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The Nest Bistro

486A Franklyn Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R2X7, Canada
+1 250-591-2721
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Ranked #1 of 269 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $23
Cuisines: French, Italian, Bistro, Fusion
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: beautifully prepared food, emphasis on fresh and local seafood and produce. Excellent new restaurant with fine cooking by chef-owners.
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English first
San Luis Obispo, CA
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This tiny nest can only accommodate about 20 people. The service is excellent as was the food which was prepared with imagination and individual attention. The salmon was the best I had during our 2 weeks in the Pacific Northwest.

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Parksville, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I can't quit raving about this place to my friends. I love restaurants that exceed my expectations and The Nest did not disappoint. The photo worthy presentation was artsy and colorful and it tasted as good as it looked. The potato skins appy was unique and delicious. I tasted a bit of a friends mushroom tart and cant wait to... More

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Banff, Canada
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We passed this place many times in the past three years but never thought of going there until was recommended to us by one of our sales associates. Very small and unpretentious on the outside, the interior is also small, with only 26 seats, but the decor is attractive and well appointed. The true character of this place comes out,... More

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Parksville, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Cute place with good service and fresh local food , to bad they over cooked the salmon and veg. Would not recommend the risotto way too dry and over seasoned . The plating is very old school with little appeal. Some what pricey for average quality food. Most likely not returning.

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chefNic75, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

While everyone has a subjective opinion, there are some statements you have made that are contrary to the facts and/or misleading. For starters, when you said you are unable to recommend the risotto or salmon, I would have to agree, because you had a steak with mushrooms and your wife, the chicken a la Wes. You both cleared your plates.... More

Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A truly wonderful experience from the comfortable chairs to the art on the wall to the excellent service and a meal so artfully and beautifully presented it was almost a shame to eat it but eat it I did and the flavor was exquisite. I started by sharing an appy, the potato skins which were unlike any I had ever... More

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Orlando
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This small place about a ten minute walk from the Bastion and the marina at Nanaimo Port Authority would be a leading place to eat even in Vancouver. Superb attention to detail. We had BC spot prawns, local red snapper, and a ginger cake--all excellent, for $40. They also have a good quality wine list--we had Orofino Riesling from Simulkameen... More

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Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed an early dinner after a long day of traveling and found The Nest Bistro to be top rate on all dimensions. Our server was polite, efficient and knowledgeable and the food was excellent the Crunchy Prawns and the Crab Spring Roll were perfect starters and our mains (both with salmon) were perfectly prepared. What a great way to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Excellent food. From the salad. Large portion with the right balance of dressing and greens. Had the lamb shank that just melted in my mouth. A memorable meal with great service and charming atmosphere.

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Toronto, Ontario
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Had their 3 course menu...asparagus salad, oat coated red snapper and Nanaimo bar in a jar. Everything was freshly prepared and delicious. Service was friendly and prompt! We did not make reservations but we went around 6 so we were seated promptly.

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Everything on the menu is made from scratch with obvious love and attention. The menu has a nice range of interesting choices making it difficult to choose. Our selections of potato crusted salmon, brie and mushroom stuffed chicken and 5 spice duck breast were all exquisitely tasty and nicely presented. The staff obviously take pride in their product and service... More

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