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1018 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(314) 436-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Dreja
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Private party facilities
Franco has beautiful spaces to host your private events. We offer private Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Happy Hour and Cocktail Receptions for private groups of up to 200 guests.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (888) 927-3816
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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.
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Cross street
Carroll Street
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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.
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RobC (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

Back2Lou (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Thank u for the years of dinners. the place will be missed.
*Permanently Closed*

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

One of my wife's and my favorite places in St. Louis. We were quite sad when they closed in 2016.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 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!

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

BK5W (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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....

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Luke was very supportive with the choices- the food was delicious - ambiance exquisite -

GinaP (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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.