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Francine Bistro

55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
207-230-0083
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Ranked #9 of 47 Restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
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English first
NYC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had to wait an hour for a table (on a Wednesday) so you might want to make a reservation ahead of time We had appetizers "corn soup with chanterelles" really good And a special "papadom with spicy crab ",was really good too For entrees we had lobster and halibut ,they were very tasty ,they did put a lot of... More

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Florence, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We didn't book, but it was quite early and luckily they were able to find a table for us in the nice space outside. We had Pemaquid oysters, rosted halibut, lobster and we liked them all as all the dishes were combining different tastes in a great way (oyster included as they were cooked with herbes). But mussels are our... More

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Campton, New Hampshire
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Amazing little place! We saw it from the road while trying to find a parking spot, and man are we glad we did. Fantastic. Wonderful cozy atmosphere, great, friendly service, and the food was off the charts. Highly recommend.

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Quincy MA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This small and very busy restaurant looks like a private home, until one notices the sign and the white Christmas lights in the windows. The sweet corn soup with its fresh, herby pistou is the perfect summer soup. The short short ribs with peanuts and salted caramel sauce are an innovating and mouth-watering combination. The bustle and chatter from all... More

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Humble
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had a great experience. Arrived around 5pm as we did not have a reservation and snagged a patio table. Enjoyed the breeze and it was fairly quiet which we like. We shared the specialty steak with frittes and I wish I had ordered my own. Still craving the favorful sauce. It was a 12 minute walk from Hawthorn Inn... More

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Vermont
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

What attention to detail; from the options on the menu -that are based on what is in season and fresh- to the "from scratch" aspect of so many of the ingredients used in the dishes on the ever-changing menu. I loved my meal. The server was gracious and generous with giving me details of the dishes I was deciding between..she... More

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Chicago
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9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I read mixed reviews about Francine. Most of the concerns were due to poor service. Most of the positive reviews were due to the quality of the food. Our experience was no different. We had pan roasted chicken and halibut dinners. Both were tasty. The chicken in particular was in a flavorful sauce that was unique and tasty. The problem... More

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Miami, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place was an absolute madhouse. Not only wasn't there an empty seat in the house but those with reservations, like moi, were crowding the front door sheepishly waiting to be called to the table. While waiting we ambled around back to visit with the chickens in the pen near the back door. They were plump and appeared healthy but... More

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