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“Great Value: Food, Service & Ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hilltop Bistro

Hilltop Bistro
Ranked #8 of 321 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $22
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nelson street
Delta, Canada
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Value: Food, Service & Ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

We LOVED our dining experience here in this small, French-flavoured bistro...

We had the prix fixe option with the wine pairings, a fantastic three course dinner. Everything we ordered was flavourful, beautifully presented & fresh. The staff was gracious & helpful & though the restaurant was full, everyone got exceptional attention & the evening ran calmly & smoothly.

This is a little restaurant that takes good care with its food & service. Its no wonder it was voted Best on the Island in 2013! Highly recommended IMO

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Nanaimo, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Great food in a quaint setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

We have been to Hilltop several times. The food is delicious and the serving staff always makes the experience outstanding. I do disagree with not being able to have your food the way you like it. You cannot substitute anything which is huge downfall in any restaurant. I ordered the steak once asking for medium it came out barely dead the chef refuses to cook it any other way because he thinks that's the best way to eat it. Also it would be nice to have more menu changes we stopped going as often because the menu is limited (but delicious). Overall we really love this spot and the service staff is awesome just don't order the steak if you don't want it to moo at you.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank 81thomson
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Rczhm, Owner at Hilltop Bistro, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Hello 81thomson!

Thanks for your support! We're thrilled you enjoy your time at Hilltop!

We just wanted to clarify a couple things so as to better your next experience!

Chef is certainly picky when it comes to food! That being said however, if you want your steak cooked a certain way, we're more then happy to oblige. We do recommend Medium-medium rare just because of the the cut of beef we use but ultimately if you want it well done, we'll do it.

Another issue we've come across is the look of our medium steak. It has to do with how we cook most of our proteins. Infact our steaks are cooked to an exact medium every time. We're able to do this using a technique called "sous-vide"

The benefits is ultimate accuracy, the down side is it definitely doesn't look like your traditional grilled steak! Instead of varying degrees of doneness, it's the same all the way through. The most common perception is certainly to think its underdone.

As for our menu changing, we're currently changing nearly every 3-4 weeks with nightly features so there's always something new to try!

Thanks again for your support an we hope to see you back at the bistro soon!

Make sure to order the steak, we'll make sure it's cooked to your liking!

The Hilltop Team
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

I can't believe that I waited so long to try this place.

I went for the prix fixe option; three courses with wine pairings for $70. Halibut croquettes, chicken ballotine, some kind of chocolate and mini-beignet dish.

Overall, one of the best meals I've had. The flavors were very well developed and balanced, interesting textures, and good choice of wine pairings. The service was exceptional as well.

Only two items of personal taste detracted from the experience: I found that the croquettes with aoli--while delicious--left me with a oily mouth feel towards the end of the dish, and unfortunately my odd dislike of dessert wine hasn't gone away.

Regardless, I'm excited to return.

  • Visited April 2014
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Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“One of our Fave's!! You won't be dissapointed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

We come here often and every time the food is cooked to perfection! We always get the 3 course with wine pairing. It's small and intimate and the staff is friendly and very knowledgable every time we go! Highly reccommend going!

  • Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delicious!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Nanaimo is packed full of average restaurants at best. The Hill Top Bistro is one of the few places in town that serves excellent food and at reasonable prices for the quality. Cute feel good place but small so make reservations well in advance.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Patty P
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