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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
11:00 - 00:00
Open now
All hours
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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Gibsons, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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116 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Duvall, Washington
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124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Holoween night October 2016 and we had a good dinner with great service. My wife had the sirloin with Bernaise, I had the stuffed pork chop. Her steak was cooked just right but the Bernaise could have been infused with a bit more taragon. My pork chop was also cooked just right with apple sauce on top and stuffed with... More 

Thank jimandsusan
Vernon, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I dined at Modern Cafe in Oct 2016, The service was very friendly and attentive, It was just before Halloween so the restaurant was decked out with Halloween decorations making for a great decor, I ordered the steak and crab main, the steak was a little dry, but the crab and vegetables were great!

Thank Gene W
Surrey, Canada
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I was travelling for work and stopped in here for dinner. The staff was on target and helpful with my selections. all in all I will be back when in the area.

Thank Rayswt

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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, Cafe, 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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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?