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221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Today
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Another great eating place in Nanaimo

When visiting or doing a little shopping in down town Nanaimo The Modern Cafe is a great place to stop for a meal. The decor is modern mid century. The food is casual but yummy.. whether you eat inside or out on their sidewalk patio it is a fun place to stop. Now there are two great eating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
Sittingback
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

When visiting or doing a little shopping in down town Nanaimo The Modern Cafe is a great place to stop for a meal. The decor is modern mid century. The food is casual but yummy.. whether you eat inside or out on their sidewalk patio it is a fun place to stop. Now there are two great eating choices side... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Cute little spot in downtown Nanaimo with a nice patio for people watching! Needed a quick dinner before heading to the ferry and this did the trick and then some. The vegetarian mac and cheese was awesome and the husband really liked his veggie burger. Good local taps and apparently they make a Nanaimo bar martini that's on some sort... More 

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Seevetal, Germany
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The waiter does not record your Order, expect that something is missed. Outside seating is very close to the road. Food is what you can expect, nothing fancy but ok.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

An excellent, friendly restaurant that has plenty of room under cover but spills out onto the street. We enjoyed ourselves so much the first time that we returned. The ribs were superb!

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Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This was the first and will be my last time that I will visit Modern Cafe in Nanaimo, BC. I was extremely disappointed with my experience. The waitress brought us this bottle of water, which the bottle was dirty, with two glasses and we were expected to pour our own warm water to drink. Yet the table just down from... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We entered the restaurant with a friendly greeting..that was a good sign...or so we thought!..we sat and waited and waited and waited...just as we were about to leave, our waiter FINALLY came over...took our drink order..returned, then took our food order..I asked about the chicken apple sausage..he told me you get 3...we ordered one plate..when it came, he said you... More 

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Loved eating outdoors on the sidewalk cafe style, All 3 types of Mac and Cheese are to crave forever. The deep fried sushi roll is an incredible experience. Have never had anything like it in any big city. It's amazing, and a delightful meal in itself,

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We just ordered their clam chowder as we didn't want too much before our dinner later that day. It came with some delicious bread and we ate outside on the street. The service was good as well.

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London
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

OMG Never have I been to a restaurant where a $12 salad with "roasted golden beets" where a few diced pieces are burried under some greens!!! Must be a beet shortage in BC!!! Add to that the salad came undressed and when I asked the standoffish waitress for some vinagrette she actually responded with "i don't understand what you are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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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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: Doing business, Romantic
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?