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Modern Cafe

221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Ranked #55 of 268 restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Surrey, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Great food fresh and reasonable. Big portions!! I liked everything about this place it's been around since 1948!!

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Nanaimo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

First of all, put Navajo bread back on the menu!! It was the best appy in nanaimo. I used to be a regular here and moved away, I was so disappointed when I returned the other night. My 10 dollar mojito was terrible, no simple syrup and 4 raspberries, tasted like a rum and water. Step it up please. My... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My husband and I eat at the Modern Cafe on a regular basis. Over the last few months there seem to have been several new staff who have been professional, pleasant and helpful. Not only is the service fabulous, the food is consistently delicious. We usually go on weekends for brunch- the eggs benny is amazing.

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Nanaimo, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It's been a number of years since we've eaten at the Modern Cafe. This may have even been the first time since the "new" owners took over the restaurant. I think they bought it four or five years ago, so this shows you how long it's been since we've eaten there. We actually had enjoyed this restaurant in the past,... More

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Canada
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We arrived after 8.30pm on a Sunday night and Modern Cafe was one of the few eating places still open. We had take out but our meal was great and I'm sorry we didn't arrive earlier and eat in.

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Port Townsend, Washington
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My wife and I shared a shrimp croissant and a caesar salad sitting outside this cafe, watching the world go by. Service was good and the food up to standard. Nothing special about this establishment but you won't go wrong here for a quick bite.

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Calgary
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Lunch at Modern Cafe was fantastic.Mac and cheese was the best I ever had.The atmosphere is pleasant with great music in the background. A wide drink menu and service with Jocelyn was great. This is a must when in Nanaimo.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Had a lovely meal with friends on a Saturday for lunch. A little under staffed but our waitress managed ok, bit of a wait for water. Great menu with lots of options. Good options for my vegetarian friend ! Food was excellent only complaint was that my specialty coffee cost over 10$ very odd but didn't complain just wouldn't order... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a modern version of a 50's restaurant with pleasing ambience superior service , excellent food and worth a visit as a lunch spot on an up island visit or as a regular eating place. The mid level priced menu has a variety of familiar and appealing offerings. I had an excellent salmon burger with a delicious yam soup.

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Seattle
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The cafe has really good, strategic lighting, so that even though it's romantically dim, you can read the menus. (Seats near the windows have blinking from the outdoor lighting, so you might want to avoid those if that bothers you.) The seating is padded and very comfortable. Unlike a lot of modern places, you can converse in a normal voice,... More

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