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“Fabulous Gluten Free Menu”

Simonholt Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 321 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $21
Cuisines: Bar, Canadian, American
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: SIMONHOLT is a family friendly Nanaimo destination that features a diverse menu based on the refined palette of Chef Aaron Mayor priding itself on a 'mainly from scratch' kitchen. We offer an extensive wine selection of both red and white by the glass, a fully stocked bar and first class service. We have 3 patios including a rooftop deck with beautiful ocean and mountain views. We frequently host live music from both travelling and local Vancouver Island artists. Please check our website for upcoming shows. SIMONHOLT is locally operated and has been ranked in the top 3 best overall restaurants for 4 years and best patio restaurant in Nanaimo . We are located in the North Nanaimo commercial core and are neighbors to Woodgrove Center and Costco. SIMONHOLT is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the mild west coast weather.
Nanaimo, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous Gluten Free Menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

They have the best gluten free menu I've seen. The buns are very good - I tried to get the recipe, without success. The chicken is quite good on cranberry bread. The staff is knowledgeable. This is the go-to place in North Nanaimo.

Visited April 2013
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Codyd16, Owner at Simonholt Restaurant, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for all of the nice things you had to say about our restaurant, our food and servers. I noticed you gave us 3 out 5 stars and was wondering what we could do to get to 5/5! Thanks again
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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Food was excellent and servers very nice. Atmosphere is a bit like Earls, not that that's a bad thing. Weird thing tho, when I asked for a doggie bag for my huge bowl of soup, they put it in a box lined with foil. I was glad I checked, would've ended up all over my car!

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank s w
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Nanaimo
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

The location, menu selection, food, atmosphere, cleanliness, belinis and service were all great. Ability to make a creme brûlée not so good ;-)

Visited April 2012
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1 Thank V-I-Explorer
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nanaimo
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best food and service in middle Vancouver Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Simon Holt restaurant, owned by a couple of local folks is only a few years old. It is stylish, immaculately clean, large enough for off-the-street and large get-togethers. One of the owners is always on site and this keeps things moving nicely. There is never an empty cup or dirty table and the service is fast, friendly, and ready at hand when needed. The menu is modern/eclectic. Two pages and a specials insert. The cooks must be very well trained because the food is always delicious and lovely to the eye. We go for it all and are never disappointed. A shout out to the coffee, as well. We won't go to a restaurant, no matter how good the food is, if the coffee tastes like warm water. They also have a beautiful and well appointed bar with sport t.v. and the main dining area has several televisions set up and showing continual photos from around the world. Good music, good food, good service, and good coffee. Give it a try. It's located in the North end of Nanaimo on a street behind the Costco store but you'd never guess that you are in the suburbs as the setting is just as nice as the restaurant itself.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank conmom9
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Codyd16, Owner at Simonholt Restaurant, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. We too enjoy our coffee that we brew fresh all day long. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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“Great food and great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

After hearing good things about the restaurant I went and tried it today. I called to see what the specials were and the person on the end of the phone answered incredibly cheerfully (great sign). At the restaurant I ordered the kickass burger which was wonderful but the pulled pork was not to my liking. The nice waitress gave the table a free dessert of creme brulee which was to die for. Absolutely the place to go for fresh cut fries, burgers from scratch, awesome in house dessert and kind employees.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Smokeypoke
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Codyd16, Owner at Simonholt Restaurant, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for the review. We appreciate your opinion and letting us know about the pulled pork. I am very happy that the staff took care of everything for you and made sure you had a pleasent experience. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
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