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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Chemainus, Canada
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came for a nice simple lunch and left satisfied with our decision. We enjoyed the heritage building and the decor of the restaurant. Our waitress was prompt and polite throughout the meal. I had the chicken caesar salad for my first visit and liked the meal so returned a month later for lunch again having the chicken tacos this... More 

Thank Chris I
Punta Gorda, FL
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place, great atmosphere, great food, pleasant service...what more can you ask for. We were walking down the street looking for a restaurant, stopped to read the menu, when a couple stopped, and said, just go in, it's great. They were right. Hubby had the BBQ Chicken sandwich, asking for the sauce on the side, in case he didn't... More 

1 Thank K G
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three sailors out for a dinner we didn't cook or wash dishes after heeded a recommendation from a local and had a great dinner at Modern Cafe! The bar was well stocked, the wine selection ample, and appetizers enticing. I strongly recommend the Artisan salad, but only a half order if you want to also taste one of their entrees.... More 

1 Thank JimMcI1969
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cool little place with a little bit of flair to it. The menu is pretty straightforward - the mac and cheese is good, while the salmon is just fine. The star here is really the poutine - get it with duck, and be prepared to be impressed. Great fries, tasty gravy and lots of cheese curds make... More 

Thank Jonathan C
Nanaimo, Canada
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I needed a quiet place for a serious conversation over lunch. The service and repast was delightful. I had the daily soup and sandwich special which was very original in its concept.

Thank Karen H
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89 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many great items on the menu to choose from! Delicious and unique vegetarian options...Leek tart and Mac and Cheese are two of my favourites; delicious home made fries too! The Modern is in good downtown location, close to hotels, shops and the Old City Quarter district. Always upbeat, comfortable seating and an outdoor patio for warm days and nights.... More 

1 Thank Liberty H
vancouver bc
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tried the Modern Cafe on a business trip, very good foood and the service was also good. I had the salmon special it was good. Had the putine and it was very good. I would definately go back.

1 Thank rusb
Winnipeg, Canada
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure how much my review is coloured by the poor sleep our server had the night before which she talked about several times. We had a raspberry martini and glass of wine, chicken won tons for appetizers and then the blackened salmon and the steak with crab topping for mains. The won tons were $14.00 for four which... More 

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Camano Island, Washington
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159 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This place was listed on our Nanaimo Bar Trail information. We really wanted to try all the places on there but were only able to hit a few of them. The people in here were great and friendly and they make an awesome drink. We each ordered the Nanaimo Bar Martini and it was delicious. We did not eat here... More 

Thank Wklstoywife
Georgetown, Canada
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a spot to have lunch before boarding the Ferry to Vancouver. We were pleasantly surprised not only how great the service was, but how good the food was. We had the fried chicken and waffles. Kinda weird combination but sooo good. We forgot to ask for 'fast' service because we were on a tight timeline but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $24
American, Vegetarian, Canadian, Soups, Cafe, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250-754-5022

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