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The Nest Bistro

486A Franklyn Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R2X7, Canada
+1 250-591-2721
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Ranked #2 of 268 restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $23
Cuisines: French, Italian, Bistro, Fusion
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Restaurant details
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
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  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Ontario
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Red Deer, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Nestled in the residential area of Nanaimo is this wonderful, quaint restaurant. As we walked in the door we knew we were in for a treat! With only about eight tables, we were sitting amongst some locals and some foreigners. Everything in the restaurant is made from scratch. My potato crusted salmon was amazing as was the chocolate ginger pudding.... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Every time I have been to this restaurant I have had a wonderful meal. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to eat in Nanaimo.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The food is well-cooked, if a bit unimaginative. Service is friendly. The bistro is small, so book ahead.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My husband and I visited this restaurant for the first time because it was recommended to us as a place that the locals really love. We can see why: although unassuming on the outside, once you step inside the warm and urban cool atmosphere takes you somewhere else. The greeting was warm and welcoming and we were seated right away... More

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Saltair B.C.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I was entertaining an overnight visitor this past Saturday.......had to come up with a superb place for dinner, as she is an Executive Chef, and justifiably particular. I was so fortunate as to come up with a late, but better than not at all, reservation. We shared red wine, and a perfect selection encouraged by our skilled server. I wish... More

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gabriola bc
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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