Restaurants in Nanaimo

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Alexandra's Bistro 2220 Bowen Rd #21, Nanaimo Greek • $$
2220 Bowen Rd #21, Nanaimo

“Went here last month for the first time. IDK why we waited so long to try it. Food was amazing! Went back for Valentine's Day. Sooo good! The staff is very friendly, the chef comes out and talks to the guests. We'll be regulars before too long.”

4.8Superb250 Reviews
Nori Japanese Restaurant 6750 N Island Hwy, Nanaimo Japanese • $$
6750 N Island Hwy, Nanaimo

“First time visiting but pretty sure this is going to be my go to spot. The staff was super attentive and had great recommendations. Everything was very fresh and looked beautiful.”

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4.7Superb300 Reviews
Asteras 347 Wesley St, Nanaimo Greek • $$
347 Wesley St, Nanaimo

“What a gem this restaurant is. Great atmosphere, above and beyond service,and such tasty food. The staff were exceptional, and watching the chefs in the kitchen was amazing. A great evening out.”

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4.6Superb337 Reviews
Mahle House Restaurant 2104 Hemer Rd, Nanaimo Modern European • $$$
2104 Hemer Rd, Nanaimo

“One is never disappointed when dining at this charming place. Service is always gracious and impeccable, and the food is reliably outstanding. The newish sticky toffee pudding with its delightful embellishments was exceptional.”

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4.7Superb203 Reviews
The Breakfast Nook 440 Selby St, Nanaimo Breakfast • $$
440 Selby St, Nanaimo

“Great food. Bacon Benny was fresh with real bacon, excellent hollandaise sauce and super fresh home fries. All for a good price with great service. Very glad we tried it out, will be back!”

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4.7Superb191 Reviews
Eve Olive 5281 Rutherford Rd #102, Nanaimo Vegan • $$
5281 Rutherford Rd #102, Nanaimo

“This was a birthday dinner for our daughter. The food was really good. I had the Vietnamese Noodle Salad, my daughter had the Pulled Pork style Sandwich & my husband had the Beyond Meat Burger. We all enjoyed how our food tasted, portions were great and dessert delicious. We had a really lovely server who helped my (celiac) husband choose gluten free options to stay safe. Thank you for helping us celebrate ?Dietary restrictions: Nice gluten free options!”

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4.7Superb189 Reviews

Restaurants by Cuisine

Milton Street Public House 247 Milton St, Nanaimo Pubs • $$$
247 Milton St, Nanaimo

“We popped in for an unplanned Valentine's dinner. Even though we did not have a reservation, they still found a great seat for us. Extremely friendly and accommodating staff.Without exaggeration, the Jalepeno Burger was the tastiest burger I have ever had. It was a perfection of flavour and subtle heat.Quaint, cozy and unique atmosphere.We will be back!Highly recommended.”

4.7Superb180 Reviews
Bistro Taiyo Japanese Restaurant 321 Wesley St, Nanaimo Japanese • $$
321 Wesley St, Nanaimo

“I was so stocked to find a real Japanese restaurant operated by Japanese staff in Nanaimo. They are tucked away in the alley behind La Stella which is also my favourite.They offer authentic Japanese food with excellent customer service. I had nabeyaki udon and it was perfect for the day you want to be cozy and very flavourful. They close bit earlier than other restaurants so check their business hour first before you go. They also have some bar seats if you dine in solo!”

4.7Superb140 Reviews
The View Oceanside Grill 70 Church St, Nanaimo Seafood • $$$
70 Church St, Nanaimo

“Perfect place to have dinner. We asked chef not to get the dishes extra salted. And they were excellent. Quite good options of wine. There is a problem to accommodate a company more than 4 people.”

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4.5Superb284 Reviews

Restaurants with Delivery

The Kebap 25 Front St, Nanaimo Turkish • $$
25 Front St, Nanaimo

“Extremely high quality food. The platters are enormous. The grilled chicken is tender and juicy with wonderful flavours. The mixed beef and lamb wrap was fantastic. Tender slices cubes of real meat. Highly recommended.”

