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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 16 March 2011

being disapointed to find a restaurant serving nanaimo ded the same thing. i decided to go to the french cafe. and 'SURPRISE' i have had a fabulous service. i ordered a duck ,soup of the sea, and a wonderful chocolate mousse. thank you very much...More

1  Thank pierrot95
Reviewed 23 October 2010

We were visiting Nanaimo from Toronto, this was our first trip to Nanaimo, the purpose being we are looking to re-locate to the Island to get away from the snow. We had a wonderful meal with warm friendly service .. so.. we had to return...More

2  Thank mindexman
Reviewed 17 September 2010

Ate here for the first time before leaving on an exchange trip to France. I had the seafood crepe (delicieux!) with fries and house salad. Since returning from la France, I ate there with my French 12 class. Apparently many other French teachers have the...More

1  Thank GabrielleBishop
Reviewed 12 September 2010

was staying for one night at the Coast Bastion Hotel and someone at the spa recommended I eat at Cafe Francais. we had an excellent meal, true french atmosphere. Try it out if you are in Nanaimo!

1  Thank LVLTO
Reviewed 13 February 2010

We live in town and often bring our friends here. The food is consistently yummy and of high quality, and I like the warm if slightly tacky ambience. I particularly like the crepes and the seafood dishes. The chef - recently arrived from Normandy -...More

Thank historygirlNanaimo
Reviewed 16 November 2009

what happiness after 7 years in Canada to eat finally the French cuisine. service and food are wonderful damage that some customers do not make a true difference between house fries and of costco many people have thought were in France visiting or from quebec...More

Thank pete076
Reviewed 19 September 2009

I tried it last night ...besides the dumpy decor, ugly bamboo placemats, it's the worst French food and a rip-off!....the Coq au vin....is a tiny chicken breast with what is supposed to be an authentic sauce on it served with 3 small roast potatoes and...More

2  Thank fullguy
Reviewed 8 May 2009

With only about a dozen tables, this is a small café with attentive, friendly service. The menu is traditional: escargots, coquilles St. Jâcques, salade niçoise, onion soup, etc. There is a large selection of interesting crêpes. The wine list is all French and fairly limited....More

Thank Eardstapa
Reviewed 5 March 2009

My partner and I recently moved to the island from Vancouver. I'm from Europe and have lived in France for 10 years and we consider ourselves foodies and hobby gourmet chefs at home. I also organize social events for a European community and we eat...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 30 December 2008

cute french family! great crepes, i had chicken with salad and frites...wines too expensive though, nice ambiance, it's nice to have a french restaurant in nanaimo!

Thank islandgirlcook
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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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