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Francine Bistro

55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
207-230-0083
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Ranked #11 of 42 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
  • Any
English first
Fellsmere, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I give this only two stars because unfortunately, while the dinner I had there, was wonderful, the owner seemed very uninterested in helping us celebrate a special ocassion for a party of 12. We offered to take whatever seating would suit them but alas not one word back from them confirming or declining our request. We emailed and went there... More 

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Camden, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am very lucky to be married to a talented chef, so eating out can be a challenge as not many meals live up to my wife's cooking. Francine's is one of the those places. Great food and atmosphere alwasy make for a fun night out

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

On our recent trip to MAINE, we ate at Francine Bistro, Camden. Since I am suffering from a broken jaw and cannot chew anything, my choices when dining out are somewhat limited. Not wanting to force everyone else to suffer just because I can't eat, I suggested Francine Bistro because of the local seasonal menu. I figured I could just... More 

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Lincolnville, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is the place I want to go on my birthday for the food. The music used to be ungodly loud synthesizer tech, but seems to greatly toned down, so you can now actually converse at the table. The food has always been terrific. Try the chile relleno appetizer if it's on the menu. Also, the hazelnut semifreddo is fabulous... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We recently ate here while on a trip to Camden with another couple. My wife ordered eggplant parmesan which she described as dry, bland and tasteless plus to boot she burnt her hand on the cast iron skillet they served it in. My friend and I both ordered a pork chop and curiously his was boneless and mine had a... More 

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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Over many trips to Camden to visit family in recent years, we have avoided Francine's -- mostly because of its menu -- which is posted outside the restaurant. The descriptions all seem to have one too many ingredients listed and, combined with the somewhat quirky use of fonts and type size, create the impression that this is going to be... More 

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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The chef is very creative. We enjoyed chicken liver bruschetta as an appetizer and a Stilton Pie (special of the day) as the entree. Nice wine list! This is a place to enjoy a meal and conversation. Get to know the folks at the next table, everyone is friendly here!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

YUM!!! We were so glad we made a reservation at Francine Bistro during our recent trip to Maine. The bistro is bustling and loud. Menu changes daily, and we had a hard time choosing. Herb roasted lobster was amazing. Desserts were equally amazing. We can't wait to return.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It's hard for us to give 5 stars unless a place leaves us totally speechless, or at least the meal does. The meal bordered on the spectacular and the bistro's charm was quite appealing and there was certainly nothing to fault here. We called early on Tuesday morning and by the time our reservation was confirmed hours later, we were... More 

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Pennington, NJ
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120 reviews 120 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have been to Francine's on our last trip to Maine a few years ago and it was one of our favorites. This time it was also excellent. There were so many intriguing choices that we ordered three appetizers and two entrees and shared. It was a good thing we could walk back to our inn!! For mains, we had... More 

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Additional Information about Francine Bistro

Address: 55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
Phone Number: 207-230-0083
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Camden
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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