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Original Joe's

$$ - $$$American, ,
3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
+1 250-585-1563
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (11 reviews)
“lettuce wraps” (6 reviews)
“mac cheese” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Why, of why do restaurants change things so that you won’t make an effort to return? Let me explain, please. I have never ordered a thing other than the Dragon Tempura Shrimp (Appetizer) and Don ordered what they mistakenly called Lasagna. We had taken guests...More

Thank Bonnie W
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Three of us went for an early dinner on a Saturday. It was busy but not like people were running around to keep up. After being seated and ignored for 10 minutes we got the attention of a hostess who sent over a waitress to...More

Thank m2caron
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Decided to try Original Joe's for a two couple outing and tried the Jalapeño Mac & Cheese. My partner tried the Fish and chips. I really enjoyed my dish as did two of the others. I think the service was decent and the food good....More

Thank Glidr
Reviewed 4 February 2018

OJ's is the place to be for happy hour. The specials are great. They also have a good selection of beers on tap. Staff are friendly and efficient.

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 27 December 2017

This was a noisey and busy bar, not our normal dining experience. The service was very good and helpful. The food was also very good. We will have to try it again.

Thank bigsteve772017
Reviewed 9 December 2017

We met friends on a brutal stormy, cold day. I had the tomato bacon soup with cheesy croutons. Little did I know that the croutons were actually about 12 little toasted rounds of french baguette with melted cheese, served on the side. Like a mini...More

Thank Arcosdad
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Had the hamburger & vegetable dip it was really good. Always good service here. Always busy here. I will keep coming back.

Thank figureskater13
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We are new to Nanaimo and have dropped into Joe’s twice in the last few weeks. Nice atmosphere, comfortable with a selection of high tables and booths. The staff are very friendly and nice to deal with. The menu is not huge but there are...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

On house wine, draft beer, and some appetizers. The draft beer is very tasty. Slider was good. Fish taco was not good. I was surprised at all the good reviews on the fish tacos. I am from the West Coast. I live in Southern Alberta...More

Thank LuckyFoodie888
Reviewed 7 September 2017

While I had no idea of the history of the restaurant and whether it was some sort of chain eatery up here in Canada, it was designed and decorated in such a way to make me think that, and that is not a bad thing....More

1  Thank Christopher C
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Kimberly R
4 February 2018|
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Response from kimberb8808 | Reviewed this property |
I was there alone so I didn’t look for high chairs It’s a lounge - pub atmosphere so it’s not where small children normally eat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-585-1563
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