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Hilltop Bistro

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

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  • 6
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  • 2
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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
Lovely dining experience

Had a most delightful dinner, arctic char was absolutely delicious, cooked perfectly. Started with oysters and calamari as appys, both were done nicely. Lemon dessert and chocolate mousse cake with perfectly melt in your mouth tiny donuts. The service as well was outstanding and very knowledge on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Had a most delightful dinner, arctic char was absolutely delicious, cooked perfectly. Started with oysters and calamari as appys, both were done nicely. Lemon dessert and chocolate mousse cake with perfectly melt in your mouth tiny donuts. The service as well was outstanding and very knowledge on all plates served.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Had the best Arctic Char in a long time. Was solo but not over looked by excellent sraff. Service excellent as well as the food. A treat.

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Surrey, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I wanted to take her Mom out for a her 91st birthday celebration dinner in Nanaimo and found this absolutely fantastic little "bistro" restaurant in the Nanaimo Restaurant listings. We checked TRIPADVISOR and made reservations. Wow, did we ever pick a true winner ! I would rate this fine restaurant up there with Reeses in White Rock... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I have been to Hilltop Bistro several times, every time it surpasses my expectations. The menu is always well thought out and carefully prepared with mostly local seasonal ingredients. You can taste the love in this food! I love how the chef and his team change up the menu every season, it makes coming back more exciting, there is always... More 

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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We finally made it to Hilltop after a year on the Island. Kicking ourselves for not making it earlier. Started out poorly as despite having reservations they tried to sit us right by the kitchen door, even though several other tables were available. Luckily they graciously gave us another table so I didn't have to go to plan B. After... More 

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Great Falls, Montana, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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80 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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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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18 restaurant reviews
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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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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 15 - 24
  • 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?