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Hilltop Bistro

$$$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
+1 250-585-5337
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beet salad” (9 reviews)
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Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife had the oysters and the seared tuna. Both were creative and superb as was my chicken parfait and lightly smoked salmon. I am not a fish eater, but this was delicate, flavourful and very interesting permutation. To be highly recommended.

Thank Timothy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for brunch today at Hilltop with my stepson today. Had excellent, professional and efficient service. We both had the housemade burger and it was impressive. Simple, quality ingredients with great talent behind it. My stepson said it was the best burger he's had and...More

Thank Brandon H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a restaurant that we go to for our "special dinners" because it's not a place where you can just drop in. You absolutely need a reservation. It's very popular for a reason - the food is fabulous! I had the halibut which was...More

Thank sandil1
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Highly recommend the Hilltop, we visited a few days ago while holidaying in Nanaimo area. Great food (we had the salmon, and the 9 oz steak frites - both just terrific), and the wait staff were friendly and humorous. Had a table on the deck,...More

Thank pudman43
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

The location is a little difficult to find even with a satnav, but when you get there, it's a perfect little bistro with a great menu. I had the steak frites, and my wife had the salmon which was delicious. Rounded off with a gorgeously...More

Thank nigel p
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Had friends in town & decided to try The Hilltop Bistro. My husband & I shared a beet salad which was really good, the 3 mains we all had were (can't recall 4th) - Lamb Rack, Risotto, Pork/Potato/brocollini w/ goat cheese. I had the pork/mashed...More

Thank S_Leach
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This cozy bistro focuses on fresh and local ingredients. Everything looked so good it was difficult to make a selection. We ended up ordering so that we could share and sample at the table. Everything was delicious. Reservations are a must.

Thank Don F
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

You don't stumble into this restaurant by coincidence, located out of town on a hilltop. However, it is a beautiful spot and well worth a visit. The food is among the best we've had north of Victoria.

Thank Frode M
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This restaurant is intimate and yet eclectic. Executive Chef Ryan Zuvich, has created an amazing fresh, interesting and always new menu for his patrons. The simple surroundings are deceptive but the food, ambiance and skill are world class! If you're in the area be sure...More

Thank Willie D
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Two of us had dinner at this bistro last night - my first visit but will not be my last. It was a warm evening and we chose to sit outside - was nice and quiet on their deck as it is away from the...More

Thank jlharp
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Moira F
23 August 2015|
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kary L
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$15 - US$24
Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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
11:00 - 14:00
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
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