Niva's Restaurant

A Family Place that Has People Lining Up in Thunder Bay

Niva’s Restaurant
376 Lisgar St. 

Nivas Building

You may be handed a number at the door.

Niva’s gets busy in the morning, but with lots of tables in this family restaurant the wait won’t be long. You will be in good company with tourists from the U.S., visiting friends and family and those of us who live here in Thunder Bay.

Niva's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast all day. Finnish pancakes and mojakka are served, which are really their only Scandinavian dishes.

Nivas Breakfast 2

The rest of the menu has variations on Niva’s specials, homemade pies and cookies. And they’re big on omelettes. 

Nivas Breakfast

The owner, Victoria Niva, previously worked at the non-profit Scandhouse Restaurant for thirty years, and although Niva’s is for profit, the prices and large portions at Niva's are virtually the same.

Nivas Decor

Remnants of the nice Greek décor remain from when this location was The Blue Parrot. Niva’s opened in 2011, and a few of the waitresses have been serving in this location for eighteen years. Victoria is routinely “in the trenches” with the waitresses serving up the food with lightening speed service.

Keep count of how many cups of coffee you’ve had if you want to sleep at night. 

About Duncan Weller

A writer and visual artist, Duncan Weller is a Governor General's Award winner who lives in Thunder Bay. You can visit his website at His latest two books are a novel, Flight of the Silk, and an expanded edition of the award-winning children's picture book, The Boy from the Sun.

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