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Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I, with two other couples, vacation annually in Rockport. We enjoy new experiences & places to eat. Last summer while driving around Camden, we passed Franny's Bistro at dusk. The quaintness of the bistro immediately struck me. Charming small lights throughout the...inside and the patio. I jotted a note to remind myself to check out the bistro. I did research and found the great reviews it received. I proposed to the others we eat at Franny's during this summer's vacation. I made reservations for a patio seating. We arrived and were immediately seated on the patio. Our charming waitress took drink orders and explained the specials on the menu. We reviewed the menu while enjoying the charm of the patio and our delight in being able to hear one another without shouting across the table. A second round of drinks were served with a few appetizers. After finishing the apps, which were delicious, we ordered entrees. I do not recall each entry ordered but my wife ordered shrimp linguini. I ordered Halibut which was one of the specials. And one other person ordered the lamb. EVERYONE raved about their meals. Fresh, piping hot when the meals were brought from the kitchen to our table, and portions were reasonable, plenty of food but not overwhelming. Although, one in our party did take home a portion of her meal. I'll definitely return next summer. I loved the entire experience. The staff were friendly and attentive but not bothersome. The patio was delightfully charming and quiet. We never felt rushed. Everyone made us feel welcomed and comfortable. It was like we went to a relatives or best friend for dinner and drinks. Definitely dine at Franny's Bistro. You will have one of your best dining experiences in years.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to Franny's Bistro multiple times with family and friends in small and large groups. The menu is extensive and I have not heard a complaint about any of the selections. Usually the comments are high praise. The service is just fine and...it is a comfortable setting in character with the Camden environment.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022

Franny's is one of those rare restaurants that absolutely nails it all. The staff is friendly, warm, and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is lovely - would recommend eating in the tent outdoors if you're here for the summer season. The wine selection is delicious, but...I personally love the strawberry spritz (maybe a little too much). The menu is just inventive enough to feel like you're trying something new, but familiar enough that you feel like you're eating a favorite family recipe. I particularly love both dishes that feature grits, and my partner loves the scallops - but don't skip on the lobster fritters. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 July 2022

We had a great dinner at Franny's. Service was a little slow but the food was very flavorful and memorable.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 23 June 2022

We were met at the door by Franny, who apologized in person that there would be a wait for our table -- that lasted about 5 minutes. That personal touch has filtered down to her employees. Our server was attentive and helpful. My dinner was...a wonderful linguine with seafood and a rich tomato sauce wonderfully flavored. A great night.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 June 2022

We sat outside under a tent they have nicely decorated and were advised up front that the kitchen was overwhelmed. Our server wasn't kidding. She encouraged us to order an appetizer because our entrees would take awhile. We weren't sure if this was a way...to make an extra sale, but turns out it was sound advice. Our whole meal start to finish took 3 hours and we didn't even order dessert! They were also hesitant to accommodate a vegan diet and acted like it was a big deal to give me a side order of asparagus.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 June 2022

We spent one night in Camden and tried Franny's based on a recommendation. The staff was professional and friendly, the food was phenomenal. The star of our meal was the scallops and mussels over grits but each course was terrific. We sat outside and the...setting was quiet and residential. I wouldn't have expected such great cooking if I was just passing by so I'm glad we went in! This was the best meal on our 7 day tour of Boston, Maine & NH. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 9 June 2022

My wife and I have been coming to Camden in June for many years with friends to celebrate a birthday. Have had many fine dinners, but none as good as we had on our visit to Franny's in 2022. Truly outstanding! Thought my smoked shrimp...spring roll appetizer couldn't be beat 'til I tasted my wife's shrimp dumplings and cucumber salad. For our entree, we both had scallops and mussels with creamed corn and bacon over cheddar grits -- fantastic! Our friends raved over the Portuguese seafood and linguine. Our server was knowledgeable and personable. Delightful evening. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 13 May 2022

