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Francine Bistro

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55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
+1 207-230-0083
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17:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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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 1 week ago

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

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Richmond, Virginia
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188 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Lancaster, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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San Mateo, California
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

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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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Camden, Maine
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Headbanger music ranged from tolerable to often painful. Perfect for the kitchen but dismissive of dinner guests. We couldn't hear our server or converse with one another. We were seated at 6 pm in a nearly empty restaurant between a table of two and one of three - so close to both that we could have eaten off their plates.... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We indulged ourselves on the entire trip, but nowhere provided food as satisfying and enjoyable as Francine Bistro! We ordered four entrees and two appetizers and ate every scrumptious bite! Francine's food is creative, tasty, and unpretentious--you can bet we'll go back!

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Thank Mary M
Innsbruck, Austria
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244 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We enjoyed our accidental dinner here (finally found a parking place just in front of the bistro and took it as a sign. The atmosphere is rather noisy and you could register every time, the waitress passed by the shaking of the chair; luckily, we got a table in an area away from the (open) door The prices are rather... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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?