Nanaimo Restaurants and Bars

Nanaimo has its fair share of outstanding places to eat and drink, and here’s a list of a few of my favorites arranged geographically from south to north. Click the links for individual restaurant reviews.


Sandys Ukrainian Kitchen, 21b Nicol St., real homecooked perogies
The Thirsty Camel Café, 14 Victoria Cres., authentic Israeli pitas
Pirate Chips, 1 Commercial St., Nanaimo’s best poutine
Perkins Coffee, 234 Commercial St., coffee under a fabulous white dome
Deep Blue Restaurant, 70 Church St., elegant fine dining
New York Style Pizza, 299 Wallace Street, in the Old City Quarter
Jakeobs Ice Cream, 306 Fitzwilliam St., a perfect treat for someone sweet
The Mermaids Mug, 357 Wesley St., check for special evening events
Delicados Southwestern Restaurant, 358 Wesley Street, best lunch place in the Old City Quarter


Muddy Waters, 1724 Stewart Ave., Tuesday half-price menu from 11 am to 2 pm
Coyote’s Cafe, 1045B Terminal Ave., $2.50 Tuesday latte special
The Granary Family Restaurant, 1533 Estevan Road #7, hearty English meals
Mom’s Cape Breton Kitchen, 1-1559 Estevan Road, Acadian meat pie and Digby scallops
Shanghai City Restaurant, #215 – 2000 Island Highway, Chinese lunch and dinner buffets


Tanias Restaurant, #4 – 4286 Departure Bay Road, unpretentious, proletarian meals
The Wellington Hotel, 3956 Victoria Ave., Sunday brunch from 11am to 2 pm
Longwood Brewpub, 5775 Turner Road, Nanaimo’s only in-house brew pub
Coyotes Café Turner Road, #4 – 5771 Turner Road, $2.50 Tuesday latte special
Cactus Club Cafe, 5800 Turner Road, an active singles scene
Carrot on the Run, 6560 Metral Drive, healthy deli sandwiches
Pipers Pub, 4700 Hammond Bay Road, great fish and chips and other specials

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