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

The Little Sparo

4.5
4.5
503 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 PM


Booked 22 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 503 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for scenic views

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambiance

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Neighborhood gem

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Romantic

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Good for special occasions

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Table of 6 celebrating a birthday during brunchThe food was fantastic until dessert for the bday girl which seemed freezer burnt. The server was very nice and strived to be attentive but was too busy so we waited a lot.Definitely not his fault. None the less the food and atmosphere was lovely overall and we would definitely go again for sure to see if any improvements.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great from the service to the food. We didn’t feel rushed through our meal. The food was delicious and perfectly timed.
  3. NP

    NickParsons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time coming to the little sparo and it did not disappoint, food was fantastic, staff was very friendly and the restaurant was beautiful. 10/10
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for brunch reservation was 9:45. Breakfast/brunch menu not updated online. But we did managed to figure out what we wanted. Food was delicious but disappointing that the menu has not been updated online. Cause we had picked out our favourites from there. Was nothing like online but we did have the traditional breakfast. Four of us went for my mom’s birthday and had “the sparo”. It was delicious and the sourdough was so good we couldn’t leave home without a loaf. Service was wonderful and server was extremely good to us and so nice. Loved the view from our table.
  5. DC

    DangerCat69

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The cocktails that they had the ingredients for were good. Food was underwhelming. For a restaurant that specializes in Italian food, I expected better Italian wines. They had one pseudo Chianti that was underwhelming to put it politely. Won’t be back.
  6. S

    Sinjawns

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Poor value for money: $140 for four people and a very basic breakfast (no alcohol, no extras) is too much. Menu choice is very limited. Eggs Benedict with bacon jam was sickly sweet and on the edge of edible; other items were meh. The server was lovely and the space looked nice, but we certainly won't return for mediocre food at a high price.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This place is a little gem, beautiful place with a great view and ambiance. The service was good and the staff were wonderful. The food was excellent with the exception of the carbonara which would have been delicious but it was way to salty. Given the ingredients and the particular dish I would expect it to be salty but this was too much to enjoy, I actually didn’t eat it but others at my table did. The remainder of the food was top notch, pizza, scallops shrimp, highly recommend. Overall I had a great experience and will defiantly return to this restaurant!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around experience as usual!
  9. S

    Snowbirds

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely evening. View was spectacular! Food, service, atmosphere were excellent, making for a wonderful evening.
  10. C

    Converstionalist1

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The lighting level at our table was much too dim. We had to use our cell phone flashlights to read the menu. And we could not properly see our meals. A great part of the pleasure of a really good meal for me is the presentation and that first look at yummy food.
  11. DA

    DAwnO

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely spot . Service was excellent pizza was very good . I enjoyed it.
  12. J

    Jemmy

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal, the food was great. Veryselect menu though. Service was good. Beautiful view and really loved the ambiance. Felt just needed a little more lighting at our table. There was a tea light but very dim. Had to use the flashlight on our phones to be able to read the menu. Overall a good experience and definitely would go back
  13. WS

    WhitS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent, the service was excellent with the lighting it was hard to read the menu. Bread should be complimentary when your purchasing dinner, not an extra charge in a higher end restaurant
  14. DD

    DiningDiva

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was excellent! Server could have been more engaged. Because the restaurant is open to the main lobby of the hotel, it’s often cold
  15. RR

    RayR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The 10oz ribeye was a hit at the table
  16. W

    Wheelsla123

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious drinks & food! Gucci pizza so good Ricotta for an appetizer Pasta carbonara so good
  17. S

    Satisfied

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting and the server was very attentive as well as patient with our questions. thank-you!
  18. LH

    LucasH

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Pizza wasn’t cooked
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening for our Christmas dinner with friends before heading to a show. The only minor thing was we found the background music (which was lovely) was a little too loud to enjoy conversations.
  20. B

    Barry

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Little bit on the noisy side when the place was busy. The two person table was large such that two diners had some trouble at that time conversing over the background noise. Once the noise level dropped as other tables were clearing I would say that everything was excellent.
  21. CH

    ColetteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very tasty and a good portion, not too much or little. Great cocktails and the service was perfect!
  22. MD

    MaggieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food and drink options! Perfect place for date night.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good time with family. Beautiful. Clean. Great fully loaded omelets.
  24. I

    Izzy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    The service and the food were outstanding and full marks for these! However, if you plan to eat here you need to be aware this restaurant is very loud! We were sat at a table of four and had to shout at each other to be heard. One of our party simply gave up trying to participate in the conversation at one point as he just couldn't hear anything. The food was reasonably priced but the wine and cocktails are extremely expensive.
  25. JB

    JoshB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast service, great food, good view, and good staff
  26. EP

    ElizabethP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. Servers were very friendly and attentive. Food was yummy.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Unfortunately we don’t think we will be returning to this restaurant. Upon arrival, the hostess wasn’t friendly which wasn’t a great first impression. Our server was excellent, but the food was overpriced for the portions.
  28. JA

    JoanA

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The view was amazing unfortunately the bartender being our first point of entry was rude and condensing. This started our night off on the wrong foot. The service was ok nothing extra. little portions for what we paid. It truly is hit or miss with this restaurant nothing consistent.
  29. j

    jenc2k

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the large windows allowed for a fantastic view of the St. John's Harbour and Signal Hill. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. The menu was slightly limited but the foods we chose were fantastic. Will visit again!
  30. NL

    NLFoody

    Orlando

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was fantastic and service was great thanks!
  31. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous atmosphere, beautiful dining arrangements. Service was superb & food was served very quickly. We went for a birthday & the dessert was free! Would highly recommend!
  32. JW

    JerryW

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, server was awesome and very attentive. Atmosphere was very nice with lots of windows looking over the harbour.
  33. SP

    SherylP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food was fantastic, and the view is spectacular!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Group next to us was very Loud but that isn't the resturaunts fault.
  35. L

    Lmac

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service was good but food was tasteless and cold. Coffee was also cold
  36. G

    Griffin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Lovely setting amidst a charming view of a working seaport. Atmosphere energetic, with enough noise to allow for one to feel comfortable with talking at a reasonable volume without feeling overheard. Use of space in some areas leaves a feeling of emptiness and detracts from the otherwise cozy feeling. Food bursting with well-thought-out flavour combinations. Wonderfully fresh, proper temperatures, timed well. A few nice wines. Cleaning supplies, such as industrial cleaner spray bottles and rags left in direct sight of diners. While these supplies are a necessity, they’re also ugly and not matching with the decor on the dining floor and leave diner with a feeling of being a pig at a trough. These supplies are best kept below the counter.
  37. c

    cmavery

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere! Will definitely be going back!
  38. F

    Flicker

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambience was excellent, my salmon was delicious and service was stellar. I will definitely return.
  39. M

    Marnie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal great setting. Drinks were fabulous bartender did a great job! Noise level a little high for dining I thought. Maybe a suggestion to take the music down a notch for dining. Other than that everything stellar!
  40. S

    Sandra

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. I had read reviews indicating service was slow, but that wasn’t our experience at all. Beautiful open concept space with tables appropriately spaced. Highly recommend the mushroom ravioli. I will definitely visit Little Sparo again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Little Sparo is rated 4.5 stars by 503 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 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for The Little Sparo

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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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