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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
250-754-5022
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Vancouver Island, Canada
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Vancouver Island, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Five of us went for lunch recently on a busy Monday afternoon. The food (most had the Chicken Pesto w/ salad special), was very nicely done -- Delicious, in fact. Others had the tomato bisque and said it was great. Our server was very attentive despite how busy the restaurant was then, with tables filled both inside and outside. There... More 

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Thank Barbara R
London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ended up here as it was getting late with not much other choice in the local area. However nice atmosphere and the food was good, would recommend.

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Thank MyNameJeff
Nanaimo, Canada
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner last week. I had the share plate. It was ok. My friends had Ribs, Lamb shank and curry prawn pasta. White wine was not cold enough. Service was slow. There weren't many people there so I think it was the kitchen. Apparently the

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Thank 1955FOODIE
Chemainus, Canada
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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 

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Thank Chris I
Punta Gorda, FL
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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 

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1 Thank JimMcI1969
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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 

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Thank Jonathan C
Nanaimo, Canada
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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.

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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 July 13, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $24
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Canadian, Soups, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?