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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
10:00 - 22:00
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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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Nanaimo, Canada
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208 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a plain room with booths - burgers and sandwiches on the menu. Service was a bit scattered, I noticed people waiting for their meal to arrive for 30 minutes and longer - however I ordered as soon as my glass of water arrived and didn't have much time to wait. Had to pester the wait-person for my check, though.

Thank 29carfrae
Fort Langley, Canada
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant came highly recommended by several people and it did not disappoint. We only managed to get there for brunch but I'm so glad we did. I had the eggs Benedict which is my favourite. The eggs benny at Modern Cafe knocked it out of the ball park. The eggs were cooked to perfection, the hash browns were well... More 

Thank Elmotto1
Nanaimo, Canada
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely setting,for dining outside, a hint of the old time Nanaimo, folks smiled, drinks and food were delivered with promptness; my friend enjoyed her glass of wine. Good conversation, tasty food, people watching in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. Wil i go back, You betcha!!

Thank kary L
Barrie, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely meal here at lunch a few days ago. It was wonderful and decently priced! Grade A! Don't remember my server's name, but she was great. Good team work!

Thank Peter T
Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a Saturday evening and were seated immediately. The server was fairly attentive and food and drinks came quickly enough; however she did not ask how the dinner was (or I would have told her). The full rack of ribs was fairly generous but the 'peach bourbon' flavouring was just a bit of sauce spread across the top.... More 

Thank Annette I
Great White North
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120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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 4 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 

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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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?