Jan. 25, 2018
Are you new to Nanaimo? Or a long-time resident in need of a new restaurant to try? Well look no further, Nanaimo's 10 best restaurants are below!
Nanaimo is full of great restaurants, making it hard to chose where to eat. Websites like Trip Adviser allow tourists and locals to leave reviews and ratings of their favorite restaurants, creating a "voted by you" list of the best places to eat in different cities. Click the restaurant name to be taken to their website so you can learn more about these fantastic restaurants.
#10 Smokin' George's BBQ
$$ - $$$ American Barbecue, Canadian
"Every day, we’re chopping up seasoned hardwoods to smoke up the most incredible pulled pork, beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and sausage this city has ever seen. We bake our cornbread fresh every morning, hand cut buckets of fries and mix up our homemade bbq sauces and dressings, so every time you step in our door, you can smell those flavours in the air."
#9 Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant
$$ - $$$ Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
"The Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant has been an attraction in Nanaimo, British Columbia since 1989. The expansive views, relaxed atmosphere and great pub fare make us a popular destination year round. We are the only registered floating pub in Canada making your experience a unique one."
#8 Fiddlehead Bistro
$$ - $$$ Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, revolving menu, seafood
"Ever since the beginnings of this Nanaimo Restaurant, the Fiddlehead Bistro has been on a mission to provide the most local, organic and freshest ingredients to its customers. Our humble restaurant is always wanting to insure that we maintain a highest quality of food, beverages and most importantly service to our customers from Nanaimo and abroad.?"
#7 Longwood Brew Pub & Restaurant
$$ - $$$ Canadian Brew Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
"At Longwood we’re committed to offering you nothing but the best and our chefs strive for the freshest ingredients all while making sure as much as possible is locally sourced... We don’t filter our beer so as to allow it to retain its vitamins, minerals, nutrients and natural flavours. This attention to detail means we strive for perfection with every drink and food item we serve, the only way worth doing it, and we wouldn’t have it any other way."
#6 Hilltop Bistro
$$$$ Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
"Memories of comfort and family made food and wine a natural progression for Chef Ryan Zuvich. Memories that would see him travel around the world experiencing and learning all that he could from some of the best and most recognized chefs and restaurateurs. Hand made, home-grown, nose to tail eating. Words that are now used the world over to convey the latest trends, were just how it always was for Ryan’s family and how we think it should always be."
#5 Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe
$$ - $$$ Cafe, Canadian Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
"Whenever possible we source our ingredients direct from the farmer. We have built up several partnerships with local, small-scale, family farms to bring you fresh, seasonal vegetables, free range eggs, and pasture fed, ethically raised meats."
#4 Crow & Gate Pub
$$ - $$$ British Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
"Jack Nash, an ex-patriot from Sussex, England, built The Crow & Gate Public House on ten acres of scenic property in Cedar, near Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. In doing so The Crow & Gate Pub became the first neighbourhood pub in British Columbia. Now a well-known landmark and favourite destination for locals and tourists alike."
#3 Le Cafe Francais
$$ - $$$ French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
"Come and discover an authentic little corner of France. Gilles Le Patézour, chef and owner of Nanaimo’s only French restaurant 'LE CAFÉ FRANÇAIS' brings his distinguished awards and international work experience from nine previous countries to Nanaimo, a city he recognizes where 'people live well and like to eat fresh food.'"
#2 Nori Japanese Restaurant
$$ - $$$ Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Voted "Best Japanese Restuarant" in Nanaimo. "Nori not only presents its guests with the finest seasonal ingredients and extensive range of premium wines, and liqueurs, it also treats diners to traditional Japanese refreshments such as sake and shochu, and beverages."
#1 Asteras Greek Taverna
$$ - $$$ Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
"Asteras is an authentic Greek restaurant known for it’s traditional, delicious foods, warm Greek atmosphere and a focus on excellent service... Choose from sensational, traditional recipies, all originating from Crete, an island renowned for its healthy diet made up of fresh and simple ingredients. Everything in our kitchen is made in house daily, from whole foods and high quality ingredients."
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