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“A Touch of France in the Pacific Northwest” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Cafe Francais

Le Cafe Francais
Ranked #1 of 320 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $37
Cuisines: French, European, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: French little bistro. Authentique home cooking
Kingsville, Canada
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Touch of France in the Pacific Northwest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

With the summer tourist season fast approaching (albeit not fast enough!!) it's a good time to start planning for your next trip. If those plans happpen to include Nanaimo in the central region of Vancouver Island, here is another wonderful restaturant to explore. Le Cafe Francais is a lovely, small (about 10 tables) on the main commercial street in Nanamo. You may be intrigued by its appearance, the delicious aromas wafting out of the palce or the serene melodies of Edith Piaf but you'll stay and return for the delicious food. Traditional french delicacies such as coq au vin and crepes are wonderful choices and not to be missed is th decadent, delicate and mouth watering dessert crepes - all generously "baptized" with liqueurs. The service is attentive and friendly, the ambience reminisent of a Parisien cafe but the real star is the food. Prices are moderate with lunch for two including a glass of wine and those incredible crepes is about $60. I usually stick to local specialties but variety is the spice of life and Le Cafe Francais is sure to pleas all but th emost discriminating of palates.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Another fabulous meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

We celebrated a birthday lunch. This has become one of favourite restaurants. Service was good and of course the food was fabulous. My husband had a lunch special and I had a baguette Au Vin...yum. food made from scratch even the pomme frittes. The restaurant is not pretentious but has a French cafe feel with French music playing in the background. If you go save room for one of crepe desserts which are to die for.

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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Touch of France”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch here and found it quite delightful. Very a french menu. We both had Coquilles Au mare. Great sauce. The scallops and fish were excellent. Mine came with a very good salad, hers with Pommes Frittes. Shared an excellent Creme Brûlée for dessert. Delightful French Speaking server added to the ambiance. Not a bad spot if you are in a Frenchy kind of mood.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“authentic French food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Great service. Excellent food. Wonderful for the kids wanting to practice French too. Grandchildren treated royally. They will make crepes for chilren that are not on the menu. Our granchildren ate everything..

Visited September 2012
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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Un coin du France”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Small family run restaurant with restricted but quality french cuisine menu, situated in central Nanaimo

Visited October 2012
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