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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 good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

After years of great experiences we looked forward to another one during our first stretch of good weather. How disappointing to find that the food quality was poor - the rice was dry and the enchiladas suiza were not tasty like they used to be....More

Thank Rob W
Reviewed yesterday

Not what it used to be. The salsa looked & tasted like it came from a jar, my halibut tacos were dry and came with the tiniest bit of Chipotle mayo (just enough to say there was some on there), asked for more mayo on...More

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stopoed in for lunch on a break from work. The pork quesadilla (cant recall actual menu name haha) was scrumptious! The chicken tacos were huge! And very flavorful. The closed in outdoor seati g is perfect for the sunny day and made a great lunch...More

Thank Shortimaca1
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Penny's Palapa has excelent authentic Mexican food, Her and her husband open it from May until the end of September and in the winter months they head down to Mexico each year. This way when they come back they have new and interesting things for...More

Thank Kurt S
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Everything was delicious, service was good and the weather was amazing. Overall the perfect lunch/dinner spot to eat outdoors.

Thank Cynthia D
Reviewed 10 September 2016

My first thought was that I know it's an outdoor place but I thought more care could have been taken with cleanliness, especially the floor, which is covered in a dirty old outdoor rug. Having said that, the service was very good, the food was...More

1  Thank mikemerylb
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Food and service were ok. But I ordered an extra serving of salsa for the fish tacos--in a little cup that could have held no more than a tablespoon or two. Much to my surprise, there was a charge of $2.50 for this on the...More

4  Thank Dan B
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Just happened to stumble on this place and so glad we did. Its on a boat in the harbour, so lovely atmosphere surrounded by water. We had margaritas and coronas with halibut tacos (YUM!), shrimp burrito and chicken tacos. All really tasty and everyone full...More

2  Thank Internationalbound
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were there with a group of 10. I purposely arrived early so that we could be seated- it's a busy place that does not take reservations. I was fine having our party at two different tables. Even though 5 of us were already there,...More

4  Thank JohnDJJ
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The food is always great. Love the sides and the margaritas. The service is never great but it's a small dining room and I get the impression they don't want people to stick around for long. Good nonetheless.

1  Thank CharlesXY
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
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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Penny’s is all new for 2017. New Owners and a New Chef! All the margaritas, enchiladas and tacos you love!