward to eating on the wharf at Penny's Palapa. Today my meal was so disappointing. The meat was very processed and pretty much unrecognizable as meat.... truly not sure what type it was. Tasted like sawdust. The nachos were okay, but...More

Thank Jerry H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Penny's location is on a floating barge in the harbour. The food is very good but a little pricey. Try the fresh lime margaritas for a cool, tasty treat in the sun. Free chips and salsa are a nice touch.

Thank Radkin84
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Delicious local foods. Food was fresh and well prepared. Fun atmosphere - you can eat onboard floating restaurant or walk up for individual tacos.

Thank Andra D
Renay D, Owner at Penny's Palapa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thanks for the love, Andra!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
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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Description
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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