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“Food was nice. Service not so much”
Review of Bistro at Westwood Lake - CLOSED

Bistro at Westwood Lake
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$24
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Good for: Local cuisine, View
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Nanaimo, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Food was nice. Service not so much”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Dined at this restaurant recently with a small group; the restaurant was not especially busy.iAsked for an inside table rather than the patio table suggested by the maître de and realized we had disappointed him when we were ignored for 10 minutes.
Whoops! Disappointed again when we asked to pour our own carafe of wine. This caused the waitress's hand to slip whilst placing it so the carafe clunked loudly and the other patrons took note and did not make such uninformed requests. Maybe we were just sent to try her for she also let us know that we were causing her needless effort by asking to split the offending carafe between two bills! She had to give us all a hint of what her grumpy self might look like for a while!
Ah well, the food was pleasant and beautifully presented although the portions did not cause us to fall off our diets. The setting is idyllic.

  • Visited May 2014
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8 Thank Teal_blue512
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Nanaimo, BC Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A dining experience you won't want to miss in Nanaimo BC”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Bistro at Westwood Lake in Nanaimo is a very special restaurant. Not only is the food superb but the location is idyllic.
On different occasions, we have sampled many items from the lunch, dinner and dessert menus.
My favorite is the local Dungeness crab cake sparked with a wasabi aioli, accompanied by a green salad. The fish taco with an accompanying chipolte sauce is superb. For a heartier entree try the Pork tenderloin with wild mushroom risotto and hazelnut pesto.

Chocolate buffs will love the Dark Truffle chocolate tart served with chantilly cream.
Another favorite of ours is the luscious vanilla bean cream brulee.

In good weather, reserve a table on the deck which overlooks Westwood Lake.

During cooler weather, it is a treat to dine in the well-appointed dining room that overlooks the lake

Gaetan knows wine and the wine list reflects his knowledge.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank hwljt
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Ajijic, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Never disappoints”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We've eaten at the bistro numerous times and we always leave happy. The setting on the lake, the food, service and atmosphere just cannot be beaten. And they offer very good value. For those of you who haven't been there or think it might be too expensive, please note that in addition to their regular menu, they offer each evening a fixed price 3 course menu (about $30) which I have had on several occasions, and it is just as delicious as any dish on their regular menu. Try this restaurant; you will love it.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Carol P
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Nanaimo, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely setting for a delicious meal”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Consistently good food, view of the lake can't be beat on a nice day, especially if it is warm enough to sit outside!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Barbequin
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Lantzville BC
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting!”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Delicious lunch in a beautiful setting. Great wine selection, and prompt, efficient but unobtrusive service! Ann and Bre will be back!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Renovator51
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