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The Nest Bistro

) #19 of 232 Restaurants in Nanaimo ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, , Fusion
77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
+1 250-591-2722
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ginger cake” (18 reviews)
“risotto” (28 reviews)
“prawns” (34 reviews)
Opens in 25 min
All hours
Italian, Canadian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
77 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
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1 - 10 of 368 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You wouldn't think overlooking the highway would be a great spot, but perched on the edge of the hill, the Nest overlooks a large chunk of downtown Nanaimo while delivering good service, good food and a solid menu with options for everyone. Highly recommended. Great...More

Thank Gina G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of 20+ people and the staff made us very comfortable. The food was very good - I recommend the potato crusted salmon. The service was great, the staff welcoming and personable and the atmosphere was good with a great view.

Thank paddlerinpink
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool spot, nice trellis, a good variety of dishes, and a good spot for groups (I went with my dragonboating team while there for the regatta.) I'd go back.

Thank JenBraun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of wonderful little touchs and surprises . Attention to detail without being showoffy or distracting from a dish's primary focus. If we lived here we'd try the whole menu. If you're passing through, get the duck.

Thank tincanman2010
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you. We are happy you noticed the little details but were not distracted by them. Thank you for recommending the duck, it is actually my recommendation when people ask. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of hosting you again. Chef Nic

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always enjoy going to the nest. The food and service are always reliably great! Watching the sun set behind the islands mountains is a relaxing way to enjoy a great restaurant.

Thank nanaimoboy
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are happy you can rely on us for a great experience! Thank you for sharing your recommendation and also for being a regular guest. We aim to please, so kind feedback is always very much enjoyed and appreciated. Chef Nic

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away In a back street this restaurant provided us with the best dinner we have found in several visits to Naniamo. Food was excellent and priced accordingly. Only drawback for us was that the restaurant was little noisier than we would prefer with some...More

Thank fishbuds
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation. I am sure we could find a table more to your liking, with three areas to choose from, just let us know and we will do our best. Glad you found our food and service excellent and I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
PassionatePeeps, Owner at The Nest Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your recommendation. Glad you enjoyed our offerings and would return. Cheers, Chef Nic

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 2 June 2017

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 4 weeks ago

We appreciate your time and kindness. Chef Nic

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Questions & Answers
Janice M
27 October 2016|
Response from PassionatePeeps | Property representative |
Yes, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. We look forward to having you as our guest. Nic, chef/proprietor
Richard B
25 June 2016|
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Response from Kieko55 | Reviewed this property |
No not for brunch, just dinner on Sunday
Elvira D
22 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
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
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
Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
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