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Le Cafe Francais

153 Commercial St | 153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
+1 250-716-7866
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“crepes” (119 reviews)
“escargot” (31 reviews)
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French, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
153 Commercial St | 153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was a real treat. I brought my mom there for her birthday. The server took really good care of us. I really like the ambiance , the french music, the french servers, it really felt like we took a little trip to France....More

Thank Christien W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing real French family restaurant! Gilles is an amazing cook and his 2 sons are very charming and really friendly. My boyfriend and I fell in love with Gilles French cuisine. Crepes are simply DELICIOUS!!!! Le Café Français est l’endroit à visiter et revisiter.

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there the other day and got a crepte. being french i had huge expectations. The crepe was either too think ot the stuffing was too much. I had to take it appart to eat it. Wont recommand it.More

Thank Céline M
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

so if I understand well . you are not happy because the crepe is too full of food . so thank you for your review . I think this is very positive for my restaurant . I thought after 11 years in nanaimo that everyone...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried this ace for the first time last night and we weren’t disappointed. In fact they exceeded our expectations. The atmosphere was fun with the two brothers taking turns serving us and providing us with friendly and enjoyable conversation. Then then food came ......More

Thank HappyWebbie
Reviewed 13 March 2018

If you are in Nanaimo, BC looking for a great french restaurant, you have to go hear. upon entering this small restaurant you are greeted by one of the 2 brothers that work the floor. In French and in english. The chief is their father....More

Thank gordmeeks
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

thank you so much merci beaucoup

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

What a nice surprise. Visiting Nanaimo, while walking the streets in the downtown area, we chanced reading a menu at a small local restaurant. The restaurant was closed at the time. A lady walked by and said “ the food is excellence”. While still reading...More

1  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Small downtown restaurant with very good food and the nicest waiters anywhere - I think they are all family and they make you feel like family too. It is not a very big bistro so space is limited and you might want a reservation.

2  Thank catherinecolinl
Reviewed 23 December 2017

French Bistro at it's best. Wonderful choice of crepes, superb frites, great service and creme brûlée to live for!

1  Thank Jody J
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Incredible food packed with lots of flavour. Staff members are all very friendly and French speaking which adds to the experience!

Thank Melody L
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I have been to this small family run French Cafe on a number of occasions. The food is always great - they specialize in Crepes and the waiters entertaining. It is fun to banter back and forth in French while enjoying the faire. I would...More

1  Thank jcg8out
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mason m
25 April 2017|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
bonsoir . oui le restaurant est ouvert du mardi au samedi de 17h a 21h. bonne soirée et j espère a bientôt.
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michael m
15 March 2016|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
40 personnes
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mike t
2 February 2016|
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Response from Angela M | Reviewed this property |
No dress code required nor is a reservation required but I highly reccomend calling for one anyway because they can get very busy especially if there is a show at the theatre. Never had the escargot.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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
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French little bistro. Authentique home cooking
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