NANAIMO RESTAURANTS AND PUBS
Great fresh seafood in a well decorated funky room with a great nautical theme! 1 block south of The Buccaneer Inn at 1340 Stewart Avenue. Open Sunday to Wednesday from 11:30 am to 9 pm and Thursday to Saturday 11:30 am to 12 pm, 754-8881.
Soon to open gourmet Chinese restaurant next to Nauticals. 1350 Stewart Avenue.
A favourite of locals and visiting divers, Millers offers a simple but good pub menu. Beautiful, new outdoor deck! Open daily from 11 am to 11pm. 102-1840 Stewart Ave., 753-4833.
MUDDY WATERS PUB
Marine Pub over the water next to Millers. Good pub food and local hangout for real ‘Nanaimoites’. Open daily 11am till 1 am. Also has a beer, wine and liquor store.1724 Stewart Ave., 754-4220.
Coffee shop with light meals in the Channelview Townhouses. 101-572 Stewart Avenue, 753-1050.
Not on Stewart Avenue but too good to miss this section. Located 3 blocks west at Terminal Park Plaza, The Granary serves a very popular menu of good old standby English dishes and Canadian favourites. Nightly dinner specials are very popular and include a 'seniors' sizes. Open 8 am to 7:30 pm Mon-Fri and 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday. Closed on Sundays. Highly recommended. #7-1533 Estevan Rd., 754-4899.
Steak and seafood. Located on the water at Sealand Market at 1840 Stewart Ave., 753-2333.
Canada’s only floating pub. Located on Protection Island at 8 Pirate’s Lane. Ferry leaves at 10 minutes past every hour from southeast end of dock in Commercial Boat Basin at end of Seawall Walk. Last ferry leaves pub at 12:00 midnight in the summer and at 11 pm in the winter. A must do in Nanaimo! Now open all year. Call 753-2373 for the pub and 753-8244 for the Protection Island Ferry.
TROLLER’S FISH & CHIPS
Fabulous, fresh fish and chips on the waterfront. Located on the water in the Boat Basin, just below the Wharfinger’s office. Open daily during the summer months only. No phone.
Mexican favourites on the waterfront. Located on the water in the Boat Basin, just south of the Wharfinger’s office. Open daily during the summer months only. No phone.
A tacky but excellent Mexican restaurant. First come first served. Located behind Katerina’s Greek restaurant at 47 Skinner Street in downtown Nanaimo. 753-5411.
Excellent Greek restaurant with outdoor patio at 15 Front Street. Open for lunch and dinner. 754-1351.
GLOW WORLD CUISINE
Innovative world cuisine, extensive wine list. Featuring a new menu with 20 items for under $20. Open Tuesday to Sunday in the Olde Firehall, 34 Nicol Street, downtown Nanaimo. Sunday brunch from 11 am to 2 pm. 741-8858.
LIGHTHOUSE BISTRO & PUB
Seafood, steak and pasta in a waterfront setting. Located over the water on the Seawall walk, downtown Nanaimo at 50 Anchor Way. Open daily from 11 am. 754-3212.
MRS. RICHES DINNER CLUB CAFÉ
Extreme dining! The best burgers in town. Huge servings in a fun atmosphere. Downtown at 199 Fraser St., just off Highway 19. Open for lunch and dinner. 753-8311.
Excellent pizza! Lots of vegetarian choices as well as meaty ones. Soya cheese also available. Eat in, take out or free delivery. 16 Victoria Crescent, 753-6667.
Real home style Japanese cooking. Their menu features items that most Japanese eat at home and some sushi and tempura dishes. Very wholesome and delicious. Open for lunch and dinner. Located at 2-321 Wesley Street next to Wesley Street Cafe. 716-8861.
WESLEY STREET CAFE
Fine casual dining. Interesting menu and award-wining chef. Located in Old City Quarter at 1-321 Wesley Street. 753-6057.
Tempt your palate with their exciting line of Tex-Mex favourites. Located at 358 Wesley Street in the Old City Quarter (753-6524) or in the north end at 404-6581 Aulds Road next to Home Depot (390-0700).
Thai restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday. Located at 486A Franklyn Street just around the corner from Wesley Street. 754-7818.
Nanaimo’s most authentic Italian Restaurant located in a great house with a relaxed atmosphere. 538 Wentworth Street on the corner of Prideaux, 753-0377.
