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Lighthouse Bistro and Pub

$$ - $$$Seafood, ,
50 Anchor Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
+1 250-754-3212
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good38%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“clam chowder” (20 reviews)
“seafood” (27 reviews)
“burger” (31 reviews)
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Seafood, Gastropub, Canadian, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
50 Anchor Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Tremendous views, the restaurant is right over the water. Food was good except the side salad was abowl of lettuce with some julienned carrots. Staffwere friendly and helpful.

Thank Conan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is right by the harbour with a view of the water. I wasn't expecting anything special, but was very pleasantly surprised. I came for a family lunch and ordered the sandwich that they had on special, which was a smoked salmon, with cream...More

Thank elder87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came in for a couple drinks with a friend. They ordered 2 double cran and vodka I had 2 beer. The bill was over $50. Turns out they only serve high end vodka at 7.50 an oz. I paid the bill, won't ever go back....More

Thank Sam C
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good morning Sam C I believe you were overcharged please contact me at you pleasure so I can rectify this situation. Thom McCann 250-754-3212 or lighthousebistro@shaw.ca Thank you Thom McCann Operations Manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a busy restaurant - didn't go for the food - went for the location. Food is ok - it is a pub not fine dining! Enjoy the surroundings.

Thank randomhappiness
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited twice this week by coincidence, my first visits. Food was tasty, service with a smile and a view of the harbour. That was just great for October. Both time soups were good but the curry (?) beet soup special stood out for me. Seafood...More

Thank Saskia d
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Nice pub, great food and wonderful view of the harbour. The curry mussels and clam chowder were fantastic. Great place to watch the boats and float planes come and go on a nice sunny day.

Thank brianmm58
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

This place has a bistro downstairs and a pub upstairs. We went to the pub which seemed to have lower prices and a better view. Normally I wouldn’t order sushi at a pub, but the happy hour special was all three sushi rolls at half...More

Thank MapleRidgeMalf
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Small bar and restaurant overlooking the Nanaimo harbour. The clam chowder is tasty but u fortunately on the cold side. Staff are attentive.

Thank 23donaldw
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Delicious mussels with fresh slice of bread. Can't beat the location with a view over the harbor. Cold draft selection was good. Excellent friendly service!

Thank CountryHills
Reviewed September 25, 2018

We had some time to kill before our whale watching tour commenced, so we stopped by here for lunch. It has nice views of the water, and we saw the hovercraft land on the water a couple times. I had the fish and chips, which...More

Thank Shubh K
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Mike H
June 30, 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
July 18, 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
June 12, 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
Seafood, Gastropub, Canadian, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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