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The Nest Bistro

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77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R5G9, Canada
+1 250-591-2722
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very pleasant atmosphere for lunch with a friend. Varied and interesting menu. I look forward to returning for dinner soon.

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Thank 164foodlover
Vancouver Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, nice atmosphere and reasonable prices. The fillet mignon I ate was delicious, cooked exactly the way I like it.

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Thank El-Pescador007
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you! I am glad the filet was cooked the way you like it and that you found your experience a great value! More 

Niagara Falls, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tried this place based on local recommendations. Fantastic menu, with great service. Good value for your dinner. I would definitely go back next time in Nanaimo.

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Thank Jon_Braithwaite
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you Jon! We really appreciate your review and recommendation. More 

Nanaimo
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Nest has a great ambience and the food is good - for couples and quiet conversation. It is not a place for a celebratory dinner with your team. Anything above quiet dinner conversations draws requests to keep it down. In addition, the serving staff is happy to keep serving alcohol, without asking if everyone has a ride home, but... More 

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Thank David W
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Hi David, Thank you for your high rating and review. First, we do enjoy hosting parties very much. Any busy night can be quite loud at the Nest, and people are aware of this, which is why those seeking quiet dinner conversation usually go on early week nights. Parties are something we host with frequency and we have many return... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No offence as everything else was ok besides having to ask the server everytime i wanted a refill of water which isnt a deal breaker must not know to look for empty cups. My issue was the fish. It was bland and overcook for its price. Take it from a man whos commercial fished his whole life. I recomend you... More 

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1 Thank gonefishin4169
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Gonefishin4168, Thank you for your feedback! I am most certainly not going "to be all offended". We are always happy to welcome our respected fishermen from the food supply line community to the Nest! I am sorry you did not like the way your fish was cooked; I personally like mine medium rare; however, it is ultimately up to... More 

Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place with a beautiful view of the city. Food was fabulous. Farm to table and everything was made in house. Duck confirm poutine was soooo delicious!! Staff was wonderful and welcoming. Dessert is must. Try the ice cream sandwich. Can't wait to eat there again!

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Thank A Z
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We are so happy your experience with us was memorable and that you will be returning! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Chef Nic More 

Nanaimo BC, Canada
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63 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite local restaurants. The atmosphere is comfortable and the food is locally sorced and delicous. It is my go to restaurant to bring my business clients for lunch.

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1 Thank Andrea M
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

We really appreciate it Andrea! Thank you for sharing your feedback and for the high rating. It is always a pleasure to have you as our guest. We look forward to seeing you soon! Chef Nic More 

Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently went to the Nest Bistro for dinner and enjoyed it very much. Our table was by the window overlooking Nanaimo and was very cosy with the wrap around bench seat. Our waiter was excellent. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived and he was the only one serving the tables. In spite of that he was quick... More 

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Thank KJHToronto_Canada
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and rating. I am so happy you enjoyed the seafood risotto and filet steak. We are also happy we delivered on value! That is very important to us. It is terrific your experience with us was a hit! Thank you again, Chef Nic More 

Alberta
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the quirky atmosphere and the location up on the hill. The waitstaff were more than adequately attentive, and the food was heavenly. I decided to try the duck and I highly recommend it. It was a little fiesta of flavour. My partner had the fillet mignon, and offered me a bite, which was also quite tasty. We somehow ended... More 

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Thank AlbertaArtemisia
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are delighted you enjoyed the duck and fillet steak. We are glad you made it in, on the weekend there can be a long wait list. For a quiet night, like you prefer, Wednesday and Sunday are best. It is difficult to get in on Fridays and Saturdays unless you reserve in advance. We look... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is not easy for me to go back to the same restaurant again in a small town like Nanaimo, mostly for the fine dining. Cheap eats are easy such as Huong Lan. Went to Nest few weeks ago with my date, who's really picky and he had to ask for his duck to be remade, and it tasted great... More 

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Thank coldwhitewine
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your experience and thank you for the high rating. I would like to suggest, that if you wish to have a more private experience next time, a Wednesday or Thursday night would likely work for you. If you mention it at the time of booking, we will try our best to seat you in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Cuisine
Italian, Canadian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Romantic, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R5G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-591-2722
Description
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?