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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 283 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
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped in during a road trip for a coffee and Nanaimo bar. It was the best Nanaimo bar I've ever had. I bought 3 more to bring back to my family and they said the same. Very good sweets!

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Vancouver
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I have been meaning to try this restaurant for quite a while and I happened to be in Nanaimo on business recently, so popped in on a rainy night. The restaurant is small but cozy, with check red & white plastic table cloths and candle light. Little electric stoves give the place a nice warm feeling. They have numerous varieties... More 

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Cobble Hill, Canada
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have often walked by this little restaurant in downtown Nanaimo but had never stopped in, only because the timing was not right. This day, we were early for lunch but had missed breakfast, so thought we would give it a try. They just unlocked the door as we arrived. Being the only guests we were the focus of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I was so happy that we stumbled across this restaurant by accident. The food is authentic french cuisine with EVERYTHING made from scratch. We had dinner there every night during our stay and tried a different items from the menu and found it difficult to pick our favourite dishes as they were ALL good. This is the first time I've... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The food was very good, service was efficient and quick. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to family and friends. The only complaint, the portions are small, you may leave feeling hungry.

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I don't know how often I have stayed in Nanaimo on business, but always eaten at the hotel restaurant. Little did I realize a short block walk into town and you find Commercial which has a series of little restaurants along it. One if these is Le Café Francais. I really like French food from the standard steak frites to... More 

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

... wonderful food, excellent service, we make a point of stopping in whenever we go up island. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the chef is the owner and the waiter is his son! If you want to practice your French, both are more than happy to indulge. In our last visit I was determined to save room for the... More 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Amazing and authentic French cuisine. The service was very quick and efficient. The chef came out and chatted with us and told us how he ended up in Nanaimo. Great character! Such a treasure for Nanaimo!

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West Kelowna, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 

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Additional Information about Le Cafe Francais

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

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