LONGWOOD BREW PUB
Nanaimo's only brew pub ! Beautiful Whistler style building beautifully decorated. Huge outdoor patio area. Try for a deck table and decide between recommended mains like Cajun chicken quesadilla or halibut and prawn wraps – vegetarians should hit the roasted vegetable lasagna. Try the four 6oz taster glasses for sampling their excellent variety of over a dozen beer. 5775 Turner Road, next to Thrifty's Foods on the Island Highway, 250-729-8225.
Chef Ryan serves up a wildly popular prix fixe $42 menu that serves the palate and begs you to come back the next night. You will be remiss IN LIFE, if you don't head here for the food, the drink, the atmosphere and perhaps best of all the service. The staff and owner clearly love what they do, and are happy people...I swear this makes the food taste even better. #102 - 5281 Rutherford Road 250-585-5337
CROW & GATE PUB
The Crow and Gate Pub is as real and authentic English pub as you'll get outside the UK. the exterior is pure Yorkshire - a quaint house in the middle of a cow field in the country. It's got it all in the true English tradition: the low wooden ceilings, dark beams, portraits, real fireplaces, snugs, wooden settles, dark wainscotting, stonework. they feature delicious hot pies and sandwiches, potato salad, slaw. My favourite is the steak and kidney pie. You order at the bar and pay up front and the food's brought to your table so there's no issue with slow or bad service. Excellent selection of ales and beers. Large garden area with lots of outdoor seating. 2313 Yellow Point Road. Open 7 days a week from 11 am to late. 250-722-3731
Located in the heart of the old city quarter of downtown Nanaimo, Asteras is an authentic Greek restaurant known for it’s traditional, delicious foods, warm Greek atmosphere and a focus on excellent service.Housed in a 100 year old heritage home on Wesley Street, this friendly restaurant features traditional Greek foods (try the Lunch Special for a taste of everything) and excellent staff. . 250-716-0451.
SIMON HOLT FOOD AND DRINK
Simonholt is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Nanaimo’s north end, priding itself on a 100% scratch kitchen, an extensive wine selection of both red and white by the glass, and first class service. Offering three patios, including a roof top deck featuring beautiful ocean and mountain views . 250-933-3338 at 6582 Applecross Road
DINGHY DOCK PUB
Canada's only registered floating pub anchored on Protection Island. Along with the docks we’ve evolved to become a full service pub and restaurant where minors can dine as well. The Dinghy Dock Pub and Restaurant are entirely floating, creating an amazing experience once aboard. Our menus show case delicious seafood, a twist on classic pub fare and local beers from Vancouver Island. Stunning views of the coast are featured from every seat in the house whether you’re inside or out.Ferry leaves at 10 minutes past every hour from the Boat Basin on the Harbour Walkway. Last ferry leaves pub at 12:00 midnight in the summer. (250) 753-2373
TROLLER'S FISH & CHIPS
Fabulous, fresh fish and chips on the waterfront. Located on the water in the Boat Basin, just below the Wharfinger's office on the harbour Walkway. Open daily during the summer months only.
In Nanaimo’s revitalized train station, Fibber Magees offers a lively Irish pub style restaurant with nightly live music and over 30 draft beers on tap. They feature traditional old-school décor throughout, two beautiful hand-crafted bars, comfy leather barstools, and Irish music amongst the chatter of patrons . Located at the E & N Railway Station at 321 Selby Street. 250-591-0650.
Fresh seafood, fresh vegetables, fresh meats and fresh ingredients make this restaurant a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The menu features everything from sushi, sashimi, tempura, and hot pots to a variety of chicken, beef and other seafood items. (250) 751-3377 6750 N Island Hwy
Downtown real home style Japanese cooking . Their more expansive menu features items that most Japanese would eat at home Very wholesome and delicious. Open for lunch and dinner at 2-321 Wesley Street. 250-716-8861.