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Modern Cafe

221 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Ranked #61 of 269 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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  • English first
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English first
Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just had lunch with a group of lunch colleagues - we all really liked our meals: fresh, lots of guilty pleasures (good fries, great sandwich buns, smoked meat) and healthy choices too - salads, vegetarian options. We were in a rush and they worked hard to accommodate us with great style and warmth. I am surprised this restaurant doesn't rank... More

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Food: Their Bengal Prawn Linguine is such an amazing dish. I would highly recommend it. $14/entree average, however, the Linguine is $18+. Atmosphere: nice patio in the summer. Inside is very spacious. Service: used to be better. I give service a 2/5. Would I go back? One of my favourite places in town, I'll definitely be back.

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Auburn, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had dinner outside at 10PM and it was still a full house. the food was very good, service was EXCELLENT!!!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Wife got sick and I was disappointed with small portions, way to much garlic and dry/burnt chicken. We had a great experience last April when we came so I'm not sure what happened? Maybe there was a different cook on shift for the night we attended

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

During my summer break in BC, I spent a day in Nanaimo with my family and happened to have dinner at the Modern Café. It was a hot day, hence we decided to have it in the patio. The table was scruffy and the waitress hardly managed to clean it with a dirty rag. We ordered a burger and two... More

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Surrey, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 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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