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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” (78 reviews)
“escargot” (33 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 8 August 2017

Awesome savoury crepes. A must go to when in Nanaimo. Also a lot of great sweet crepes that I was tempted to order, but figured 2 courses of crepes might be a bit much! Will re visit for dessert!

2  Thank dionbeauxmtl
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We decided to stop by here for dinner because we heard the classic french music and totally fell in love with it! The food was perfect, the aura takes you back to the perfect french countryside cafe. It is owned by a french family and...More

3  Thank Hannah F
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Nice people/owners; food not as good as we were led to believe. Example: fruit crepe had little fruit and very little whipped cream. Also savory crepes were so dark, they almost looked burned.

Thank Mary and Arnie S
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Le Cafe Francais is an intimate restaurant that successfully evokes the family-run bistros in France, Montreal or Quebec City. We travelled to Nanaimo specifically because my wife remembers this restaurant from 7 years ago and wanted me to try for myself. The French background music...More

2  Thank mediaman48
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We have lived in the area for seven years, yet we had not discovered this treasure of French flavor until tonight. Friends visiting again from Quebec suggested it as they had dined there and enjoyed it very much. It's a small bistro on Commercial Street,...More

1  Thank Rivularis
Reviewed 23 July 2017

If Trip Advisor rates this as the number one restaurant in Nanaimo, it puts into question the whole review process and quality, certainly in our opinion. While we had a reasonable lunch the first time enjoying the senior son's attention and manner, we had dinner...More

2  Thank ScapaVancouver
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Owner at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

YOU KIDDING ME I am not open for lunch. so I think it s big mistake . I write you but your said me .please no contact me it s anonymous no write me more ha Delete repeated word .so I don't know who you...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

I had the seafood. Or maybe the seafood had me... at first bite. Amazing food. There is a good reason this place is packed. It should be... with a wait line past the block. The food is amazing. Paired with wine. Dessert to burst your...More

Thank Ania C
Reviewed 22 July 2017

A charming little French restaurant, this place specializes in crepes. I'm not entirely sure if it's just how French crepes are, but I found the food slightly pedestrian. That being said, our server was very friendly and liked to liberally use French, and made up...More

Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We had dinner at Le Cafe Francais tonight with friends and our two teenage kids. The atmosphere is comfortable, clean (I am picky and notice the littlest things) and inviting. The wait staff is attentive, engaging, professional and very knowledgable. Each member of our party...More

1  Thank dieselkitty
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

A small French bistro specializing in crepes. Service is efficiently run by a family of three. Father, the chef, the son-manager and waiter, and the grandson-the bus boy or assistant waiter. The menu has one page full of crepes, and the other page lists other...More

Thank Benjamin L
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mason m
24 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
14 March 2016|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
40 personnes
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mike t
1 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$40
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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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