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Hilltop Bistro

) #9 of 232 Restaurants in Nanaimo $$$$ , , Gluten Free Options
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
+1 250-585-5337
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“prix fixe” (8 reviews)
“arctic char” (8 reviews)
“beet salad” (8 reviews)
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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had friends in town & decided to try The Hilltop Bistro. My husband & I shared a beet salad which was really good, the 3 mains we all had were (can't recall 4th) - Lamb Rack, Risotto, Pork/Potato/brocollini w/ goat cheese. I had the pork/mashed...More

Thank S_Leach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cozy bistro focuses on fresh and local ingredients. Everything looked so good it was difficult to make a selection. We ended up ordering so that we could share and sample at the table. Everything was delicious. Reservations are a must.

Thank Don F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You don't stumble into this restaurant by coincidence, located out of town on a hilltop. However, it is a beautiful spot and well worth a visit. The food is among the best we've had north of Victoria.

Thank Frode M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is intimate and yet eclectic. Executive Chef Ryan Zuvich, has created an amazing fresh, interesting and always new menu for his patrons. The simple surroundings are deceptive but the food, ambiance and skill are world class! If you're in the area be sure...More

Thank Willie D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two of us had dinner at this bistro last night - my first visit but will not be my last. It was a warm evening and we chose to sit outside - was nice and quiet on their deck as it is away from the...More

Thank jlharp
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Visited for a 91st birthday celebration. Perfectly prepared food and presentation. Service was fantastic. Very comfortable atmosphere in a small neighborhood restaurant. The menu is small (but varied), but there were a couple of specials added on. Everything we ordered was fantastic.

Thank GaryN4321
Reviewed 15 June 2017

A real find and well worth the short drive. Some of the best food that we'd had in BC; friendly, helpful service, good atmosphere and reasonable prices. Outstanding halibut.

Thank Cranbury46
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We went last Friday and enjoyed an appetizer and the feature of the evening a fresh and perfectly done pea risotto. The service was flawless and the food was some of the best I have had in a long time! Wish I could go to...More

Thank EiteHost
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Visited this neighbourhood restaurant again this evening this time for my husband's birthday and this restaurant did not disappoint. We had the three course menu option and really enjoyed all three courses. The lighter appetizer with albacore tuna and watermelon was incredibly delicious. Next we...More

Thank Colleen55
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We have travelled many places only to find one of the best meals we have EVER had right here in our own backyard. The food and service are second to none. The only problem I see was that I had no leftovers to bring home.

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kary L
8 January 2015|
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Hello Kary L, Thanks for your note! I'm glad you brought this point up. The online customer review and the managements response is a hot topic amongst restaurants all over the world. It's a point I've given great thought... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$23
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
    (Nelson street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-585-5337
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