Now that you are all settled in after your journey to Nanaimo, you’re probably wondering where you can get something to eat. Nanaimo has a thriving restaurant, cafe, and bar scene with something for everyone. Read on as we’ll list some of the best restaurants in the city so you don’t have to spend your time testing many restaurants to find the ones you really like.



  • Hilltop Bistro
    Hilltop Bistro is said to be Nanaimo’s best fine dining restaurant. What makes this restaurant special is the chef’s use of local ingredients to create exciting flavour combinations. Along with the great food, Hilltop offers a range of wine choices to go with your meal.


  1. Le Cafe Francais
    Who doesn’t like french cuisine? This is one of Nanaimo’s only french restaurants, owned and operated by chef Gilles Le Patézour. He has learned how to cook in nine different countries and won many awards, and now he is in Nanaimo to bring the best tasting french food to the locals and visitors.
  2. Nori Japanese Restaurant
    This restaurant is a local hot spot, so visitors are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time. Offering some of Nanaimo’s best and freshest sushi, lovers of japanese cuisine will be coming back again and again to experience the friendly staff and great food.  



  • Bistro at Westwood Lake
    This bistro offers a meal with a view! Bistro at Westwood lake offers a wide ranging menu beside a stunning lake. To pair with your meal, the restaurant offers different wines, or you can bring your own bottle.
  • Marina’s Taverna and Pizza
    If you like pizza, international dishes, or greek food, you have to try Marina’s Taverna. This is a casual restaurant where friends, family, or dates can have a relaxing meal with delicious food.
  • The Mahle House
    About ten minutes south of Nanaimo, the Mahle House can be found in a small farming community. This family owned and operated restaurant brings home cooked meals and a comfortable setting in the gorgeous restored heritage house. The owners grow fresh organic vegetables and herbs right on site for your meal.
  • Power House Living Foods Co.
    If you are looking for the best juice bar in Nanaimo, this is it. This restaurant only offers raw, organic foods that have high health benefits. Being healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless if you go to Power House Living.
  • The Nest Bistro
    The Nest Bistro supports local farmers by making all menu items from scratch with the ingredients of Vancouver Island. The menu is a blend of French and Italian cuisine, and they have a beautiful patio to enjoy on warm evenings.
  • 2 Chefs Affair
    In this restaurant, customers watch their food being prepared in the unique open kitchen. The menu changes with the seasons to ensure that the freshest seasonal ingredients are being used. If you want to bring this tasty food home, they also offer catering and take-out.
  • Longwood Brew Pub
    Would you like to sit in the dining room, or at the bar? The menu at this restaurant is homemade, tasty, and pairs well with the many beers that they have on site. Another plus to this restaurant is the gorgeous views of the mountains that it offers its guests.