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Le Cafe Francais

153 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
(250) 716-7866
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Ranked #3 of 268 restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Had 2 deserts and they were just delish! Parking was hard to get to since there were something going on down town, but if you park under the Library then it would be fine (only 1 dollar for 2 hours).

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

During our first visit to Nanaimo, we came upon this lovely little restaurant, friendly service, great food - an all around great experience.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Their menu is mainly crepes, but they also do seafood and other dishes. Everything is prepared to order and nicely presented. The service is friendly and helpful. Aside from a daily special crepe, their menu is the same year-round. There is a good selection of wine, a couple available by the glass, and a well-chosen selection of French wines by... More

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Fortaleza, CE
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have visited Nanaimo with my family and had the opportunity to have lunch at "Le Café Français"; we didn't know the place, but our choice proved to be the right one. Excellent food, very good service, Gilles (owner and Chef) runs a quality service. If you like good food, and French cuisine, go to "Le Café Français" when in... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Read the reviews so was expecting a great experience. The food was very average. Had the French onion soup that was far too oily. Main course came with a side of veggies, six over steamed sugar snap peas and a sliver of broccoli, though my husband did enjoy his Coquille St. Jacques. $2 for a roll of hot bread, yummy... More

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Alberta, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Should have wrote this review earlier as we were last summer but are going to the island again this summer and this will defiantly be one stop we will not miss. The food was excellent but what topped it off was the excellent service. Not sure what we ordered, but do remember even the ketchup was made from scratch and... More

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We came in to Le Cafe Francais early on a Saturday night and so were the only customers. We had a chance to chat with the waiter, who turned out to be the owner's son. The restaurant is indeed run by a family from Normandy, France, who happened to arrive in Nanaimo 8 years ago through a series of accidental... More

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Duncan, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was our second visit to this delightful restaurant. Our first was incredibly rushed as we had a ferry to catch. Gilles performed a miracle and managed to prepare a feast for us in our limited time. Our crêpes were magnificent and the French fries worth the drive. Tonight, we took our time, savouring the Escargots au beurre d'Ail, each... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Here is where you can get authentic French cuisine in a small, friendly, family run restaurant! The food is amazing and fresh; the atmosphere is friendly with awesome staff.

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Edmonton, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What a delightful and delectable surprise to stumble upon Cafe Francais restaurant in Downtown Nanaimo, B.C.. This cute little restaurant provides superb authentic French cuisine, with a personal touch. Definitely worth a visit!

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