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Francine Bistro

55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
207-230-0083
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Ranked #9 of 46 Restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Belfast, Maine
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Our friends asked us to join them at Francine's to celebrate their first year in buisness. They have been to Francine's before but this was our first time. The restaurant is small but has a very comfortable feel and wonderful atmosphere. We had a couple specialty drinks (I had the Re-vivor) and they were excellent. We ordered two apps for... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Loved this place! The food is perfectly cooked, the menu is fun and interesting without being pretentious, and the waitstaff couldn't be nicer or more helpful.

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Camden, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

As locals we've been having dinner at Francine's Bistro for many years. The food is consistently outstanding. The menu is fresh and creative. Unfortunately the level of service has been in decline over the last couple of years. The staff has been friendly and knowledgable, but they don't seem to have your basic dining experience needs in mind. They just... More

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Morristown, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Dinner at Francine's was delicious; mussels,smokey ribs and a awesome pork chop (my wife and I shared our meal). Really High grades for the food. The service was good, efficient and timely and the staff was helpful. Desserts were fine, but the cappuccino was far from good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Francine's has been a favorite restaurant for many years. This year the staff changed. The waitress who acts , sometimes, as hostess and outside porch waitress is the worst waitress I have ever encountered. On two occasions she forgot one persons order and we had to tell one of the waitresses who knew what she was doing( she has been... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Our dinner at Francine Bistro was just delicious, start to finish. Amazing oysters, an intense appetizer, perfectly cooked fish with delightful veg and seasoning. Portions were just right, wait staff was friendly, helpful and enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the dishes they served. Lovely evening, definitely would return to Francine!

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Belgrade, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I have dined at Francine in the past, and were very impressed by both the food and the service. We made a reservation this year in celebration of our anniversary, and were eagerly looking forward to another wonderful experience. Unfortunately, although the food was delicious, the service (or, perhaps I should say, the lack of service) put... More

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Chevy Chase
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Francine is a terrific dining experience and we highly recommend it. The food is consistently outstanding and the use of local seafood and produce is certainly an important part of the experience. We have eaten here many times. Unfortunately the service is extremely unpredictable. Sometimes really great, other times entirely unpredictable. Our last dinner was outstanding but it took 30... More

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NYC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

One of the better restaurants in Camden. Very inventive food but the service is spotty. We ate there twice. On the first night the server and bar tender forgot our drink order and the bar tender was very nasty about the situation but the restaurant did comp our drinks. Otherwise, the food is very interesting and well prepared.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Just left after waiting for almost a half hour for our 7:30 dinner reservation. We were not the only ones upset. No hostess. Every server was in reservation book. All were doing different things. Staff appeared to be overwhelmed. No one appeared to be in charge. Suspect they were extremely overbooked. Can't comment on the food as we didn't have... More

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