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Hilltop Bistro

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French, Contemporary
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102-5281 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia v9t 5n9, Canada (Nelson street)
+1 250-585-5337
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Thu - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 105
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Two great restaurants in Nanaimo – and this is one of them.

If you are looking for a big feed, this isn't it. This is fine dining, and every detail of the fare is beautifully executed. Having said that, it is not so fancy that the food isn't scrumptious – if you know what I mean. Great wine selection. Great beer selection [not lengthy, just good].

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Capewell62
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a big feed, this isn't it. This is fine dining, and every detail of the fare is beautifully executed. Having said that, it is not so fancy that the food isn't scrumptious – if you know what I mean. Great wine selection. Great beer selection [not lengthy, just good].

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Thank Capewell62
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this small and cozy restaurant for a business meeting. The food and service were excellent, with a very pleasant and kowledgable waitress. The prices were a bit high for the setting. Beet salad - $12, followed by an entree of 2 prawns and 2 scallops for $29. The presentation along with the sauce were amazing. Don't visit if you... More 

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Thank Murray M
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Hilltop for the first time last night, all i need is one word to describe the food, service and atmosphere: Amazing.

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Thank Tyler F
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I only go on a handful of dates a year. We now automatically choose Hilltop Bistro. The same lovely waitresses are always there and are incredible. The food is delicious, creative, and always served within a reasonable wait time. The restaurant is small so a reservation is recommended.

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Thank foodreview2015
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I recently dined at the Hilltop Bistro and both thoroughly enjoyed it. Great service and delicious food. The truffle fries are to die for. We each had an order of the fries as an appetizer. The lamb shank was a generous portion and the halibut was a smaller portion but equally mouth watering. They were able to... More 

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Thank Laura S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

We recently took advantage of the cozy intimate atmosphere of the Hilltop Bistro with 26 for a birthday celebration. The staff were friendly attentive and efficient. The food was outstanding! One main option was quiche lorraine which was the best ever eaten - the chicken ballontine and tuna nicoise salad were both equally enjoyed. This is certainly a little gem... More 

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1 Thank G M
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Interesting and varied options on menu. Have eaten here a number of times and always enjoyed everything I have ordered. Saw that frog legs were on menu -very unappealing and wonder if anyone orders these Could benefit from with more vegetables with the entrees .We ordered salt& pepper Chicharon -worth going back just for this! Dessert to die for too.

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Thank Islandgal14
Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Hilltop Bistro is amazing! It has become the only place we go for special dinners out. Last night was the second time in two weeks we've eaten there, and the experience was perfect.The food is fantastic, the service exceptional and the atmosphere cozy. A big thank you to Ryan, Ali and Lindsey and the rest of the Hilltop team for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We always order the price fixe menu, and are never disappointed. The presentation and melange of flavours in each of the courses are spectacular.

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Thank William S
Nanaimo BC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Have eaten here several times in the last year and have always had good service and an excellent meal. Had dinner here last night and the service and food was up to its usual vert high standards. The mussels for an appy and ling cod main were excellent. It's a small place so reservations are a must on weekends. Bon... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 102-5281 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia v9t 5n9, Canada
    (Nelson street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-585-5337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 21
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?