The Nest Bistro

The Nest Bistro

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Hours
Tue
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Wed
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Thu
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Fri
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Sat
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Canadian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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About
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
CUISINES
Canadian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles476 reviews
Excellent
313
Very good
106
Average
32
Poor
12
Terrible
13
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

palmpirate
British Columbia538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 couples
Covid challenges the Traveller in many ways and finding a good restaurant with an available table is tough. I had called ahead weeks ahead to be sure of dinner that night. The hotel restaurant was closed so I knew it might be tough getting dinner if I left it to chance. The Nest is well reviewed here on TA and looked near enough to stroll to once we’d checked in. It isn’t exactly on the main road and we passed a few other eateries that had been recommended. They looked busy and some had lines waiting along the street as people were socially distanced. The Nest was at the top of a rise and set back off the road, not somewhere you’d notice right away. I am so glad we had booked. It is lovely inside. There is a covered terrace/patio out back with a beautiful outlook for sunset. The small dining room had very few tables set up and spaced well apart. Everything about service had been thought through and we felt very well looked after and safe. Danielle, we could see was full of smiles wearing her well designed face shield, and was a cheerful and attentive server. She helped us choose from the very reduced, but carefully selected menu, a delicious locally sourced and house cooked meal. The mushroom risotto was in a white truffle sauce and came with a side of roasted vegetables, delightfully paired with a La Cremant Bourgogne, and finished off with a chocolate volcano and home made ice cream. Mmm Mmm good.
Written October 3, 2020
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CashandCarry
Vancouver Island123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 none
So my wife and I decided we needed to get out for our wedding anniversary, now that restrictions are starting to ease. We chose The Nest because of its ratings, and we were not disappointed. Friendly staff greeted us and explained the process they follow to protect us and them. Nothing onerous or unexpected, but certainly adequate. Our table gave us a nice view, with seagulls soaring about and a bit of a panorama of downtown Nanaimo, looking eastward. We had local beer and cider along with house made polenta fries for a starter. I have to say they are absolutely delicious! They come with 3 dipping sauces that nicely complement the fries. For mains, my wife took the mushroom risotto and an organic greens salad. I had the "seafood duo", which consists of a nice, thick crab cake, garlic prawns, with a choice of two sides. I went for mixed vegetables and Kennebec fries with a truffle mayo (because a man can never have enough fries!). Everything was prepared perfectly and tasted fantastic. We each had another beer and cider with the meals, and finished with freshly brewed decaf coffee (also locally roasted). So, all in, it came to $97 before taxes (minimal) and tip. Well worth the money!!!!
Written June 7, 2020
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Dorothy M
Saskatoon29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We visited the Nest for a birthday dinner. At first it was quite noisy but the noise became manageable as some other parties finished and left. The food was really good, the service was excellent (thanks, Mich), and the bartender makes the best Negronis around! We had amuses bouches, then calamari and prawns for the table, then a selection of mains including sous-vide lamb, duck confit, seafood risotto and ribs. We feel that the Nest is really notching up the quality of the menu and we will be back often.
Written February 11, 2020
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NoshTraveller
Canada1732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 couples
This restaurant is on a hill and has a nice lower section that has an elevated view over some trees. I ordered the Flat Iron Steak With Scalloped Potatoes And Roasted Vegetables. The Steak looked a bit grey, but it was cooked “medium”, exactly as ordered. While it was tender, the Steak completely lacked any flavour whatsoever. There was absolutely no seasoning, so the taste was very bland. The Demi glaze that accompanied it was also almost completely flavourless, so it didn’t do anything to enhance the flavour of the Steak. I have had just as tasteless Steaks in average diners, for 1/2 the price. The Scalloped Potatoes were quite good. I enjoyed them. The Vegetables were slightly over cooked and not as firm as I like. The service was excellent, as the server was very friendly, accommodating, attentive, efficient and sincere.
Written December 20, 2020
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HappyTraveller4409
33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 family
Arrived a little late for our 7:00 pm reservation (it was 7:08 as I looked so I knew how late we were even though we had called to say we had a taxi mix up and would be late) and was told our table was ready on the patio. We took ourselves, a table of 4 looking to celebrate a birthday after months of being cooped up during CoVid, to our table and sat down. The menus were on the table and we sat and waited anxiously for our evening to begin. There were 3 other tables on the patio. 2 different servers came in and out many times to take orders, deliver drinks, take payment etc. Not once did either of them acknowledge us with a hello, be right with you NOTHING. Finally at 7:35 we got up and left. We were very disappointed. The restaurant then called to say that they had been dealing with a situation and tried to say you arrived at 7:15 and it was only 7:30 and so on. This of course wasn’t the correct times as I said I checked before and after. Anyhow even if it was only 15 minutes and even if there had been a “situation” not even being acknowledged is just not acceptable service. Now we were stuck with no vehicle, no dinner reservations on a lovely Saturday evening and hungry!!
Written July 18, 2021
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DavidMcCormick
Chemainus149 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 friends
This was an evening out with friends, who are always fun, so we all enjoy the experience. However, this venue was poor. My wife and I shared the sambuca prawns, which really lacked flavours. Her entree was the steak, which arrived cold, the waiter took it away and brought it back, which had been flashed on the grill. It was now ‘warm’ but not really how it should have dealt with. Our friends were not enthusiastic about their dishes, ok being the general consensus. The lemon pie, was also disappointing, so overall not a great meal but the entertainment at our table was great.
