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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
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 130
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  • 39
    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
Fine dining at a very reasonable price

While Holidaying in Nanaimo we discovered a quiet,welcoming small Bistro just a short walk from our hotel. We were welcomed graciously by this young man and seated at a quiet table where we could visit easily. It is owned and operated by a family who moved from France 10 years ago. Our meal was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Kamloops
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Kamloops
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

While Holidaying in Nanaimo we discovered a quiet,welcoming small Bistro just a short walk from our hotel. We were welcomed graciously by this young man and seated at a quiet table where we could visit easily. It is owned and operated by a family who moved from France 10 years ago. Our meal was breakfast and my how delicious it... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We dropped in on a Saturday night without reservations. We had to wait 30 minutes and we are glad we did. The food was delicious, the service was unsurpassed. We had the steak crepe with peppercorn sauce, it was really good, our daughter had the salmon and broccoli, she loved it. For desert we had a crepe Suzette and a... More 

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Bath, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, great service and pleasant ambiance. All you could ask for in a restaurant. One of the best bistro type French Restaurant that we have experienced. Interesting food, expertly prepared and served with a smile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This bistro is exactly what a bistro should be...unpretentious with fabulous food. The service was excellent and exactly in keeping with the restaurant - attentive and friendly. The wine list is certainly adequate - it is after all a French restaurant. My husband and I had 3 courses and each and every dish was perfectly prepared and delicious. It was... More 

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Oosterhout
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The wine (only French) is rather simple but OK. The food we had was very good. We started with a salmon salad which tasted very well. Also the salmon broccoli was very nice. As a dessert we took the chocolate mousse and the nougat. I did not taste the cognac but the mousse tasted well. The nougat was not very... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This cafe was right around the corner from the Coast Bastion so no problem with the wine before and during dinner...We didn't get there until last sitting at 8:30 and fortunately it wasn't crazy busy....ordered a bottle of red modestly priced and then ordered our meals. I had the special crepe of the day with red snapper , broccoli and... More 

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Nanaimo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Took my daughter for her birthday dinner along with my grandson. A varied menu of tasty choices for everyone. The service was friendly and warm. The atmosphere was warm and it was a lovely, reasonably priced evening.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Feels like stepping into a trendy Paris bistro. Low key, charming interior and wonderful French food made by a French chef from a French chef family background. One of my favourite places.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Had the Canard Cognac and it was so tender, sauce was amazing. The escargot appetizer was divine. This is authentic French cuisine done right. Service was very good, they made you feel welcome, and they were very charming young gentlemen. I would definitely go back again. Merci beaucoup Chef!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Authentic french cuisine and delicious food. Good service and intimate atmosphere. Always enjoy our meal.

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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: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
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
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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