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The Nest Bistro

) #23 of 233 Restaurants in Nanaimo $$ - $$$ Italian, , Fusion
77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
+1 250-591-2722
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Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ginger cake” (18 reviews)
“risotto” (28 reviews)
“prawns” (33 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Canadian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
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1 - 10 of 365 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We walked to the Nest Bistro from our downtown hotel. It's in an odd location but is worth the search (Google Maps helped). Seafood risotto and cioppino were both delicious. A modest but good wine selection; we both found something to our liking. Outdoor patio...More

Thank babsinbc
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very impressed with our first visit to The Nest Bistro but not so much this time. The sauce on the Sambuca Prawns, which I loved the first time, was just ok, the Potato Skins were pretty ho-hum and the Arugula Salad was dry...More

Thank TheJets0ns
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review. Unfortunately, since you bring this to our attention after leaving the restaurant we can not correct anything. I would recommend giving feedback at a time when corrections can made, after all that is our purpose for being in business: pleasing our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is indeed a hidden gem as recommended by someone on Trip Advisor....I had a fantastic meal here...I think one of the best I have had in Canada. The Lamb was excellent and the chocolate dessert with homemade ice cream is a must! Great service...More

Thank sarahmannPeacehaven
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We are pleased to have impressed. Chef Nic

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we entered to the time we left we were treated like family. The food was probably the best I have had on Vancouver Island and I consider myself a foodie. Fresh ingredients cooked to perfection, The shrimp were cooked perfectly and literally...More

Thank kimsw
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We appreciate your time and kindness. Chef Nic

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've normally associated Nanaimo with chain food outlets with the odd little cafe in or near the old downtown. I guess this falls into the latter category - not super small. Perched high atop the cliff facing the highway cut through downtown it looks west...More

Thank jhsheep
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much. We are glad you like our food, service and environment. It would be our pleasure to count you among our regular guests. Chef Nic

Reviewed 11 May 2017

Absolutely loved it! The location is wonderful - the view from the cliff right into the greenery of the trees bellow ..oh. Food is also lovely. We had the squid and the mushroom tart as appetizers, and shared the duck breast as the main course,...More

1  Thank denisa k
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review, rating and recommendation. I recall, from the days when our positions were reversed, that you know very well what service excellence is and that makes the kindness extended in this review mean something very substantial to us for which we...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

All locally inspired dishes, fun environment, happy staff, delicious food. You won't be disappointed!

1  Thank Brody Y
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thanks for the recommendation and high rating! It's great you find our environment fun, staff happy and food delicious...All things for which we strive! We appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. Chef Nic

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

What a great find in Nanaimo. The Nest is a small assuming building across from the courthouse. But despite the ordinary exterior, the inside is open and welcoming. We had great service and a delicious meal, including herb roasted breaded chicken, seafood risotto and herb...More

Thank CalgaryScarlett
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation. Glad you enjoyed the herbed chicken, seafood risotto, potato crusted salmon and ice cream sandwich. We appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. Chef Nic

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

My fav place to meet people for business or pleasure. Perfect for that special occassion! Exceptional service and culinary talents are demonstrated by the owners Nick and Jen and their team. Josh is an excellent waiter who goes the extra mile to ensure your experience...More

2  Thank dktownsend2
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thank you very much. It is always a pleasure, and we appreciate having guests like you who have been with us since the beginning. Thanks again, Chef Nic

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The menu is here is amazing which can make it hard to decide what to eat! You'll want it all! The staff is welcoming and helpful and the food is divine. I highly recommend you check out this gem!

1  Thank nicolec1979
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2017

Thank you very much for the high praise and recommendation. We are happy you find the menu amazing, food divine and service welcoming and helpful. Thank you for sharing your praise on TripAdvisor and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Chef Nic

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Janice M
Hi looking forward to visiting... is the restaurant walker/wheelchair accessible, I would like to bring my mom who has difficulty with stairs.
26 October 2016|
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Response from PassionatePeeps | Property representative |
Yes, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. We look forward to having you as our guest. Nic, chef/proprietor
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Richard B
Are you open for Sunday brunch?
24 June 2016|
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Response from Kieko55 | Reviewed this property |
No not for brunch, just dinner on Sunday
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Elvira D
I'm invited to dinner this coming week and looking at the menu, I don't see any vegan option. Wondering if you can accommodate me? Thanks kindly, Elvira
21 November 2015|
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Response from PassionatePeeps | Property representative |
Yes, as other members have suggested, given some notice we can create a custom dish for you. There are some vegan adaptations possible within the menu which vegan guests have enjoyed too. With two days' notice we can... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:30
Thursday
11:30 - 23:30
Friday
11:30 - 23:30
Saturday
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-591-2722
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Description
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
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