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The Nest Bistro

77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
+1 250-591-2721
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Canadian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
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Reviewed February 22, 2016

We took another couple here for dinner. They were visiting from Calgary & we wanted to show them one of the better spots in Nanaimo. We were sadly disappointed. This is our first visit in awhile to the new location. We always had an exciting...More

1  Thank Richard011
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2016

Clearly your experience was not up to our standards. We apologize for that and sincerely hope you will contact us directly to discuss the matter. I would be happy to have the chance to personally take care of you, ensuring you experience our restaurant as...More

Reviewed February 13, 2016

Once I found a place to park, this was a treat! The bartender actually knows how to make a proper Negroni cocktail (probably the best I've ever had in a restaurant), the amuse-bouche was creative & tasty, the garlic prawns were done perfectly, the potato...More

1  Thank JHBrewer
Reviewed February 8, 2016

Because my favourite bistro on the hilltop was closed for the holiday, I decided on the Nest bistro which was given good reviews for my daughter's birthday dinner. We ordered the crab cakes and the mushroom tart to start with and the beef ravioli for...More

4  Thank horsewell
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2016

Horsewell, After your rudeness towards our staff, including swearing, and refusal of any concession offered, I agree with you that you and we are not a fit. I am sorry you chose to spend your birthday creating a scene in the restaurant which disturbed others...More

Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a tiny gem that sources food locally. If you are interested in eating food within a 100 mile radius this is your place. It is quiet, peaceful and the staff are all wonderful whenever we go in.

Thank Michelle r
Reviewed February 3, 2016

The Nest has expanded from its previous smaller space to a larger, funkier room with no decline in quality at all! Great place to go for a celebration meal or a semi-formal night out on the town. Stellar service and kudos for including local craft...More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed January 29, 2016

Menu was varied with a daily fresh sheet for all-inclusive dinner option. Highly recommend reserving ahead. We didn't and the two of us ended up sitting side-by-side in the bar area (which was rather nice). The meal was excellent and our bartender (Joshua?) served us....More

1  Thank britishcOlumbia007
Reviewed January 21, 2016

Dined here in December with a small group of friends. Very pleasant ambiance in their new location and the service was excellent! But honestly, the chicken couldn't have been more boring if I'd made it myself! A few panko crumbs and bland cheese stuffing in...More

9  Thank Teal_blue512
Reviewed January 2, 2016

Great owner operated restaurant serving fresh food. I enjoyed the five spice duck and ice cream sandwich, my brother the stuffed chicken breast and potato skins. The wine list features reasonably priced local and international selections. Clean, well maintained room and friendly well-spoken service. I...More

2  Thank Four_Score596
Reviewed December 21, 2015

We went there for my husband's birthday for the reason we had heard good news that they used locally produced meat products ( which is important to us ). Everything seemed great, service was good and nice environment. I ordered a chicken breast stuffed with...More

11  Thank Amanda M
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2016

As an owner, there is nothing worse than to have to have that conversation with you. This has never happened before or since. It is worth noting, this individual who prepared your chicken is no longer employed with us. I understand your position but I...More

Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere and excellent service. The food was pretty good and prepared surprisingly quite fast. I found the pricing to be very good including the drinks. I ate the 5 spice duck which was recommended by a friend, and it was ok. Maybe I'm...More

3  Thank Jacques B
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Questions & Answers
Janice M
October 26, 2016|
Response from PassionatePeeps | Property representative |
Yes, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. We look forward to having you as our guest. Nic, chef/proprietor
Richard B
June 24, 2016|
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Response from Kieko55 | Reviewed this property |
No not for brunch, just dinner on Sunday
Elvira D
November 21, 2015|
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Response from PassionatePeeps | Property representative |
Yes, as other members have suggested, given some notice we can create a custom dish for you. There are some vegan adaptations possible within the menu which vegan guests have enjoyed too. With two days' notice we can... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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: +1 250-591-2721
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
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