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.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

⚠️ We kindly ask you to restrict your booking between 16:45 & 18:15 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

Late May Bank Holiday
May 30, 2022 Dinner 17:00 - 22:30

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Summer 2022 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022
Spring 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Tuesday
Summer 2022 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023
Autumn 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2022
Spring 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Wednesday
Summer 2022 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022
Spring 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Autumn 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2022
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023
Thursday
Summer 2022 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022
Spring 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023
Autumn 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2022
Friday
Summer 2022 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022
Spring 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023
Autumn 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2022
Saturday
Summer 2022 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - Feb. 28, 2023
Autumn 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2022
Spring 2022 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
Sunday
Closed

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Sadly, we are not able to accommodate parties with children under 5 years old.
Depending upon the time of year, we have 2 or 3 sittings. 17:30 - 18:30 1st sitting (minimum age requirement 5 years old) 20:00 - 20:30 2nd sitting (minimum age requirement 16 years old) Summer Season only 16:30 - 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.
YES! But, only the Lobster Thermidor or Lobster Salad MUST be pre-booked.
Unfortunately, we can not allow dogs
Sadly, we don't.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.85 out of 5 stars based on 971 votes

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May 19, 2022
Keith M.
Excellent meal, we would definitely go back

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May 12, 2022
Robert M.
Great menu (whatever you chose from the menu I think would taste fantastic) Food and service excellent. Couldn't fault anything. Wish we lived nearby so we could visit this great restaurant more often.

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May 07, 2022
Chris G.
Absolutely wonderful in every way as always. Already booked for September and October!

Overall: 10/10
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May 05, 2022
Colin N.
Exelent food service brilliant atmosphere wonderful have been going there over 10 years Justin brilliant front of house Derrick marvellous chef Can't recommend enogh

Overall: 10/10
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May 03, 2022
Emma S.
The whole experience was excellent

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May 01, 2022
Steve M.
Best Restaurant in Looe

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 24, 2022
Belinda M.
Fantastic experience as always at this treasure in Looe. The spicy crab starter and steak Pepe are to die for. Wish I was local and could visit more often.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 24, 2022
John W.
Everything absolutely perfect !

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Apr 22, 2022
Jackie and Steve V.
Everything about Papa Ninos is consistent, food is always fabulous &the service is second to none . Highly recommend

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 21, 2022
Joanne c.
Great food and service, highly recommend a visit but book in advance

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Apr 17, 2022
Anthony R.
One of our favourite restaurants of all time. It is truly authentic, the atmosphere is fantastic and the food is out of this world. The owner is very friendly and attentive and we can't wait to go back next year.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 15, 2022
Chris S.
Always excellent

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Apr 01, 2022
Marilyn P.
Wonderful as allways

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 31, 2022
Keith G.
The best food available in Looe, this will now be our local favorite, the staff are amazing and the quality of the food just outstanding.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 02, 2022
Jo P.
What can I say the food was wonderful, highly recommend!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 01, 2022
Siobhan C.
Our favourite restaurant

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 23, 2022
megan b.
the best fish restaurant i’ve ever been to! We are from bristol and always book a table for when we come and stay in Looe! love it!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 08, 2022
Mike A.
Excellent food, service & ambience!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 06, 2022
Sally S.
The choice of food is amazing, not only do you get outstanding portion sizes the quality is supreme. Everyone is friendly and the ambiance of the whole restaurant leads to a sociable and memorable evening

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 06, 2022
Darren A.
Fabulous food and excellent service. Highly recommended!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 05, 2022
Judith J.
Fabulous restaurant. Gorgeous food, wonderful staff. Couldn't be better. Love it!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Jan 01, 2022
Eileen k.
Excellent service and superb food and service. Worth the wait to get a table.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 19, 2021
Ryan H.
Wonderful place Amazing food wonderful service thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 06, 2021
Karl B.
What a lovely restaurant,you will not be disappointed,lovely good and service was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Dec 06, 2021
Heather H.
Yet another brilliant meal at Papa Nino. Great atmosphere, great service and great food.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 29, 2021
Neil P.
Excellent food and service. Great experience

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 17, 2021
Keith B.
Only problem is your sucess as we now have to book well in advance, keep it up.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 08, 2021
Giles M.
Fantastic little gem of a restaurant with amazing owner chef and top waiter.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 05, 2021
Maria T.
Fantastic fresh food and a great friendly venue ., good to see turbot on the menu ., overall fantastic

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 28, 2021
Marie W.
Fabulous food Fabulous service Can’t rate highly enough

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 26, 2021
Mark M.
Fantastic food great staff always enjoy going there

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 25, 2021
Tina T.
Bloody lovely

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 25, 2021
Su B.
As always friendly relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and no1 waiter. Thank-you Always book a table when in Looe

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 21, 2021
Mike G.
A lovely meal with great friends. The food was fabulous and great service with a superb atmosphere. We’ll be back for sure….

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 17, 2021
Alan W.
Food was amazing. Ambiance equally good. What more is there to say.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
Amanda D.
Delicious food and generous portions. Will definitely be eating here again

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
Richard N.
Very enjoyable meal, great atmosphere. Would recommend. Not accepting card payment could be a little restrictive.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
Richard R.
Nothing negative to say at all. Small and cosy little restaurant.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2021
Helen R.
Fab wee restaurant with great food. Lovely atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend this little gem.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2021
Clare W.
We always come to Papa Nino whilst in Cornwall, it’s absolutely lovely, the food is incredible, the service is always outstanding, the ambience is lovely, so cosy and quirky. See you next year!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2021
Benki C.
Food on our 2nd visit was as delicious as the first. This cozy place is very special. The authenticity of tastes and pride in the freshness of every dish was faultless. The service from Front of House was exceptional. I hope to continue attending as a regular

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 08, 2021
Trudy S.
Fabulous authentic Italian restaurant right in the middle of old town Looe. Small and bijou, great atmosphere and fabulous food. Lots of fish on the menu, will definitely return.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 05, 2021
colin n.
Excellent food atmousefeer cannot recommend higher been going there for 9 years fabulous food & staff Derrick is an amazing cheff

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2021
Andy S.
What more can I say - excellent all round!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2021
Kate L.
Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Everyone was extremely friendly and attentive, food was excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 01, 2021
Andy M.
Fantastic! Felt totally at ease as it is very Covid safe even though it’s such a small place! We’ll done for that! Food amazing and service second to none!! Will return very soon! Thanks guys x

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 30, 2021
Kim H.
First time here food was excellent Service amazing hope to return again Nothing to fault superb

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2021
Sheila W.
I would have loved to go for a meal, but was violently sick the afternoon of my booking.. Although I did call, twice, to cancel, I was still charged £60. I have been to your restaurant before and highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 25, 2021
Sharon H.
Food was excellent mussels and scallops were divine. Service brilliant

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 25, 2021
chris g.
A score of 10 for each of the above questions just isn’t enough for this little gem of a restaurant hidden in the little streets of Looe. It so deserves 110. We already can’t wait to return. Thank you Papa Nino for a wonderful evening.