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Modern Cafe The

221 Commercial St
Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G8

(250) 754-5022

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March 14, 2013


Tapas, Cocktails, American Style Dining, and our own amazing coffee


Established in 1947

One of Nanaimo's most long standing and origianl Restaurants. The Modern Cafe is a trademark to Vancouver Island orignally started as a Chinese Restaurant it now serves customers a wide variety of Tapas, fresh American style cuisine and boasts a wide variety of bar choices. Come try... more

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March 08, 2012

The Modern Cafe has been a landmark in the downtown of Nanaimo since 1946. Originally a Chinese Restaurant, the former owner transformed it into what Nanaimo knows it as of today, a truly Modern Cafe with an international style menu and fantastic brick wall interior.

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4 star rating
December 14, 2011

This chic, arty cafe is a good spot to have a quiet meal, or meet friends for late-night dessert and coffee. One menu is devoted to tapas, like almond-crusted baked brie with cranberry apple compote and West Coast fish cakes in creamy chipotle sauce, while another features "hand helds" or sandwiches. Main dishes feature local meats and vegetables -- the Veggie Stack, a tower of portobello... more

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4 star rating
June 04, 2015

Solid cocktails. They do them right. The warm spinach salad is not to be missed. Fresh, flavorful, and unique. The loaded poutine was blah. No sundries tomatoes like the menu said and too much sour cream. Decent just not noteworthy. I'd try something else next time. Staff was super friendly, helpful, and not intrusive. Free wifi too. Would definitely eat here again.

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4 star rating
April 06, 2015

We dined at the modern Cafe this past trip to Nanaimo. The service was pretty good however the food left quite a bit to be desired. Their menu was very small and didn't have a lot to choose from. I had the burger and my wife had a steak.

Both (for the price) were quite small. I don't quite get the restaurant and their experience they are going for. As a customer I was confused whether it was a... more

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4 star rating
March 02, 2015

Pretty average food. Didn't feel remotely healthy, lots cream/butter/mayo ingredients to make the meal taste richer. Basically pub food.

I had the special BLT wrap (excessive mayo) with red pepper soup (too sweet for me).

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September 03, 2013

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June 22, 2012

Located in downtown Nanaimo, the Modern Cafe is Nanaimo's best fine dining restaurant

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