We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“a great time and beautiful food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Nest Bistro

The Nest Bistro
Ranked #12 of 321 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Canadian, Fusion
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
gabriola island
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“a great time and beautiful food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Even though the venue is small and intimate, they were able to accommodate our large Mother's Day group, including small children. The salmon I had was excellent and the veggies, done to perfection. The service is always friendly and efficient. Book ahead and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank solover
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

349 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    243
    75
    19
    7
    5
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A little disappointed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

Given all the wonderful reviews the Nest has received, I have attempted to go there several times. It has either been closed or fully booked. Yesterday a friend came to town and offered to take me to dinner. I immediately called and was thrilled to get a table. The service was excellent, with a great suggestion for a choice of wine. We ordered our meals, then decided to have an appie. It was no problem; the waitress let the kitchen know and, even though we were seated right next to the kitchen, I heard no complaints. We had the prawn appie which was excellent. My companion had the special; salmon ravioli and prawns in a cream sauce that he said was also excellent. I was a little disappointed in my meal, however. I had the braised duck breast. It did not have the rich flavour that I was expecting. It was served on diced veggies that were too small and deglazed broth again did not have the richness that it's colour would suggest. Although I was a little disappointed in my meal I most definitely will go back. There are several other dishes on the menu that look amazing!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank Exceliz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vancouver island
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Thanks Trip Advisor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

I took my wife on a long overdue date night. I was looking for a new place to go so I went on Trip Advisor and read through all the great reviews of this little place. I was not disappointed. The food was excellent the service was great. We are now planing to go there with another couple in a few weeks. I made a reservation which is a must as this place is tiny but it was well worth it. If I had to pick one complaint it was the lack of a bar. They had a nice wine list but unfortunately my wife doesn't like wine and there was a very limited bar/liquor selection. So don't go there if you are hoping to have a cocktail of any kind.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank jamaf
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nanaimo, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic little restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is the best restaurant in Nanaimo. It is small and intimate, and the food is fantastic! It was a great find!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank ConnorsX3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nanaimo, Canada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good service great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Restaurant was very accommodating when we asked to increase our reso numbers at the last minute right before Christmas . They did their very best, accommodated us, and warned us it would be snug. We appreciated their efforts. Food and service were both excellent!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Teal_blue512
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Nest Bistro also viewed

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
 
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
 

Been to The Nest Bistro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing