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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” (127 reviews)
“escargot” (35 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 June 29, 2018

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.

Date of visit: June 2018
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

Date of visit: May 2018
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.

Date of visit: May 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Julie G
Reviewed April 13, 2018

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

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank c_linem381
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2018

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 March 23, 2018

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

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank HappyWebbie
Reviewed March 13, 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

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

thank you so much merci beaucoup

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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
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  • 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, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
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French little bistro. Authentique home cooking
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