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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar

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American, Bar, Canadian
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3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
250-585-1563
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

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Thank Stephanie S
Vancouver Island
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138 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank El-Pescador007
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

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Thank David I
Kingston, Canada
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

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1 Thank Dave K
Kelowna, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

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Thank SandLaj
British Columbia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

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1 Thank kikajo
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I love this location. The staff are fabulous. The environment is very welcoming! The food and drinks are fantastic👌 I really like their dill dip and the fries are so good. I'll just recommend the whole menu since I love it all I recommend this place for all types of people, with a family or night out with friends.

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1 Thank Crystal B
Seattle, Washington
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

This restaurant surprised me! Food was awesome!! Great casual restaurant /bar. We went here because we needed variety and we found it. Appetizers were great! My favorite was the Parmesan Chips with truffle oil, The burgers were great! The tomato bacon soup was hearty & delicious. Them cheese bread was amazing. reasonable pricing and good for families. We will be... More 

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1 Thank BMXmom2014
Nanaimo
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

service was attentive - brought coffee when needed and took away dishes promptly - food was passable but not exceptional - we had some kind of Pacific noodle dish that was OK but not enough to have again.

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Thank CGVancouverIsland
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

This chain restaurant is full of options but unfortunately they took away some of my favourites. The Salmon club and the Sgt.Peppers burger is gone. The sides are great but read the small print for the increased charges for a few of the items. The service was great and very friendly and knowledgable about the products. I would give it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250-585-1563

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