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Francine Bistro

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55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
+1 207-230-0083
17:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Harpswell, Maine
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107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit here, but most enjoyable one. Started with the Pemaquid oysters; usually we prefer raw oysters left to their own devices, but here the addition of salsa and haddock cream made them really enjoyable. She had the roasted chicken, which she declared as fabulous. (Who usually orders chicken dining out, when there are so many other exotic dishes... More 

Thank J--Harpswell
Bangor, Maine
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Birthday w/e in Camden with my hubby and we chose Francine's, as we often do. Always make a res (which we did), because even in late January, all tables were full. Food always interesting and so well done! Service was excellent (although our Server clearly was very busy) and both appetizers and entrees were amazing -- dessert as well!

Thank Mary J
Andover, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This was our second time to Francine's (we generally only went to Salt Water Farm for our 'date nights'on vacation) but tried this last summer. So glad, it is our new fave. This time we went with the 5 course and each was delicious and so fresh tasting even mid winter. It's cozy, so be prepared to rub elbows with... More 

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Rockport, Maine
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is our "go-to" when we feel like an elegant night out. The food is always first rate. Service is friendly and timely.

Thank mahlon h
Richmond, Virginia
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190 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Camden is gaining a reputation as a culinary destination and Francine Bistro is certainly a major reason. We've dined in many so called up and coming, aspirational venues that try just a little too hard. Not the case with Francine. The menu is refreshingly straight forward, yet creatively composed with even basics such as scallops and a flank steak paired... More 

1 Thank Freddyt64
Lancaster, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I had a very nice dinner at Francine Bistro with my wife. The atmosphere was good, the service was better, and the food was the highlight. While my experience was good, I could see how it could be hit or miss. We were seated shortly after arriving, but did see others have to wait a while. Our seats were fine,... More 

1 Thank Dan M
San Mateo, California
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Traveling back to Maine in early October to visit a relative. After all day of traveling from west coast, I drove by this little place quite by chance. I walked in without reservation just to sit at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers. The bartender Chip was friendly and knowledgeable about wine. I ordered the... More 

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We sat at the bar and really enjoyed watching the chefs at work! Particular enjoyed the cocktails and the sweet corn soup was out of this world. The bartender (chip) was friendly and relaxed- not rushing us or leaving us without an empty drink. It was a very busy Friday night but service was not slow. Make reservations if possible-... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Francine's has become a landmark in Camden. We recommend this charming, innovative restaurant to everyone, our friends, our renters, our business colleagues. We always have, right from the beginning. We had a lovely evening. Our waiter was wonderful, very sweet, very attentive...The food was up to its usual standard and atmosphere is very French Bistro,,,all good....However, we had a 7:30... More 

1 Thank Mary M
Lindsey J, Front Office Manager at Francine Bistro, responded to this review

First, I do wish to thank you for your business as well as for recommending us to your friends. I would also like to apologize for the frustrations you faced during your visit. The birthday should absolutely have been recognized, as we printed of specific menus for your party with a happy birthday note, and I cannot explain why they... More 

San Diego, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Francine Bistro is a wonderful, tasty find in Camden. Tasty menu, nice wine selection, great service Francine Bistro has it all. Reservations are a must.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Camden
  • Phone Number: +1 207-230-0083

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