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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
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
Fredericksburg, Texas
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242 reviews 242 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We didn't stay because of poor service. We got there on time for their very first seating w/ reservations. They were late in opening & then took a long time getting our orders, even for drinks. Then, we waited quite awhile for any drinks/wine to come, while our waitress visited w/ lots of other people. The music was very loud.... More

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Westlake Village, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Every time we have eaten in this fabulous restaurant, we end up having great conversations with the strangers next to us! New friends, delicious dinners, friendly and efficient staff, great location…easy to walk to if staying in Camden.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

From start to finish, this was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The service was impeccable...the servers are extremely knowledgeable about the menu, and take the time to explain the dishes. The calamari noodle appetizer was without a doubt the most creative dish I have ever had! And the halibut with the green gazpacho was amazing.... More

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Bethesda
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had dinner here last nite (a tues). The restaurant was filled but our reservation for 4 was honored immediately. The atmosphere is casual with a nice vibe. The decor is plain but pleasant. All of the food we had was very good. The standout was the pork chop which was one of the best i have ever had. It... More

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Manchester, NH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We enjoyed our meals, which were creative and delicious. Unfortunately, we found the dining room to be devoid of atmosphere, crowded, with little attention being paid to creating an environment to match the cuisine. The service was excellent.

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Bowdoinham, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

From the first contact of making a reservation for that night to the last sip of coffee after dinner - the experience at Francine's was positive. The wait staff is friendly and attentive but not hovering. The food ... Well, the food is just the best. My husband, who is not effusive about food, was still talking about the best... More

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Saco, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We have been to Francine three times in the last year. Each visit was a memorable, delicious experience. First--great waitstaff. Unpretentious, warm, knowledgeable, well trained--always a big help with daunting selection process. Fantastic breads. Imaginative menu featuring predominantly local ingredients. (I enjoyed a spectacular line-caught halibut dish, as good as any I can recall.) Wonderful dishes for meat-eaters, vegetarians, seafood... More

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White Mountains, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was our third dining experience. Francine is absolutely our favorite Maine restaurant. We have always been nicely greeted. The waitstaff are professional and friendly. My husband started with roast Rhode Island calamari and raved about it. Very substantial starter. I always order the wild pemaquid oysters. A taste sensation - salty, slightly spicy, creamy, smoky. We each had the... More

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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were in Camden, ME on our anniversary and wanted a special place for dinner. A lovely lady at the front desk of our motel recommended Francine's. It happened to be her anniversary as well and she insisted in calling ahead for reservations. When we arrived we were escorted to our table and presented with a menu... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

4 of us went here on advice of a local. Very disappointing. A superb chef can take multiple ingredients, in the right amounts, and create masterpieces. Here, the lobster, steak and tuna entrees included multiple vegetables, sauces and spices. In the right hands, the results could have been excellent. Whoever was in the kitchen this night literally dumped on the... More

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