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Francine Bistro

55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
207-230-0083
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Ranked #9 of 43 restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Brunswick, Maine
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Three of us had dinner tonight at Francine Bistro and were more than satisfied! The pork chop was out of this world- moist, interesting flavor combinations, and tender. I had about given up on pork as supermarket pork is tasteless. Not so here! Another in our party had the smoked ribs with smoked peanuts and carmel sauce--fabulous! The other the... More

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Bangor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We dined at Francine Bistro back in December and it was tremendous, nothing short of outstanding, the food, the service, the atmosphere, we loved it all and we will be back!!

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Camden, Maine
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

There has been historically a few good dishes, but very little creative change. Small restaurant where you leave with the smell of food on your clothes and the memories of a very hot small restaurant in the summer. A New York attitude without the service or food to support it.

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West Rockport, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I enjoyed the food, but the overall dining experience was ruined by a server who turned the most innocent exchanges into "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions." Service with a heapin' helpin' of Ego Trip is never a good combination.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner at Francine. Limited menu but the food is well prepared and interesting. Slightly uncomfortable restaurant. Will be back!

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Malden, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Very nice dinner at Francine. Restaurant is very small and noisy and service somewhat rocky. The menu is limited but had some interesting options. One of the better restaurants in Camden!

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Newton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Yes, finally the question on TA makes sense. We went here based on a recommendation we got during a wine tasting. They were right......even though we were TOLD to make reservations and NOT show up at 7pm.....well we spaced on the reservations, showed up at 7pm, and we made out like bandits! I say we made out like bandits because... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Feels a little fancier (to me). Owned by the same people/person that owns Shepherds's Pie. Also a very creative chef and menu., These are 2 of my 'go to' places if I want creative, more sophisticated food. Can't remember the bill but it's more than the average place so don't be surprised, but well worth it.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We had a nice dinner at Francine. Service was a bit rocky and somewhat unfriendly. Otherwise the food was flavourful and well presented.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Last time we were here . . . the sister restaurant of Shepherd's Pie had just opened and Francine's was suffering. . .A few years has made all the difference! Francine's is back to what we remember . . . truly outstanding! The smoked cod entrée may be the best cod (or other fish) preparation we have ever had. It... More

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