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“Great food...great service!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nori Japanese Restaurant

Nori Japanese Restaurant
203-6750 Island Hwy North, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9V 1S3, Canada
250-751-3377
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Ranked #8 of 283 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Parksville, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food...great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Dropped in for lunch at 1:45 pm on a Thursday thinking it wouldn't be busy but, boy, were we surprised. This well appointed Japanese restaurant tucked into a strip mall was packed and, within 30 minutes, we discovered why.

I was accompanied by my wife who is a not a fan of sushi but loves tempura. She ordered a bento box thinking she would have a light lunch but was surprised when the waitress brought a bowl of miso soup to start followed by a very generous tray of Japanese delicacies.

My son, the sushi aficionado, was thrilled with his a la carte choices which he shared with me and we all pronounced our visit to Nori a huge success.

I would be remiss in not complimenting the wait staff on their friendliness and attentiveness despite the restaurant being packed to the brim.

Super food. Super service at reasonable prices.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Banff, Canada
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Great Value combined with great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We try to visit Vancouver Island for a week each month and since we originally found this restaurant back in May, we've dined here many times. This includes last week and we could not believe the full meal deal that they serve you for under $20. Starting with the Sunomono and Miso soup they give you an appetizer portion of both Tempura and then Sushi. That's capped off with their chicken or beef teriyaki. A meal fit for an emperor but more the size you would feed to a Sumo wrestler ... and it's not just the size, it's the quality of the food they serve. The service is amazing and all dishes come to you hot. It's fun watching the antics of the owners who are the sushi chefs and listening to the yelling coming from the kitchen. All in all, a great evening!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nanaimo, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“As good a Japanese Restaurant as one can find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We have so far had two meals in Nori, the first dinner in and the second take out. Food quality has been excellent as has been service and prices are reasonable. This is an excellent restaurant and we will visit it again..

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maple Bay
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Super sized Bento Box”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Not wanting a large meal at lunchtime, my wife and I (both very much seniors) decided to go to Nori's in Nanaimo in B.C. Having been to Japan many times I thought that the Bento box would be a quick, small and easy lunch. So we ordered the chicken version. Imagine my surprise when a large tray appeared with 7 different compartments! In Japan there would normally be 4 or 5 compartments and each would be smaller. Together with the miso soup and complimentary tea, we struggled with the large lunch. If you have a large appetite at $9.95 the meal was a bargain. The restaurant itself is quite delightful with the several chefs making the usual noises that you would expect in a Japanese restaurant, although for some strange reason the music was Latino. We did, of course take the remains home in a "doggie" box to eat another day. Next time we must order a single dish each and share. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nanaimo
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34 restaurant reviews
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“Best lunch deal for sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Very friendly and fast service....even though it's a very popular lunch destination....you can see why when you've eaten there....excellent portions with great variety at a very good price. Wines are also very reasonably priced. I recommend the bento boxes for a very filling and inexpensive meal.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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