Handmade, Locally Sourced, Fresh, Beautiful Food

What People Have To Say About Us

Went to Hilltop for the first time last night, all I need is one word to describe the food, service and atmosphere: Amazing.

Tyler F, Tripadvisor

Hilltop Bistro stands as the best food and dining experience I have had in BC. The set menu offering had good choice for us all and wine by the glass was excellent. The prices are reasonable for Nanaimo – less than what it would cost in Vancouver. The food was perfect and delicious…

Dee L., Yelp

Since The Hilltop Bistro opened, it has been a cut above. By far Nanaimo’s best culinary experience Hilltop doesn’t disappoint in any regard. The food is always fresh and local. The team at Hilltop have got it going on. Bravo!

Tony Harris, google reviews

We have heard so many good things about the Hilltop Bistro and finally had the chance to dine here over this past weekend. AMAZING, the food was spectacular and the wine, perfect! The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and did not hesitate to make suggestions on some of their favourites on

Sam Horlick, Facebook

Hours of Operation

Dinner: 5pm – 9:00pm | Thursday through Sunday

#102 – 5281 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo | Google Map

Please Call Us for Dinner Reservations 250.585.5337

General Inquiries: info@hilltopbistro.ca

Our Story

Hilltop Bistro’s story starts around 30 years ago.
It starts with a warm kitchen in an old house with an old lady making fritule. The smell of the freshly fried dough being dusted with sugar mixed with the sound of family talking and laughing, clinking glasses and pouring wine. While the abundance of food that would be our feast was being stirred and fried, stewed and roasted, Nana would make the fritule and say we weren’t allowed to have any until after dinner. That never lasted.

It was these memories of comfort and family that made food and wine a natural progression for Chef Ryan Zuvich. Memories that would see him travel around the world experiencing and learning all that he could from some of the best and most recognized chefs and restaurateurs. Hand made, home-grown, nose to tail eating. Words that are now used the world over to convey the latest trends, were just how it always was for Ryan’s family and how we think it should always be.

So when Hilltop Bistro opened its doors in the summer of 2013, we took these lessons and set out to create a truly unforgettable experience. One we hope will leave you wanting to come back time and time again to create your own culinary memories

From the team at Hilltop Bistro,

Thank you for your support


Pre Course

Warm Bread & Butter 5
Truffled Frites 9

Roast Garlic Aioli

Warm Marinated Olives 8
Nanoose Organic Greens 6

Red Wine Vinaigrette


Apple & Endive Salad 12

Cress, Roquefort, Sourdough, Candied Walnut, Walnut Vinaigrette

Chicken Liver Parfait 12

Pickles, Sourdough Crostini

Cod Croquttes 12

Tomato Confit, Smoked Paprika Aioli

Organic Beet Salad 12

Almond, Goats Cheese, Arugula, Honey Tarragon Vinaigrette

Cornmeal Oysters 12

Celeriac Remoulade, Sriracha

Saltspring Island Mussels 17

White wine & Garlic

Add Frites 4


House-made Buckwheat Pappardelle 19

Braised Spinach & Mushroom, Roast Tomato, Crispy Mushroom, Parmigiano Reggiano

Add Duck Confit 9
Arctic Char 27

Potato Salardaise, Roast Brocolini, Braised Cipollini, Almond Butter Sauce

Prawn & Scallops 34

House Made Bacon & Braised Leek Risotto, Piperade, Fresh Basil, Crispy Onions

Pork Roti 28

Applewood Smoked Cheddar Pave, Roast Heirloom Carrot, Caramelized Onion & Apple Compote, Watercress

Steak Frites 29

8oz. AAA Butchers Steak, House Cut Frites, Organic Greens, Garlic& Parsley Buttter

Add Garlic Prawns 9


Kronenbourg 1664

341ml 5% 6.75

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

330ml 5.1% 7.95

Phillips Blue Buck

341ml 5% 6.50

Phillips Analogue Kolsch

341ml 5% 6.5

Chimay Red

330ml 7% 9

Chimay Blue

330ml 9% 8.75


300ml 8.5% 8.75

König Ludwig

500ml 5.5% 11

*ask about our beers on tap*


Villa Teresa Organic Prosecco


White Wine

House White

7.50/gl 18.50/.5L 36/L

Arrowleaf Cellars Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley


Arrowleaf Cellars Riesling, Okanagan Valley


Mooncurser Viognier Blend,Osoyoos


Fort Berens Chardonnay, Lillooet


Chateu Wolff Estate Winery, White Blend, Nanaimo


Red Wine

Hourse Red

7.75/gl 20/.5L 38/L

Concha Y Toro Carmenere, Chile


Perrin Reserve Cotes Du Rhone


Peter Lehman Clancy’s Australia


337 Noble Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, California


Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages


Lake Breeze Pinot Noir, Okanagan


Covert Farms Amacitia Oliver


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Virginia Woolf, writer

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.

Louise Fresco, Scientist


Ryan Zuvich

Executive Chef, Owner

Ryan Zuvich has been cooking for some time now. He’s cooked in some pretty amazing places with some pretty amazing people and counts himself quite lucky for the experience.  6 years ago he and his wife moved to Nanaimo and continued to meet some pretty amazing people and have created a couple of pretty amazing places to share with their new friends. The goal, if I understand correctly, is for Ryan to continue to meet some pretty amazing people and build pretty amazing places for the years to come.


1.Do you have gluten free options?

While we change our menu quite often, we typically have a wide array of Gluten Free Items available

2.What's this I hear about you not changing or modifying your food?

Glad you asked. We believe that each restaurant should be unique. That the reason you’ve chosen that particular place is because of what they offer.
We offer a small selection of expertly crafted dishes that work as a whole. We also believe that when someone says that they don’t like a particular thing, it’s more often than not because it hasn’t been made well. We hope that you’ll trust our kitchen to make you a believer!

We will however change what we can to accommodate allergies.

3.Can I make a reservation online?

No, and the reason is this; In the not to distant past we had reservations coming in from every form of media currently known. Having everything in one spot guarantees we don’t miss your request!
As such please call us at 250.585.5337 to book your reservation.

4.Do you accept large groups?

For sure we do! We welcome large parties up to 10 people.

For even larger parties, we offer the option to buy out the restaurant for the evening. Please see this page for more information.

For any questions call us at 250.585.5337

5.Staff Parties, Holiday Celebration and Special Events

Book your staff parties, holiday functions or other large celebrations with us by buying out the restaurant for the evening!

All the details you need are right here.

For any questions call us at 250.585.5337

6.What is your 3 Course Prix Fixe?

We offer our 3 course prix fixe every day! It’s a great way to see lots of different dishes and we think its the best way to dine!

For $46 you can choose any Starter, any Main Course, and any Dessert. There are some exceptions so please ask your server for more info!

As always, feel free to order however you like!


How Can We Help You?

Please note that we do not accept reservations online. Please phone us at 250.585.5337 and we will be happy to book you a table.
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