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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%
Travellers talk about
“crepes” (78 reviews)
“escargot” (33 reviews)
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 6 days ago

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

Thank gordmeeks
cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

thank you so much merci beaucoup

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a nice surprise. Visiting Nanaimo, while walking the streets in the downtown area, we chanced reading a menu at a small local restaurant. The restaurant was closed at the time. A lady walked by and said “ the food is excellence”. While still reading...More

1  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small downtown restaurant with very good food and the nicest waiters anywhere - I think they are all family and they make you feel like family too. It is not a very big bistro so space is limited and you might want a reservation.

2  Thank catherinecolinl
Reviewed 23 December 2017

French Bistro at it's best. Wonderful choice of crepes, superb frites, great service and creme brûlée to live for!

1  Thank Jody J
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Incredible food packed with lots of flavour. Staff members are all very friendly and French speaking which adds to the experience!

Thank Melody L
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I have been to this small family run French Cafe on a number of occasions. The food is always great - they specialize in Crepes and the waiters entertaining. It is fun to banter back and forth in French while enjoying the faire. I would...More

1  Thank jcg8out
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Walking around Nanaimo, we found this French bistro style restaurant, run by one family, and all eager to please. Full of diners, we waited an hour for a seating, and then were treated to a transporter that took us to a country restaurant in Normandy....More

Thank mcclungp
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We celebrated our Anniversary here last year and feel in love! This quaint resturant, the food impeccable and the kindest of staff ever! Thank you for your working so hard! We love our times here, memmories. We have made this our anniversary place....see ya soon....More

Thank Jaime S
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The warm atmosphere and engaging waiter made our eating experience wonderful! They adjusted the dish we ordered to suit our dietary needs (gluten free) and delivered a superb meal. We look forward to returning and trying other items on the menu.

Thank Kjmel
Reviewed 10 November 2017

I love the food, staff and atmosphere of this little restaurant. It is my 'go to' place before an evening show at the Port Theatre. The staff make you feel like an old friend that they are happy to see again after a long while....More

Thank 921lizr
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mason m
25 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
15 March 2016|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
40 personnes
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mike t
2 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
USD 8 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic
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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