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221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
Website
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Okay Lunch

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
mitchb86
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Whistler, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

What a pleasant surprise - we stopped here for lunch and will definitely be back! This was the best clam chowder I have ever tasted!

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The service was very good. Unfortunately, the lunch menu doesn't include their appetizers, some of which are very good. The wine menu has improved since last time we ate here, more choices by the glass. Wine prices were a little high for the quality. We had the fish (cod) mand chips, the fish was a little mushy for cod, the... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were here for New years eve. We made reservations for 8pm and were sat early. The staff was wonderful, nicely dressed and they delivered exceptional service. We sat in the window seat where we had a beautiful of the street and old buildings. The restaurant is small but it has great style. Where we were sitting by the window... More 

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Surrey, BC
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
169 reviews 169 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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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: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?