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4.7Superb128 Reviews
Smokin' George's BBQ Restaurant 4131 Mostar Rd #5, Nanaimo Barbecue • $$
4131 Mostar Rd #5, Nanaimo

“Finally did visit this place for Lunch !!Visually appealing and I liked what I ate too :)Had the combo with the brisket and ribs !!I preferred the ribs and the beans and cabbage were great for sides along with the corn bread !Was it the best I’ve eaten ? Probably not but I would recommend!! Thumbs up from my end !! Thank you for the service”

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4.5Superb256 Reviews
DANPUNG MOMIJI310 505 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo Korean • $$
505 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo

“Best place in Nanaimo hands down. Went there for the spicy pork back ribs and they were delicious. Their soups are amazing, too. Fried chicken is worth getting as well. Definitely visit, service is top notch! And interior is clean and not too busy.”

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4.9Superb82 Reviews

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Mambo Gourmet Pizza 238 C Franklyn St, Nanaimo Pizza • $$
238 C Franklyn St, Nanaimo

“Orders a pizza to be delivered and once I saw it my chin hit the floor .. and when I took the first bite I just about died it was so good I have eaten a lot of pizza and I have only been empresses twice and when I come over to the island I will be getting this pizza again .. in fact if I crave pizza when I’m home I will travel over her to pick it up from the main land I wholeheartedly recommend this place and this pizza it’s called kahuna best pizza ever”

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4.5Superb230 Reviews
La Stella Trattoria 321 Wesley St #1, Nanaimo Italian • $$$
321 Wesley St #1, Nanaimo

“We sat at the bar because the restaurant was full, this was a fun experience watching the pizzas and dishes being made! Boy those staff are busy!We split pizza and pasta .both dishes were fantastic but the pizza wow! We also had the Arancini to start which were amazing.The serving sizes were so big we had tons of yummy leftovers to take home and the price of our meal for what we got wasn’t bad at all .”

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4.5Superb228 Reviews
Kim's Korean BBQ House 1607 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo Korean • $$
1607 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

“Great restaurant & friendly service. Everything I have tried was delicious, especially the doenjang stew and pork dumplings. It can fill up quickly so make a reservation to ensure you get a table!”

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4.6Superb150 Reviews

24 Hour Restaurants

Craft Fare 153 Commercial St, Nanaimo Beer Bar • $$
153 Commercial St, Nanaimo

“We came last night after touring the university with my grade 12 daughter and the restaurant was amazing!Your waitress was anweome and ran that whole place and did it all while being friendly and quick.It was packed, food was perfect and that was the best service I’ve seen in a long time.Can’t wait to come back when we move our daughter to Nanaimo for school!❤️”

4.7Superb109 Reviews
Saigon Kitchen 5148 Metral Dr #2, Nanaimo Vietnamese • $$
5148 Metral Dr #2, Nanaimo

“Absolutely love Saigon Kitchen. I have always received excellent service, the food is so good. Everytime I bring friends, they say they plan to return, its that good.”

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4.5Superb183 Reviews
COCO Café 1840 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo Cafe • $$
1840 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

“This charming little cafe is amazing. The food is home made comfort and always delicious. The staff is happy and helpful, the best thing here is that folks of differing abilities get work experience and training. BravoParking: Huge lot never a problemKid-friendliness: Very relaxed open room, kids would be happyWheelchair accessibility: Completely flat entry points and lots of room to manoeuvre”

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4.6Superb129 Reviews

Takeout Restaurants

Hungry Rooster 203-1925 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo Gluten-Free • $$
203-1925 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

“Gem of a place serving homemade pierogies. I got a decent sized platter with 7 chedder cheese and potatoe friends, a generous dollop of sour cream, sweet grilled onions, a delicious tangy cole slaw and a sprinkle of crispy bacon. My eyes were bigger than my appetite but I couldn’t leave any friends behind. Small seating area inside and out and super friendly owners.”

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4.7Superb93 Reviews
The Bee's Knees Cafe' and Catering inside Country Club mall,  3200 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo Cafe • $$
inside Country Club mall, 3200 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo

“We stopped by here on a whim and they did not disappoint. The coffee was great and they have other amazing drinks as well. They make their chai in house and the rose chai was delicious, just be warned it does not come sweetened unless asked for. Their pastries were also good, especially their banana chocolate chip muffin. The service was also incredibly pleasant!”

