Met with friends last night at Franco. Since they picked the restaurant (one I had never heard of), I was not sure what to expect. This French restaurant, located on South Eighth Street (across from the Soulard Market), is housed in a converted warehouse. Designers did a terrific job of keeping the decor simple and not packing the tables too closely together. The "open" layout works well and the place was busy, but did not look packed like sardines.
On to the food: We were pleasantly surprised with the variety on the menu. Franco's menu featured a nice balance of appetizers, soups, and salads for starters (I can attest to the excellent French onion soup!). Past that, the main courses - one each for chicken, pork, fish, seafood, beef, lamb, vegetarian - were interesting combinations. Our waiter was terrific at answering our many questions, and at our table nearly every entree was ordered by someone. Desserts included a number of delicious offerings as well.
There is no question we would go back to Franco and try one of the other delectable dishes!
Tip: If you have a group, I would definitely call in advance. The small separate room (where our group was located) was great because it allowed us to all participate in a conversation without bothering other diners.