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Le Cafe Francais

153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
(250) 716-7866
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Ranked #6 of 261 restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Friends meet monthly at different restaurants each month, this month was Le Cafe Francais and it has been the best one so far. Fantastic service, wine, dinner and desserts. A great place that we will be recommending and returning to in the future. Great place!

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Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

An excellent meal with delicious food, and a comfortable ambience. We left thinking we could almost speak passable French again, but that was the wine, and the encouraging team at the restaurant.

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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Last night my mom and I were in the mood for crepes so we decided to try this restaurant for the first time. The ham and cheese crepes we had were delicious and so were the fries and salad the crepes came with. We both also had crème brulee for dessert. My mom commented it was the best crème brulee... More

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Medicine Hat, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I recently got a new job downtown Nanaimo and this restaurant was recommended by a colleague, I went there for lunch and was so impressed with the food that 4 days later I took my fiancé there. The meals were excellent, the place is family run, the owner/chef is from France via Quebec and his son was the waiter both... More

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Cowichan Bay, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stopped in at Le Café Francais by chance on a week night. We had two hours wait time for the ferry to Vancouver and thought the café looked inviting on a rainy evening. The server was welcoming and sat us in a nice spot by the window. The service was attentive and the food traditional, rich and delicious. The... More

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Cowichan Valley, B.C.
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

First visit: very quiet; ambience - meh!; service - appropriately attentive; limited wine list; food items were well-presented; portions were not US-sized (that's good but also a caution); the dishes were superb and that's not that common on the Island. The range of dishes is both pleasantly broad and appealing. There were numerous dishes I would like to see M.... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Cafe Francais is one of my favourite restaurants in Nanaimo. Authentic Parisian food, fresh and delicious! Gilles is a great chef and his staff are wonderful! it feels like home when we eat there. Jae & Bill, Nanaimo

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Vancouver Island, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Gille and his family are an asset to Nanaimo ....consistently wonderful food, service, laughs. Hosted a large birthday/work party last night. Everyone genuinely impressed. Our fave restaurant. Thank you, Le Cafe Francais!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My brother and I came here for dinner before the Jesse Cook concert at the Port Theatre.The food was very tasty, the service was really friendly and extra fun as different family members came out and served us. We both had the crepe special of the day and dessert. I liked everything. The food isn't pretentious or especially gourmet, but... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Originally from Montreal and Ottawa, we have good food memories. Now living in Nanaimo, we discovered Le Café francais, and Monsieur Gilles, the owner and operator. We have also met most of the family as they work there. The food is always excellent, and it is most charming for the chef to come out and say a few words with... More

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