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Le Cafe Francais

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153 Commercial St | 153 COMMERCIAL STREET, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
+1 250-716-7866
17:00 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Let's support authentic family run, culture correct establishments! Simple menu with awesome tastes. Not expensive...not cheap - you get more than you pay for.

Thank Mark S
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This Family run restaurant was friendly and convivial. The host was more than helpful and service was prompt. The quality of the food was 10/10. For a moment I thought I was back in St. Germain des Pre.

Thank Z8868SDwilliamc
Mill Valley, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Gilles the proprietor and his two attentive sons who waited on us have it down. We had fresh salmon and fresh sea bass. So savory and perfectly done. The chocolate mousse was yummy.

Thank avacado46
Nanaimo, Bc
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The crepes here are to die for! I love the chicken in wine sauce! I have introduced this restaurant to many people. The only change I would like to see is a choice of potatoes rather than just fries.

Thank mains_dream
Nanaimo, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

My wife and I have dined at Le Cafe Francais a couple of dozen times in the last few years. We have never been disappointed in the quality and flavour of the offerings. Just two things to watch out for. The cream sauces are rich and thick. Order the non-cream alternative if you want to stay away from that style... More 

Thank Steve B
Lottsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Nice French food, quite reasonably priced. Excellent service. Family run: dad cooks, sons serve. Overall you'll be hard pressed to find a better dining experience in Nanaimo.

Thank Dan B
Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Great food, Great service. I came here with my wife multiple times and let me tell you that I have never been disappointed. Food is always fresh and always good.

Thank Dan J
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

If your not in a hurry, this place is delicious. Good French cuisine, the chef is an excellent cook, but they just have one cook, one waiter and one server, so if it's busy it takes awhile, so be prepared to take your time, otherwise very well prepared,

Thank mardy65
Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Cafe francais serves fabulous food, perfectly prepared, and the service is excellent. I recommend it highly.

Thank johnrfrank
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Such a great restaurant with enormously friendly and attentive waiters. I was there with a friend and we had vegetarian crepes. They were delicious! The homemade mayonnaise was a dream, even though they wouldn't tell us the recipe. We will have to come back then.

Thank Pascal H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$38
French, Gastropub, European, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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
French little bistro. Authentique home cooking

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?