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Locanda Paolo, Italian Fusion Ristorante. We are a family run restaurant that just celebrated its 20th 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 Rafa help you personalize your own meal. "Food for the soul made with the Heart" a classy yet traditional Italian dinner.
US$10 - US$29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Fusion
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Validated Parking
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Reviewed 3 March 2020 via mobile

As we have done for the last 15 years . We have gone here for our final night in Cancun , Paolo and his crew of family will not disappoint, this is a fine Italian dining experience. I really like consistency and they have been...consistent for years ! I never order of the menu I let them tell me what the days specials are and I pick one .. you can’t go wrong here . I highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 10 January 2020

Settled in downtown Cancun, this restaurant is far from the tourists radar, but local friends told us this was their favorite Italian. Even with GPS, the taxi driver had a hard time finding it. It was a Thursday night and the place was empty. In...a corner table, the owner and the manager were working. According to the menu, it´s an Italian-fusion cuisine, but we found all dishes typically Italian. Complimentary homemade bread was served with olive oil and balsamic. For starters, we had a pasta e fagioli soup and a Caprese with burrata off the menu, both very good. Then I had a lobster tail, a bit dry, and my husband another dish off the menu; I don´t remember the name, so you´ll have to look at the pictures! He enjoyed it very much.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 29 December 2019 via mobile

We've been coming to Paolo for years and it's always the highlight of our trip! Paolo and Rafael are warm, welcoming, and make everyone feel like family. The food is excellent and always as fresh as could be. The burrata is amazing, the squid is...perfect, the pastas couldn't be better, and the meats and fish are wonderful. Every visit is an absolute treat!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 20 July 2019

Our local friends took us here and would prefer we kept it a secret! Haha! Such a welcoming place, with attentive service, familia! We had the grilled octopus, so tender and fresh! The Locando Paulo salad was lemony and bright! They often have many specialties...in addition to the menu, like spinach cannelloni, the filling was seasoned perfectly as well at the potato gnocchi. Every dish comes with your choice of sauce which we mainly had bolognese, but we also tried the four cheese and mushroom truffle - All exquisite! My family is from southern Italy, the sauces were all well balanced, no sugar added to them like the region my great grandparents are from. For us it was a taste of home.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 29 June 2019 via mobile

We travel to Mexico almost every other year. This is our must eat at restaurant when we are here in Cancun. We are real foodies and love this place. This is a small family owned business. We were greeted by the same waiter that has...been there for a long time. The chef came out and gave us a welcome hug and hand shake and made us glad that we returned again. We skipped a predinner cocktail and went straight for a bottle of wine. They have a good selection of wines. We never order off the menu but listen to the chef’s specials. They always seem to ask what we like and then whip up something fantastic. Tonight we started with a charcuterie plate of meats and cheeses. No picture but trust me that it was super good. My husband and I shared two entries which they divided on two plates for us. We selected stone crab cooked in a pasta and a grilled grouper. Both were fantastic! We have stone crabs in Florida but not the size of the ones at this place. For dessert we split a tiramisu and each had a glass of port wine. We look forward to seeing them again on our next trip to Cancun. ❤️More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 15 April 2019 via mobile

We travel to Cancun on an annual basis. My husband wanted to try a different restaurant outside of the few which are our favorites. I reluctantly said ok, did a search for Italian restaurants and this was one that came up. I looked at the...reviews, it sounded great, but we were deceived. The owners were sitting at a table in the restaurant with their family eating, she got up came over and told us about the specials and sat back down. A portion of the bar looked like a desk with papers and books on top. The atmosphere just wasn't right. Now, if you are a foodie, don't go to this restaurant there was nothing we enjoyed except leaving, we were very disappointed. We spent $300.00, and still had to eat something when we return to our hotel.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 4 April 2019

what to say....everything was awesome. went on recommendation of fellow guests at Royal Carribean who have been going for many years. shrimp mushroom sauce appetizer for starters with wine for 2. A great start. She orders Linguini, lobsters with pink Vodka sauce, I had to...try the Lasagna. Both were phenomenal. We shared with each other. she has apple turnover al a mode, i had some kind of wonderful chocolate cake w/coffee. We will make this a definite destination on any return trip and recommend to anyone who heads to Cancun. great atmosphere/ great service/ great food. Mangia!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 29 March 2019

We went here as a family. We saw a lot of locales in this restaurant when we arrived. It wasn’t very crowded with other “tourists”. Wine selection was good, and food was excellent all around. Very attentive service with owner/chef even stopping by our table...to chat with us. I would highly recommend. A little pricey but you absolutely get what you pay for. Tiramisu was excellent!! We will be back for sure.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 24 March 2019

Locanda Paolo is a wonderful experience. Paolo is friendly and welcoming as is his daughter and nephew. They are talk with you about the restaurant and menu. They are interested in you and everything you mention. The food is delicious and the portions are quite...adequate.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 10 March 2019 via mobile

As we have done for the last 14 years . We have gone here for our final night in Cancun , Paolo and his crew of family will not disappoint, this is a fine Italian dining experience. I really like consistency and they have been...consistent for years ! I never order of the menu I let them tell me what the days specials are and I pick one .. you can’t go wrong here . I highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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