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

The Little Sparo

4.7
4.7
733 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (709) 758-4252
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Zac Power
  • Neighbourhood
    St. John's
  • Parking Details
    Paid underground parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 733 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Romantic

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for scenic views

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Service

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambience

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Value

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for business meals

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for business meals

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Healthy

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for special occasions

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Lively

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

733 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous decor. Easily accessible and delicious food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect perfect.

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  3. daves

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sit as far away from the main lobby as possible. On cold nights whenever the sliding doors open a blast of cold air rushes in.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was fantastic as always. The staff cater to every detail.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised, good food and service, best views in town

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fresh, homemade food. Al dente pasta, perfect pesto, crusty sourdough bread. Great service.

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  7. CarlG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabio and his staff are a welcome addition to our favourite restaurant! We have been dining here since opening and were getting less impressed each time we ate. The new staff and menu hit it out of the park! Nice to see and we will certainly making regular visits again!!

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I love Little Sparo. It's our most-frequented restaurant for special occasions. The atmosphere, service, food, and drinks were phenomenal. The Risotto Maiale e piselli and the Cremoso cocktail, and the salted caramel espresso gelato were delicious. 10/10!

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  9. StephPK

    New York City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was yummy and we had wonderful service! View was also perfect

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  10. Earthmomma

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was delightful, delicious and well timed. We will return.

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  11. Andre

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good experience overall with great food! Server could have been a little more friendly but ok overall. Little noisy space when crowded. Could use a little more noise barriers maybe.

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  12. PaulaC

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences I have had in St. John's. The service was incredible. Our server was very accommodating, friendly, and fun! His humour added a lot to our night. The food was absolutely divine. After eating the appetizer of housemade sourdough with warm olives I felt my meal was already complete. They were SO good! All parties loved their meal and dessert. The view is one of the best in the city. It's a relaxed and modern vibe. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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  13. LesleyH

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was fantastic, food was great and atmosphere was positive….would recommend and will definitely be back

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  14. ChipB

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service! Really enjoyed interacting with the staff! They know their product and provide service with gracious good humour!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meal was good and tasted good but portion was small, only six ravioli

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  16. Dave

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual; the food and space is excellent. Timing of appetizers and attentive service such as removal of side plates and ensuring we had utensils needed a little work.

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  17. RoyP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Carne Cruda - Nice but overly salty, heavy handed with shallots gave aftertaste of onion. Crostini were thick and very dry making them hard to chew without damaging the mouth. Cappesante al Fumo - Three scallops were seared differently, one burnt, one perfect, one very light. Overall nice dish. Pappardelle Carbonara - Delicious yet pasta was overcooked and dish turned to a mushy amalgamation. Carrot Ginger Risotto - Overcooked, again heavy handed on the salt. Also heavy on black pepper which overpowered the dish. Roasted carrots and other garnishes were delightful. Cocktails - Absolutely delicious, 10 out of 10 Overall a well thought out and interesting menu with great promise and presented extremely well, but lacking in execution.

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  18. SheldonR

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It has quickly become one of our favourite spots when we come into town. The food is great and we try to have something different each visit. Staff makes you feel special each visit. We had supper this visit but breakfast is a treat too.

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  19. StephPK

    New York City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Isabella was wonderful and the drinks and our food were really good!

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  20. SR64

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. Food was excellent as was the service

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  21. SkylarR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food and outstanding service!! I will definitely be back. The bartender makes a delicious "clover club", my absolute favourite!

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  22. EdmarR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately in the end, we ordered chocolate Gelato for my 7 years old daughter and it arrived with lots of spices, she burned her throat… that wasn’t nice.

