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The Nest Bistro

486A Franklyn Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R2X7, Canada
250-591-2721
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Ranked #2 of 261 restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $21
Cuisines: French, Italian, Bistro, Fusion
Dining options: Reservations
Description: beautifully prepared food, emphasis on fresh and local seafood and produce. Excellent new restaurant with fine cooking by chef-owners.
Restaurant details
Dining options: 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
gabriola bc
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a small restaurant (seating 26) that punches above its weight in terms of the quality and value that it offers. The menu is not extensive but covers most tastes and what they do they do well. The menu is supplemented by a daily special which is always worthy of consideration. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and the service... More

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Nanaimo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I've eaten here twice, first with a group of about 10 people for a dinner meeting, second with my husband and another couple to reconnect. Both times were amazing. Loved the variety of food and its cooking and plating. Great service too. Cozy little spot for getting together.

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Thanks to the amazing team at the Nest Bistro for a great meal. It's worth the extra few steps from your Hotel to find this little gem. Great tasting House Salad. The steak was flawless. I had a local beer brewed here that wasn't my favourite- but you don't know if you don't try. Great atmosphere. Great prices. Thanks so... More

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White Rock, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Had a salad, iron steak and potato encrusted salmon, and wow! Such amazing sides, and every part perfectly cooked and was a packed house! Servers excellent too. Great wine list too. Backhouse cab, Amaaaaazing wine, a very delicious surprise. The Joie rose is the only rose I have tried and loved! Seems to be a lot of regulars and the... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great little place. Menu offers nice variety and reasonable prices. Food arrived quickly and looked colorful. The food was good, but it didn't taste "wow worthy" like some other places we had visited.

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We have been to the Nest Bistro many times and have never been disappointed. The restaurant is small and intimate and the service is terrific. The staff are always willing to provide recommendations and are knowledgeable about what is on the menu. The food is some of the best we have ever eaten and cooked fresh from the best ingredients;... More

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gabriola island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Even though the venue is small and intimate, they were able to accommodate our large Mother's Day group, including small children. The salmon I had was excellent and the veggies, done to perfection. The service is always friendly and efficient. Book ahead and you won't be disappointed.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Given all the wonderful reviews the Nest has received, I have attempted to go there several times. It has either been closed or fully booked. Yesterday a friend came to town and offered to take me to dinner. I immediately called and was thrilled to get a table. The service was excellent, with a great suggestion for a choice of... More

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Vancouver island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I took my wife on a long overdue date night. I was looking for a new place to go so I went on Trip Advisor and read through all the great reviews of this little place. I was not disappointed. The food was excellent the service was great. We are now planing to go there with another couple in a... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is the best restaurant in Nanaimo. It is small and intimate, and the food is fantastic! It was a great find!

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