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If you’re in Nanaimo, then there are a few places you have to eat at. From the best burgers on Vancouver Island to some truly tasty Mexican cuisine, check out this list of the top 3 restaurants in Nanaimo.  

Top Notch Burgers

For the best burgers in town, look no further than Nanaimo’s very own Top Notch Burgers. They offer over 20 kinds of gourmet burgers, including the Matador, featuring a bison patty, jalapeno jack cheese, roasted corn, and banana peppers, and several veggie options, including a portobello burger, tofu burger, and bean burger. Aside from burgers, this Nanaimo eatery has tons of mouth-watering appetizers, seafood entrees, and breakfast offerings like the Short Rib Hash Bowl, West Coast Eggs Benedict made with salmon, and Maple Bacon French Toast. Even better, Top Notch Burger is conveniently located on-site at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

The View Oceanside Grill

If hand-crafted seafood dishes made with fresh, local ingredients piques your interest, then be sure to dine at The View Oceanside Grill during your time in Nanaimo. The View Oceanside Grill has an impressive menu ranging from appetizers like prawn gratin and flash-fried Brussels sprouts to delicious pasta options like a seafood mac and cheese, pesto prawn arrabiata, and peppercorn beef farfalle. Entrees also include several dishes from both the land and sea, such as a seared halibut risotto, Moroccan lamb shank, and lobster seafood platter. Finally, The View is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays only (don’t miss the pulled pork eggs benedict or huevos rancheros). 

Gina’s Mexican Cafe

Gina’s Mexican Cafe is hands down the best Mexican restaurant in Nanaimo. Only a stone’s throw away from the Best Western Dorchester Hotel, this casual eatery is locally owned and operated. Its specialties include fajitas, burritos, tacos, and chimichangas. They also have a tasty drinks menu featuring the likes of Mexican beer, margaritas, and sangria. Open daily, don’t miss your chance to try their homemade salsa and freshly fried churros!  


The next time you’re passing through Nanaimo, be sure to make a reservation at any of the dining establishments above. And if you need a place to stay while in town, you’re always welcome at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel. We combine family-friendly amenities and a welcoming atmosphere with a prime location near some of the top restaurants in the city.

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