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Papa Rex

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Via Aurelia, 87, Rome, Italy
+39 390 663 4998
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Special occasions

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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Friendly and tasty

We visited Papa Rex on the first night of our break in Rome - the food was lovely, but it was a bit of a shame that the restaurant was so quiet and lacked a bit of atmosphere. The Gladiator on the door played on his mobile phone most of the time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Sarah N
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

....as we did. Other reviewers have said it, this place is cheesy beyond belief, aimed at organised tour parties and not for discerning diners. Food was passable but nothing special.

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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited Papa Rex on the first night of our break in Rome - the food was lovely, but it was a bit of a shame that the restaurant was so quiet and lacked a bit of atmosphere. The Gladiator on the door played on his mobile phone most of the time!

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Leeds
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143 reviews 143 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

You can get a good meal here - but it is aimed at tour groups with set meals and entertainment. However, we were still served promptly and with attention. The overall quality of the food was good and it was a good price for a set meal. We visited the evening of Christmas Day.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Had an authentic Italian pizza at Papa Rex Restaurant on 28th Oct'14. It is situated 5 mins ftom St. Peter. The pizza was delicious and crispy with thin crust and cheese. A typical Italian pizza. Garlic spaghetti is also good.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A fun way to wind up a tour of Italy if you don't take yourself too seriously. Food was ok; service was good for our group of 50+ and the entertainment was schmaltzy! Didn't like the centurion at the door and photo offered for sale afterward. Agree with others, tourist trap and if you are looking for good food in... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

The food was ok to good. Service was good and live entertainment. Its more aimed af larger tourist groups. Had a salmon with sesame that was really good and a mixed fish plate that was not a top meal.

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Rome, Italy
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

One night in February (a stone's throw from St. Peter's), my wife and I were tired, hungry and drawn to this restaurant by the attractive foliage, candles etc. outside. It does look pretty. We parked the car (always a challenge in Rome) and went into the restaurant. We were greeted by a "centaurian" at the door about to step outside... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Worst dining experience ever... and it takes a lot for me to get this down on a restaurant. Between incredibly apathetic staff who clearly hold 'foreigners' in contempt, average food at best, and incredibly cheesy entertainment, this goes well beyond "going through the motions". Management must think people are truly stupid. I take responsibility for coming... but won't make that... More 

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North Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This late in August (12th) it is hard to find a good restaurant near our apartment that is open and serves good food. We decided to take a walk around the area (near Vatican) but off the beaten path and found Papa Rex. The food was very good - husband had pizza with mushrooms and I had pasta with a... More 

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Ashford, Kent
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The food served wasn't what we ordered and the manager was extremely rude, refusing to replace the incorrect dishes

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Aurelia, 87, Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome
  • Phone Number: +39 390 663 4998

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 38
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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