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Modern Cafe

221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Ranked #62 of 282 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
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
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Surrey, BC
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I took a client here for lunch recently. I had Moms Mac & Cheese. I ordered a half portion and a half salad. I couldn't eat it all I was so full. Wanted to eat it all because it was the best Mac & Cheese I had seemingly ever had! It came with a homemade crab patty that was spectacular.... More 

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

WeI had just moved to Nanaimo from the city and thought that's it....I'll have to make do. Our family and friends are foodies. We spent the most awesome hot summer's night dining out on their sidewalk cafe, wine in the cooler and thought we were in Paris. It didn't matter which way you faced. We ordered the 3 different varieties... More 

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Western part
Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We stopped here for a late meal. They said they had "only" appetizers, but what great appetizers they were. Atmosphere, location, ambiance, service, and food were all great.

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Powell River, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Good fish and chips. They have an outdoor seating area but it was raining that day so we sat inside. Service that day was not great - the waitress spilled a jug of water on one of us. She wiped up the floor and table top but gave no help to the one who got drenched. Others at the table... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped in for breakfast on a Sunday. We were pleasantly surprised with the smoked salmon eggs benny. The best ever! I would return to Nanaimo just to order this again.

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Tucson, Arizona
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179 reviews 179 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Stopped here after trekking all over town during a stopover from an Alaskan cruise. There was a table available outside on the sidewalk and the weather was perfect so we sat down. Moments later our drink order was taken by a friendly waitress and we looked at the menu. There seemed to be a fair amount of local 'lunch' crowd... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We came in here for a drink and had a couple of lovely pints of excellent craft beer with excellent service from a friendly bar tender. On the basis of that we decided to come back later to eat and overall were a little disappointed. Partly this was my fault, I decided to go for mac and cheese on the... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Just had lunch with a group of lunch colleagues - we all really liked our meals: fresh, lots of guilty pleasures (good fries, great sandwich buns, smoked meat) and healthy choices too - salads, vegetarian options. We were in a rush and they worked hard to accommodate us with great style and warmth. I am surprised this restaurant doesn't rank... More 

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Food: Their Bengal Prawn Linguine is such an amazing dish. I would highly recommend it. $14/entree average, however, the Linguine is $18+. Atmosphere: nice patio in the summer. Inside is very spacious. Service: used to be better. I give service a 2/5. Would I go back? One of my favourite places in town, I'll definitely be back.

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Auburn, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had dinner outside at 10PM and it was still a full house. the food was very good, service was EXCELLENT!!!

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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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