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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo, Nanaimo, BC

Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo

4.3
4.3
83 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Burgers
Our first restaurant & bar opened in Marda Loop, Calgary, & even way back in 1997, it was comfortable, accessible & affordable. From the very beginning, OJ’s fell in step with exactly what it has always been about. A down-to-earth, down the street experience for all. We never take ourselves too seriously. We love good food experienced in the company of true friends, in an atmosphere that fits us like a well-worn pair of jeans. It feels real here & that’s just fine by us. No pretense. No frou-frou. Just craft beers, approachable wines & tried-and-true cocktails. All served up with the kind of fresh-made comfort food you crave again & again. To this day we still hand cut our fries, serve most of our entrées with two sides & pour our own OJ’s beer. So, come sit at our bar without having to lower yours.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Burgers, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (250) 585-1563

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Nanaimo

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 83 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  • Vancouver Island

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  1. CH

    CharmaineH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server, Kiley, was great; we were a group of six ladies chatting and visiting and she was patient and pleasant. She was so accommodating as we all required individual bills.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    We sat outside
  3. GH

    GailH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 30th wedding anniversary so we decided to celebrate at OJ's. The service was great from all staff, with a special thanks to our service in the special notes. The food is always great at OJ's and we like the ambiance. Cheers!
  4. SL

    SLindsay

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The ambience on the patio is great and the e server was also great. The calamari was tasteless and we actually had to add salt I came the next day as wel with my daughter and being a Monday I understood margaritas were $2 off. Which I mentioned to the server (since we wanted frozen margaritas which didn’t qualify for happy hour) but when we got our bill they were full price. Overall it was “fine” and some of the food was very nice. But some was disappointing. And for $62 for two appies and two drinks (before tip) I expected better. Normally don’t write bad reviews. Just a bit disappointing since I spent over $100 the day before I’ll give it one more try but it will have to be better.
  5. LS

    LindaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. We were on patio. We were not rushed even tho we stayed quite awhile after eating. Loved the roof that closed when it started to rain. Music seemed loud in the restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the food and everyone said they would go back again.
  6. W

    Willi

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Patio was a little cool, but that was not the restaurant's fault! Service was slow, not enough staff?
  7. h

    hker

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish and chips is nice.
  8. DM

    DarcyM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Varied menu for most tastes, large portions and quite tasty. What more do you want…..
  9. BS

    BrianS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Mother’s Day brunch with toblerone covered strawberries on the house. Was a great morning
  10. MJ

    MikeJ

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The gyoza were cold but the server got hot on s right a way see was awesome
  11. L

    Laura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good times and good service! One of my favourite places!
  12. W

    Windy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good lunch, ended up being some cross contamination in the gluten free meal but it’s a risk celiacs have to take, all well now
  13. S

    Stronglikesquaw

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn't been out to dinner in over a year. The food and the service were well worth the wait. Our waitress was delightful!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good menu. Nice place for a meal out.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    One of the few places in Nanaimo open after 9
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great fries
  17. LB

    LindsayB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music was a bit loud so it was hard to hear between the people and our table of 6
  18. M

    Medusa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    The food was decent. The noise level was awful. Went there to have a nice dinner with out of town relatives and because it closed at midnight, chose Original Joe's. But the music was loud so the people talking had to raise their voices to be heard and even then it was extremely hard to hear anyone, it reminded me of going to nightclubs when younger. I guess it is a good restaurant for the younger people.
  19. RR

    RobinR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice place, century located, good parking, noisy. I would go back
  20. K

    Kylie

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, always have to get fries and dill dip!
  21. KC

    KimC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Appreciate being able to get a veggie version of some of the meals. Very busy when I got there, but server did her best, and the veggie dragon boats were great!
  22. PH

    PenH

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Hostess with the mostest bad attitude. Food is average at best. Server was ok. It wasn’t busy during lunch but service was slow. Would not come here ever again.
  23. l

    lynnk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable evening, our server was excellent and around if we needed anything. Food was fast, hot and good
  24. C

    Casper

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent and I had the Cobb Salad which was to die for....yummy
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Our service from our waitress was very very bad almost amongst the worse I’ve ever had. Food was good, just never ever saw our waitress didn’t check on us very often and took forever to take our order and the. Took for ever to get our food.
  26. JN

    JayeN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All in all it was an excellent meal. Had a rice bowl but the broccoli was a tad overdone and a little rubbery. Wasn't fresh shimp. Noise level started out Okay but by the time we left it was difficult to talk over the music. I would still recommend this as a great place to eat.
  27. AM

    AMRO

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken Caesar, Soup of the day and lettuce wraps were great.
  28. KM

    KMac

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We have always found the food here very good and the service staff friendly and professional. Our only complaint is sometimes the music is a little loud.
  29. CM

    ChristinaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great, looked very clean, staff was friendly!
  30. JT

    JeffT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall pretty good. Kinda dark though. Staff was friendly and approachable.
  31. GH

    GailH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming to OJ's because of the friendly staff, great food and service. Emily and Danny served us for our New Years dinner and they were amazing! Thank you.
  32. DN

    DeniseN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good lunch spot with a few nice vegan options. Would appreciate if they would include vegan buns however. What’s the point of an “Impossible Burger” if you must wrap it in lettuce?
  33. r

    rudiv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and very good food . Appetizers were large and quick service throughout the meal . Will be back . Thanks
  34. I

    Idak

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    I only had an issue with my billing was charged for 2 tables I didn’t catch it till after I left and then it took 3 visits to get my refund . If I didn’t say anything apparently they would not have caught their mistake????
  35. BF

    BruceF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been here for sometime and was pleased to see it was as good as prior and perhaps even better. Service was GREAT friendly and efficient staff pleasant surroundings food very pleasing. Had company from out of province and they really enjoyed the experience . Will definitely do it again.
  36. AC

    AnnC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I had the fish and chips, it was way over cooked and difficult to eat as served with the fish on top od a pile of fries
  37. BC

    BillC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Great food. But not a place to go if your looking for quiet dinning.
  38. SD

    SueD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great dinner, great service, great energy, love OJ’s, but it is a very noisy place.
  39. AK

    AK2021

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great business meal! I’ve always been a fan of OJs
  40. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new truffle bacon mushroom burger is fire! Great service, quick service, cold beer. Great experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 585-1563.

Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo is rated 4.3 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar - Nanaimo

3280 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, BC V9T 1W1

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Nanaimo

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Burgers, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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