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“Fish Tacos!”
Review of Penny's Palapa

Penny's Palapa
Ranked #65 of 323 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: Penny’s is all new for 2017. New Owners and a New Chef! All the margaritas, enchiladas and tacos you love!
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Sit outside on the water among the boats with a shawl nearby if it gets chilly.
Delicious Margaritas!! Nice atmosphere with really good food.
We will go back again.

Thank JJexpeditions
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The view is great - floating in a marina. The chipotle chicken taco was one of the best I've ever eaten. Everything else was mediocre or bad. Two of us went for an early dinner at 5ish. We were told there was a wait, even though there were two open tables that seated four. The waiter wrote my name down and we sat on the other side of the rail to wait. We were in full view about five feet from some of the tables. As people left, we still weren't called. Then they immediately sat someone who walked up. I went up to ask and they said they didn't even realize we were waiting. When finally seated, it took a long time before someone came to take our order. The margaritas were not flavorful or well-blended, almost like they had been sitting too long and had separated. Our ceviche was rather bland and was mounded on top of a large pile of cabbage. Our server offered to bring more tortilla chips but never brought them. Our chicken and fish tacos were spectacular but the sides (black bean refried beans, salad, some sort of slaw and yellow corn) were bland and boring. I would probably go back just for the tacos because they were that good, but the experience was not a good one. The average rating reflects great tacos, poor everything else.

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Thank Laurie C
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We love this place! The food is good and the setting is very relaxing. It is right on the dock in Nanaimo harbour amidst the boats and bustling waterfront walkway. The servers are prompt and the place is generally kept clean. Seating is tight so you might end up waiting a bit for a table. We both really liked our food and will likely come back again.

Thank JennaMarie360
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

What's not to like?? Everything is so fresh. Some wonderful "specials" but you have to get there early. You are right by the water so you get delightful homemade quality food and a great view!

Thank Annie H
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Dining on a floating restaurant in Mexican style..
Food is fresh...lots of great fresh herbs used.
If you want anything to quinch your thirst you must try their lemonade..
After a nice walk along the waterfront, you will find Penny's located at the south end of the waterfront in the marina, just below main walkway..at the end of the ramp..Great Mexican food! Open only during the spring to fall season.

Thank AllensNanaimoBC
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