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Le Cafe Francais

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153 Commercial St | 153 COMMERCIAL STREET, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
+1 250-716-7866
17:00 - 21:00
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Kitchener, Canada
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365 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having spent quite a lot of time in France, this was a delightful surprise. Everything about Le Cafe Francais was what you would expect in an authentic cafe in a side street in Paris or Nice or elsewhere in France. The ambience, including the music was real. The service from the francophone waiters was excellent. The food was excellent. The... More 

Thank Brian S
Riverview, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were thoroughly and pleasantly surprised by this little gem. The food was excellent and the service and ambience was wonderful.

Thank 135mark1
Nanaimo, Canada
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us had escargot to start, one au gratin and two with butter and garlic, we all really enjoyed them, the other person had the French Onion soup, which he said was very good. I had the lamb shank in cognac sauce, it was excellent my husband had the crepe special of the day, which he loved. The couple... More 

Thank ColleenBadger
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If only every Vancouver Island Community had such a beautifully​ unassuming French restaurant with food as delicious and service as wonderful as this. When in Nanaimo eat here and enjoy.

Thank Sandra H
St. Albert, Canada
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my husband were just revisiting Vancouver Island and had an opportunity to eat at this restaurant twice in a row. On the first night I had escargot au gratin and they were fabulous. For my main dish I chose Coquilles Saint -Jacques, absolutely fantastic. My husband had escargot in garlic/butter and enjoyed it. For the main course he... More 

1 Thank angie l
Bozeman, Montana
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182 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner here last night with friends to celebrate my wife birthday. We dine here often when in town. The atmosphere is perfectly European and the service is warm, personal, and authentic. The daily specials are always great. Try the chicken breast in creme sauce....really great. Don't miss an opportunity to try this place...there's a reason it's Number One

1 Thank gerronimo
Parksville, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crepe special was excellent as were the crepes Suzette for dessert. Everyone else was happy with their meal. Service was attentive and friendly. Restaurant was cosy and unpretentious. Good value meal. Would go again.

Thank Vgk49
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a meal at this unassuming restaurant last Tuesday. If you like traditional French cuisine from Normandy you will not be disappointed. And by traditional I mean proper portions of food that leave you room for dessert crêpes! My meal was an appetizer of escargots au beurre et l'ail, an entrée of filet mignon Bordelaise and for dessert the... More 

1 Thank Allen288
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is always something warm and comforting about French cuisine, but trying to find a restaurant that delivers- Ah! that is something else - unless you happen to be in downtown Nanaimo and casually steer yourself into Le Cafe Francais located at 153 Commercial street, (250 -716-7866) where the warm greeting is easily matched by the equally great tasting cuisine.... More 

Thank Geoffrey M
Nanaimo, Canada
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255 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service, owners fully involved in restaurant. Food somewhat creamy for anyone watching his diet or cholesterol. Our party had a mixture of meals and all were tasty.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$37
French, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 153 Commercial St | 153 COMMERCIAL STREET, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-716-7866
French little bistro. Authentique home cooking

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?