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Hilltop Bistro

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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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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
Very Good Food, Cozy Environment

Very good food and menu selection. Good drinks but very limited on bar stock/selection. Servers we're excellent. Value is fair/comparable with it's class (City's finest). Venue is comfortable and cozy but pbly a little too small for any decenct sized party (unless you booked the whole place)

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very good food and menu selection. Good drinks but very limited on bar stock/selection. Servers we're excellent. Value is fair/comparable with it's class (City's finest). Venue is comfortable and cozy but pbly a little too small for any decenct sized party (unless you booked the whole place)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We booked this to provide something to do between our noon check out in Tofino and a 9 pm ferry. What a great little stop. The welcome was warm, the service excellent and the food really very good. The organic greens are delicious, the beet salad with goats cheese excellent and the steak frites was one of the best I... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The intimacy of Hilltop Bistro is welcoming as is the open view into the kitchen. I started out with the Pate Campagne and it was amazingly silky and delicious. My date has the Humboldt Calamari which were deliciously cut more like steak fries than as rings and were scrumptious with the grilled shishitos This was then followed up with the... More 

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Nanaimo, British Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Our business meeting was held at this restrauant and our food was very good. Quiet place,soft music in the background,excellent service. Felt like you were at home, very enjoyable.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I choose to take 4 of my friends on my birthday to this highly recommended bistro...none of us had ever been here... unfortunately that was a mistake...we did not order the price fixed 3 course meal, opted for sharing 3 appetizers, 2 mussels and 1 beet salad...and 5 main courses... the appetizers tasted wonderful, but the rest was way to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

After a beautiful ferry ride, we checked into our hotel, grabbed a cab and went. Good thing website advised of reservations - this tiny (30 seats, including bar) restaurant with window into the kitchen was filling up. We both had the three course menu - I started with a great mixed greens salad - dressing quite light & yummy, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

One of the best restaurants in Nanaimo for quality of food! Pay attention to the times as you might not be able to dine as leisurely as you like. Great multiple course meals which have fantastic wine pairings. Do reserve, the interior is quite small but very charming.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The menu was very limited and with that I expected perfection in the meal and the service. The steak was tasty and properly cooked, the salad was fresh but plain. Would have personally preferred a choice of potato rather than fries. I would have preferred much less salt on my food as I normally use none, so found it quite... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ryan and his team do an outstanding job - every time. There is no question that the Hilltop Bistro is Nanaimo's best fine dining restaurant. The best part about this place is how casual it is while delivering excellent food made with locally sourced ingredients created by a classically trained chef. Can't fall out of love with the Hilltop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Nice decor, friendly, prompt service, wonderful tasting food and presentation but limited menu, we had the 3 course special with wine paring. I would go again just for the food. $$$$ but ok for a special occasion

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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 14 - 22
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
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?