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The Nest Bistro

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77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
(250) 591-2722
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went for Mother's Day dinner. I took my daughter and 2 grandchildren. We all had different meals that were delicious.A little pricey but the food and service were excellent.

Thank sunnie48
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow, they have settled into the new location nicely as my latest dining experience was a much better one than my initial visit. I started out with the potato skins and their version is very tasty. My dinner companion had the Sambuca prawns and they were done to just the right amount of doneness and the sauce was complimentary to... More 

Thank MonkeySphere
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the Nest in its new Skinner Street location. The food and service are great. I prefer the intimacy of the old location in old town Nanaimo, but they have done a good job with this move. Well worth a try.

Thank Tony E
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We had lunch on a Tuesday and thought it was an OK meal. One good thing about The Nest is that it has good parking. We weren't too sure where the entrance was at first, as it's not immediately obvious when you walk from your car. We walked gingerly to a half open door off the patio and peeked in.... More 

3 Thank Wendy V
vancouver island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This was my 3rd visit to the new location. We had a group of 16 for a birthday party last night. The food was excellent! Drink service was a little slow, but we only had one server and the restaurant was busy. The only real negative is that the restaurant has no air conditioning. We were sat in the area... More 

1 Thank rickandcheryl
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Had a brilliant meal this evening. Recommended by receptionist at our hotel we turned up late on a Wednesday evening with no reservation. Charmed both by our very attractive server and the fabulous food. Been in Canada a week and seriously the best food we have had whilst here. Great value for money, great service and great food. Cannot recommend... More 

Thank mileys
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Four of us had a very good dinner .The quality has not dropped since the relocation. The menu I believe is the same and why change a good thing .One or the best restaurants in Nanaimo.

Thank Cantaff
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We had fantastic food and service but really felt like the view from the back windows over the highway is quite awful. I feel like they should really cover up the windows or plant some trees to block the view into the parking lot. Other areas of the restaurant are nice but makes me miss their old, cozy location a... More 

Thank Lisa H
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Have always been a fan the nest since they opened on Franklyn. There new space is bigger and affords some views of the city inside with a nice grape covered patio for the summer. The menu is on the small size but what they do; they do well.

Thank islandguy12
Vancouver, B.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

I like the (relatively) new venue better than the first one. The menu variety and quality is one of the best in town for a higher-end non-chain restaurant. Would be great for date night or a group of friends. Will be back soon!

Thank KVanCan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
Italian, Canadian, Gluten Free, French, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: (250) 591-2722
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.

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