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Simonholt Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Canadian, American, Gluten Free Options
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6582 Applecross Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9V 0A4, Canada
+1 250-933-3338
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 23:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Nanaimo, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had our staff Christmas party here for the second year in a row because of the excellent food. Everything was cooked to perfection: the veggies were tender-crisp, the salmon wasn't overdone, the prime rib was mouth watering... They have a "scratch kitchen" which is great for a restaurant of this size, and their menu has something for everyone. There's... More 

Thank Nick S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff! Great food! Extensive bar and scotch offerings! What more is there to want? I've always found the service at Simonholt to be friendly and prompt. There is always a smiling face at the door and a drink on the table. I'm really excited about the new menu. Lots of variety.

Thank Scott F
Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ill start by saying we were warned that a lot of customers had arrived at the same time and it might take a little longer than normal to get our food. That said the restaurant was not that full and front house seemed to be adequately staffed. It took almost 10 minutes before our initial drink order was taken. Once... More 

Thank tonywoodmaybe
Vancouver Island, Canada
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202 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at this restaurant on a Saturday early evening after not being able to get in to two other full restaurants in the area. The place was 70% empty and lacking in atmosphere. Our server was friendly but there were other staff members, all female, who were dressed inappropriately for a restaurant. I really don't understand why restaurant owners... More 

Thank islandholidaymaker
Nanaimo, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Went for our anniversary as was taking too long to seat at our first choice. So Simon holt was empty Not a lot of atmosphere. They served us promptly. And brought our food quickly. Waitress friendly but food was very plain overpriced And the place is little more that an overpriced cafe . So disappointing as quite pricey! Had great... More 

Thank Pioneernana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited Simonholt this evening for dinner and had another wonderful meal. The overall experience was as outstanding as it usually is. Truly a nice atmosphere and prompt and helpful staff. Overall a 10 out of 10!

Thank Dave B
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

A great place. Excellent wait staff. There was a medic issue in the kitchen and the staff kept us apprised of the time on our orders. We had the truffle oil fries appy. Outstanding. All dishes were incredible.

Thank Blaine M
Nanaimo, Canada
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

This was my first visit to Simonholt but knowing that they have had performers like PJ Perry entertain, I went with great expectations assuming that this would be similar "class act", the experience was far from it. I booked for supper to start our New Years Eve celebrations. Upon arriving we were issued both the menu and their "specials", however... More 

Thank 2ourest
British Columbia, Canada
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We had a gift card so decided to use it. Went on a Friday night but it wasn't busy. Placed our order and proceeded to wait about 25 min for our meals to arrive. The food was average at best. Probably wouldn't be looking to return unless we record another gift card.

Thank dieselkitty
Nanaimo, Canada
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

I have tried this restaurant several times and still have not a meal good enough to change my mind. It is not worth the price and my food has been consistently underwhelming.

Thank lala405

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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
Bar, Canadian, American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6582 Applecross Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9V 0A4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-933-3338
SIMONHOLT is a family friendly Nanaimo destination that features a diverse menu based on the refined palette of Chef Aaron Mayor priding itself on a 'mainly from scratch' kitchen. We offer an extensive wine selection of both red and white by the glass, a fully stocked bar and first class service. We have 3 patios including a rooftop deck with beautiful ocean and mountain views. We frequently host live music from both travelling and local Vancouver Island artists. Please check our website for upcoming shows. SIMONHOLT is locally operated and has been ranked in the top 3 best overall restaurants for 4 years and best patio restaurant in Nanaimo . We are located in the North Nanaimo commercial core and are neighbors to Woodgrove Center and Costco. SIMONHOLT is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the mild west coast weather.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?