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4.6Superb111 Reviews
The Vault Cafe 499 Wallace St, Nanaimo Cafe • $$
499 Wallace St, Nanaimo

“Everything was WOW. The customer service from the girl at the counter who made us the BEST Cesar's we've ever had in our life. My friend and I ordered the BLTC and the Brie & Apple which was SOOO good. I meant to take pictures but we devoured everything immediately. 100/10 would ”

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4.4Superb217 Reviews

Drive-Thru Restaurants

Sushi Ryu Japanese restaurant 6595 Applecross Rd, Nanaimo Japanese • $$
6595 Applecross Rd, Nanaimo

“shared ramen and a roll with my wife, the ramen was outstanding our server was wonderful and chef AJ was a gem of a human the portion sizes are enormous and the presentation was great highly recommend this restaurantWheelchair accessibility: this restaurant can easily accommodate wheelchairs”

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4.4Superb186 Reviews
Amore Bistro cafe 2330 McCullough Rd #4, Nanaimo Breakfast • $$$
2330 McCullough Rd #4, Nanaimo

“My new fave cafe for breakfast! Although I could have used a bit more hash browns with my breakfast it was delicious! The owner came out and introduced herself, will be going back asap and often.”

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4.8Superb60 Reviews
Gabriel's Cafe 39 Commercial St, Nanaimo Cafe • $$
39 Commercial St, Nanaimo

“We love Gabriel's!! The chicken curry is sooooo good. We are impressed every time we go! Fresh, whole meals that don't make you feel gross after eating. It can get busy, but we love the more hands on ordering so you don't have staff bugging you while trying to connect with your party. Would absolutely recommend to any locals or tourists!!”

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4.3Superb313 Reviews

Cheap Eats

Bar Luna 7 Victoria Rd, Nanaimo Mexican • $$
7 Victoria Rd, Nanaimo

“We had our work party here. Great to see this beautiful building still being given a chance despite the social/economic issues in the area. No complaints, great food and service :)”

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4.6Superb85 Reviews
Nana sushi 14 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo Sushi • $$
14 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo

“Was looking for a quick dinner and came in close to closing and they still served me with a smile. It was my first time here so I decided to order the Chau’s Nagasaki Jjamppong. It did not disappoint. Very flavorful and seasoned beautifully. I do not know how to cook this item nor the methods used to complete the dish. But it had a wonderful wok flavor that was imparted to the soup base. I do not know if I wok was even used to cook it. The chasu was soft and chewy. The vegetables included in the broth was a nice surprise. I pretty munched finished off the soup base. Highly recommend and would come back. The gentleman server was really nice.Parking: There are a couple of free street parking spots and lots of paid street parking spots”

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4.4Superb163 Reviews
The Masala Culture 428 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo Indian • $$
428 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo

“Great food! Ordered the chicken tikka which was SO tender, butter chicken, saag and rice + naan. Everything tasted delicious and the service was great, very nice waitress. The chai was also yummy and reasonably priced. Would definetly come back here when in ”

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4.8Superb56 Reviews
Carbone Pizzeria 215 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo Italian • $$$
215 Terminal Ave N, Nanaimo

“Can’t say enough about this place, my husband and I went last night and had the most fabulous time. The service was amazing and we had the most amazing food.. The waiter ( Parm) was so knowledgeable about wines and food, we were treated so well. We can’t wait to go back ( with friends) thank you Parm ..George and Barbara ?”

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4.6Superb80 Reviews
The curry culture 6304 Dover Rd #4, Nanaimo Indian • $$
6304 Dover Rd #4, Nanaimo

“Delicious food and generous portions. Always great service and welcoming attitude. I have tried many items on the menu--usually with chicken (big tender bites) swimming in curry with hot fresh naan. I have tried Jalfrezi, vegetable and paneer pakoras, butter chicken, masala and the house curry--so good. The lassi rice pudding is tasty too. The restaurant is cozy, simple and always cleanly The price is reasonable. You won't be disappointed.”

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4.6Superb76 Reviews
Arbutus Distillery & Cocktail Lounge 1890 Boxwood Rd, Nanaimo Cocktail Bar • $$
1890 Boxwood Rd, Nanaimo

“Romantic, layed back. Incredible pizza but,.... It's all about the artisanal drinks. Hand crafted and served with a confidence that you (the drinker) will love the results.We can't help but go back. Again & again!Thanx guys...”

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4.8Superb50 Reviews

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