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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good44%
  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible4%
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“fish tacos” (11 reviews)
“lettuce wraps” (6 reviews)
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American, Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OJ's is the place to be for happy hour. The specials are great. They also have a good selection of beers on tap. Staff are friendly and efficient.

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed December 26, 2017

This was a noisey and busy bar, not our normal dining experience. The service was very good and helpful. The food was also very good. We will have to try it again.

Thank bigsteve772017
Reviewed December 8, 2017

We met friends on a brutal stormy, cold day. I had the tomato bacon soup with cheesy croutons. Little did I know that the croutons were actually about 12 little toasted rounds of french baguette with melted cheese, served on the side. Like a mini...More

Thank Arcosdad
Reviewed November 2, 2017

Had the hamburger & vegetable dip it was really good. Always good service here. Always busy here. I will keep coming back.

Thank figureskater13
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

We are new to Nanaimo and have dropped into Joe’s twice in the last few weeks. Nice atmosphere, comfortable with a selection of high tables and booths. The staff are very friendly and nice to deal with. The menu is not huge but there are...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

On house wine, draft beer, and some appetizers. The draft beer is very tasty. Slider was good. Fish taco was not good. I was surprised at all the good reviews on the fish tacos. I am from the West Coast. I live in Southern Alberta...More

Thank LuckyFoodie888
Reviewed September 6, 2017

While I had no idea of the history of the restaurant and whether it was some sort of chain eatery up here in Canada, it was designed and decorated in such a way to make me think that, and that is not a bad thing....More

1  Thank Christopher C
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I can't believe I didn't try this place earlier!! I'm not "picky" I'm "choosy" and I I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for! This restaurant / bar did not disappoint each time I visited. First visit I had the French Onion...More

1  Thank kimberb8808
Reviewed July 27, 2017

You get two sides with your burgers which will definitely fill you up. I usually order the cajun chicken burger and you can taste how they cook the cajun into the chicken vs. just simply adding the cajun to the burger afterwards. Great place to...More

1  Thank DisneyCA2012
Reviewed July 22, 2017

Have eaten here with family and as part of a large group. Recommend the fish and chips, good quality and plenty of food. Service can be a little slow but it is worth it.

Thank Malcolm C
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Kimberly R
February 3, 2018|
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Response from kimberb8808 | Reviewed this property |
I was there alone so I didn’t look for high chairs It’s a lounge - pub atmosphere so it’s not where small children normally eat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250-585-1563
  • E-mail
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