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Penny's Palapa

) #56 of 232 Restaurants in Nanaimo €€ - €€€ Mexican
10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
+1 250-753-2150
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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“ceviche” (16 reviews)
“citrus mint” (4 reviews)
“guac” (2 reviews)
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10 Wharf St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X3, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The service is bad, very slow. No milk for the coffee, no refill. Very expensive. Not very clean. We will never go back. Nothing taste good or fresh.

Thank Joelle577
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took 2 friends for lunch since the restaurant is novel and in such a good downtown location in Nanaimo's harbour. The service was fine but the meals were disappointing and overpriced. The fish tacos, a favorite I often order, were OK but not good...More

Thank Joan E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Been a few times. A little bit of a tourist trap, Fish tacos are ok but nothing special. al pastor taco was disappointing. Uncomfortable chairs. The new taco window is a good call but yet again tacos were mediocre at best. A solid medium.

Thank dionbeauxmtl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying in Nanaimo and across from the harbour we decided to check out what we could find for dinner. I knew that there was a good Fish and Chips restaurant but was attracted to the little restaurant called Penny's Palapa on the wharf. We...More

Thank searchinguk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the ceviche, so fresh! And happy to enjoy their margaritas which now come on the rocks (available blended too).

Thank Caroline R
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 July 2017 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 3 July 2017 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

Reviewed 2 July 2017

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
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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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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