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221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good server, comfortable setting. Good drink list. Just had a late night appy, but felt super comfy and taken care of. Good spot. Will be back while I'm in town.

Thank lyrical75
Nanaimo, Canada
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255 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great music, good service, Somewhat pricy for portions. Difficult to communicate with singer but he was entertaining.

Thank ELES ESCAPE B a... B
Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to modern cafe for lunch at 1 pm on Saturday. The food was good however choices were limited. We were told that the lunch menu isn't available until 2 pm on the weekend. I found this to be a little late in the day to access more choices. Saying this we still enjoyed our brunch. Service was very... More 

Thank Barbara W
Comox,British Columbia,Canada
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290 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I liked the decor of this café with it's warm wood floors,exposed brick walls and nice wood tables.the lighting was nice and most of the tables were booths. My lunch was excellent and for the previous mentioned I would return However the service was mediocre at best,maybe the server was having a bad day I would like to try again... More 

Thank islandrockin
Victoria, Canada
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The waiter was very attentive and service was quick. Brussel sprouts were like rocks not done properly but salmon was good. The drinks were terrible. Couldn't even make a decent plain vodka martini. Definitely would not recommend until the quality improved. Feel sorry for the wait staff as they make this restaurant bearable.

Thank F1reguy
Prince Rupert, Canada
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for dinner, place was full we had last table. Even with a full house we had timely service , the drinks were timely ,had the sushi appy and lobster ravioli.they had the oyster . Everyone happy ,will go again .

Thank phantom2014
Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2017

My daughter husband and I just ate there today for lunch. It was the best meal I we have had for awhile. Everything. On the menu looked great,my husband had the shrimp linguine and chowder, I had the shrimp and crab brioche, our daughter had the lobster ravioli. We all agreed all was fantastic! Highly recommended

Thank Seniors68
Nanaimo, Canada
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222 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

It's a plain room with booths - burgers and sandwiches on the menu. Service was a bit scattered, I noticed people waiting for their meal to arrive for 30 minutes and longer - however I ordered as soon as my glass of water arrived and didn't have much time to wait. Had to pester the wait-person for my check, though.

Thank 29carfrae
Fort Langley, Canada
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

This restaurant came highly recommended by several people and it did not disappoint. We only managed to get there for brunch but I'm so glad we did. I had the eggs Benedict which is my favourite. The eggs benny at Modern Cafe knocked it out of the ball park. The eggs were cooked to perfection, the hash browns were well... More 

Thank Elmotto1
Nanaimo, Canada
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

A lovely setting,for dining outside, a hint of the old time Nanaimo, folks smiled, drinks and food were delivered with promptness; my friend enjoyed her glass of wine. Good conversation, tasty food, people watching in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. Wil i go back, You betcha!!

Thank kary L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Canadian, Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-5022

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