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Bistro at Westwood Lake

Certificate of Excellence
Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Pacific Rim
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2367 Arbot Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6S9, Canada
+1 250-753-2866
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good food if a bit expensive , great view of the lake but make sure to book to get a table on the patio.

Thank gwizzzzz
Campbell River, Canada
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to have lunch here and do not regret our decision. Tables with umbrellas looking through the trees to the beautiful Westwood Lake. Two of us had pasta with tomato cream sauce with a poached egg on top. It was delicious. We both loved it. One of us had the fish tacos. There were two on a bed of... More 

Thank LRossmann
Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the Bistro for the first time after hearing about their wonderful food and menu that changes weekly. What a disappointment! We were promptly seated for our reservation by one of the food runners. It then took the waitress 20 minutes to acknowledge us and come over to take our initial drink order. There was only 3 tables in... More 

2 Thank jvpitcher
Breanna M, Manager at Bistro at Westwood Lake, responded to this review

Hi Jv Pitcher, Thank-you for taking the time to review your first dining experience at the Bistro last Thursday. We are always disappointed to hear when a guest has left disappointed and this is certainly no exception. I apologize for the perceived slow service issues and assure you that this was not intended. As your server that night and am... More 

Nanaimo, British Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful outdoor patio on peaceful Westwood Lake, scrumptious meals and such lovely staff. We've heard so many great reviews from friends and weren't disappointed. We will definitely be back!

Thank L8680ZYbrendaw
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for lunch on our drive from Victoria to Parksville (two adults, two kids), not realizing this is the restaurant for the tennis club. As a result, we felt and looked out of place The food was fantastic. No complaints there. . The service was good, but slow. Our server was friendly, offering options for the children even though... More 

1 Thank annieKAKL
Phuket, Thailand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I loved this place! Amazing food, amazing ambience, amazing staff. This was my first visit but I will definitely be back. The setting is stunning!

Thank James Q
Waterloo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

I cannot wait to visit Nanaimo again so that we can eat at this restaurant again. The food was absolutely amazing! My in-laws have been going to this restaurant regularly for some time and treated my husband and I and our 2 sons for dinner here a few evenings ago. They typically sit outside on the patio overlooking the lake... More 

Thank tia66m
Langley, British Columbia
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Well worth the short drive from the heart of downtown Nanaimo. Beautiful location by a small lake. Still pretty even though it was raining. They were very accommodating with our order. We wanted to share the four course meal and make it a three course. They did it willingly and it was just the right amount of food for two... More 

Thank terrionly
Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Thankyou so much Westwood lake bistro! Great afternoon with my father. Delicious food and great service had by both of us. Took my father there for the first time and he loved everything about it. Location is absolutely stunning. We'll be back for sure. Would definitely recommend.

1 Thank Karli N
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My mother hosted a dinner here for my dad's 90th birthday party. Chef Kellie Callender and the team at the Bistro at Westwood Lake put on a wonderful multi course menu for 21 people. Four course dinner with multiple choices for each course, wonderfully prepared and presented. This would be a lovely location for an intimate diner for two or... More 

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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
$9 - $23
Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2367 Arbot Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6S9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-753-2866
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?