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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Canadian
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3280 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
11:00 - 00:00
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Courtenay, Canada
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613 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Met a business associate for lunch at Original Joes which was located in the Country Mall parking lot so parking was easy. Inside the restaurant it was dimly lit but okay. We sat down by the fireplace and our server was very attentive and looked after us well. I had the fish tacos which were good and my associate had... More 

Thank Smoltman
Campbell River, Canada
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of food! Hamburger was great! Loved the seasoning on the fries. Quick food and service. Only drawback was that the waitress would only look at me or my husband and didn't pay attention to my 68 yr old Mum.

Thank Liana L
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Visited this location with the family and had a great dinner. The beef dip and the Caesar salad was terrific. The family also enjoyed their meals. Very friendly staff and great service.

Richmond, Canada
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Original Joe's is in a mall with plenty of parking. Atmosphere is "active and friendly" with multiple television screens all over the restaurant. Enjoy the 2 for 1 appetizers from 3 pm to 5 pm, and then after 9 pm. The calamari is very tasty and not greasy, and you get a nice sized portion. The stuffed dumplings are also... More 

Thank PacificNW50
Nanaimo, Canada
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Joes is our family fall back restaurant. Decent food at a decent price. I was much happier with the menu before they changed it about a year ago, but it still has some good options. I find the volume (the music and to a lesser extent, the chatter) to be so loud as to make conversation very challenging. It is... More 

Thank Karen K
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The menu is wide and varied, and consistently delicious and fresh. The service is fantastic. The beer and wine selection is educated and plentiful. The music is loud but trendy creating a fun night out experience. Friends and I eat here alot. Very popular though so make a reservation.

Thank TERI S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Over the last few years we gave this place a few tries. Not happy with the food. As someone said before the drunken noodles are like leftovers. This is the type of place to have a hot dog on their menu.

Thank beardedtony
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We went into Joe's expecting to have a basic bite to eat and go. We sat down and the server was there to greet us right away. She was prompt and got our order in right away. We always had a full drink at the table .When the food arrived the presentation was done well and the flavour of the... More 

1 Thank Chance M
Nanaimo, Canada
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125 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I have to tell you we have been here 5-6 times now and I order the same thing every time we come. Oh my! The Tempura Shrimp Appetizer is all you need. There are so many beautiful shrimp with a drizzle of two different sauces. In fact, once I got used to the heat, I now say "double the sauce'... More 

2 Thank Bonnie W
Nanaimo, Canada
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I've been here a few times and I've never been overly impressed or unimpressed. The burgers are not bad. The fish was good but there homemade Tatar sauce which is all they have was completely tasteless.

Thank NutsoLonsdale

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3280 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 1W1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250-585-1563

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?