Just when I was running out of eateries on which to report, my friend Tim suggested I meet him for lunch in Nanaimo at CARLOS O’BRYANS Pub today. I’m glad he did because this pub is right on the water overlooking a marina and sitting beside Stones Boatyard. So there is lots to see.
CARLOS O’BRYANS is a chain with pubs in several BC cities. A sister chain, Kelly O’Bryans is a neighbourhood restaurant in some other locations. I had not heard of them before. Based in Kelowna, the the boss man is Reg Henry.
The Nanaimo property is a Pub and a nice one, too. Formerly it was known as Muddy Waters, a joint I never frequented, but it has been completely redone. It has a cosy interior with a big brick fireplace, a big bar, mostly high tables and a great Maritime view. At least 12 big flat screens were on without sound so it could be a goto place for sports fans. In warm weather there is a big deck hanging over the water. I will be trying it out this summer for sure.
The menu is very much Pub food. PACHOS are the featured appetizer. Lattice style fries with a variety of toppings. From burgers to seafood to Prime Rib, the menu is pretty inviting. We opted for the special today, Prime Rib, rice and bean Burrito. Mine arrived with a Caesar salad, Tim’s with lattice fries. Very tasty indeed.
Of course there is a wide range of beer available.
If you are in Nanaimo and looking for a pub lunch or dinner, CARLOS O’BRYANS could be the place for you. I liked it and will be back.
It is located at 1724 Stewart Street just east of the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. Lots of free parking too.