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“Very enjoyable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Locanda Paolo

Locanda Paolo
DownTown Cancun. Bonampak Avenue 145. Corner with Jurel street. Sm 3, Cancun, Mexico
+ 52 998 8872627
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Ranked #39 of 596 Restaurants in Cancun
Cuisines: Italian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Locanda Paolo, Italian Fusion Ristorante. We are a family run restaurant that just celebrated its 23rd Anniversary. Proud to be a Downtown Restaurant.. we provide service to both locals and turists. The experience of visiting Locanda Paolo is never the same. Owners are on site and greet, serve, recommend and cook for you. We are a small and discreet restaurant. We like keeping it like that!! Let Paolo and his nephew Albert help you personalize your own meal. "Food for the soul made with the Heart"
Portland, Oregon, United States
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“Very enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Let me start this review by stating - we did not come to Cancun for the food. We came for the sun and the beach. With that said, Locanda Paola is a perfectly delightful restaurant.

Located off the "strip" (Hotel Zone) just inside the city limits of Cancun proper, the restaurant is a beautifully apportioned place with a real "presence." We went on a Saturday night (at the North American dinner hour of 6) and we were the only table in the place. The servers were kind enough to move us to a table in the back of the restaurant which afforded a sort of intimate dining space.

The food and wine is nicer than I expected - with a mix of traditional provincial Italian dishes and new-world fusion. We started our meal with an antipasti platter. Be certain to ask for the antipasti, as it is not listed on the menu and a true specialty of the house. We paired our first course with a nice prosecco. Dinner was a mix of seafood specials and traditional pasta dishes. At every course the wait staff were ever attentive and made certain we had everything we needed - including accommodating our 4-year olds dislike of "green" fetuccini (she is a true creature of habit).

The crowning jewel of the evening for the kids was the home-made gelato. The crown jewel for us adults was the house-made Limocello. Oh my goodness - that was some of the best I've ever had.

Do yourself a favor, venture outside of the hotel zone (take the bus) and go to Locanda Paola. You will not be sorry.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Belle Isle
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A Wonderful dining experience......again !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

When in Cancun we usually go see Paolo. The food is fabulous, and the service is wonderful.

My wife and I went Friday night and as usual , we were greeted by the owner Paolo. He welcomed us back and asked how long it had been. Although 5 months, seemed like yesterday. We asked for a suggestion for wine, and he brought us a wonderful Italian varietal we had never had before (so good in fact, we ordered a second bottle, and took another one home.. ) Anyway...he suggested fresh swordfish, and said he got some clams in earlier that evening. We of course ordered both. The fish was cooked perfectly with a wonderful sauce of tomato, olives and capers, and the clams served with pasta , olive oil and a hint of garlic....they were to die for. We always go back, and we are never disappointed. Go to this restaurant....you will be happy you did.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Good food but choose carefully! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

An easy bus ride up from the Hotel Zone, Locanda Paolo is located in a converted house near Superama, as are several other very good restaurants (see my recent reviews of Du Mexique and La Dolce Vita). They have a nice menu with many interesting choices and the wine list is small but varied. Wine by the glass is available but you have to ask. The food we ordered was well-prepared and nicely presented. The range of portion sizes, however, was unexpected. My wife's yellowfin tuna with an olive tampinade was large enough that we took a lot back with us and both shared it for dinner the next night too. It was fresh and I recommend it without reservation. On the other hand, my US$38 "Surf and Turf" consisted of a small piece of veal and three shrimp. Despite the fact that it was prepared well and had nice flavors, it was gone in a few mouthfuls and most certainly was not worth the cost. If you get as far as dessert, however, the dark chocolate gelato was spectacular and the cappuccino was nicely done. So, try the fresh fish, avoid the Surf and Turf, and leave room for dessert and you won't be disappointed.

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Tuckerton, New Jersey
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

As if it wouldn't be enough to go to this restaurant for the food itself, Paolo is yet another reason to revisit this restaurant. What a charming man who has a way to make you feel like an old friend. Four of us agreed that this restaurant is well worth the trip into downtown Cancun. What a fun night with a great meal!!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cancun, Mexico
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“The Best Option in Town ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This is our favorite place. Every time we have something to celebrate, we go to Locanda Paolo. Great service, great food and great atmosphere. I strongly recomendados this place for any ocassion.

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