NEW YORK PIZZERIA
Great pasta and pizza restaurant. Located in Old City Quarter on the corner of Fitzwilliam and Wallace Streets. 299 Wallace Street, 754-0111.
Comfort food favourites and lots of really original recipes. Eat in or free delivery from 5 pm. Open daily from 11 am. 1 – 2220 Bowen Road (next to Beban Park), 758-2274. Free Delivery.
MALASPINA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DISCOVERY DINING ROOM
Nanaimo’s best kept secret. Fantastic food created by the new chef’s at the University cooking program. Best view in town. Small, intimate dining room. 900 5th Street, 740-6136.
LONGWOOD BREW PUB
Nanaimo’s only brew pub! Beautiful Whistler style building beautifully decorated. Brewery tours available. Huge outdoor patio area. Outstanding food. 5775 Turner Road, next to Thrifty’s Foods on the Island Highway, 729-8225.
Great lunches and dinners featuring Mediterranean dishes and steaks. Located at 2021 Estevan Rd on the corner of Brechin and Estevan. Open daily from 11am to 11pm, 716-3233
Very busy Chinese restaurant with a big smorgasbord. Large selection of Cantonese and Szechwan items. At 215-2000 North Island Highway just off Departure Bay Road at Brooks Landing Shopping Center. 756-9368. Free Delivery.
Trendy hot-spot with outdoor patio area. At 100-2980 North Island Highway at Rock City Plaza. Open for lunch and dinner. 756-4100.
Another trendy hot spot! Up-market burgers and marguerites in a lively atmosphere. Located at Northridge Plaza at 8-5800 Turner Road. 729-0011.
Arguably Nanaimo's best restaurant. Innovative cuisine, casual elegance and award winning wine list. Mahle House features unique events on Adventurous Wednesdays and Grazing Platter Thursdays. The orange house on the corner of Cedar and Hemer Road. 2104 Hemer Road. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 pm. 722-3621.
CROW & GATE PUB
Real, authentic English pub. Great classic food menu with some West Coast favourites. Excellent selection of ales and beers. Large garden area with lots of outdoor seating. One of the first pubs in British Columbia and still one of the best! 2313 Yellow Point Road. Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 1 pm. 722-3731.
Long standing steak and seafood restaurant said to be the best steakhouse in the mid-island region. Located on a lonely stretch of the highway south of town at 1140 Trans Canada Highway, 754-6411.
4 Locations in Nanaimo: Southgate Center at south of Nanaimo on Island Highway, Rutherford Mall, Northgate Shopping Center at Turner Road and Woodgrove Shopping Center.
Good British breakfast fare. 3 blocks west of The Buccaneer Inn at Terminal Park Shopping Plaza. Open 8 am to 7:30 pm Mon-Fri and 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Closed on Sundays. 754-4899.
GLOW WORLD CUISINE
The spot for Sunday brunch. 34 Nicol Street, downtown Nanaimo. From 11 am to 2 pm. 741-8858.
50's style diner with excellent home cooked food with real ingredients. 187 Commercial Street, 753-2148.
Another Sunday Brunch hotspot. In the Dorchester Hotel with massive windows overlooking the harbour. 70 Church Street, 754-6835.
Nanaimo’s favourite family restaurant with good food and outstanding service. Consistently wins Best of the City awards for its food. Located at the north end of Nanaimo at 6550 Island Highway at the corner of Aulds Road across from Woodgrove Centre. 390-1227.
PERKINS COFFEE COMPANY
Great coffee roasted on Saltspring Island. Perkins has a wide selection of freshly baked goods in the morning and soup and sandwiches throughout the day. Located downtown at 234 Commercial Street 753-2582.
Famous B.C. legend. Located at 130 Terminal Avenue at the south end of Stewart Avenue. Open Sun to Thurs 6:30 am to 9:30 pm and 6 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. 754-2241. Also located at Woodgrove Centre in North Nanaimo.
Waterfront coffee shop on Seawall Walk downtown Nanaimo with an outstanding location and waterfront patio. 8- 90 Front Street, 753-1688.
Please let us know if there are restaurants that we have missed and should really be on our list. Enjoy the wide range of food types and restaurant environments to choose from. Bon appetite!