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Papa Nino

Higher Market Street, Looe PL13 1BP, England
01503 264231
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Ranked #10 of 86 Restaurants in Looe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $25
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Papa Nino is a small Italian Restaurant, based in the quiet picturesque fishing village of Looe in Cornwall. Offering a range of traditionally loved Italian dishes and wines, whilst also taking full advantage of the wide variety of fresh fish and seafood caught daily by local fishermen.Choose from our starters selection of Mussels, Scallops, Speciality 'Hot Spiced Crab' or Minestrone Soup, Mozzarella and Tomato, Homemade Pate, Avocado with Prawns, Mushrooms in Garlic, Melon with Parma Ham or Prawns in Garlic Butter. Main courses include a large variety of Pasta dishes, lots of Fresh Locally-caught Fish, Whole Dover or Lemon Sole, Whole Sea Bass or Sea Bass Fillets plus many more. Not forgetting our House Speciality Lobster Thermidor or large Fillet Steak. Vegetarian options, Children portions, Fully Stocked Bar and Comprehensive Italian Wine List with Home-made Desserts, Liqueur Coffees and old Italian favourites Sambuca or Limoncello to finish.All served with a warm, family friendly Italian style silver-service. Come try us out, you'll be glad you did!
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86% Recommend
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was slightly nervous about bringing my 21 month old daughter here as they did not have a high chair or a children's menu however, I needn't have worried at all. We all had great food in a very friendly atmosphere. We were recommended this restaurant from our holiday cottage and when we nipped in they told us about the... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful meal here with great service on our recent visit to Looe. I had Garlic Prawns that were delicious my wife had the Hot Spice Crab that was equally as good. For mains we went for Sea Bream and whole Lobster Thermidor both meals were cooked and presented to perfection. The service was attentive... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Staff were very friendly. Had a great evening but the food was massively over priced and very bland. I may be biased as my mother is Italian and I grew up on the food but then the chef was also meant to be Italian so no excuses

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Worcestershire, England
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

It is hard to find words to praise Papa Nino highly enough. The fish and seafood were fantastic, the service was terrific and the ambiance was great. Everyone seemed to be very proud of the restaurant, with the chef coming out of the kitchen to check that meals were OK.

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were in Looe for the Merlin National championships and found this restaurant by accident. Following an amazing meal we spent another two nights there! Not bad for a week. The staff were helpful and friendly. They were happy to change/adapt the menu and told us exactly where all the food was sourced. The chef came out to talk to... More

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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We booked a table at Papa Nino's the day before we went. The great reviews on TripAdvisor, as usual, were a big factor in our decision. Foolishly, I hadn't counted on the roads around the town being so nightamrishly twisty and narrow. I felt like a right idiot as I tried to wind my long and fairly wide car down... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

What a find. This tiny Italian looks nothing from the street but inside it is incredibly welcoming. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Even the chef who must have been incredibly busy took the time for a chat. The food is excellent with the exception of the veal which was a little dry. The pasta marinara was billed as... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Excellent food, only a small place so booking is advisable, staff very friendly and accommodating. We actually ate there last year and the owner dropped a £10 note which we pointed out to him and he actually remembered us how nice. Will definitely return.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We have eaten at Papa Ninos many times over the years, and the food, ambiance, and service are always good. However, when oh when will they start accepting cards, because remembering to go to ATM is always a pain, and HSBC nearby has now gone. The menu states it's to keep prices down, but I think it's so that the... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We booked to eat here this evening, four adults, two six year old and a three year old. We were told when booking one child would be seated on a stool. No problem as far as we were concerned. BUT, the space at the end of the table was inadequate for even the three year old to sit at, and... More

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