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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 20 April 2017 via mobile

If only every Vancouver Island Community had such a beautifully​ unassuming French restaurant with food as delicious and service as wonderful as this. When in Nanaimo eat here and enjoy.

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Me and my husband were just revisiting Vancouver Island and had an opportunity to eat at this restaurant twice in a row. On the first night I had escargot au gratin and they were fabulous. For my main dish I chose Coquilles Saint -Jacques, absolutely...More

1  Thank angie l
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Had dinner here last night with friends to celebrate my wife birthday. We dine here often when in town. The atmosphere is perfectly European and the service is warm, personal, and authentic. The daily specials are always great. Try the chicken breast in creme sauce....really...More

1  Thank gerronimo
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Crepe special was excellent as were the crepes Suzette for dessert. Everyone else was happy with their meal. Service was attentive and friendly. Restaurant was cosy and unpretentious. Good value meal. Would go again.

Thank Vgk49
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We had a meal at this unassuming restaurant last Tuesday. If you like traditional French cuisine from Normandy you will not be disappointed. And by traditional I mean proper portions of food that leave you room for dessert crêpes! My meal was an appetizer of...More

1  Thank Allen288
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

There is always something warm and comforting about French cuisine, but trying to find a restaurant that delivers- Ah! that is something else - unless you happen to be in downtown Nanaimo and casually steer yourself into Le Cafe Francais located at 153 Commercial street,...More

Thank Geoffrey M
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Great service, owners fully involved in restaurant. Food somewhat creamy for anyone watching his diet or cholesterol. Our party had a mixture of meals and all were tasty.

Thank ELES ESCAPE B a... B
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Used to walk by this place all the time and finally decided to try it a while back. You could pick anything off the menu and it will probably be the best meal you have ever eaten. The chef's sons are very courteous and attentive...More

1  Thank Chris C
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank spiinyynorman
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...More

Thank CDfromBC
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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$39
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, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
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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