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Modern Cafe

American, Canadian, Soups, Cafe
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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
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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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I ate lunch here all three days i was in town. The staff were awesome and the food was great. I especially liked the chicken tacos. They have a nice little outdoor seating area which is wonderful on a sunny day.

Thank Jekyll1162
Nanaimo, Canada
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Modern Cafe has been in downtown Nanaimo for a very long time, one of the first original restaurants, now redone with a modern flair, old brick walls and a nice atmosphere, the food is great, great nightly specials, and the staff is great!

Thank hometownbc
B.C. Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I went for dinner a few days ago. She had the lamb shank and I had the ribs. My wife thought hers was really good. The ribs I had were AWFUL and for the price I was expecting exceptional! The meat was boiled to death. The server was OK. I won't go back.

Thank Canadan9
Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Friday night at 7pm called for a table for 7, they squeezed us in. Good food, service and prices. A nice bistro.

Thank Barbie Z
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Below average quality. Not the fault of the staff. Go for a drink and salad. Cool potential, maybe next year.

Thank Mark S
Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was expecting just average but its more. Bit pricy but was a good meal. Nice character building and good service. I think it could get busy but had no trouble walking in.

Thank Peter S
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good Food n Drinks. We both had the chowder and bisque and shared a salad. The salad was fresh and tasty perfectly dressed. The chowder and the bisque were thick creamy and delicious. The Margaritas were strong and tasty. Top notch friendly service too.

Thank Rossthekeeper
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After wandering the streets we came across Modern Cafe and asked folks coming out what they thought. They were unanimous in their rave reviews. Wow, yes! We had been on the Island a week and eaten at some nice places but this was the best meal of the trip. Best chicken we have ever had in a restaurant and the... More 

Thank Jennifer P
Parksville, Canada
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159 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking through downtown Nanaimo, my son and I opted to have a late lunch at the Modern Cafe. On a chilly afternoon, we opted to sit inside picking a brighter table as the restaurant appeared dark. Our service was prompt, no specials or drinks being offered by our server. The crab and shrimp brioche and beef dip entrees were OK... More 

Thank Terry D
Vancouver Island, Canada
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for dinner and drinks. Overall good experience ruined by an unfortunate poorly dealt with overcooked steak. Drinks and service initially tasty and prompt. Our server seemed a little nervous I think he was new. When my medium rare ordered steak came it was completely brown. Very well done, and if you don't like your steak that way,... 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, Canadian, Soups, Cafe
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?