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Francine Bistro

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55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
+1 207-230-0083
17:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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163 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first time at this venue, we were greeted and seated at the time of our reservation which you must make since it has limited seating. Located in downtown Camden, this place was easy to find. We found the menu very limited which makes it hard if you are a picky eater. All dishes were unusual and made with different... More 

Thank Flarbird
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2 reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

A top notch dinner spot with a special menu each evening depending on what is fresh and locally available. Reservations are a must.

Thank Jeffery P
Harpswell, Maine
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114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Our first visit here, but most enjoyable one. Started with the Pemaquid oysters; usually we prefer raw oysters left to their own devices, but here the addition of salsa and haddock cream made them really enjoyable. She had the roasted chicken, which she declared as fabulous. (Who usually orders chicken dining out, when there are so many other exotic dishes... More 

Thank J--Harpswell
Bangor, Maine
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Birthday w/e in Camden with my hubby and we chose Francine's, as we often do. Always make a res (which we did), because even in late January, all tables were full. Food always interesting and so well done! Service was excellent (although our Server clearly was very busy) and both appetizers and entrees were amazing -- dessert as well!

Thank Mary J
Andover, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This was our second time to Francine's (we generally only went to Salt Water Farm for our 'date nights'on vacation) but tried this last summer. So glad, it is our new fave. This time we went with the 5 course and each was delicious and so fresh tasting even mid winter. It's cozy, so be prepared to rub elbows with... More 

Thank marksperls
Rockport, Maine
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is our "go-to" when we feel like an elegant night out. The food is always first rate. Service is friendly and timely.

Thank mahlon h
Richmond, Virginia
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203 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Camden is gaining a reputation as a culinary destination and Francine Bistro is certainly a major reason. We've dined in many so called up and coming, aspirational venues that try just a little too hard. Not the case with Francine. The menu is refreshingly straight forward, yet creatively composed with even basics such as scallops and a flank steak paired... More 

1 Thank Freddyt64
Lancaster, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

I had a very nice dinner at Francine Bistro with my wife. The atmosphere was good, the service was better, and the food was the highlight. While my experience was good, I could see how it could be hit or miss. We were seated shortly after arriving, but did see others have to wait a while. Our seats were fine,... More 

1 Thank Dan M
San Mateo, California
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Traveling back to Maine in early October to visit a relative. After all day of traveling from west coast, I drove by this little place quite by chance. I walked in without reservation just to sit at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers. The bartender Chip was friendly and knowledgeable about wine. I ordered the... More 

Thank TeaHsu
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We sat at the bar and really enjoyed watching the chefs at work! Particular enjoyed the cocktails and the sweet corn soup was out of this world. The bartender (chip) was friendly and relaxed- not rushing us or leaving us without an empty drink. It was a very busy Friday night but service was not slow. Make reservations if possible-... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Chestnut St, Camden, ME 04843-2211
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Camden
  • Phone Number: +1 207-230-0083

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?