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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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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Ladysmith, Canada
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I would heartily echo the positive reviews of this wonderful restaurant. Exceptional service that matches the delights coming out of the kitchen. The deserts - especially the chocolate mousse - were divine. Thank you for the perfect evening. We will most assuredly return to Le Cafe Francais.

Thank spiinyynorman
Nanaimo, Canada
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is one of the downtown gems in Nanaimo. It occupies a heritage building on Commercial Street and has been a local favourite for a number of years. The service and food are excellent - but it is a small space. With that, you get some intimacy, and some first rate service. The crepes and Steak Frites are excellent. Excellent... More 

Thank CDfromBC
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Enjoyed a meal the other night of vegetarian crepes, with crepes Suzette for dessert. While vegetarian options are limited (only two types of crepes are offered on the menu) the food was excellent. I will never think of tomato sauce the same way again. Service was friendly and professional. The environment brings with it a touch of Europe. Adding it... More 

Thank VonneSolis
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This small restaurant in downtown Nanaimo has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike. A family business, with father as the chef and the two sons serving. Everything is prepared on the spot and served with 'Gallic" dry humour included for free! Songs by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, etc, complete the Paris atmosphere! The crepes, both savoury and sweet,... More 

Thank chrissC3065AS
Errington, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

So good. I will return for sure. Perfect service, awesome truly French food. Order escargot. It's unreal.

Thank Kyddo
White Rock
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I've dined here several times in the past two years - My favourite in Nanaimo. Its a small, cozy, family run restaurant owned by transplants from France. Food, service and ambiance are all wonderful. And did I mention that it's a great value? Prices are very modest for what you receive. Rated #1 in Nanaimo on Trip Advisor for good... More 

Thank George H
Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the authentic tastes and atmosphere of Le Cafe Francais! The chefs son was our server and was very knowledgeable about the dishes and ingredients. We decided to replicate our first meal in Paris a while ago.My wife had the classic escargot and I had the French onion soup, both were excellent. We then had the... More 

1 Thank Tom R
Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great value meal .the only thing that can be differant would be the wine.you can bring wine in pay coring charge or pay for there wine eat her way that is expensive

1 Thank Larry T
Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I've enjoyed a few dinners at this small, unassuming restaurant and it has always been a great experience. We even did our company Christmas dinner here last year and they treated us like family. It's easy to forget how good it is because the décor is very ordinary and the signage from the street is subtle. However, this family run... More 

1 Thank Brett O
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The service and food are great. This restaurant is reasonably priced and has unique homemade French food. The seafood crepe was very filling. I would recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank IslandSurfer86

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
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?