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

New Years Eve 2023
Dec. 31, 2023 Dinner 16:30 - 23:45

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Summer 2023 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023
Spring 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Tuesday
Summer 2023 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Autumn 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2023 - Nov. 30, 2023
Spring 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Wednesday
Summer 2023 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Spring 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Autumn 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2023 - Nov. 30, 2023
Thursday
Summer 2023 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023
Autumn 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Sept. 24, 2023 - Nov. 30, 2023
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Spring 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Friday
Summer 2023 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Autumn 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2023 - Nov. 30, 2023
Spring 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Saturday
Summer 2023 16:30 - 22:30
Valid between: July 1, 2023 - Sept. 30, 2023
Winter 2022-2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Dec. 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Autumn 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: Oct. 1, 2023 - Nov. 30, 2023
Spring 2023 17:30 - 22:30
Valid between: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
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.
False

Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.85 out of 5 stars based on 1423 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 11, 2022
Grahame R.
Always excellent, Derek and his kitchen team always produce fantastic food. Great service will always return.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 11, 2022
Jackie &Steve V.
Great food , service second to none . Highly recommended

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 09, 2022
Marilyn P.
Excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 04, 2022
Nessa L.
Excellent friendly service. Loved every minute. Food was impeccable. Cannot emphasise enough how wonderful it was.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 31, 2022
Nick P.
Anniversary meal and Papa Nino's was as perfect as ever. Really superb food in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 30, 2022
Mike G.
Again after many visits, food and service at its best ! Would highly recommend Papa Nino. Long may this continue !

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 29, 2022
Amanda J.
All 10’s as it was truly a fab experience. My fillet steak was huge & cooked to perfection accompanied by a delicious sauce & my friend very much enjoyed her fish dish & rich chocolate dessert. Justin you gave the best efficient & friendly service. Thank you for a super evening guys!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 28, 2022
Roger S.
Nice ambiance, good service, good food.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 25, 2022
Paul V.
Probably the best eating venue in Looe, Cornwall

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 24, 2022
Mark M.
Food very good staff really helpful always had good food for all the years I've been going there

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Oct 12, 2022
Duncan A.
Now on our list of really good places for a special occasion meal. Well done and thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2022
shelly n.
What an excellent find, will definitely be back

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 08, 2022
Laura b.
By far the best Italian restaurant i have ever been to , you definitely wont be disappointed if you eat here

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 07, 2022
Susan T.
There is only one word to describe Papa Ninos - Fabulous. Justin is excellent front of house and Derek excellent in the kitchen

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 06, 2022
Lucy B.
Excellent all round

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 29, 2022
Deb T.
Lovely restaurant with great service and fabulous food

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 26, 2022
Holly F.
Amazing food, service and value for money as always

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 22, 2022
James G.
Once again, Papa Nino's has exceeded our expectations! Although we visit only once a year (from California) we have always enjoyed the food, ambience, and service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Sep 22, 2022
Mark R.
Really enjoyed our night at papa ninos again as always next one will be at xmas when we are back in looe (cant wait ) great food great atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 17, 2022
Christopher W.
The best restuarant i have ever been to, the owner chef certainly knows his trade and service very good, cared for unlike any other restuarant, carry on the very work, chris and julie

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Sep 04, 2022
Lee N.
Excellent service , excellent food

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 03, 2022
Sandra C.
We always visit Papa Ninos when we visit Looe,Everything always good, always look forward to visiting this excellent Italian Restaurant

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2022
Gary W.
Great food, good choice of dishes and attentive host.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 02, 2022
Chris J.
As always the food and service were excellent and we had a very warm welcome, so we will be back as soon as possible. Chris Judkins.0

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 19, 2022
Yvonne B.
Great meal Spiced Crab was to die for Fillet Steak just melted in your mouth. Never had a bad meal. Excellent as always.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Aug 18, 2022
Ashley C.
As always, great night and great food. And also as always, thee best waiter ever…

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 15, 2022
Kenneth S.
Super food and great staff

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 14, 2022
Rhiannon B.
Beautiful little restaurant. Staff work hard and food is exceptional. Water on table would be only improvement.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 14, 2022
Michele A.
Great food

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2022
Keith P.
Excellent, intimate restaurant serving delicious food in generous portions. Would absolutely recommend

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2022
Helen B.
Really tasty food.

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
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Aug 11, 2022
Colin K.
Excellent service and great food. We had a great night made to feel welcome and great quality food. A must visit restaurant in Looe

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Aug 05, 2022
Craig S.
Always have to book to eat here, because its so good

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Aug 01, 2022
John D.
There is nothing that can be done to make this restaurant any better than it is. From the amazing food to front of house this is on experience you should not miss.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 01, 2022
Neil D.
Best restaurant in looe

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 31, 2022
Sarah T.
Undoubtedly one of our favourite restaurants to dine in. The quality of service and food is always outstanding. We always feel very welcomed. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 30, 2022
Steve R.
Value for money Quality food Good service One of the best in the UK Highly recommended

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Jul 29, 2022
Paula H.
Amazing food, amazing service, well worth the wait

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 15, 2022
Jacqui B.
Always an excellent meal at Ninos, the steak is exceptional and the seafood. Highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 15, 2022
Mark S.
We had an amazing meal as usual and the service was excellent. We have visiting a papa Nino’s for at least 8 years and never been disappointed. Many thanks Karen & Mark

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Jul 10, 2022
Janice K.
Papa Ninos is a class restaurant. We love it. The service is always friendly and swift. The food is exceptional. We come down every year to Looe and it is a must to go there. Thanks Papa Ninos. Keep doing what you re doing.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Jul 09, 2022
Peter C.
Absolutely perfect, we ate there twice during our visit the service and the food were faultless, thank you for two wonderful nights

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 09, 2022
Neil R.
Excellent food.....as always Going back again in October....yum

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2022
Jo P.
Yet again Papa Nino gets a A*. Food fantastic, great atmosphere and Justin is a great waiter! I will be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2022
Martyn C.
Thank you Derek, Jay and all the staff at Papa Ninos for making my Birthday dinner so wonderful. As ever the ambience is sublime, the welcome very warm and friendly and the food exquisite; most definitely the best steak I have ever eaten. Thank you once again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 30, 2022
Clive P.
Excellent service, great food, Lovely setting. Need to have card payments. Local banks everywhere are closing. Even individuals can have a card reader.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 28, 2022
Brian W.
Everything was great. A better choice of wine, there was no Italian Pinot Grigio

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 28, 2022
Marc M.
This is the tastiest food that I’ve eaten…..anywhere.. Value for mine and really lovely front of house and kitchen staff.. I’ve already booked to go back next week…

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2022
Trudy S.
Loved the whole experience for the second time on our holiday in looe. Food, service and ambulance fabulous, thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 20, 2022
Jayne G.
Always fantastic service and food