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Le Cafe Francais

) #1 of 228 Restaurants in Nanaimo ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ French, European, Gastropub
153 Commercial St | 153 COMMERCIAL STREET, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
+1 250-716-7866
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“crepes” (104 reviews)
“escargot” (29 reviews)
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French, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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153 Commercial St | 153 COMMERCIAL STREET, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
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Reviews (329)
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1 - 10 of 329 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were just walking by on the street and noticed the menu posted outside this restaurant. We were impressed enough that we decided to make reservations (necessary for a Friday night even outside of summer). We were able to snag a window table in what...More

1  Thank CanProf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having spent quite a lot of time in France, this was a delightful surprise. Everything about Le Cafe Francais was what you would expect in an authentic cafe in a side street in Paris or Nice or elsewhere in France. The ambience, including the music...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We were thoroughly and pleasantly surprised by this little gem. The food was excellent and the service and ambience was wonderful.

Thank 135mark1
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Three of us had escargot to start, one au gratin and two with butter and garlic, we all really enjoyed them, the other person had the French Onion soup, which he said was very good. I had the lamb shank in cognac sauce, it was...More

Thank ColleenBadger
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

If only every Vancouver Island Community had such a beautifully​ unassuming French restaurant with food as delicious and service as wonderful as this. When in Nanaimo eat here and enjoy.

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Me and my husband were just revisiting Vancouver Island and had an opportunity to eat at this restaurant twice in a row. On the first night I had escargot au gratin and they were fabulous. For my main dish I chose Coquilles Saint -Jacques, absolutely...More

1  Thank angie l
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Had dinner here last night with friends to celebrate my wife birthday. We dine here often when in town. The atmosphere is perfectly European and the service is warm, personal, and authentic. The daily specials are always great. Try the chicken breast in creme sauce....really...More

1  Thank gerronimo
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Crepe special was excellent as were the crepes Suzette for dessert. Everyone else was happy with their meal. Service was attentive and friendly. Restaurant was cosy and unpretentious. Good value meal. Would go again.

Thank Vgk49
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We had a meal at this unassuming restaurant last Tuesday. If you like traditional French cuisine from Normandy you will not be disappointed. And by traditional I mean proper portions of food that leave you room for dessert crêpes! My meal was an appetizer of...More

1  Thank Allen288
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

There is always something warm and comforting about French cuisine, but trying to find a restaurant that delivers- Ah! that is something else - unless you happen to be in downtown Nanaimo and casually steer yourself into Le Cafe Francais located at 153 Commercial street,...More

Thank Geoffrey M
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mason m
Bonsoir! ! Quel sont vos horaires? J'ai vu que votre restaurant est fermé le lundi. Merci d'avoir répondu à ma question! Bonne soirée! !
25 April 2017|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
bonsoir . oui le restaurant est ouvert du mardi au samedi de 17h a 21h. bonne soirée et j espère a bientôt.
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michael m
how many people can this restaurant accommodate?
15 March 2016|
Response from cafefrancaisnanaimo | Property representative |
40 personnes
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mike t
ok is there a dress code and do you need reservations. also is the escargot in garlic butter or mushroom caps?
2 February 2016|
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Response from Angela M | Reviewed this property |
No dress code required nor is a reservation required but I highly reccomend calling for one anyway because they can get very busy especially if there is a show at the theatre. Never had the escargot.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 37
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 153 Commercial St | 153 COMMERCIAL STREET, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-716-7866
  • E-mail
French little bistro. Authentique home cooking