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Modern Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, , Soups
221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (16 reviews)
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Cafe, Canadian, Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Trendy setting, located at walking distance from the BC ferries terminal. Offers a wide variety of food on their menu, I chose the steak, which was prepared as requested and very enjoyable. In my experience, The staff don’t know much about wines and beers they...More

Thank Bakkon R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The outdoor exteriour gives the completely wrong vibe to the class of the inside. It is an expensive place but the food was very good. I went with my friend and she ordered the steak and I ordered the prawn linguine. They were both very...More

Thank SunnyHeidi
Reviewed 5 November 2017

There were three of us with just an hour to spend for dinner. I chose the Modern for its proximity to the downtown event we were attending. That turned out to be a good choice as I explained the situation to our server and he...More

Thank Bon538
Reviewed 3 November 2017

A late lunch with some "foodie" friends, visitors from Vancouver and the Modern Cafe did NOT let me down!

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We enjoyed the lounge for an informal meal just before the Gordon Lightfoot show. Had applied. Great location great food.

Thank Gloria B
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We are one lunch and two dinners here. The service was good and the food was imaginative and very well cooked. I would happily eat here again.

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We had family in for the weekend and tried to take them to two chefs affair for breakfast which we know is always amazing (if you’re reading this and looking for breakfast go there, read no further...). We were told at two chefs that the...More

Thank Ben K
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Had a superb evening at the Modern Cafe! Found the restaurant while walking around Nanaimo and couldn’t have been happier with it. Our wait staff was fantastic, our server Melanie was lovely and helped us out with choosing dishes and drinks. She introduced me to...More

Thank SG1Lincoln40
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We decided to have breakfast and try out their eggs benedict dishes. There are several on the menu. I opted for the special, a turkey benedict and my partner had the vegetarian. We both cleaned our plates completely! Eggs were done to order properly for...More

Thank CDfromBC
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Went for a few drinks and dinner on monday(thanksgivings dinner) and had lovely service. I expected a bit more of the dinner for the cost, while it was only $23 I expected my vegetables to be seasoned. We also ordered some dips and bread, for...More

Thank Dann C
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Michelle C
6 October 2015|
Response from sandraclaire | Reviewed this property |
I was just a guest you had better ask the owners. Go on their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 24
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-5022
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