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  23. GeoffH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fantastic! Great meal! It was not overly busy but that added to our experience!
    The Little SparoResponded on March 6, 2024
    Thank you for the review! I will pass along the excellent compliment - looking forward to your next visit :)

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  24. ChirpyNL

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed everything about our evening. The food was outstanding, as was the service. Tyler assisted us at our table and he was brilliant. I hadn’t eaten there in some time. It was even better than I remembered. We will be back very soon. Thank you!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and awesome service, server was very knowledgeable

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  26. Sadie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and server was fantastic. Love the atmosphere, would eat here again

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you, Little Sparõ, for braving Snowmageddon Jr and staying open on Valentine's Day! 🌨️ We're thrilled you have indoor parking, making our visit worry-free. The pork tenderloin app set the bar high, and the 12oz filet and scallops surpassed all expectations – packed with flavor and cooked to perfection! And that chocolate dessert? Pure indulgence. Service was top-notch as always. Thanks for another unforgettable evening – we adore this restaurant! 💕

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  28. NLFoodie

    Atlantic Canada

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having visited Sparo in the summer and leaving a review indicating we were underwhelmed, we tried it again last night. It was EXCEPTIONAL!!!! The food was fabulous. Burrata cheese is one of my favourite things and the appetizer did not disappoint. The meatball app was also really great. With four of us in our party, three of us had the beef cheek pasta and one had a soprano pizza. The pasta was cooked and seasoned well, and enjoyed by all. We had tiramisu for dessert and it was also scrumptious. One of our guests used a wheelchair. The wheelchair accessibility of this resto was excellent. Parking was convenient, parking lot and ramp were cleared and easy to use, and when situated at the table, it was the perfect height for him to use. While accessibility should be the norm, unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Little Sparo, you did it perfectly. So the long and the short of it is, Little Sparo has been reinvigorated and I encourage you to give it a try!

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  29. Hennykos

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not much to choose from on the brunch menu. Need a place to hang your coat.

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  30. Mike

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was incredible and service was very helpful and friendly

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  31. BrendaE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot say anything negative about this place. Delicious food, great service, a wonderful experience.

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  32. NFMazdaspeed

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to The Little Sparo but definitely not our last. Delicious gourmet food, excellent and attentive, but not overbearing wait staff (very well trained) made this a wonderful experience. Reminded us of our time in Italy. Our waiter made excellent recommendations. Already looking forward to returning with friends.

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  33. Snowbirds

    Tampa

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was exceptional! Tyler was great…..very personable and attentive! Really enjoyed our evening. Such a fabulous view!
    The Little SparoResponded on March 6, 2024
    Thank you for the excellent review! Cannot wait to send the message along to Tyler :)

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  34. Cf200

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and food. We will be back!

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  35. Chris

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Little Sparo is a great experience. The food is fresh and tasty. The service and hospitality were beyond exceptional.
    The Little SparoResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thank you for the great review! Looking forward your next visit!

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  36. ChipB

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrific service, great cocktails and wines combined with some really good food!
    The Little SparoResponded on February 2, 2024
    Thank you for the great review! Looking forward to having you again.

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  37. xxxxxxxxxxx

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not a good experience for my first time. Waited 1.5 hours for lunch, food was so-so and deafened by the music
    The Little SparoResponded on February 2, 2024
    Very sorry to hear about you experience. That is not our regular level of service and we will use your feedback as a teaching tool for staff. Thank you.

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  38. BrianH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service and nice quiet atmosphere. 10/10 we will eat there again.
    The Little SparoResponded on February 2, 2024
    10/10 looking forward to having you again!

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  39. AnneF

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a lovely resto with great views and great staff. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good dining experience for a reasonable price.
    The Little SparoResponded on February 2, 2024
    Thank you Anne! Come again soon.

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  40. Earthmomma

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful server! He was expedient, personable, efficient and friendly - just how we like it. The food was excellent. A fine experience all around
    The Little SparoResponded on February 2, 2024
    What an excellent review! Thank you Earthmomma - hope to see you again very soon!

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FAQs

The Little Sparo is rated 4.7 stars by 733 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 11 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
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Paid underground parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Zac Power
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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