FRANCIS'

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Our Executive French Chef was born in Brive, France, schooled and classically trained in the southwest of France, considered the gastronomic region.

He has thoughtfully created a plentiful, three course menu with five choices of appetizers, six entrees and a handful or two of his homemade desserts.

Chef also prepares daily specials and Italian specialties. Chef uses only the freshest and finest of ingredients. All of his dishes are made to order and he accommodates any palate, including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.

Al fresco dining on our terrace will reminiscent of "old world Paris" at the beach!

We are a BYOB establishment.
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

What I assume was the “owners wife” was playing hostess and tried explaining the menu and spent way too much time with us making us more uncomfortable then anything and seemed to be guesstimating the menu repeating “Francis” every sentence - when I asked which version of the octopus to get I was treated like an idiot -
I had heard such amazing things about the food despite the hostess and unfortunately it all went crashing down when I tried the tasteless escargot (if you’re French you know messing up escargots is near impossible) these were sad With no taste.
Then moved on to my own octopus which was a good waste of food since the sauce was again tasteless.
The meat was of course amazing but sauces completely failed and just too sweet too salty and clearly a mess.
To make this short, it was bad and got worst with each plate. Absurdly expensive tasteless food and at the end when we tried being honest the hostess did not apologize or acknowledge the untouched plate of duck on the table.

Saved the night with a slice of lemon meringue pie and drinks with good people.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, intimate setting, great place to eat!

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is very good at this small restaurant....we like that it is not an overwhelming place and enjoyed the evening.

d
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure!!! Food is superb and service is professional, friendly, and efficient!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was lovely! Catherine, the waitress for the entire restaurant was hustling like crazy. She deserves major kudos.

P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu beyond the normal shore fare. Escargot, veal, seafood appetizer, open-faced lobster ravioli all excellent. Not cheap, but given the quality of the food, fairly priced. I highly recommend Francis.

D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent French food, well prepared and nicely presented.

BP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Incredibly small dining room - maybe 30 seats total. Due to the small space the noise level was pretty loud. Prix fix menu - very limited. The best thing about this restaurant was the dessert - The Belgian Chocolate tear drop was amazing!! The rest of the food was not special.

J
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service, a bit loud it all lbi restaurants are

n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful local and quiet restaurant, with exceptional french food.
so delightful to have a great meal in a place where you can actually have a conversation.
staff is personable and warm and jus like neighbors...

r
Atlantic City
100 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was stunningly good. The service was a bit slow and a little haphazard but pleasant. Still we considered this a great find on LBI and will certainly return.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

MA
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were top notch; setting was lovely. Only negative was music noise level a little high. Overall a lovely evening. We will definitely be back.

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service. We had a great time as always

CA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Francis' French Restaurant was a great find. Food was excellent, they offer a prefix menu which includes Appetizer, Main Course and Dessert for only $48. They offer several dinner specials that will include an appetizer and dessert from the main menu, and prices are a bit higher.

It is a small dining room, I counted only 32 seats, but it was quaint and pleasant. Service was excellent. I definitely will go there again. I loved it.

PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately there was a table of 6 that was very loud. Attempts by the staff to ask them to reduce the noise level were unsuccessful. If it weren't for this I would rate the experience as very good. The food is very good and the wait staff is energetic and pleasant. I will still go back again.

f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

After moving to Chicago 10 years ago, I returned to LBI for a long weekend with family and had dinner at Francis and was so impressed by the quality food and attention to detail that this chef praises himself on. In the dining room, Francis’ wife Donna roams the small space sharing her knowledge about the menu and her chefs love for cooking. The space is simple and inviting compared to the food which is very elegant. So, if you’re wanting a fine dining experience with the ability to wear shorts and a golf shirt, this is it! It’s BYOB so stop off for some wine before or hit the liquor store across the street and have a great time.

VN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional staff and the owner Debra is hands on and very engaging .

PG
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of LBI’s best. Owner/host is attentive to every need. Food was excellent. Price fixed menu and BYOB. A hidden gem.

