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“good place for tourists” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lighthouse Bistro and Pub

Lighthouse Bistro and Pub
Ranked #30 of 320 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Cuisines: Gastropub, Canadian, Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Lighthouse Bistro & Pub is the place to meet your friends and colleagues for some of the best food the West Coast has to offer. A variety of unique, fresh seafood dishes are served up at the Bistro, or treat yourself to great traditional fare in our Pub, including fish and chips, specials of the day, mouth watering burgers, grilled seafood, and calamari. Accompanying all our hugely satisfying menus is the finest selection of local craft beer, wine and spirits Vancouver Island has to offer. We support our local vendors such as Hoyne Brewing Company and Vancouver Island Brewery! You can find their products in both the Bistro and Pub! During the summer months you can get the freshest Dungeness Crab in town! Cooked to order and averaging about 1.5 Pounds per crab, this is the best deal in Nanaimo! Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with game times and special promotions. Ask your Server for details. Fantastic Happy Hour Specials starting soon!
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“good place for tourists”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

i say this because the tourists won't be back, as a local i would never eat here again. The service is rediculous food is nothing special

Visited September 2012
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English first
Nanaimo, Canada
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“bad management”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

they need a new manager or they are going down! we have been going to the pub for years, they have one of the best Harbour views in Nanaimo, trouble is they have the high tables blocking the windows. it is very frustrating, we have complained about this and nothing has been done. the manager needs to take some advice from the customers, as we have heard other people complain, you'd think they'd get the hint. it seems like an obvious mistake, lower tables by the windows, high tables behind so everyone can see out. the high tables don't just block the view, there is a window sash right in your face, so you have to either duck down or look over this obstruction.
we keep going back hoping things will be changed but no such luck. they have also put in a huge screen, too big for the small area, this also blocks the windows. the pub is turning into a dark, dirty hole. i hope they change their ways soon or people will stop going there for good. the food is so, so, they have taken a few good items off the menu so it is limited.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank henderson8
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Canmore, Canada
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108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great food, service and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This has a great view of the goings on in the harbor. Their clam chowder was the best. This was a very relaxing lunch and the service was superb. This is a must-stop place.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul K
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Canada
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“great b day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

food was fantastic, and they went out of thier way to make my birthday special including a surprise cheese cake tray from the excellent head chef.

Visited July 2012
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2 Thank CanadaDeanP
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Nanaimo, Canada
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26 reviews
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“Great views & that is all, so go sit at the harbour instead!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

The food here is terrible, overdone, cold, hardly anything on the plate, just a small dried up steak, cold mashed potatoes, think it is time to clean the grill not to mention the windows as they were so dirty we could hardly see through them. The restaurant also was not the cleanest & this was very expensive considering how bad the food is.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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