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Modern Cafe

) #30 of 232 Restaurants in Nanaimo €€ - €€€ Cafe, , Soups
221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
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Cafe, Canadian, Soups, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A wonderful downtown location serving their own take on eggs benedict. A good selection of specialty coffees rounds out an excellent brunch.

Thank Sagebrush
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nanaimo has done a good job with their little downtown and this restaurant has an appealing sidewalk patio. Service is good and a nice IPA on tap. Unfortunately the fries were barely lukewarm and the burger was underwhelming at best. Frozen pattie and bun wasn't...More

Thank Frankie_Hummus
Reviewed 1 week ago

If in the area, I would encourage to try this location. . It was the best restaurant on our entire trip on Vancouver Island. This was located on Church street, several streets up from the harbor. Parking on the street is free after 5:00 pm....More

Thank cyndywill8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a mediocre meal, no compensation was offered after the waiter drenched me with beer. Instead of apologising, the 'manager' was only too concerned about the waiter feeling bad. I'm sure it was an accident, but ignoring the plight of the customer over the concerns...More

Thank Travis11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped by the Modern cafe looking for a bite of lunch and saw them put amazing plates of food in front of other guests, so we took a table and ordered. While we waited I watched the guests at the next table who were...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really interesting food, great choices and near everything is GF..gluten-free. The server was friendly and helpful. Great spot

Thank John L
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Ordered the lobster ravioli and artichoke crab dip. Small portions, served coldish, and tasteless. Prices way too high for what you get. Would definitely not recommend!

Thank HildeA22
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Looking for more chic, urban dining? The Modern is great. Stylish decor good food. Fabulous drink selection. Date night Work party or girls night out, the Modern fits the bill. Service can be slow, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time if you...More

Thank Gina G
Reviewed 14 July 2017

A friend from out of town & I went in for lunch, she ordered the Tomato Bisque soup & I the Parmesan tartlet & salad with feta. When the orders arrived, she said "I forgot to ask but does the soup have dairy - I'm...More

Thank S_Leach
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This cafe has a great location on Commercial Street but the food doesn't measure of. My husband ordered chicken wings. When they arrived they were si bad he de upped not to eat them. I tried one and agreed. It appeared that they had been...More

Thank freedom06
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Michelle C
6 October 2015|
Response from sandraclaire | Reviewed this property |
I was just a guest you had better ask the owners. Go on their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-5022
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