CD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Every single bite of our meals were delicious!

JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful staff, owner very helpful!

AP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best prepared meals I ever had. Would highly recommend

JR
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were excellent. The entrees are are beautiful melds of different flavors that compliment each other so well. The pre-fixe menu is relatively inexpensive for the quality of food that is served. Francis seems to outdo himself each time we visit. But Debra is the best. I adore how she can gibe with my husband and his male counterparts yet have them laughing and enjoying her company. I guess it’s an Eagles vs Giants thing!!!

TD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent - the service was very attentive - love that we can walk from our home and love that it is a BYOB

VN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the excellent service and the ambiance . The staff were very professional and friendly and explained the menus in details .

For appetizer , hubby had foi gras which was melt-in-your-mouth good . I had arugula salad which was quite good but the dressing was a tad tangy for me . For the main course , we both ordered squid ink pasta with seafood since it reminded us of our Venice vacation where we had our pasta il nero de seppia ( pasta with squid/ cuttlefish ink ) . The squid ink pasta in Francis’ was good but it lacked the squid ink taste we were craving for . Though the pasta had black ink color , it tasted like a regular pasta .

To sum it up , we plan on going back there again to try other food selections in the menu .

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the chef is amazing!! Cant wait to go back. Hes as good as any french restaurant in NYC!!

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is fantastic. Tasted a bunch of different dishes (we were a big group) and every plate was beautiful and delicious. It was very noisy. Had to shout to talk to each other. They need something to absorb some of the noise. They also need an extra person on the wait staff. They were great and working really hard but needed help.

RT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food customized for diners who have allergies. Very attentive staff. Very good choices on fixed-price menu.

PD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francis' Restaurant is truly a great find. Francis is a fantastically talented chef who takes great care in preparing every meal. We have dined here many times, and keep going back. The duck is out of this world, perfectly cooked and paired with his famous cherry sauce. The veal chop was also outstanding. Can't miss!

DC
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The appetizer was fantastic, crab and shrimp between layers of filo. The duck was too fatty and not seated properly. Prefix price was a bit high at $60. For a shore resturant. The ambiance was very poor. The redeeming factor was the owner was so personable and lovely.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Even though there was a large party of 12 next to our table, the staff were very accommodating and made our dining experience just fine. Food was very tasty and abundant.

DA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - a rare find at LBI. For the educated and non educated foodie. This food belongs in manhattan.

CA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent French cuisine and menu choices. Looking forward to dining there again soon to try their other dishes.

MB
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed the napoleon , escargot, scallops, filet and the teardrop chocolate dessert. Lovely little restaurant, although a little tight in seating. We will definitely be back.

j
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We traveled from Beach Haven to FRANCIS, not an easy trek with the lights back on, but have to say it was worth it! The food was such high quality which is difficult to find on LBI. We had escargot, veal, and homemade squid ink pasta with seafood that was fabulous!! And the desserts were also made in house by Francis, the chef and owner, and were superb. The restaurant is rather shabby tho, they could use a decorator or a new space altogether and then I would give 5 stars.

TT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Not sure if we would recommend. Read many reviews of Francis'. The restaurant was cute inside. The menu was very limited at a prefix. The appetizer was delicious, the main course (pork tenderloin) was ok. They ran out of one of the entre's before 7 PM on a Saturday. If you are serving 4 entre's, you should have them all available at that hour. Desert was fine. They did have some other specials at a la cart pricing. The service was ok, not as attentive as it should have been at those prices. My husband had the Branzino - it was also just ok. He's a fish eater - this didn't agree with him at all. Maybe it was an off night? There are many other choices at lower prices and great quality on the island. We probably won't be back.

AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food and service! One of our favorite restaurants on LBI!

OT
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for Mother's Day Brunch. We had Eggs Benedict and Florentine as well as Dover Sole plus Smoked Salmon with avocado and arugala salad. Everything was very fresh and prepared perfectly. Service was friendly and not rushed. Good time.

CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner at Francis' this past weekend. The food was amazing!

RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Easter Sunday dinner

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