Papa Nino

Higher Market Street, Looe PL13 1BP
$$ Italian

Papa Nino is a small Italian Restaurant, offering a range of traditionally loved Italian dishes and wines, while 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, House 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 Dishes of Lobster Thermidor and 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.
For the latest news and information, including Covid-19 protection and procedures visit https://papanino.uk/bulletin/

Reservations

Booking Notes:

We are fully compliant with all the COVID-19 Government regulations
⚠️ However, we are a very small restaurant, if you are in any way uneasy with this, please do not make a reservation. We kindly ask you to restrict your booking between 16:45 & 18:45 if you have children between 6 and 16 yrs old, sadly we are unable to accommodate reservations with children under 5 yrs old
We require AT LEAST 24 HOURS NOTICE for cancellations
⚠️ A fee of £30 per person is ONLY CHARGED IF YOU FAIL TO SHOW UP

Business Info

  • Address: Higher Market Street, Looe PL13 1BP
  • Cross Street: East Looe
  • Cuisine: English | Italian | Mediterranean | Pasta | Seafood | Steak |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01503 264231
  • Features: Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

Photos

Papa Nino - Papa Nino Entrance
Papa Nino - Lobster Thermidor

Events & Special Hours

New Years Eve 2021
Dec. 31, 2021 Dinner 16:30 - 23:45

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Dinner - Restaurant 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: June 28, 2021 - Sept. 27, 2021
Tuesday
Dinner - Restaurant 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: May 18, 2021 - Sept. 28, 2021
Dinner - Restaurant 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 5, 2021 - March 28, 2022
Wednesday
Dinner - Restaurant 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: May 18, 2021 - Sept. 29, 2021
Dinner - Restaurant 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 6, 2021 - March 30, 2022
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: May 18, 2021 - Sept. 30, 2021
Dinner - Restaurant 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 7, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: May 18, 2021 - Oct. 1, 2021
Dinner - Restaurant 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 8, 2021 - April 1, 2022
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: May 18, 2021 - Oct. 2, 2021
Dinner - Restaurant 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 9, 2021 - April 2, 2022
Sunday
Closed - Restaurant

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
We have three sittings. 16:45 - 17:15 1st sitting (minimum age requirement 5 years old) 18:15 - 18:45 2nd sitting (minimum age requirement 5 years old) 20:00 - 20:45 3rd sitting (minimum age requirement 16 years old)
NO. We do not accept any cards.
Sadly, we are not able to accommodate parties with children under 5 years old.
YES! Lobster Thermidor and Lobster Salad MUST be pre-booked.
Unfortunately, we can not allow dogs
Sadly, we don't.

Menus

Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.81 out of 5 stars based on 574 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 19, 2021
Paul C.
A lovely meal, staff were very friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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Sep 17, 2021
Andrew N.
Read some reviews online and took a punt to be honest, as had walked past the restaurant a few times & not given it a 2nd glance. Very glad we did, it’s very obviously a small family run business, who love what they do…food was lovely, service and genuine concern that everything was ok was great. Would highly recommend!

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Sep 17, 2021
Andrew S.
A very enjoyable experience. A gem of restaurant, catering for no more than 20 at a time. Quality as opposed to quantity. They stick to what works. Will definitely return when we are next in Looe. You will need book though, its that popular!

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Sep 17, 2021
David B.
Fantastic find with top quality food at a great price, wish we could have booked for another meal but, unsurprising, fully booked for the weekend. Will differently return when next in area.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 16, 2021
Jackie and Steve V.
Papa Nino always delivers , fabulous staff , great food & very good value . Love it

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Sep 16, 2021
vanessa s.
Fantastic food served in a small, cosy restaurant in the heart of East Looe.It is very Covid safe, all measures were followed. The menu has plenty of choice and there is a specials board. We had the lobster/pasta dish and fillet steak - both delicious. The service was superb. I wish we could have dined here again but they were fully booked for the rest of our stay. Make sure you reserve in advance.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 13, 2021
Janet M.
Absolutely perfect as usual. Steak pepe succulent sauce amazing. Keep saying I’m going to try something different but can’t resist it. I can’t think of one possible improvement could be made for a wonderful restaurant. Service exceptional made to feel special. Our favourite place!

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Sep 12, 2021
Amanda P.
Perfect meal.service.aptmosphere

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Sep 12, 2021
SUSANNE B.
Great food, lovely staff. Spaghetti with sea food was the best we’ve had anywhere!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Dave C.
Only one word. Excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 09, 2021
Alan C.
Excellent food, service, lovely staff, Would definitely recommend

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Sep 07, 2021
David B.
The large Sea Bass was a whale

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 07, 2021
Elaine F.
Fantastic from start, with Covid checks which made us feel safe, right through to leaving. Great food, attentive staff and one of those places which we hope never changes.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 05, 2021
Karen W.
Really enjoyed the food and the service

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 02, 2021
Geoff T.
A small friendly restaurant, superb food, and such a warm welcome

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 02, 2021
Samantha M.
Lovely small restaurant. Catered for gluten free on the meat and fish dishes. The creamy massala sauce on my chicken was amazing, would definitely recommend!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 30, 2021
Stephen W.
Fantastic little restaurant. Food and service great.

