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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
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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty and delicious

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Rhonda M
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Saskatoon, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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1 review
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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Vancouver Island, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The service was fine the food was terrible. Coconut prawns were plain battered prawns no coconut whatsoever. Prawn pasta was sweet and gummy. Mac and cheese was boring, how can you mess that up? I was still hungry but didn't bother staying for dessert. Never going back there, don't waste your money, there are so many delicious restaurants in Nanaimo,... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Four of us shared burgers and veggie frittatas on a Sunday afternoon, sitting outside. The perfect outing.

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Fountain Valley, California
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148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Nanaimo is a delicious little city. We were in town for a day as a stop on our recent cruise. Just for fun, we decided to stop at a couple of places on the Nanaimo Bar Trail. We have tried one of the bars and since it was 5 o'clock somewhere we thought it would be fun to drink a... More 

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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Holy this was great!! Walking by and wanted a place for lunch. Patio out on the street (with classic cars driving by, good ol people watching) Had the crab cakes (BEST EVER) Had the Mac and cheese - spinach, mushrooms, prosciutto (BEST EVER) And the fish and chips were awesome as well! Raspberry daiquiri soo good. And the waiter was... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The modern has been really working hard to bring good BC craft beers to the city. While they don't have many taps... They keep them rotating making almost every trip a chance to try a new BC brew.

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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?