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The Nest Bistro

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Italian, French, Fusion, Bistro
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77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R2X7, Canada
+1 250-591-2721
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: 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
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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  • 172
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Very good experience

This restaurant is rated very high and there is good reason for that. The service, food and wine was very good. Their new location has some parking issues but hopefully that will improve in time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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  • Local cuisine
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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is rated very high and there is good reason for that. The service, food and wine was very good. Their new location has some parking issues but hopefully that will improve in time.

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Nanaimo
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

4 of us went on a Friday at 5:30. One person ordered chicken and was very pleased, another ordered the salmon and was pleased. Two of us ordered steak, at $25. plus $ 2.50 for some mushrooms to go with it. Both of us had VERY tough steak. The server asked if we would like to send it back but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My fiancé and I recently moved back to Nanaimo after living in Vancouver for years. It was so nice to find a restaurant that prepares food that is local and organic. We shared a few appetizers and each had an entree. Everything tasted great!! The service was also fantastic, we waited until after we finished our appetizers to order dinner... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 412 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

One of our few go-to places. The Nest never disappoints, always pleases us with great food, service and delicious food. The new location is fantastic. The room is divided up so there is an area with a larger table, lower area with lots of smaller tables and window front seating, lounge area with a couple tables and an awesome concrete... More 

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North West England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Not a great location but excellent food and service. The menu has a nice combination of pizza and unusual dishes such as the spice duck breast. Excellently prepared and good service. One of the best restaurants in downtown Nanaimo.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was craving comfort food with sophistication and that is exactly what I got with an added bonus...my waiter was a friend which added to my enjoyment. Scott's way of upselling is so gentle that you just want to agree with him....bacon with Jenny Mac....of course!!! The started salad with walnuts, pears, and blue cheese was delicious but the Jenny... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great dinner. Excellent quality. Good price point. Details: Forest mushroom and brie tart had generous mushrooms, crisp crust and just rich enough, with a nicely dressed salad; potato skins were more small halved potatoes with a depression holding cheese, tomatoes and pesto on the cilantro mayo, tender and tasty. Mains: herbed chicken which was nice but it was the rosemary... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

First off, the new location is great with much more seating and a better ambience. We didn't have a reservation and it was very busy that night but we managed to get a small table in the bar area which was fine with us. We had the Forest Mushroom and Brie Tart appetizer to start us off and while it... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We love local places when we travel, and this one was great! Couldn't decide, so has a few starters and the pasta special. Really good. Our server was knowledgable, and we had to talk him into up-selling us on desert. We ate that too! He treated my six year old with respect, and she ate everything served(normal for her). Great... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have had lunch three times now at the The Nest and been very impressed each time. The menu is extensive for a bistro and the variety of soups, sandwiches and salads are excellent. The service is friendly and efficient and a seat on the patio in the current superb weather is a delight. I am looking forward to trying... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R2X7, 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, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?