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Le Cafe Francais

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153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
+1 250-716-7866
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great food great service

Went out for dinner for my friend's birthday. As soon as we stepped into the restaurant - it felt like home. The service was exceptional; friendly while at the same time respectful, efficient and courteous. We all had something different and everything was good to the last drop- we had to restrain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Beth R
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Nanaimo, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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156 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Port Alberni, Canada
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I’m baffled how this little hole in the wall made it to number one for Nanaimo restaurants. My husband and I were in town for a meeting and decided to check it out for dinner because of the high rating on TP and its close proximity to our meeting. Café is definitely a more fitting description than Restaurant as it’s... More 

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cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this review

To answer your review, know that trip advisor is not the " guide michelin" and I know what I am talking about because I had a 3 star michelin in France and the word " Cafe or bistro" does not mean Palace, Chateau or Manoir. If you look in the dictionary, the word cafe or bistro means a little restaurant... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Went out for dinner for my friend's birthday. As soon as we stepped into the restaurant - it felt like home. The service was exceptional; friendly while at the same time respectful, efficient and courteous. We all had something different and everything was good to the last drop- we had to restrain ourselves from licking the plates.I had the St.... More 

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Oregon
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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Selected this restaurant from reviews on this site and because it was within walking distance of the Coast Bastion where we were staying for a conference. Wonderful food and the father / son duo was delightful. Several had the special of the evening with seafood sauteed in garlic,butter & wine. It was Delicious! Lovely wine with dinner and the desserts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

This is a very authentic French restaurant with great food. The owner and staff are very friendly and speedy! If you want a true French experience I would recommend coming here!!!

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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We were served an excellent and delicious authentic french meal, and the service was fast and staff were very friendly. We will definitely come again, it is a restaurant that you really want to go to. I gaurantee that you wont be disappointed.

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Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A lovely intimate atmosphere, where one is transported to a uniquely authentic French dining experience. The wine list is most complimentary to the cuisine which only add to the dining experience. The staff are friendly and accommodating which made this a night to remember for my husband and I. I would recommend trying this gem that is right here in... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went to this little restanrant on friday night, and WOW it was good. the service( which was the son) was one of the best one I had in a long time, friendly and funny. The food was just superb and the chef ( the dad) even came out to ask us if everything was good which was really nice... More 

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Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It was some seats at the restaurant, but was told to leave and make booking for dinner next time, or come after 7.30 pm....So, I am assuming you should not come by yourself only - you will not be served, they ask you to leave.... They accept only group of people. For better profit? Probably....

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cafefrancaisnanaimo, Propriétaire at Le Cafe Francais, responded to this review

To answer your review, you are telling me that my son the server greatly welcomed you, that he took the time to tell you that the restaurant was full, that he could have a table for you at 730 for the second service, knowing that that weekend was the mothers day weekend, we did 3 services, and looking at this,... More 

Epping, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Great atmosphere and delicious food ! French onion soup with garlicky cheese croutons. escargots, fillet mignon........all fabulous.

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australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

With a young 10week old in hand we went out to enjoy some great food and boy was this place not just wonderful and unique in the food selection but they were a great family son and father team that made us feel really welcome even when our daughter was upset during the meal. Totally loved the recommendations of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-716-7866

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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