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Hilltop Bistro

$$$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
+1 250-585-5337
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I must admit its been a year but takes me a while sometimes to do a review. I found this restaurant to be expensive with small portions and average taste. The pate had little taste. Main course average. Very disappointing and much overrated. With above...More

Thank lauradenem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice ambience, good service and better than average food, but a pretty limited menu selection and ~ my particular pet peeve ~ no salt and pepper on the table.

1  Thank TheJets0ns
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here the first night of our trip and I hope we eat every night like this. The roasted pork is delicious and the steak frites so tender, we loved it.

1  Thank globalmaria
Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

My Husband and I decided to try the Hilltop Bistro for our wedding anniversary, having read glowing reviews about it, and based on the appearance on the restaurant website. I can only assume that the comments I have read saying "Amazing" "Fantastic" and "World class"...More

3  Thank Jane B
Marktartisandeli, Owner at Hilltop Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Hi Jane, Thanks for your review! Originally I wan't going to respond to this beyond a couple lines and really, I should probably leave it at that. But lately, it seems that making up stories and adding some cutting remarks is trendy and I'm firmly...More

Reviewed March 18, 2018

My meal of steak and prawns was delicious. I would have liked another choice or two on the menu. Service was excellent.

1  Thank Muriel G
Reviewed March 3, 2018

My wife and I went to the Hilltop Bistro for a couples night out, we were promptly greeted at the door and shown to our seats. The waitress explained the menu which was confusing to understand the pricing for the first pass around, the waitress...More

1  Thank Norm W
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Located at the top of the hill this restaurant offers pretty good meals but they are kind of pricey. Have found other restaurants offering great meals at lesser prices so will probably not go back here.

1  Thank billandwendy
Reviewed February 16, 2018

We were very excited to eat at this Restaurant after all the great reviews and finally worked in a time with good friends. The atmosphere is lovely, although small we did not feel crowded with neighbouring tables. My first disappointment though was prior to ordering...More

1  Thank Colleen T
Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

Held the above at this fabulous find in Nanaimo!! Michelin trained chef, Ryan, has so much to offer his guests! Small but fantastic!! Our dinners were so very nicely arranged and so delicious!! Service was awesome!! Timing was right on. Ryan matches the tastes of...More

1  Thank Rosster
Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

We had a family dinner, the food was fantastic, the waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. All in all a great experience, will definitely be back!

2  Thank Nitrousorca
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Questions & Answers
Ariel B
April 12, 2018|
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Response from Marktartisandeli | Property representative |
Hello Ariel, We don’t typically have vegan option though some of our dishes can be modified depending on the menu we’re running that week. If you want to come in we can put together a multi course vegan menu just for you... More
Moira F
August 23, 2015|
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Response from Marktartisandeli | Property representative |
Yes we do!
kary L
January 8, 2015|
Response from Marktartisandeli | Property representative |
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$22
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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