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The Little Sparo, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, NL

The Little Sparo

4.2
4.2
412 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Italian
There is nothing complicated about food, and nobody understood this better than the Italians. They knew that a delicious meal did not require elaborate preparation - just proper ingredients, and the passion and patience to let them work their magic. At The Little Sparo, we apply these principles in all we do. From our fresh baked naturally-leavened bread and pizza to our homemade extruded pasta, every item is prepared with gentle, attentive care. Come enjoy the comfort of Italian cuisine, in our newly renovated, open-concept restaurant with breathtaking views of the St.john's harbor that carries right through to the narrows. Book a table in our elegant dining room or come relax by the fireplace in our cozy, inviting lounge. Our kind and knowledgable staff are here to welcome you with the warm and friendly hospitality that Newfoundlanders are known for. Come join us for dinner!

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (709) 758-4252

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 412 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic Canada

    Italian

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Fit for Foodies

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Group Bookings

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Romance

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Special Occasion

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Matthew

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food and coffee were not hot enough. Despite coming from a fresh full insulated pot coffee wasn’t hot enough (wasn’t expecting McDonald’s hot). Maybe plates could have been pre-heated to a warmer temp? We had tea delivered in a pot without a lid. Can’t let this go without mentioning it. Great spot with awesome view of the harbour. I recommend Little Sparo but something was missing from the kitchen and serving team’s performance when I visited.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  3. F

    Fantastic

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful as was the food. The view is fantastic as well.
  4. GP

    GlendaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and cocktails were excellent! Service good. Salmon was amazing. There were two feature cocktails unavailable though due to lack of ingredients. 🤷🏻‍♀️ And, as seen in other reviews, it was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant. Despite this, the fireplace was on, which they turned off at our request. Before going again, we will call ahead to see if the A/C problems have been addressed.
  5. SO

    ScottO

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We found all the carbonara pasta and the Bianco pizza to be very heavy on garlic. The service was excellent! Appetizers were fabulous and so was the putanesca pasta and magherita pizza.
  6. L

    Lili

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been there a couple of times. Nicely decorated. Love the place!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great experience! We went for our 6th anniversary! They offered us two complimentary desserts at the end of our meal. Very nice touch.
  8. k

    kegdiner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Got to restaurant and haven’t been there since it was renovated - what a great job they did the restaurant was beautiful When we got there we were told they were not serving anything on their menu with sourdough which was a big part of their menu - especially for their pizzas and what we were looking forward to having because we had heard it was good We chose something else on the menu and waited almost 2 hours for our food we watched other tables being seated after us and served before us with the same party size (there was 4 of us) which made us assume our order was forgotten about. Our server did apologize but never explained why it took so long. Myself and my friend ordered a burger hers was cooked fully through which is what we both expected and mine was still very much pink on the inside I would’ve been happy had they just cooked the burger I had but they gave me a new one which meant everyone at our table was finished eating by the time I got my food. The burger was served with fries which were over cooked and hard both times I received my food as well as my friend. My other two friends enjoyed their meals one had pasta and the other salmon. It was the first time I’ve been there so obviously I don’t know if this is usual or not but I was disappointed for the price of the burger I didn’t enjoy my meal. Overall the atmosphere was beautiful but disappointed with the food and the wait. I had heard it was great so maybe this was an off night
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, friendliest staff and efficient service!!
  10. CS

    CatherineS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Air conditioning not working properly so too warm to stay after eating.
  11. SJ

    StJohnscitizen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very hot in the space. Menu not as posted online. We went for brunch but it was breakfast only. Adequate but not rushing back.
  12. GP

    GlenP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    It was very warm. We've been there during the same time of year the last couple years, for my wife's birthday. This sitting however was the warmest its ever been. I'm not sure if the AC was just broken or they had it turned off but when you step out of the elevator into the lobby area, the heat / humidity just hit you in the face, and its a very open concept restaurant but I don't then the panoramic windows open so the air stay's trapped if the AC is down.
  13. SS

    SusanS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Italian focus with a nice wine list. Pizzas made with sourdough crust, low gluten load. Attentive service and a water view.
  14. BS

    BrandonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food and nice decor. The only disappointment was the limited tea selection and lack of vegetarian breakfast options. Still the food was cooked really well and the servers were kind and well spoken.
  15. S

    Soph

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    It wasn’t busy yet I felt as if we were rushed ( right from the start). The ricotta with fig and bred was cold a pizza I ordered was over the top salty! My friend said his burger was fine.. all in all I had a pleasant evening as the view was great.
  16. SD

    SydneyD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was very hot in the dining room that day from the sun beaming in from the Harborside. So that was our only complaint if you can even call it that because it wasn’t the restaurants fault it was mother nature. We had a beautiful meal excellent service fantastic local coffee from Carbonear. I highly recommend this restaurant I will be sure to go there again
  17. G

    Grant

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at the Little Sparo and it was excellent. They had a very nice lounge to sit for a drink while our table was getting cleaned. The food and wine was amazing.
  18. a

    astiefs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    it was closed after they gave me a reservation. If they are closing unexpectedly it would be considerate to inform those who have made reservations.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere for brunch. The food was good and they accommodated our toddler.
  20. MF

    MaryF

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our experience. The food and service was very good. We were happy to have a table by the window. Thanks for the complimentary prosecco to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary. Mary and Chris
  21. DN

    DebbieN

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a great server her name was Sarah she did an awesome job and made sure we were always taken car off.
  22. KC

    KCurtis

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My 3rd time there and the food is fantastic but I ordered the carbonara and the serving size was more like an appetizer, I was disappointed
  23. J

    James

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    We had family in from away, sat down @ 6:15, our entrees came @8:20… Table next to us sat after us & left before us… Ruined the evening. They discounted the bill / gave us desserts on the house but it was hard to recover after the wait. Very disappointed.
  24. SP

    StephPK

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and food with a wonderful server too!
  25. FD

    FineDiner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Our table was near the bar which made it a little noisy. Other than that it is a great place to eat.
  26. S

    Sareddy

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food was delicious but the service was very slow and not good
  27. CD

    CaroD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the Little Sparo a few times. Always good, great service and atmosphere. First time for brunch. It was great. Will Definitely go back again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was so friendly and sweet. She’s made the evening even more enjoyable
  29. MG

    MattG

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was tasty but steak was over done. Bruschetta was delicious. Overall was a good experience
  30. CR

    ClaireR

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious brunch options. Bright and airy space. Can get quite warm on sunny days though - so dress lightly
  31. TB

    TaylorB

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great evening at The Little Sparo. Highly recommend!
  32. T

    Townie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Half of apetizers were forgotten. Mains were uninspiring and not tasty. Desserts were amazing. Good espresso. Would go back for dessert only.
  33. AB

    AnneB

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very fast and friendly service. A bit loud for the diner with hearing issues. Food was delicious and very interesting.
  34. A

    Allie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Hot food served cold. Very noisy. Open concept not good idea. When paying with cash, they could not provide change because the Cashier said they do not have any CASH at register. It's a very far cry from Rumpelstiltskins
  35. KL

    KaylaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and food. Restaurant is decorated beautifully and I always enjoy my experience every time. 10/10.. such a vibe. Thanks!!
  36. AG

    AndrewG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was fine except for the high sound level of the music.
  37. GC

    GeneC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner and nice service. The restaurant is located in the doubletree hotel. Paid parking on site. Pasta dishes were very good and home made ricotta for two was delicious. Great meal.
  38. KL

    KLKo

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks. However it was clear the restaurant was understaffed so there was a significant wait for everything. The server apologized and gave us a free dessert though. I would for sure go back and give it another go
  39. T

    Tess88

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Friendly attentive staff. The food was delicious.
  40. JA

    JoanA

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It was very noisy. Our entrees were cold and a very small portion served. Food should be served hot . Overall not impressed.. I did have abs did recommend this restaurant several times and it has disappointed. I would have to think twice to recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Little Sparo is rated 4.2 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for The Little Sparo

2 Hill o' Chips, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, NL A1C 6B1

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Paid underground parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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