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Franco
Franco

Franco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eatatfranco.com
  • Phone: (314) 436-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Williams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Franco is happy to work with any guest to create a menu specific to their needs while providing interesting and exciting new catering options, with a French influence.
  • Entertainment: Franco lets the good times roll every Wednesday Night in the bar. Local musicians perform an array of styles, but the emphasis is always on eclectic and entertaining tunes with good taste.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carroll Street
  • Public Transit: Metrolink at Busch Stadium is only a 10 min walk north from us. This makes us an ideal place to eat real food before or after the game.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a 125 space lot directly across the street. During the day the lot is metered, but after 5:30 parking is free.
A word from Franco
Franco offers classic, rustic French cuisine. We utilize only the best and freshest ingredients and support our local farmers as much as possible. Located in historic Soulard we are 20 feet away from the Soulard Farmers Market, the oldest market west of the Mississippi. Everyday our chef walks the market and changes the menu to incorporate the inspirational seasonal bounty he finds. Some of our favorites are Braised Lamb Shank, Steak Frites and Steamed Mussels. At lunch, don't miss the Coq au Vin. Franco opened in late 2006 and received the honor of being named St. Louis Best New Restaurant by Sauce Magazine, The Riverfront Times, Alive Magazine and St. Louis Magazine. The interior of the restaurant received an AIA design award. It is beautiful and elegant while staying approachable and inviting. Franco has several different seating options with a private dining room, bar, patio and private event space. We hope to see you soon for lunch our dinner.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Coming from a lamb country your shank was fantastic. Loved the use of ozark and missouri fare. Good to see. Nice interesting setting with light decor. I don't drink so can't comment in wine or beer list but good to see regional and Canadian beers. Food was fantastic with interesting combination. If you were in Auckland it would be a regular spot for us. Great building and glad soulard continues to grow and suprise. Came with my parent who live in Clayton. I saw the menu and that is what brought us down. Best of luck. See you next year when i am back visiting. Reminded me of the engine room restaurant in northcote Auckland. Cheers"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food is outstanding and the menu stays fresh. We go to Franco when we want to make sure there are no mess ups for special occasions or for entertaining friends or when our time is running close. We love their food and their art work. It's always a good idea to take a wrap as the room gets a little chilly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Every dish was flavored with perfection. I had three grilled shrimp. You can choose the quantity and I like my starter to be a taste and not something to fill me up before my entree. I ordered the rib eye steak and it was nicely seasoned and tender. The fire roasted beets were sensational and I ended up taking some home and they were good the next day. The apple tart tatin was good but I like my apple slices a little thinner. Our waiter was courteous and attentive in a subtle way. It had been a while since I dined there and I forgot how truly good the food is and our party of four all agreed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I like to find unique, non-chain resturaunts, and Franco was a find! We loved the ambience, and the chicken roulade and grilled beets were exquisite! This is definitely going on our list of favorites!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We especially enjoyed sitting at a window table where we sit up high and can view the entire room. Was very comfortable. Franco's food, especially the small plates, was very good, except the skeet fish was just OK. Ordered a glass of Chardonnay and a local beer and enjoyed both. The chocolate cake for dessert was superb."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent overall experience. Grilled trout not as wonderful as expected, otherwise the service and atmosphere are perfect...especially pleased that noise level was quite low, while the dining room was full - that almost never happens anymore."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The emphasis at Franco is clearly on the food--which is always top notch! But the wine, the service and the classy setting (in an old baby-carriage factory stripped to its rugged architectural core) all add to the richness of the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a nice light meal with my partner and I sharing appetizers and a signature drinks. We ordered fried brie which was good but could have used a small amount of perhaps sea salt to contrast the sweetness of the delicious dipping sauce. That portion of our order came fairly quickly. Then we ordered the cheese plate and pomme frites. These seemed to take too long to make it to our table. Also, the cheese plate was provided without crackers so we had to ask for bread. However, both appetizers were delicious and the bread was WONDERFUL!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We arrived early and decided to wait in the bar. The bartender, Jason, was extremely knowledgable about Franco's menu and answered our many questions. He made a great Margarita too! Once we moved to a table the service was fine but not outstanding. Our food was excellent!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I like the Soulard neighborhood, and Franco's offers a little more upscale dining experience for those who travel to this unique St. Louis area. I had the potato crusted chicken roulade and really enjoyed the meal. I recommend Franco's if you are looking for a new spot in Soulard."