Restaurants

Top Choice International in Nanaimo

Gabriel's Gourmet Café

An expanded new location for Nanaimo's best farm-to-table eatery (check out the tables made from old bowling-alley wood) means a larger menu of international-influenced comfort dishes. But some things never change, …
Cafe in Nanaimo

Vault Cafe

A cavernous former bank building colonized with mismatched old sofas, junk-shop knickknacks and some striking local artwork, the Vault is a laid-back coffeehouse and lunch spot (with bulging toasted sandwiches) by d…
Mexican in Nanaimo

Penny's Palapa

This flower-and-flag-decked floating hut and patio in the harbor is lovely for an alfresco meal among the jostling boats. The inventive, well-priced menu of Mexican delights includes seasonal seafood specials (the s…
Diner in Nanaimo

2 Chefs Affair

Focused on great comfort food at great prices, with a fresh, made-from-scatch approach, this highly welcoming locals' haunt in the heart of downtown is a great spot for breakfast – go the eggs Benedict route. Lunch …
International in Nanaimo

Modern Cafe

This reinvented old coffee shop has cool, loungy interiors combining exposed brick and comfy booths and, for when it's sunny, a ray-warmed street-side patio. The menu includes some great gourmet comfort food – go fo…
Fast Food in Nanaimo

Pirate Chips

A sparkling new location for this former Nanaimo hole-in-the-wall means the old faves – fish and chips, and deep-fried Nanaimo bars – have been joined by a wide array of new, mostly seafood dishes. Try the bannock t…