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Aug 29, 2021
Jo P.
Had a great meal and price very fair. Owner very friendly

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Aug 27, 2021
ANDREW T.
Great value and very tasty. Fillet steak to die for!!

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Aug 26, 2021
Yvonne W.
Beautiful food plenty of it .thanks again for lovely meal and making us so welcome

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 26, 2021
Matt D.
We had a really nice evening at Papa Nino. The staff were friendly and the food was amazing.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Zoe S.
Everything about it was very nice, gorgeous food, very friendly staff and cosy atmosphere, would definitely recommend! Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Joanne G.
We absolutely loved it here! The food, location and service were outstanding! Book in advance!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 22, 2021
Mike G.
After many visits we still find Papa Ninos one of the best places to eat in Looe. Whilst only a small premise it adds to the overall experience and allows for well attentive service.

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Aug 20, 2021
Lucy W.
Amazing atmosphere, amazing service and best of all amazing food!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 19, 2021
Jan E.
Absolutely amazing food, wonderful front of house, small and intimate would highly recommend

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 16, 2021
Richard W.
Superb , my wife and I haven't been out for a long time. Although I have reservations about my forehead being temperature gun tested and a bottle of chemical sanitizer plonked by the table despite this I cannot fault the food or the service . Would recommend to anyone

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Aug 16, 2021
Nicky T.
A little on the pricey side but overall we enjoyed our meal, setting and service.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 14, 2021
Simon M.
Just had the most fabulous meal, couldn’t recommend highly enough!

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Aug 13, 2021
Emily H.
Absolutely gorgeous food Lovely cosy restaurant First class service

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Aug 13, 2021
Anne C.
We visited Papa Nino on our recent trip to Looe. Justin and the team were very welcoming and service was excellent. Great little restaurant to visit and superb food. Anne - Buckinghamshire

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2021
Susan S.
Fantastic food and service just the best meal we had in Looe

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Aug 06, 2021
Samantha S.
Closed due to Covid.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 03, 2021
John M.
The restaurant was closed.

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Aug 01, 2021
Beverley S.
Restaurant was closed because of covid. It doent look very good that you weren't aware of this.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 01, 2021
Graham L.
Unfortunately they had to close due to Covid so never got to try

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 16, 2021
Kerry W.
We didn't go to the restaurant as they called us on the day of the reservation to say they were closed and would be for 10 days due to covid. Disappointing they waited until the day of our reservation to contact us and then we struggled to get in somewhere else, and they had been closed at least 2 nights prior as we had walked past and was a bit concerned as why they wasn't open but still prepared to go if open. Disappointing we didn't get to try it.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 11, 2021
Tony C.
All good service was excellent no need to change anything

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 10, 2021
Gary H.
I found the booking system simple enough but a bit of a pain, also confused as to why a credit is needed to make the booking but its cash only in the restaurant ? The food was amazing though, certainly can't fault that. My wife had lobster thermador which should have been pre-booked, (I forgot) but they managed to find one for her, so that saved me a grilling ! Overall a fantastic dining experience, fantastic food in a quaint little restaurant, would definitely recommend and the highlight of our holiday to Looe.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 10, 2021
Veronica K.
Excellent meal and a great atmosphere. Will definitely go back again

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 09, 2021
Andrea J.
Really good food and service. Due to Covid restrictions and the small restaurant the door had to remain open and the weather was cold so just a top take a jumper /wrap as it was a bit chilly . All in all would recommend .

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2021
Peter M.
Absolutely fabulous; gorgeous food, great service and lovely atmosphere. Do book in advance as it is very popular!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2021
Andrew S.
Great food very helpful staff all round pleasant experience

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 27, 2021
Joanne C.
Excellent food, great service. 10 out of 10. Definitely recommend a visit!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 20, 2021
Robin G.
Brilliant very good service thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 20, 2021
Stacy G.
Booked here in advance as we were visiting the local area. Not disappointed and can understand why you need to. Absolutely brilliant! Lovely little authentic restaurant. Food was just amazing, one of the best Italians we have been to. I would highly recommend if you get the chance.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2021
Mollie L.
All good thanks

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 18, 2021
Jacqui B.
Wonderful as always.The steak is a must! Just a pity the lobster apparently had to be pre-ordered by email but we weren’t aware of this as we booked through table agent!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 16, 2021
Dave J.
Fantastic

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Jun 15, 2021
Paul A.
Food was excellent, great service and a fantastic menu.