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Hilltop Bistro

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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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102-5281 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5N9, Canada (Nelson street)
+1 250-585-5337
17:00 - 21:00
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Thu - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Palm Springs, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

1 Thank Rudyb53
Edmonton, Canada
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 best I've had, he even gave us restaurant recommendations for the next phase of our... More 

1 Thank NonaleaB
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 excellent and this is well worth a visit. Do try the chicheron.

1 Thank Timothy W
Nanaimo, Canada
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 beer! Keep it up Ryan

Thank David S
Nanaimo, Canada
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 very small footprint and we did find the restaurant noisy and cramped; a testament to... More 

Thank Deb T
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

After considering a number of good restaurants to celebrate a birthday we were lucky to get a reservation at the Hilltop Bistro. We were not disappointed. They have craft beers,a decent wine selection and the food was superb. The only fault I could find was that our table was near the entrance and every time the door opened we felt... More 

Thank Bon538
Nanaimo, Canada
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Dining here 3 to 4 times a year has always been a wonderful experience! Twice in March 2017, my appreciation of great food, perfectly prepared and served with care has been reinforced by a Hilltop Bistro evening. Everything on the menu can be matched with wine recommendations from the staff. Perfect!

Thank Marygrace A
Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We went on a Saturday night after reading the great reviews for this restaurant. It was not easy to find the place , as the signage was hard to see. I ordered the house pate and my wife the beet salad, both pretty good. The pate maison could have been a little more spicy and flavorful. We both ordered the... More 

Thank Michael S
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Our daughters gave us a Hilltop Bistro gift card for Christmas and we finally got around to using it. Our dinner was worth the wait! The menu changes seasonally and is not long, but offers a nice variety. My husband and I both enjoyed the beet salad with a light dressing and tangy goat cheese - fresh and delicious. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$21
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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

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