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food, but indifferent service. Brie beignet was good opening to share. Then I had ribeye … big enough to take home some for lunch and great frites. Others had mushroom pot au feu and sous vide skate wing. All good. Wines are pricey. Tart ratine was only okay. But waiter was clearly indifferent, lacked any kind of energy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Franco has the best french onion soup ever!!! I would come in just for that. The steak was just ok that is why I only rated restaurant "Good". The rest of the food should be just as superb as the french onion soup for how expensive the restaurant was. We could never find the waiter and it wasn't busy as it was a Thursday night."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We have been in that restaurant on a Wednesday night.It was not very busy but the service was excellent and the food really delicious. We had the snails in shell that were perfect with a tasty broth,and I had a mushroom stew with was very light.My husband had a rainbow trout that was pretty much enjoyed too.As a dessert,the Tatin tart would have been better if warmer and with a little more caramel sauce to our taste but nevertheless ,we ate all of it!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I'm a foodie that travels for business. I'm always looking for excellent restaurants wherever I travel to. I've been to Franco almost everytime I am in St. Louis and have never been disappointed. The last dish I had was a fish special for the night. I didn't write it down but the important point is that the first bite I had literally exploded with flavor in my mouth. It was delicious. If you're in St. Louis give Franco a try, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We love going to Franco. This is our favorite place in Soulard. Both food and drinks are always great. One of the house best entrees is the trout. Had pig trotter stuffed! Just had to try this and enjoyed, though very fatty as one might expect. Have good selections of single malt whiskeys. Salads are all fine. You always will find a special faux gras which changes daily. Onion soup another favorite and they have a special soup daily. I always love the lamb shanks though I did not have this trip."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Franco is one of our go-to occasion spots. The service is always on the money and we appreciate the informality(no tuxes or uniforms here!) The menu is done with imagination and always includes local herbs and produce, and some rarely seen seafood (char, skate). I LOVE that I can get whole anchovy fillets on my Caesar! This visit was an early weeknight, so the population was sparse. As a result, the noise level was, well, non-existent. This can change radically on weekend nights, though. Choose your preference!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed the french onion soup the most. The chicken entree was so-so. Did not anticipate that it would come out in little circles. Also, the artichokes in the entree were tough and inedible. Sad. Will order the lamb shank next time, always good. Also, we were there on a Monday night, very empty space. While I love private dining, my guest from DC was likely not that impressed."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Fantastic seafood stew in saffron broth. Wonderful salad with fresh greens. Very nice skate. And great ice cream for dessert"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing. I highly recommend the scallop tartar, smoked octopus, lamb, potato cake, chicken roulade, lamb, and some delicious frozen strawberry desert with pistachio macaroons. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My family and I love Franco. The menu is creative and inspired; the service impeccable. We enjoy cooking at home together, and so a restaurant has to be exceptional for us to book a night out. For three years we've gone to Franco for special occasion dinners, and although the menu changes over time the experience has always been memorable. And making reservations online makes it so easy to organize. Thanks Franco!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Although Franco is one of our favorites for a relaxing and unpretentious dinner, our May 24, 2014 experience was disappointing. The pate, although appropriately light for this first weekend of summer, was relatively tasteless and uninspiring. My mussels came unexpectedly served with a thin, tomato-based sauce that did not match the rich, creamier sauce of previous experiences, and my wife's chicken was dry. Although the staff was attentive and personable, the service was quite slow even though the restaurant was not particularly crowded. We've chalked this dinner up to "an off night" on a holiday weekend. We'll return because we know Franco can do far better and hope the staff will. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed Franco's and the other evening was no exception. There cannot be too many bistros in one city."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were in St. Louis celebrating my daughters high school graduation with my in-laws from Florida. My daughter made the selection as a franco-phile. Reservations were easy, finding Franco was easy, Tommy, our waiter was fantastic! The His recommendations for appetizers and desert were awesome! Service was impeccable, drink glasses always half full or better, dishes cleaned up by anyone walking by. First time visit but sure to be on our list of places to return to."