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!
Great place, sad to see it closing. Enjoyed the food as well as the paired wine. Sorry it took me so long to get in.
Thank u for the years of dinners. the place will be missed.
One of my wife's and my favorite places in St. Louis. We were quite sad when they closed in 2016.
Amazing food and service as always. We thoroughly enjoyed our final meal here and hope to see the staff at other local restaurants in the future. Thanks for the memories Franco!
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....
Luke was very supportive with the choices- the food was delicious - ambiance exquisite -
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.
Lamb, salad, french onion soup. nand creme brule very good. Steak though was way undercooked than ordered and was tough to cut. chicken was kind of bland. was expecting better for premium cost. Wine list was excellent as well as service aand ambiance.
When you feel like a quiet meal reminiscent of a small place in central France, you can rely upon Franco. We have been going here about ten years, a few times a year, and although they have gone through a few head chefs the food has been consistent. We enjoy sitting on a window ledge in the bar, with a bottle of cre'mant, a plate of white anchovies, and a cone of fries. On our last visit, Patti had the whole fish, a loup de mer, and it was very nicely cooked, well-boned, and tasty; it disappeared.
During ball season, you can sit in the bar and watch the Cards game on the single tv in the upper southwest corner, if you choose the right seat. This is cool little place to go as a couple or to meet some friends.
We came with a group and shared several appetizers and ordered various entrees. Each and every dish was amazing. There were varied dishes that had such depths of flavor and texture. All in our group enjoyed the evening and the effort put into every dish.
The menu offers many adventuresome dishes. My husband and I were both delighted by our meal, both the choice of wines and the quality of preparation and presentation.
wife and i got caviar to start, then grilled strip steak and lamb shank for entrees. the it was a busy night and the service was fantastic. attentive, total knowledge of the menu and wine list, but unobtrusive. the strip was grilled perfectly (rare as requested), house made pasta with the lamb shank was just as good or better than stelina and pastaria. well worth the price for that service and quality of the meal. i've already recommended it to friends and will definitely be back.
This is my husbands and I's favorite escape. It has a great ambiance, knowledgeable staff, excellent season option, locally sourced food and overall a great place to enjoy good company.
Disappointing return to a previous favorite. Excellent service and ambiance, but less than wonderful dinner. Two trout entrees were very good, one cassoulet was not special and one lamb shanks dinner truly not good. App's of oysters and beet salads were just fine. Two out of three desserts were good - the homemade chocolate ice cream was a miss; great taste, but consistency told me it had been in the freezer too long. Too expensive not to be better.
Generally not the top notch cuisine of prior visits, but I would return for more of the good.
Franco is our spot for birthdays, anniversary and the like. Seasonal menu items. Excellent food, service and selection of wine. Definitely go again, next up Valentine's Day
I returned to one of our favorite restaurants in St Louis and enjoyed the understated beauty of the space and the simple but elegant presentation of the bistro dining experience.
Four of us had a perfect dinner with exceptionally well made, fragrant and delicious fare, accompanied by an excellent pinot noir. Very friendly service in interesting, elegant decor. We will return soon.