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Hilltop Bistro

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$$$
Contemporary
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102 - 5281 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada (Nelson street)
250-585-5337
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Intimate Local Gem

We went here for Valentine's and really had an excellent meal. We opted for the 3 course fixed price with wine pairings. Wonderful attention to detail in making this a lovely intimate restaurant. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly - but respectful of privacy as well. Locally sourced items are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Leanne B
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Great Falls, Montana, United States
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Great Falls, Montana, United States
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went here for Valentine's and really had an excellent meal. We opted for the 3 course fixed price with wine pairings. Wonderful attention to detail in making this a lovely intimate restaurant. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly - but respectful of privacy as well. Locally sourced items are fresh and delicious. The wine pairings were a lovely touch... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Had another memorable meal at Hilltop Bistro this month. It's always such a treat to eat such a high caliber of cuisine in Nanaimo. Ryan's beautiful food is simple in design, yet brilliantly sophisticated in flavour and texture. The three course prix fixe is by far the best value at $42/person. This gets you a starter, main and dessert (diner's... More 

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British Columbia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The last time we were there, we were a bit disappointed, particularly with the fish entrees. The Arctic char was a bit fishy, and the black cod was undercooked and limp. Not like the last few times we were there. Everybody has a bad night. We will try again, But no longer our default restaurant.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been to the Hilltop several times - the ambience, food and service is always great, I do have a complaint and it is curious to me that a restaurant would even do this. No substitutes - my husband asked to substitute gnocchi for potatoes - "No substitutes", ok so not a big deal he can eat potatoes. I... More 

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COMOX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Wife and I had dinner there last nite and it was pure wow. Service was friendly, efficient and very helpful with menu selection both with wine and food selections.Taste and presentation way above what you can find anywhere! Arctic char was great. Thanks for the wonderful time!

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Wow!! Just wow. I have soooo many food allergies that eating out is generally impossible. Eating at hilltop was not only delicious, but was also worry free as the chef and servers were so helpful and accommodating. All of the food was if a very high quality, the service impeccable and the surroundings intimate and classy. Can't wait to go... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Five of us celebrated a family birthday and were all impressed by the food, service, and knowledgeable staff. Our visitors from Calgary continually comment on the quality of restaurants in Nanaimo and this is one of their (and our) new favourites.

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Me and my wife went here for our anniversary. It was perfect! Excellent service! The food was absolutely amazing and by far the best quality and preparation I've had in a very long time! We will be back alot. Thank you for a amazing dinning experience!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Had to say I was not impressed with the food. If I wanted fries with my steak I would have gone to mcdonalds. The restaurant was nice but the view was bland. It was also way too expensive for what I recieved. The staff were ok but seemed more busy with chatting between themselves. Personally...I wouldn't go there again.

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Marktartisandeli, Owner at Hilltop Bistro, responded to this review

Hello Lucille C! Thanks so much for your feedback! Sorry it took so long to reply, the christmas season is always a little hectic! We're sorry you think our Unique Handmade Organic Products are over priced! When you can purchase a pallet of beef at costco for $20 it's sometimes difficult to relate to the costs of ingredients not produced... More 

Tofino, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It's been two years since our first visit to this lovely little restaurant. Mostly because we seem to be in Nanaimo on the nights they close. Luckily it was open today, and it is still lovely. My husband had the daily pate and a special scallop dish. He loved them. My endive salad with blue cheese and walnuts was delicious,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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