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Lighthouse Bistro and Pub

) #31 of 232 Restaurants in Nanaimo $$ - $$$ , , Seafood
50 anchor way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
+1 250-754-3212
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“mussels” (19 reviews)
“seafood” (20 reviews)
“hot pot” (9 reviews)
Opens in 28 min
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Gastropub, Canadian, Seafood, Grill, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
50 anchor way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to the Lighthouse and sat at the bar. Service was slow to get drinks. Ordered their AAA Prime New York steak. I got a poorly trimmed, fatty and grizzled steak that had probably spent months in a freezer. The mashed potatoes were a blob...More

Thank BigTasty10
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After shopping the downtown area and visiting the museum, we sat down to some lunch at the Lighthouse Bistro. Nothing beats this view. It's a busy spot, but lots to watch with the harbour, boats, and people. Outdoor dining, but it is covered (gazebo like)....More

Thank daniellemccann82
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Service is not there, food boring and plain. Been there 2 times in 3 months - going down hill fast. Had to call for a waitress to notice us every time. Go into downtown for lunch or dinner. We have told them the problem and...More

Thank RKuziw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three levels to this restaurant, each with a different vibe from semi-formal down to burger bar. Great views, wonderful seafood/shellfish. Burgers also great! Many craft beer options. Can seem like a busy place, but table turnover makes it all work.

Thank David A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to spend an hour or two, relax unwind or wait for friends to arrive on the seaplanes from the main land. Visitors can sit inside, outside under shelter or around the building. Great to watch harbour traffic and people go about...More

Thank Andy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous location right in the Nanaimo harbour. Excellent food and friendly service. Hard to beat this location! Seaplanes arrive & take off, dozens of sailboats & luxurious yachts, working tugboats, & kayaks. Fabulous for a business lunch!

Thank muchmusic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying on extended holiday very close to the Lighthouse - as in we hear nearly every "order up" bell ring - literally. In short, we wish we love, love, loved the bistro given we can be seated in less than 2 minutes from...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on the waterfront, it's hard to beat the view and atmosphere of the building. However, the food is average with high prices. It's a well located tourist trap.

Thank Too B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

perfect location, overlooking the water. Not one of those noisy waterfront "joints", a little more upscale, relaxing and low key with very good seafood.

Thank Sherna Zelda B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location, nice view, that's about it. Nice to see lots of seafood on the menu, it is a restaurant on the ocean after all. The rest of the menu was a little disappointing. Everything seemed over priced and the selection was poor. Service was...More

Thank islandgirlie522
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Mike H
30 June 2017|
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Response from jakobj | Reviewed this property |
I know the lovely harbour side patio restaurant allows children so I would think the other dining facilities would also allow children
18 July 2016|
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Response from Andrew G | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see any, and would strongly believe not. From my perspective they do love their dogs in Canada, seen them at the Fairmont Van, airports, cafes (outside), dog bowls of water everywhere - but as Lighthouse is a licensed... More
12 June 2016|
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Response from overlookBc | Reviewed this property |
Yes the pub has a ramp to the upper level . If going to the restaurant there is also a ramp from the parking area to the lower level which also goes to the outdoor patio.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Gastropub, Canadian, Seafood, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 anchor way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-3212
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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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