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Hilltop Bistro

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Canadian, Contemporary
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102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada (Nelson street)
+1 250-585-5337
Thu - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Anacortes, WA
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146 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were treated to the prix fixe dinner at Hilltop Bistro by family who live locally and frequent the Hilltop Bistro. The venue is small but doesn't feel crowded. The menu is varied but not extensive and doesn't seem to change often. The prix fixe three course meal was thoughtfully prepared using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. I... More 

Thank Anaco_Angler
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I've held three large group meetings at this establishment. All three were a full house! I believe that it was because of the quality of food and service! It is amazing to watch the ease of handling of a party of 25! Everyone was highly satisfied with all courses of their meal. The food is excellent and I wish to... More 

Thank Rosster
Nanaimo BC
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We went for an anniversary dinner. I made a reservation 2 days in advance, and the place was full. It was on a Friday night though, and it is quite intimate (small). That only added to the nice atmosphere. Mostly couples, but 3 tables of 4 people. You can bring your own wine, with a corkage fee of $20.00. Nice... More 

Thank apiutarde
Nanoose Bay, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great 3 course meal option. Would recommend mussels. If you want to stay long, would recommend a later sitting, our 6 reservation meant we had to leave by 8pm

Thank Cathy L
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

What an experience, from start to finish! Wonderful customer service, our server explained each course. She was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was amazing, one of the nicest meals I've had. Loved the atmosphere, very cozy and welcoming.

Thank heathern328
Nanaimo, Canada
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108 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We had a good dinner for the four of us. It is small place, so making a reservation is what you do. The atmosphere was good inside, and the service is good also.

Thank Giraffes17
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Seriously good food in a pleasant small room about a mile north of Nanaimo. Fish croquettes on celeriac remoulade. Roast salmon with crispy skin served with fingerling potatoes and cippolini onions. Beef marinated for eighteen hours and slow cooked till it falls off the bone. Delicious and challenging to prepare, and paired with just the right wine. Why here? Because... More 

1 Thank Alan H
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This place knows what they are doing! Food was amazing, atmosphere was perfect. It's not a very huge place so it is nice that it was just a small group of people. The cheesecake was Unreal, I wish I could take a whole cake back home with me! The staff are wonderful especially Lindsay she was absolutely fabulous! I would... More 

Thank Stephanie F
Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

A good restaurant for a 'nice' dinner. More than 'ok', less than 'great'. They have a menu with enough choice, portions are good (unlike some restaurants where you need to get a burger afterwards). Good quality starters and entries. Looking good too! Not cheap for what it offers (we paid $50 pp, excluding drinks). The wine list is quite minimal:... More 

Thank royjonker
Burlington, Canada
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Super menu highlighting local specialities and profiling innovative presentation. I had the bruschetta which included olive tapenade. The roast cod was delectable. Those who had the apple salad a,d before were equally delightfed.. The dark chocolate and churro so dessert was as yummy as t he lemon cake. The chef treated us to tiny dark chocolate cakes as a sendoff.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$22
Canadian, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?