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Francine Bistro

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55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843
+1 207-230-0083
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 198
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A perfect meal in a great atmosphere

Great atmosphere, food is terrific - fresh, local and unique. Servers are very knowledgeable about the food. Francine's is well worth the visit. Always on our list when thinking about heading to Camden. Yum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Linda R
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, food is terrific - fresh, local and unique. Servers are very knowledgeable about the food. Francine's is well worth the visit. Always on our list when thinking about heading to Camden. Yum.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very crowded place. Great food, but poor service. Waitress was friendly enough, but drinks took forever to receive. Had to flag her down more than once to follow up on the drinks. The chicken dish and the ribs were inventive and very good.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Saw so many wonderful reviews so I left a message on their phone two days ago to inquire about availability for dinner tonight. They did not call back, so I did. They said that "someone must have decided not to call you because we were fully booked today anyway". Booking a meal is where the experience starts. Alas, not the... More 

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Richmond, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had the most remarkable meal...ooh and aahh with each bite. Cozy atmosphere with a porch and inside and attentive service. Loved the mussels.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Lovely little place with great atmosphere. Innovative dishes and great service. Would definitely recommend and you need a reservation.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Steak and frittes was top shelf! Tremendous appetizers and sides. Solid drink list. Service solid!! Been this way for years! Worth every penny!! True French bistro experience in Camden!!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

From a perfectly mixed martini to the finishing touch of dessert.....we loved this place! Casual, a bit noisy, but everyone is having a good time and sharing good food. Waiter most knowledgable so ordering was easy after his descriptions. A fun, but foggy evening.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Even though our party of six messed up on the time for our reservation, Mattie was tremendously gracious. Sweet corn soup with basil was superb. Salads were interesting combinations and worth eating slowly to enjoy. Halibut with pesto, chicken, steak frites - everything we ordered was carefully prepared.

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Stowe, Vermont
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This used to be a restaurant with an innovative menu and a fun experience. Tonight, we had a sad vision of a restaurant that was focused on getting people in and out quickly, with good food, but very poor value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We made last minute reservation on rainy Friday and got 5:30 booking. Restaurant staff very attentive and clientele mixture of regulars and first time visitors. Food was excellent and bistro bar offers nice selections of cocktails...try the Italian spritz made with o.j., prosecco and Aperol.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Camden
  • Phone Number: +1 207-230-0083

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 to 29

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?