Franco takes French cooking and classic dishes and updates it for modern audiences. The interior reflects this pursuit of the contemporary, with a geometric ceiling design and brightly shining Edison bulbs hanging down above each table. The building Franco sits in has a sense of history though, as it was constructed all the way back to the 1900s and was nearly condemned before being revamped by Franco for a new life.
All the menu items at Franco are listed in French, but the menu thankfully provides detailed description for those who don't speak the language. The menu itself is relatively small, with only a handful of dishes that get updated and changed seasonally as fresh new ingredients come in and others go out of season. Franco also has an extensive wine list, as any self-respecting French restaurant should, and guests should definitely take advantage of the outdoor bar and patio.
RIP Franco, you will me sorely missed. You were a favorite spot for special occasion dinners and fancy date nights. Your food was always superb, and the menu was always new and interesting. I'm glad we got to come in and say goodbye one more time!
Each time we have been to this restaurant the lamb shank is visually stunning and equally as tasty. This time one if also ordered the cassoulet (hard to find in STL). Both entrees were fantastic and priced extremely well. The service was friendly and efficient. We got home from dinner and I read they are closing this Saturday. STL is losing a wonderful date restaurant and Soulard will miss it.
I knew I could count on Franco to deliver for Valentine's Day. Franco always got all our high holidays...birthdays, anniversaries etc. There will soon be a great void to fill. I'll return for a send off salute Saturday for steak and pomme frittes.
The lamb chop was great! Cork-fee of $15 was acceptable. Cheese platter was decient. Our waiter was great. Overall experience was good except waiting for 30 mins for our table.... our reservation was at 9pm and we sat down around 9:30pm....
The restaurant is now closed, but IF it were open, I'd recommend going. Top notch food and service. I heard Franco's has another location, but the one we went to closed the week after we visited. Bummer. It was a good find.