Staying & Dining

in beautiful downtown Nanaimo

The Port Theatre is close to many restaurants and pubs in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. We’re steps away from Commercial Street with many stores and exciting places to explore. The Coast Hotel is right next door with Minnoz Restaurant and Lounge. The Old City Quarter is a downtown neighbourhood with events, shops and more. You may also want to take a stroll along the Harbourfront Walkway – our beautiful seawall. Take a look at the list and map below to see what’s available near us and enjoy the complete Nanaimo experience. Looking for more great tips? Visit Tourism Nanaimo to discover your Nanaimo 360.


Coast Bastion Hotel – enjoy a convenient location and beautiful ocean views from one of the best downtown Nanaimo hotels. Centrally located in the middle of downtown.

Best Western Dorchester Hotel – conveniently located right downtown near the bustling Nanaimo Harbour, offering excellent views, professional service, immaculate rooms and extensive hotel features for your enjoyment.

Quality Inn – Our spacious Nanaimo accommodation features convenient amenities and friendly staff eager to make your stay at our Nanaimo hotel perfect.

The Marinaside Resort – is the most luxurious accommodation in Nanaimo over-looking a multi million-dollar marina, a destination restaurant and a day spa. Modern hotel rooms and suites.

Painted Turtle Guesthouse – offers a variety of flexible accommodation options for hostel travelers, couples, families and groups in a classic European-style hotel/hostel.


The Well Public House at Casino Nanaimo – a great selection of favourite entrées or casual pub fare. Choose from a delicious selection of appetizers, pizzas, stacked burgers and sandwiches, a favourful pasta or stir-fry. We’re ready to serve you a late breakfast or a healthy night snack, too.

Carlos O’Bryan’s – located near the ferries, this location overlooks the marina and provides a fantastic venue for any event.

Modern Cafe – located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, Modern Cafe is famous for its Nanaimo Bar Martinis, Home-Made Burgers, and the Tuna Sushi Roll.

Asteras Greek Taverna – this authentic Greek restaurant is known for its traditional, delicious foods, warm Greek atmosphere and a focus on excellent service.

Gina’s Mexican Cafe – the place to go for delicious Mexican food in downtown Nanaimo. Experience premium seafood, fish tacos, chicken chipotle and vegetarian cuisine.

McLean’s Specialty Foods – Vancouver Island’s premier cheese shop and specialty foods store. They offer a unique, always-changing selection of fresh and imported delicacies.

La Stella Trattoria – home of Nanaimo’s only wood-fired oven. From dough to sauces, meats to pastas, everything is made in-house using the freshest ingredients.

Sukkho Thai – choose from a variety of classic Thai cuisine made with care, using the freshest ingredients, the finest cuts of meats and authentic Thai spices and herbs.

The Vault Cafe – this bohemian hot spot hosts live music nights, movie nights, poetry readings, book launches and so much more while offering a delicious and eclectic range of food and beverages.

White Sails Brewing – enjoy locally inspired, carefully crafted beer, brewed on-site from grain to glass at this downtown taproom.