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“Delicious!”
Review of The Nest Bistro

The Nest Bistro
Ranked #22 of 320 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Price range: US$10 - US$25
Cuisines: French, Italian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Restaurant, lounge, bar, al fresco patio, scratch made food, locally sourced ingredients.
Vancouver Island
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We enjoyed a delicious dinner for two at Nest Bistro recently. I had the chicken stuffed with brie and mushrooms while my partner had the steak. Both meals were delightful and cooked perfectly, accompanied by mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables and red cabbage. Good portions. We had complimentary house made bread to start, and finished with a duo of their in-house desserts, a ginger cake in caramel sauce and a cheesecake. The ginger cake was my favorite. The restaurant is small, only holding a couple of dozen diners and was full on the Saturday we visited, so make reservations. Service very friendly and attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed and would go back.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Nanaimo, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Spot in Downtown Nanaimo”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Went with a group of colleagues for dinner Friday night.
This is a small venue with nice ambience. The staff was great and knew the food and wine. Service was great and the food excellent. The panko prawn appetizer had a particularly innovative presentation. we had a wide selection of their dishes and everyone was very satisfied.
At the end I got the bill and with tip added was happily surprised at the good value the Bistro was.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank jepappeldds
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Chesley, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“What a find after cafeteria food”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

We had left jasper lodge and traveller by train to prince rupert, then by boat to port hardy and then to nanaimo. The desk clerk at the coast bastion said I would never get in but sunday night was quiet. A ten minute walk to a fantastic hole in the wall. Decor is simple and clean. Husband and wife cook the meals. Risotto excellent. Stellar mushrooms and salmon. Fresh salad huge with great prawns. Service with a smile and no hassle substitution for allergies. I hope they keep the Site simple and food excellent

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank drillerkc74
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Edmonton
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing-make a reservation right now!”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

The dinner my family had at the Nest on October 4th was truly one of the best meals we have ever had in a restaurant. We made reservations a couple of days in advance to secure our spot on a Friday evening. We were warmly greeted by our server when we got there and the personable and attentive service continued for the rest of the evening. The atmosphere of the restaurant was cozy and private. We shared two orders of the dynamite prawns for appetizers and were just blown away by how crispy and flavourful they were. My husband's 88 year old grandmother even mentioned to me this week how much she loved them! Our entrees were infused with delicious local ingredients with that West Coast flair we adore so much about food on the island. It was the kind of meal prepared with the positive intention of a chef who loves the art of cooking and sharing this talent with others.

We were all just so impressed by dinner here; it made for such a memorable and enjoyable evening! We cannot wait to come back!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank juliabee222
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Blacksburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect Ending”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Our family made reservations for dinner at 6pm on a Thursday evening in celebration of our mother's 89th birthday. About 10 minutes from the house we got pulled over for lapsed insurance on the car. We were so disappointed we wouldn't make it on time. We called The Nest and explained the situation and they said "no problem", they would seat us when we got there, which was around 7pm. The restaurant is tiny, but very comfortable, with a wonderful staff. We were treated royally and everyone's dinner was delicious, beautifully presented with a perfect portion size. The dessert list looked wonderful but we were much too full to order. And then, the most pleasant and special surprise. The waitress brought a beautiful chocolate ganache with ice cream. On the plate, written in chocolate, was a music staff and the first two measures of "Happy Birthday" perfectly notated on the plate. Awesome! Seems the chef was an oboist with the Vancouver Symphony in his former life. I highly recommend The Nest Bistro for any occasion.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank VTScarratt
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