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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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
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
23 helpful votes 23 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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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Simple decor masks the authenticity and quality of French haute cuisine served elegantly and thoughtfully. The proprietor's awards from Rouen hang on the walls of the entryway proclaiming his naming rights to an original dish. Pricing is reasonable for the quality of the experience. The staff are helpful. Ingredients are fresh and local. The story of how the restaurant came... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We were visiting friends in Nanaimo and they wanted to go and eat at Le Cafe Francais. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. It was a very pleasant experience. We lived in Europe for almost 30 years and I never had any better food in France that what we ate at this restaurant. If we are... More

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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We have really enjoyed our meals here . The family is really friendly and the crepes are excellent. I have had escargots before but these are especially good and dipping the crispy fresh baguette into the garlic sauce is a great way to start the meal. Fresh snapper was really good too

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