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221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great modern cafe

Modern cafe was a nice surprise. Great food and service, I had the BBQ chicken sandwich and Caesar salad, quite nice!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Steve W
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Modern cafe was a nice surprise. Great food and service, I had the BBQ chicken sandwich and Caesar salad, quite nice!!!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The service was fine the food was terrible. Coconut prawns were plain battered prawns no coconut whatsoever. Prawn pasta was sweet and gummy. Mac and cheese was boring, how can you mess that up? I was still hungry but didn't bother staying for dessert. Never going back there, don't waste your money, there are so many delicious restaurants in Nanaimo,... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Four of us shared burgers and veggie frittatas on a Sunday afternoon, sitting outside. The perfect outing.

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Fountain Valley, California
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146 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Nanaimo is a delicious little city. We were in town for a day as a stop on our recent cruise. Just for fun, we decided to stop at a couple of places on the Nanaimo Bar Trail. We have tried one of the bars and since it was 5 o'clock somewhere we thought it would be fun to drink a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Holy this was great!! Walking by and wanted a place for lunch. Patio out on the street (with classic cars driving by, good ol people watching) Had the crab cakes (BEST EVER) Had the Mac and cheese - spinach, mushrooms, prosciutto (BEST EVER) And the fish and chips were awesome as well! Raspberry daiquiri soo good. And the waiter was... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The modern has been really working hard to bring good BC craft beers to the city. While they don't have many taps... They keep them rotating making almost every trip a chance to try a new BC brew.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went on St Pat day. Empty but the food was good. I ate the hot wings. The plate was heaping over. I also had the brownie. Very good.

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Whistler, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Went for a Sunday lunch with family. I ordered the chicken sandwich and tried the burger nothing amazing. Tomato soup and clam chowder were really nice. Atmosphere was nice

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North Nanaimo
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36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Stopped in for lunch here with a friend and we both enjoyed their smoked meat sandwich with fries & gravy. Excellent meal. Tasty and not greasy with enough left over to bring home for hubby to enjoy. We will definitely be back to try more dishes here.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Every time I come and visit Nanaimo I end up at the Modern Cafe for lunch or dinner. The food is superb, good value and wonderful taste. Staff is accommodating especially when on a bike trip through we fled into the restaurant to escape a storm and we were welcomed with coffee and some excellent soup.

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Additional Information about Modern Cafe

Address: 221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
Phone Number: 250-754-5022
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250-754-5022

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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