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Hilltop Bistro

102 - 5281 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
250-585-5337
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Ranked #4 of 268 restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nelson street
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English first
Gateshead
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Great place to eat. Very tasty and beautifully cooked food. Enjoyed the local beer. Everything very thoughtfully prepared. Great service. A very enjoyable evening.

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Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk. England
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188 reviews 188 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were recommended this by our B&B owners and what a recommendation. It's only small so booking is a must. We were made very welcome by waitress who was very attentive and explained everything. The chef can be seen cooking and when he was ready for us our order was taken. The menu is small but great choices. I don't... More

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Nanaimo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A very special evening can be found in a quaint restaurant called the Hilltop Bistro, formerly a deli it seats 30 persons (My guess) and serves excellent cuisine. Working often in Vancouver, Victoria or overseas it is a comparable experience in Nanaimo. Order the 3 course meal! you won't be disappointed.

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Nanaimo
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have dined here many times and have never been disappointed. Staff are very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines and always very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Chef is creative and uses the freshest local ingredients. Best restaurant for miles around. As an aside, while I understand Tamara G's plight I have to side with the staff... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My husband and I ate at Hilltop Bistro for the first time this evening. It was an excellent experience, the staff are delightful, friendly young people who seem to really care about their customers' needs. Our meals were very good and different from the ordinary run of the mill, which one has come to expect from even restaurants we consider... More

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Vancouver
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We were first time diners with another couple a week or so ago and will now be making this a regular treat. We were warmly greeted and seated immediately in a cozy corner. Our server, who ended up making our drinks as well, was very well-versed on the menu and all of the unique and traditional cocktails offered. We ordered... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I so badly wanted to love this restaurant and still hope to. I have eaten at pretty much every restaurant in Nanaimo, and, after moving away and returning, was pleased to discover Hilltop Bistro. The location is great, the building is quaint but stylish, and the focus on local food and BC wines is impressive. I was quite thrilled not... More

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RoccoMZ, Owner at Hilltop Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Tamara G, Thanks for your feedback! We're sorry your experience did not win you over the first time! To make amends we'd like to address your concerns in hopes that you'll give us another shot. Our little bistro on the hill fills up fast and when we turn people away, trust us, it's the last thing we want to... More

Parksville, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This sweet little bistro has the best chef in Nanaimo . The food is undoubtably the finest around , and beautifully presented . The staff is professional and seamless . Do take lots of time , and relax and enjoy every bite .

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Honest lovely food .. not over thought yet elegant. FANTASTIC DINNER . Service friendly and unpretentious. DOES nanaimo and area really know what a jewel they have here...

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Delta, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We LOVED our dining experience here in this small, French-flavoured bistro... We had the prix fixe option with the wine pairings, a fantastic three course dinner. Everything we ordered was flavourful, beautifully presented & fresh. The staff was gracious & helpful & though the restaurant was full, everyone got exceptional attention & the evening ran calmly & smoothly. This is... More

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