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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Great White North
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116 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered the special, New York steak, and I what I received was ok but was a poor representation at best. Horizontal grain not cut across the grain, as shown in the photo. Mentioned it to the waiter who walked by 4-5 times afterwards, before providing a response from the kitchen. By this time, it was consumed. Great atmosphere but... More 

Thank Saint_Johnny
Nanaimo, Canada
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Modern has become our new favourite in downtown Nanaimo. Since coming under new ownership chef Daniel has improved the quality of the food. The decor is relaxing and reminds of more trendy eateries that you might find in larger cities. Prices are reasonable for the quality of food you get. You can't do much better in downtown Nanaimo. Add... More 

Thank bcjoanne
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I enjoyed my meal at the Modern Cafe very much. I had a vegetarian burger which was delicious. The service was good with friendly and attentive staff. The ambiance is upbeat, casual but classy. It is in the middle of the downtown area and so very convenient to eat before or after shopping. I would definitely go back.

Thank Michelle56_13
Gibsons, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I've visited the Modern Café in Nanaimo twice now, each time with high hopes. But the restaurant just hasn't come through with even the most basic dishes. Stale bland bread, whole almonds on a salad (how do you grab those little suckers?) is just plain lazy. Service was slow without an apology although I could see it was busy. Even... More 

Thank Gambierkate
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Based on the appearance, one would be forgiven if they thought that The Modern Cafe served up mouth-watering, gourmet cuisine. It has all the trademarks of a new age, five star restaurant - matte-finish menus toting mouthwatering entrées at inflated prices, a martini bar with a generous backlit spirit selection, and a few hip waitresses dancing around the cafe to... More 

Thank Crispysquid
Port Alberni, Canada
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121 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This restaurant is small and intimate, with a modern, eclectic menu and friendly service. I visited with colleagues for lunch recently while attending a convention down the street. I ordered the warm spinach salad which was quite nice, although a little light on the toppings, and the west coast chowder which was lovely. My dining companions all enjoyed their meals... More 

Thank islandgurl2
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Family in Nanaimo wanted to try Modern Cafe following the renovation so we went along for lunch. My spouse and I shared the warm spinach salad (full size) with a piece of salmon. To this we added one coffee and one latte. Total was shy of $40 and the piece of salmon was no greater in size than a single... More 

Thank LBS C
Grande Prairie, Canada
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116 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is one of the oldest in Nanaimo. I have eaten here since the 70s. They now have a modern look and menu. The food was very good, priced reasonable and service was great. Will defiantly go back.

Thank GummyStewart
Nanaimo, Canada
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We had dinner tonight before going to see Buffy Ste Marie. We wanted to sit near the entertainment tonight because it attracted us when we walked in. My dinner was the steak with crab in hollandaise sauce. Cooked perfectly. The highlight was the entertainment. We he took a break, he came and chatted with us and we found out he... More 

Thank HXL
Powell River, Canada
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I had brought my mom to Nanaimo for a mini vacation for her birthday. We were trying to figure out where to go for dinner when I remembered eating at Modern Cafe years before on a date and it was nice. Mom was getting hangry and was ready to walk to Tim Hortons but that would have been a travesty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
American, Canadian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-5022

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?