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221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Small menu, Good food

We had lunch here the other day. I have a dairy allergy and the menu was limited for me. But the tomato soup I had was tasty and my husband had the seafood chowder and said it was good too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
kathiann
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canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been a few years since I've been to the Modern Cafe, so I thought I'd take my daughters there while in Nanaimo, as my experiences in the past have always been great. My daughters enjoyed their food (and it did look delicious). I, on the other hand, did not fair so well. I ordered the burger expecting a good... More 

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Thank Barb D
Nanaimo, Canada
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch yesterday,there was 6 of us. Two people had chowder and when it was served it was not as hot as it should have been. One person sent theirs back and when it came back out,it was still not as hot as it should have been.Two of us had fish and chips,the fries were well seasoned and tasty but... More 

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Thank kayakfrank
Victoria, Canada
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be a good restaurant at which I would frequent every month or so while in Nanaimo on business. I'm sad to say that it's gone downhill rapidly and I won't be back. The menu has changed as others have pointed out. I don't know whethethat's because of change of ownership. I know that they have had a... More 

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1 Thank FanTanAlley
Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fresh and tasty is the key here, house made sauces that enhance the meal. Chicken wings to start were not covered in bottled sauce and were deliciously tender. Chicken with mushroom sauce was to die for as were the steak with crab and bernaise sauce, strip loin with peppercorn, and rack of ribs. Classic gin martini was perfect. Add to... More 

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Thank Lakegirl3277
canada
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch here the other day. I have a dairy allergy and the menu was limited for me. But the tomato soup I had was tasty and my husband had the seafood chowder and said it was good too.

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Thank kathiann
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Staff was nice. Bar drinks were good. Food was pretty tasty. I would go again for dinner. It has a nice environment to sit and enjoy.

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Thank Katrina F
Manitoba, Canada
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

I've enjoyed quite a few chocolate based martinis in various places, but must say that the Nanaimo Bar Martinis at the Modern Cafe are among the best! The lunch was good, too!

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Thank dpendgracs
Nanaimo, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I used to love coming to the Modern Café. However, my past few experiences have not been the best. Although my food didn't taste bad, it wasn't what it is usually is. I had the Mom's Mac & Cheese. I could have sworn last time it had bread crumbs on it. Not a big deal that it didn't, but the... More 

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Thank Laura S
West Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

In Nanaimo visiting for Christmas and needed a quick escape for some "alone time" so we went downtown to walk around and get a breather from all the family activities. We wandered into Modern as it was busy and the menu was appealing. Good choice as we imbibed a little and ate a lot. Excellent service and food in a... More 

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Thank Darryl M
Calgary, Canada
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133 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I had dinner at Modern after a long day of travelling. I found the waitress very pleasant and down to earth. I did find the food a bit pricey for the quality and ambience. The salmon was quite hard and I definitely needed a knife and fork to enjoy it. The risotto had a really interesting sweet flavor which I... More 

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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: Romantic, Business meetings
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?