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Lighthouse Bistro and Pub

) #33 of 233 Restaurants in Nanaimo $$ - $$$ , , Seafood
50 anchor way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
+1 250-754-3212
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Overview
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (19 reviews)
“seafood” (18 reviews)
“hot pot” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Gastropub, Canadian, Seafood, Grill, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
50 anchor way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
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1 - 10 of 294 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A decent little view but food was poor at best. Poor value for the money. Scallops were ok but lacked flavour and coconut shrimp were out of a bag. Plus not cooked all the way through. They did replace order. Steak and prawns average at...More

Thank Luke L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Lighthouse Bistro & Pub has the best burger in town, hands down. I've tried the burger at lot of different places and nothing beats theirs. Service is always fantastic and they have the best waterfront views. Definitely worth checking out.

Thank Derek B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice spot at the harbour for afternoon refreshments. We had the best bruschetta ever, like no other. The Caesars were also delicious, perfectly spiced and garnished with pickled beans, shrimp and sausage.More

1  Thank frankeroo
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

frankeroo Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. I am proud to say our bruschetta has won the best appetizer award at the Bite of Nanaimo a few years and our Caesars, while being one of our signature drinks...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great pub! Very good food, and good prices. Recommended for anyone wanting a spontaneous dinner out, drinks with friends, or the traveller looking for a unique and satisfying spot to rest and soak in the scenery.

2  Thank cam w
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

cam w Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience with us and the world. We hope you can join us again in the near future

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Aside from having the best view in town, these guys have been accommodating, reliable, courteous, and able to meet our every need. Every month I reserve the upstairs pub for a group event or social. The pub is spacious, has good acoustics, and holds a...More

1  Thank Ivo B
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Ivo B Thank you so much for your kind words. Your group is a pleasure to serve each time you visit and we look forward to forging an even stronger relationship.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever been to! A gorgeous view of the inlet and a cool building. We sat on their outdoor patio, which was heated, so it was the perfect temperature even though it was a cloudy day. We...More

1  Thank Chloe B
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Chloe B Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience with us. I also wish you lived here so you could return again but I am grateful you chose us as one of your destinations. The heaters on the patio...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Lighthouse on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (May 28). We were seated promptly by a very friendly hostess but it quickly went down hill from there. We had been sitting for about 10 minutes before we were approached by a very less than...More

Thank Kent T
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kent T Although your review is embarrassing and the level of non service you received is horrifying for me, I still thank you for your feedback. It shows that the level of training we are providing is not adequate. I ask that you contact me...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 9 seated in the bistro. The staff did their best to accommodate us while they were short staffed. When asked, they allowed us to order from the pub menu as well as the bistro. The seafood hot pot was unique...More

Thank stuartmJ8388CM
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

stuartJ8388CM Thank you for your recent feedback regarding your recent visit. We hope you join us again in the near future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at the Lighthouse last year, on the pub side, and were very happy with the experience. Sadly, this week we can't say the same for the meal we had in the restaurant, which was disappointing because it was the last meal shared with...More

1  Thank Lynda D
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Lynda D while i want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, I am embarrassed by the level of our failure to you. Your experience is not what we in any way aspire to. Our website has been completely...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Checked this place out for the first time today and was very glad I did. Had an incredible burger. Great service and amazing views. Definitely a gem of Nanaimo and worth checking out!More

Thank jptherockstar
ThomMcCann, General Manager at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

jptherockstar Thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. I may be biased but agree our burger, made in house is second to none in the city. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in...More

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susanmE2264OQ
Do you allow dogs on the patio?
19 July 2016|
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Response from Andrew G | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see any, and would strongly believe not. From my perspective they do love their dogs in Canada, seen them at the Fairmont Van, airports, cafes (outside), dog bowls of water everywhere - but as Lighthouse is a licensed... More
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janc1950
Is it accessible for someone who is physically impaired? Who uses a walker?
13 June 2016|
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Response from overlookBc | Reviewed this property |
Yes the pub has a ramp to the upper level . If going to the restaurant there is also a ramp from the parking area to the lower level which also goes to the outdoor patio.
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Michelle C
Do you offer your space/services for large groups? Say approximately 75 people? Looking to host a dinner for a large group and hoping to have a set menu/price per person.
6 October 2015|
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Response from RKuziw | Reviewed this property |
Too small and service ans food are not good. The Nest is good. Try there
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Gastropub, Canadian, Seafood, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 anchor way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 7B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-3212
  • E-mail
Description
Lighthouse Bistro & Pub is the place to meet your friends and colleagues for some of the best food the West Coast has to offer. A variety of unique, fresh seafood dishes are served up at the Bistro, or treat yourself to great traditional fare in our Pub, including fish and chips, specials of the day, mouth watering burgers, grilled seafood, and calamari. Accompanying all our hugely satisfying menus is the finest selection of local craft beer, wine and spirits Vancouver Island has to offer. We support our local vendors such as Hoyne Brewing Company and Vancouver Island Brewery! You can find their products in both the Bistro and Pub! During the summer months you can get the freshest Dungeness Crab in town! Cooked to order and averaging about 1.5 Pounds per crab, this is the best deal in Nanaimo! Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with game times and special promotions. Ask your Server for details. Fantastic Happy Hour Specials starting soon!
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