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Hilltop Bistro

) #9 of 233 Restaurants in Nanaimo $$$$ , , Gluten Free Options
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
+1 250-585-5337
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“prix fixe” (8 reviews)
“arctic char” (8 reviews)
“beet salad” (8 reviews)
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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited for a 91st birthday celebration. Perfectly prepared food and presentation. Service was fantastic. Very comfortable atmosphere in a small neighborhood restaurant. The menu is small (but varied), but there were a couple of specials added on. Everything we ordered was fantastic.

Thank GaryN4321
Reviewed 1 week ago

A real find and well worth the short drive. Some of the best food that we'd had in BC; friendly, helpful service, good atmosphere and reasonable prices. Outstanding halibut.

Thank Cranbury46
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went last Friday and enjoyed an appetizer and the feature of the evening a fresh and perfectly done pea risotto. The service was flawless and the food was some of the best I have had in a long time! Wish I could go to...More

Thank EiteHost
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this neighbourhood restaurant again this evening this time for my husband's birthday and this restaurant did not disappoint. We had the three course menu option and really enjoyed all three courses. The lighter appetizer with albacore tuna and watermelon was incredibly delicious. Next we...More

Thank Colleen55
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We have travelled many places only to find one of the best meals we have EVER had right here in our own backyard. The food and service are second to none. The only problem I see was that I had no leftovers to bring home.

2  Thank Rudyb53
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, reservations are a must as the bistro isn't very big but definitely well worth the effort. Excellent food, from the beet salads, excellent sourdough bread, perfect scallops and the wonderful desserts.

Thank lori h
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This is the most adorable, tiny little place. We found this restaurant on our last night in Nanaimo, unfortunately, or we would have been regulars. The atmosphere is intimate and warm, the food is beyond reproach and the waiter we had was one of the...More

1  Thank NonaleaB
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Haven't been there for a number of years. The food was outstanding. My wife had the halibut and I had the pork. Both were beautifully prepared. We ended up having the three course special, which is excellent value and to be recommended. The service is...More

1  Thank Timothy W
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I really(!!) like this place. Owner friendly, servers pleasant, attentive and professional, food thoughtful, delicious, local, fresh and well presented...oh and delicious! I enjoyed the halibut cakes, cheese puffs, duck confit, and donut/chocolate thingy for dessert! All grand! Nice red wine selection and a local...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I had heard great things about the Hilltop Bistro and decided to surprise my husband with dinner here for his birthday. The service and food were top notch and we were delighted with both the food recommendations and our terrific server. This restaurant has a...More

Thank Deb T
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Moira F
Do you have gluten free options?
23 August 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Marktartisandeli | Property representative |
Yes we do!
kary L
Good Morning, First, my friends and myself enjoy an evening out and discovering a great restaurant is always our goal; however, I am also impressed by how an establishment handles the challenges of customer's concerns. Yes, you clearly pointed out several factors eg local products, organic, to your reviewer; alas, it appears that your response also had a subtle cutting edge. As the ol adage states, "You can attract more bees with honey". especially organic. Sincerely k
9 January 2015|
Response from Marktartisandeli | Property representative |
Hello Kary L, Thanks for your note! I'm glad you brought this point up. The online customer review and the managements response is a hot topic amongst restaurants all over the world. It's a point I've given great thought... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$22
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
    (Nelson street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-585-5337
  • E-mail
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