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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar

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American, Bar, Canadian
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3280 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here with my sister, her boyfriend, and myself before perusing Nanaimo in December. I have to say that although severely American food is served here, it is well made and very delicious. Only downside is that they removed the Queso Fundido from the menu which was arguably (in my home) the best menu item they had. If you can... More 

Thank Niklas B
Nanaimo, Canada
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118 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talk about a busy place! It is always full and with good reason. A local favourite next to Country Club Mall, The menu is extensive, the service is efficient and friendly and the food is really good.

Thank J T
Vancouver Island
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant twice in December for business lunch meeting. Service was good on both occasions however I found the food to be very good on the first occasion but poor on the second! - inconsistency on the food front is a comment I hear from numerous people who eat here.

Thank Geight
Port Alberni, Canada
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

What you expect okay food a bit overpriced with nice decor and upbeat good looking waitress.We have been 3 times with friends and would go back although it is not special it is okay and predictable

1 Thank len88
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Went there, as we were told they had soy chicken available to sub. Our order was a Kona burger (with the soy chicken), no mayo, bacon, or cheese, with guacamole as a sub; side of quinoa and fries.; Drunken noodles with veg chicken; hummus and a side of fries. It took an hour to get the hummus and fries. They... More 

Thank Stephanie S
Vancouver Island
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138 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Went for lunch and after looking at their extensive menu I decided to go for the daily special: a chicken burger with BBQ sauce and a choice of salad or fries for $15. The food was tasty and the service was very good.

1 Thank El-Pescador007
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We stopped going to Original Joes in Nanaimo (love the one in Red Deer AB) because we had to send cold food back 3 times. I was in the area and decided to give it another try. Went in for a glass of wine. Service was slow, staff were busy talking to each other and when I asked for my... More 

Thank David I
Kingston, Canada
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stopped in for a quick lunch and was very pleasantly surprised at the menu selections. I was expecting basic pub food, but this was definitely a step up but still at reasonable prices Had the fish tacos which were very tasty. The side salad was also delicious and well presented, garnished with pecans, chevre, and topped with crispy sweet potato... More 

1 Thank Dave K
Kelowna, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Original Joes has awesome food. But if you are interested in going there to actually have a night out visiting and dining, forget it. They told us that they are not allowed to turn the music down, as their place is meant to have noise. We even bribed the waitress with $100 and she said NO it can't be done.... More 

Thank SandLaj
British Columbia
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We do not live in Nanaimo but go there quite often and have never stopped into the restaurant. Today we stopped in for lunch and we were very pleased. The atmosphere was great even though it was the busy lunch hour. Our server was very good and even in the times she was busy with another table other servers picked... More 

1 Thank kikajo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3280 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250-585-1563

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?