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Modern Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, , Soups
221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
+1 250-754-5022
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good37%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (16 reviews)
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Cafe, Canadian, Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
221 Commercial St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found that 2 Chefs had moved a short distance up the street and went there for breakfast. We were greeted upon entering and had a very enjoyable meal. We were visited by Marie and found her to be quite pleasant and personable. We would...More

Thank gwimmer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Comfortable with good food and very good service. Notable for me was the very civilized sound level. Unlike many places, the music was at a reasonable volume and we were all able to talk in conversational tones, instead of having to fight to be heard...More

Thank Adam S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It can be hard to find a place that has great food AND great coffee, and I wandered into this place hoping I could get both. I was not disappointed! The cappuccino was perfect and so was my breakfast, which came fast and hot. I...More

1  Thank PamelaShamela
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered Bengal prawns, was disappointed in the lack of flavour. I have had it before and it did not taste anywhere like it had. Service was good and attentive. Will be a while before I go again.

Thank hunco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Both dishes ordered were disappointing: steamed veg still raw, steak over cooked and covered in a gelatinous “glaze”. The Indian/pasta dish with naan bread was a lot of carbs and no flavour. The risotto was possibly barley? However, the service by our server and the...More

Thank Jldarling
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brought an out of town friend for dinner at Modern. We ordered an appetizer of dips between 4 of us, while the amount of dip was very small, the “warm bread” that was supposed to come with the appy was a few pieces of crostini...More

Thank Bibienna1
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Was busy on a Friday night with nice live music. Tried the stuffed chicken with mushroom gnocchi which was excellent. Malbec wine on special was very good.

Thank CJ M
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We passed on this restaurant a few months ago - mostly because it was a 'cafe' and the funky vintage signs outside only reinforced that at first glance - but sure glad we gave it a try this trip. Won't be passing it by in...More

Thank Prairieschooner2
Reviewed 3 January 2018

the food and the service is always great here. We usually stop by for lunch. It is always busy so make sure you plan to be there for awhile.

Thank laud247
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Trendy setting, located at walking distance from the BC ferries terminal. Offers a wide variety of food on their menu, I chose the steak, which was prepared as requested and very enjoyable. In my experience, The staff don’t know much about wines and beers they...More

Thank Bakkon R
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Michelle C
6 October 2015|
Response from sandraclaire | Reviewed this property |
I was just a guest you had better ask the owners. Go on their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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