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The Nest Bistro

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Italian, French, Fusion
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77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R5G9, Canada
+1 250-591-2721
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally...
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tiny little restaurant with lots of soul

This is a tiny gem that sources food locally. If you are interested in eating food within a 100 mile radius this is your place. It is quiet, peaceful and the staff are all wonderful whenever we go in.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Michelle r
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a tiny gem that sources food locally. If you are interested in eating food within a 100 mile radius this is your place. It is quiet, peaceful and the staff are all wonderful whenever we go in.

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Thank Michelle r
Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Nest has expanded from its previous smaller space to a larger, funkier room with no decline in quality at all! Great place to go for a celebration meal or a semi-formal night out on the town. Stellar service and kudos for including local craft beer on the drink menu. Everything points to an accomplished kitchen staff, including some of... More 

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Thank mic_control
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After wishing to visit this restaurant for a long time, I decided to order food for take out as I did not have time to sit in and dine. After calling and wanting the veggie burger I was told it had been taken off of the menu. I was seriously disappointed since even A&W has veggie burgers. I called back... More 

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2 Thank AnnaIsQueen
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Hello and welcome to TripAdvisor. We are honored to be among your first reviews. Your feedback is important to us and please allow me, co-owner and husband, to address your concerns. The internet provides a forum wherein any person of any bent or disposition to publish whatever they want. There are many facets to this, but the one which plays... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Menu was varied with a daily fresh sheet for all-inclusive dinner option. Highly recommend reserving ahead. We didn't and the two of us ended up sitting side-by-side in the bar area (which was rather nice). The meal was excellent and our bartender (Joshua?) served us. He was very friendly and attentive. If you haven't tried it out yet, you should.

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1 Thank britishcOlumbia007
Nanaimo, Canada
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined here in December with a small group of friends. Very pleasant ambiance in their new location and the service was excellent! But honestly, the chicken couldn't have been more boring if I'd made it myself! A few panko crumbs and bland cheese stuffing in a large plain piece of meat does not cut it for $22.00 especially when accompanied... More 

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7 Thank Teal_blue512
Duncan, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Great owner operated restaurant serving fresh food. I enjoyed the five spice duck and ice cream sandwich, my brother the stuffed chicken breast and potato skins. The wine list features reasonably priced local and international selections. Clean, well maintained room and friendly well-spoken service. I recommend to other travellers.

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2 Thank Four_Score596
Castlegar, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

First time to Nanaimo for the holidays to party with friends and meet my new niece for the first time. Went out to the Nest three times while I was here; each time was just as good as the last. Love the Yorkies, the lamb shank and the roast beef sandwich at lunch. Everything from the coffee to the dessert... More 

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3 Thank Dave_o_plenty
Calgary
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Came in for dinner with my brother and his wife and son. We all ordered different stuff and everyone was happy with what they got. My nephew is picky and they made him a plain cheese pizza, my brother had a steak and they substituted wild mushroom risotto for his potatoes and didn't charge for the substitution. Me, well I... More 

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3 Thank Phil A
Comox, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Was recommended by my hotel concierge and worked out perfect for me. The place was extremely packed, but I got a seat at the bar. Since I travel for business alone I always like the bar better anyways. Here the bar is really nice and the bartenders are young and friendly ladies and well you get the picture, I enjoyed... More 

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Thank Kevin S
Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

My husband and I have gone to the Nest when it was tiny and in another location and quite liked it. This trip, we found them in a new location and it was real pretty inside, very nice and upscale. We shared squid rings and they were great, and the perfect portion for sharing. The batter was so light and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R5G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-591-2721

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?