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The main reason we chose your restaurant was the menu you have on line. When we arrived the items we wants (the Sea Scallops and the Pork Chop) were not on the menu. When I asked our server. His response was "We are really bad about up-dating our menu on line". Also, after we ordered, we heard the server at the table next to ours tell his guest the "Specials" you were offering. We were not told of any special. WHY???? "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent food, cute place, but noisy. Modern decor in a refurbished warehouse. Noise echos so it is difficult to have a group conversation. The food is excellent from the steak (very tender and flavorful, melts in your mouth), to the chicken in a delectable sauce, to the mussels."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Rustic French cooking, highly imaginative. Huge charcuterie appetizer plate of paté, duck confit, air-cured ham, and condiments such as rough-ground mustard. Superb onion soup. Trout done with seared apple slices and chorizo (just the more notable components), topped with pea tendrils; quite an amazing dish. Giant charcuterie bowl of stuffed trotters, several kinds of sausage, and the like. Very informal atmosphere (not in keeping with prices, which are fine-dining range), including appetizers served on slate board. Large open room, standard industrial decor (converted factory) relieved by bent-wood panels: Rustic feel is very strong, with subdued palette of colors and minimal artwork."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We ordinarily do like dining at Franco's. But not so much this time (May 10). It was very difficult to enjoy our dining experience, no matter how good everything else was, when it was uncomfortatably hot in the restaurant. There must have been a reason, but it was what it was, and we were very uncomfortalbe and disappointed. Our special occasion wasn't so special."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful about our visit to Franco. The food was fantastic. Everyone working there was fantastic. We had a great dining experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Depending on what you order, this location can be kind-of pricey. However, the food is absolutely fantastic!! I ordered the lamb, and it is was one of the best plates I have had in my life! The service was a little slow because my party of 2 arrived after a large group of 20. Since I was not in a hurry, I took the opportunity to enjoy a bottle of wine from the great wine list and visit with my friend. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went there for my girlfriend birthday. Our server discribed the chef special as "phenomenal" tuna steak served over white beans and brunescco sauce. My girlfriend ordered the chefs special. Bad choice...Presentation was great however, the taste was aweful. The beans were way too firm (undercooked) the temperature of the tuna was over-cooked, we requested medium however, the actual temperature was well done. My food and the coktails were fine. I don't think We will be going back. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "On a budget after purchasing expensive theater tickets, we almost didn't visit Franco. That would have been a mistake. By sharing warm French bread, appetizer, salad and entree, we were deliciously satisfied. We're still talking about that fabulous meal!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and wine selection. Service was prompt and our waiter was knowledgeable. Just felt a little rushed with the food coming so quickly between courses."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The main dining room and bar area are a great atmosphere. The food is terrific as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We visit family and friends in St. Louis 1-2 time per year and my wife and I always try to go to Franco's each visit. The food is excellent and the experience is always consistent...we have never had a bad meal or service there. This is amplified by the fact that there menu is always changing with the seasons; this forces us to try new things each time (as, unfortunately some of our old favorites might be off the menu that visit) but this always ends up being a pleasant surprise as the new creations are usually superb. We recommend this restaurant to anybody with exotic tastes looking for an fantastic foodie experience!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We keep coming back, menu changes every few months and have no trouble finging something great. I had ther French onion soup, snails in lobster broth and beets , yum "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The lamb shank is the best I have ever had - even better than my own! I am never disappointed at Franco."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Franco has become a favorite. Chef Jon's attention to detail is commendable, with unique combinations, and creative twists. We like to sit in the bar, which has a very comfortable, cozy feel. The service is always very good, and the wine list and bar are above average for the size. We recommend you dine leisurely, enjoying selections from thoughout the seasonal menu, relax and savor the experience."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I've been to Franco twice now, both for special occasions (my wife's birthday, then my own). I've been impressed each time with the food, atmosphere, and service. The space itself is beautiful, warm, and inviting, while the food is excellent and more traditional. Also, on both occasions, I very much appreciated our servers doing what was necessary but not being overeager. We ordered appetizers, and dinner orders weren't placed until the appetizers had been finished. This allowed us to enjoy our drinks, take our time, and relax. Also, as far as attire is concerned, I wore a jacket and tie, but would have been just as comfortable in nicer jeans and a buttondown shirt. It's a place that can really fit with whatever your occasion may be."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good take on French comfort food. Try the cassoulet or the pot au feu. Plus is ambience & staff."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great food--Melinda gave us great service and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 4/9/2014