Written January 21, 2023
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JFNV
Brussels3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
SO D E L I C I O U S ! So cosy ! We just love THE NEST ! Yummy 😋! Again, we enjoyed a gastronomic moment in this beautiful perfect place for a romantic evening. We regularly come from Europe to visit Beautiful British Columbia and our Canadian family and each time we enjoyed the atmosphere and the food in this wonderful restaurant ! It’s also a great place to go out with our family and our friends. The Chef, is a real Chef and his creativity is just great ! His wife Jen is so kind and efficient, always a smile on her face, even with the mask you can see the smile in her eyes;-) Jen and the whole team always gave us a warm welcome. We can’t wait to go back !
Written October 15, 2021
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Jess M
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
The food here is okay, nothing special. Service is always very friendly and it has a great romantic atmosphere, but it just isn't enough to get us raving. We had the steak and the potato crusted salmon. Steak was cooked nicely but the vegetables were bland and the risotto was overcooked. Salmon was also cooked well but found the crust to be quite dry, and again the risotto wasn't great. We would be willing to try this restaurant again in the future but we will stick with their pizzas.
Written May 18, 2022
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pudman43
Surrey452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
After discovering that Bistro 694 in Qualicum has shut down (temporarily) again, we were scrambling for a replacement reservation for a bday dinner. Discovered Nest and we enjoyed our visit. Waitress was excellent, very attentive and genuine - really liked her. Food could have been better (salmon was dry/overcooked), but in general pretty good. Atmosphere was nice as well. We'd likely return, if in Nanaimo again for dinner
Written July 15, 2020
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Greenlakereener
Vancouver713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
Make sure you make a reservation, as this popular restaurant fills ups fast! And after dining here I can see why! The service is friendly and efficient and and food is fabulous! The menu has lots to choose from...the crispy squid is delicious and there is a wide variety of pasta dishes, The cod dish was yummy and the flat iron steak was really good. The food presentation was lovely and we could hear other diners around us exclaiming about how good their meal was. We wished we had room for dessert because the tiramisu looked amazing and the diners eating it were obviously loving it! If you want a fabulous meal in a cute little restaurant, with friendly servers and a great menu, make sure you have dinner at The Nest!
Written September 29, 2021
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alessandra r
Victoria2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We happened upon Nest for dinner last Saturday and I must say it was just super from the service which was attentive, entertaining and just plain good to the food (& wine of course) which was also stellar. It was great to discover that they source locally too. Jen and Nic have crafted a lovely place, with superior food and service and I highly recommend reserving and eating their for yourself if you are in Nanaimo! Try the squid!
Written January 29, 2020
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Jane B
Nanaimo202 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 friends
Having heard good things about The Nest, we booked a table with some friends. Cute little place, with friendly staff (Brody was excellent) and a classic Italian menu. The food we all chose was nicely cooked, and presented, but the portion sizes were tiny…all four of us left hungry, despite ordering a main course and a dessert. Two of us ordered risotto; my mushroom version was tasty, if a little over cooked, and our friend’s “seafood” risotto appeared to contain just three prawns…the actual amount of risotto on the plate was more suited to serving as a side dish, certainly not a main course portion. It arrived with a quarter of one carrot, half a small beet, a very small spoon of red cabbage and three green beans on the plate. My Husband ordered the day’s “special”…roasted duck breast with seasonal vegetables. The duck breast was incredibly small, the vegetables were as above, but with two small potatoes added to the plate. He’d asked for no beet to be served on his plate…there was no extra carrot or beans to replace the beet. The fourth meal was the Jenny Mac ‘N Cheese…very ordinary and again, a very small portion. I have no problem paying for well cooked meals, but I do strongly object to being charged top dollar for very small portions that really should not be presented as main-course size meals! It really felt as if we were being gauged on prices. Three of us ordered the day’s “ice cream sandwich” for dessert. Having had it described to us as two large cookies with a full scoop of in-house made ice cream, what actually arrived was two small cookies with a very small scoop of ice cream…fortunately my Husband and I had decided not to share one between us, and ordered our own! Based on this experience, I wouldn’t return or recommend…especially if you’re hungry!
Written June 4, 2024
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Rebecca T
Vancouver849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 family
This restaurant has great potential. They are doing all the right things. The atmosphere is upscale but at the same time relaxed and cozy. The service and food quality were good. Your palate will dictate how you do here. The food was all very good but none of the dishes I would have expected to had bold flavors. If you prefer excellent food with more subtle flavors this is your place. It’s situated in a spot where the view would be exceptional if there was something to look at, so a window seat here isn’t as important as some places. The entrance is not well marked so I have included a picture of the green door off the patio to help you find your way. This is a smaller spot so I highly recommend a reso.
Written March 20, 2022
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Taryn M
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
Service was great here-the caprese salad was awesome and the Seafood Conchiglie was delicious. Drinks were great and so was the Chocolate Ganache Pyramid. We found the serving size was on the smaller side-would like to see a little bit more for the price. Still would recommend this place for the menu choice and quality of food.
Written August 8, 2022
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doug
Nanaimo11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
If you are Gluten free this restaurant is a must. Not only is the food incredible for a Gluten Free person like me it is SAFE. Not many Restaurants can I feel safe in but this is one of them. My wife and I were invited out by our friends and we all had a great evening. I would recommenced this restaurant to anyone. Our server, in fact all of the staff were great!! We will return.
Written February 2, 2020
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