Had a fantastic dinner at Franny's Bistro. Fortunately found online while searching where to eat, a bit off the center. Unassuming from the outside you'd never guess how amazing it would be. Our waitress Mara was lovely. We had the shrimp dumplings with cucumber salad...which I still think about and wish I could replicate the salad at home. I got the rack of lamb special and my husband the Portugueses fish stew. Both were absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend, if we come back to Camden we will 100% eat here againMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 30 March 2022

The food at Franny's was excellent, as was the service. The Arctic char with lemon risotto that I had was superb. It came with grilled asparagus and a delicious side of wild mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Yum!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 24 March 2022

Not only is the food excellent (especially the ribs), but the wait staff are great too. The couple who own Franny's Bistro are on the scene. He is the chef and Jen is the hostess and manager. As one who is lactose intolerant, I am...always on the look-out for a chef who will try to accommodate my need to avoid dairy and I have found several great dishes at Franny's that are dairy-free. Oh yes, did I say that the restaurant is also very comfortable and the decor is probably the nicest in town (Camden). Jen has totally redecorated Franny's from it's former self. I don't want to forget to mention that Bianca, the bar tender, makes real drinks. Do make a reservation, because Franny's is busy year around. They are on Open Table. I live in Camden so I know what I'm talking about.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 16 March 2022

This was a first time visit for us and based on the outstanding reviews we expected much more than what we received. We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated quickly but it took a few minutes for someone to recognize us and...take a drink order. We chose the salmon (my husband) and roots and grits (me) since it was the only vegetarian entree on the menu. In reality it is nothing more than 2 of their appetizers combined and sized-up. When our entrees arrived I discovered that my "roots" were 80% carrot and parsnip with lesser amounts of onion and a few bits of mushroom and golden beets, not exactly a well-mixed medley as described. Overall, it was quite bland and uninspired. As a real foodie, I do very much resent it when restaurants don't make the effort to create a dedicated vegetarian entree but instead get lazy and throw a couple of veggie appetizers together and call it an evening. Service was average - nothing special. It's very doubtful we will return.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 23 January 2022

We had the pleasure of dining at Franny’s last night, and as expected, they crushed it! The cheerful owner Jen sat us in a nice section, and an exceptional server from Romania could not have been better. WOW. We split the lobster fritter and calamari...apps that were super tasty, highly recommend. Ribs and ragu pasta entrees hit the mark. Gingerbread with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream was the grand finale, super moist and addictive, it was the best I have ever eaten. I am so pleased we chose Franny’s to celebrate, which will now be an annual tradition, make it yours soon.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 18 December 2021

A little off the main part of town lies the cutest litlle bistro with amazing food and great service. We met Jen at the front door as she was tending to the propane heater in front of the restaurant. It looked so warm and cozy...inside we decided to check out the menu. We already had reservations at another top rated restaurant in Camden, but decided to call and cancel. So glad we did. Jen was kind enough to separate a table for 4 so we she could make room for us as we didn't have a reservation. It started to get quite full after we got there, and it was only 6PM. Our server Mara came over and introduced herself. A lovely soul from Romania, where we have vacationed previously so we enjoyed her conversation and excellent service. Started with the shrimp dumpling appetizer with cucumber and it was fantastic. For entrees we had the Atlantic Char and the Rack of lamb. Both were excellent. The vegetable came al dente which I love and is rare for most restaurants these days as they tend to overcook everything. Another plus is that this restaurant doesn't have the ridiculous mask mandate sign posted on the door and let's people enjoy the freedom of being in America. Where it if you want, don't if you don't. 5 Stars plus. The restaurant also has quite a nice wine list too. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 25 November 2021

Don’t miss the gem! Everything from start to finish was perfection. We were not able to make a reservation but stopped in anyway and was offered two cozy seats at the bar. Friendly professional service through and through, outstanding menu, each item we ordered was...prepared perfectly with care and the finest ingredients. Loved the open kitchen, casual but elegant vibe, and the whole experience. Look forward to returning. Thank you for a perfect evening Franny’s!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
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