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Hilltop Bistro

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Canadian, French, European, Contemporary
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102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada (Nelson street)
+1 250-585-5337
Thu - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Vernon, Canada
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Our dinner at Hilltop Bistro was everything that we could have hoped for! The quality of the food was incredible and everything was obviously very fresh. The staff is knowledgeable and all of the dishes are thoughtfully presented. It isn't cheap but it is fine dining at a reasonable price, and that is an experience that everyone should have. We... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

We tried this restaurant on the spur of the moment and it is fabulous. Small intimate with amazing food. Best duck I have ever had and my wife said the same for the gnochi.not cheap but worth it.

Thank Gilbertsunsfan
Nanaimo, Canada
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I've been away a couple years and had the chance to visit back to Hilltop for a few suppertime talks for work. During these talks appies circulate, and then we all get to choose our three course meal. Both times the options were all fantastic sounding and unique. Both times I got the breaded oyster appetizer, very good. First time... More 

Thank David S
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Small, cozy restaurant (seating for about 25?). Friendly, knowledgable and fast service. Our food was excellent and well presented. Think it might be a little noisy if all the tables are occupied. No view despite the implication in the name, on the pricey side, especially the drinks ($12) so not for the budget minded.

Thank davvos
Parksville, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

My husband and I went to Hilltop Bistro last night and were quite happy to have made the trip from Parksville to Nanaimo. We had a wonderful dining experience. As usual, the food was excellent with beautiful presentation and great service. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The space is quite small... More 

Thank Diane R
High River, Canada
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Everything on the menu here is so tasty. We first discovered it about 3 years ago. The menu changes every few months so it is a new dining experience every time we visit. The owner prides himself on local ingredients. Very friendly staff. I suggest reservations for week-ends.

Thank LuckyFoodie888
Nanaimo, Canada
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70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

My wife and I went to the Hilltop Bistro with two friends. We enjoyed our meals and our wine and would have enjoyed them even more if the restaurant's lighting had been better. As it was, the lighting was so dim that our waitress had to use the light on her cell phone to help us read the menu. This... More 

Thank YukonStef
Nanaimo, BC
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Our business bought out the restaurant for a night to entertain our staff and their guests. It was a fantastic evening. The menu was accommodating to different mouths, the service was top notch as always (thank you Lindsay) and the flavors were on point. I have never been disappointed by this restaurant. It's a 5 stars plus. This place isn't... More 

Thank BC_Sun_Seeker0834
Nanaimo, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

Love the food, staff and atmosphere of this restaurant. One of the few fine dining spots in Nanaimo and has an informal, unpretentious air. The modest menu changes so new selections are available on each visit. If you like places where you get to know the owner/chef and staff, this is for you.

Thank Supergramps88
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

If you are looking for a big feed, this isn't it. This is fine dining, and every detail of the fare is beautifully executed. Having said that, it is not so fancy that the food isn't scrumptious – if you know what I mean. Great wine selection. Great beer selection [not lengthy, just good].

Thank Capewell62

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $22
Canadian, French, European, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
    (Nelson street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-585-5337

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