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Le Cafe Francais

153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
+1 250-716-7866
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Ranked #4 of 273 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
Calgary, Canada
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Close to several downtown hotel is Le Cafe Francais. A family run little French cuisine resturant near the yacht club. The cheff/owner created a crepe for lunch that brought me back to Normandy. As I was their first customer for lunch, I had a chance to chat with the two sons that act as hosts and waiters. The family came... More

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Seattle, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Being in Nanaimo, we expected a French country style meal and not haute cuisine. We were not disappointed with the atmosphere - checkered oil tablecloths and paper napkins were the order of the day. Ordered the seafood soup that was rich, full of mussels and other unidentifiable seafood, that was delicious and the best part of the meal. Noted that... More

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

I usually do not respond to these, but I feel I must answer you. Firstly I would like to inform you that Montreal is not in France, hahaha. When I look at all your reviews on tripadvisor I realize that nothing can please you, so I commend your wife. My restaurant is called The French Cafe, not The French Castle.... More

Nanaimo
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We've never been disappointed here. Excellent food, well prepared, friendly folks serving. Best on a warm summer morning when you can eat outside. Prices are reasonable.

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Excellent meal at this small French bistro in Nanaimo. The chef/owner and his son made a great team in delivering a nice meal. We enjoyed getting to know both of them a little bit. Very authentic and charming place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Trendy atmosphere and modern decor can enhance a dining experience, but ultimately the cuisine and the service are what truly sets one restaurant apart from others. A quaint feel combined with the care and passion of a family establishment accentuated a fantastic meal from start to finish. We all ordered different dessert items so we could share and they were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Since discovering this gem a few years ago on a boating vacation, we always try to eat there whenever we are in Nanaimo. The food and service are superb, and the prices most reasonable.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

After winding up four great days in Victoria, BC, we drove north to Nanaimo to catch the ferry to Horseshoe Bay and the rest of our vacation in West Vancouver. I never want to be late, especially for the last run of the day. We were so early that the folks at the ferry terminal told us to come back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Beautiful! Authentic french cuisine and atmosphere. Lovely relaxing pace. Duck,escargot, seafood and creme brûlée all fab. If we closed our eyes we could have been in Normandy..... You have to go.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Food was great! My sisters had crepes and I had the filet. Melted right there in my mouth! We could not help ourselves after seeing the table next to us have desert. The sounds coming from that table were happy sounds! I had the banana dish, not sure what my sisters had, because it was gone before I could taste... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Last week I suggested to my partner that we try Le Cafe Francais. Well we both look forward to our next visit. We have been to France and we felt like we were vacationing in Europe!!! The taste, textures , colour and smells were five star. Plus we got to practice our French. I love family run places. Continued success... More

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