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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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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“crepes” (122 reviews)
“escargot” (34 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

We were charged for a small half loaf of bread which came before the meal. We expected this to be complimentary. The sauce in the pancake was nice, but half of the plate was also filled with French fries. Overall I was disappointed.

Thank Maria J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very cozy little restaurant with excellent service and delicious crepes. We were able to sit near the front of the restaurant so that it was easier for my walker and we could watch the passersby. Many patrons speak French only. It is...More

Thank edwardt24
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our second visit to Le Café Français reinforced our delight at finding this welcoming, family-owned and operated restaurant in downtown Nanaimo. The food is amazing, reflective of the skill, professional training and experience of Chef Gilles Le Patézour. The friendly servers are so well-informed, cooperative,...More

Thank Freewind8299
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very very much for me and my two son. Have good summer time

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having just got back from 2 weeks in Paris and Champagne it seemed a good idea to try Le Cafe Francais while traveling through town. It was a very pleasant meal and I'll go back to try more as I travel frequently through Naniamo.

Thank LRJ2014
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

Being previous restaurant owners my husband and I decided to dine here. It was awesome to say the least! From the service to the food I would say everyone needs to try this quaint French restaurant. My husband had the duck and myself the coq...More

Thank Diane A
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Owner at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2018

Thank you very much. It was a real pleasure to receive you.

Reviewed May 21, 2018

We enjoyed the friendly welcome and great service at this restaurant. The food was delicious and wine was reasonably priced.

Thank Sheila H
Reviewed May 2, 2018

We had three different dishes with three different sauces. The three favorites were: Scallops( coquille st-jacque) which had a cream garlic sauce with french herbs. The second one had prawns with a delicious tomato cognac sauce and the last one but not the least, the...More

Thank Brittany W
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Our anni ersary are always special. This year we chose to eat locally. Made a reservation and put the "pressure" on the chef/owner. All I can say is the food was perfect; from the escargot (walnuts, raisins, and cognac), a nice bottle of red wine,...More

Thank GRK5335
Reviewed April 19, 2018

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 April 14, 2018 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
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mason m
April 24, 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
March 14, 2016|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
40 personnes
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mike t
February 1, 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$38
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
French little bistro. Authentique home cooking
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