Frances

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$30 and under
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American
Enjoy a Sunday dinner feeling with your family and friends where simple, delicious food is our main ingredient. Frances is the fine dining restaurant and bar where Sunday dinner happens everyday.
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Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten lunch here several times and was blown away by the great food. We had dinner there Friday night and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

TH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Small but gitchy cool. Service was terrific and so was the food. Loved it.

A
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only open a few weeks. A few small kinks have to be worked out but overall it’s a gem. Small menu, but what they offer is outstanding. I personally had the trout, cooked to perfection, tender, tasty and a crispy skin like no other. The dessert was a chocolate cake that was perfection. Can’t wait to return.

a
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a nice addition to the Pittsburgh restaurant scene! This hole in the wall space has never looked so good! A charming well designed bistro serving well prepared food in a low key ambiance and comfy bar delivers a simple but well rounded culinary offering...all served up on non matching floral china patterned china. A better than usual smallish wine list and interesting cocktails round out a lovely evening. You can hear your dinner companions in the room - although it wasn't full the evening I ate there while a pillowed-up bench and chairs surround the very close to the street outdoor seating area.
Pricing within the usual upscale fare offered in Pittsburgh and a perfect space for an intimate dinner.
There are also a few tables to accommodate somewhat larger parties, but if it takes off expect there to be a wait for a table.

OT
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances is an absolute *gem*
The restaurant is charming in its decor and the chic antique glasses and plates. The service is personal, honest, and friendly. The food is outstanding. The prices are reasonable. Overall, I can’t recommend Frances more

S
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really special dinner and cannot wait to go back. Everything was very very good from starters to dessert! The octopus was especially delicious!

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Lamb steak was over cooked. My wife’s trout was not fresh. No bread served-was told they hadn’t decided if they were going to serve bread-say what? If you are going to be like “Sunday dining” as they claim, how do you not have that decided when you open. And disn’t Like the Pinot Noir they offered by the glass. Not enough serving staff. They were quite busy and the bartender had to rescue the servers. Long wait for entrees.

CK
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This new restaurant was perfect in every dimension. Outstanding food, wonderful red Rhône, excellent service and the cutest coziest ambiance! Hope they do a great business.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great very well done and Sue the owner is fabulous !

E
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome new spot!

s
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and attentive service. What huge potential. The starters were lovely, beetroot salad and scallops ceviche, prepared and presented perfectly. The main courses were a little disappointing - presentation great but the risotto was super salty and the fish over-cooked and dry. The restaurant has just started and we will be going back. Hopefully these are just teething problems as they find their feet!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem. More people need to try this spot!

R
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking on open table Frances came up as a new restaurant. What a delightful place! I had the best drink ever and the carrot salad is simply out of this world! My husband and I also shared the filet- done perfectly and served with a delicious side of potatoes 🥔 I am planning on returning for my birthday dinner next week! Highly recommend ❤️

U
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and we sat outside. It was lovely. Nice new addition to Shadyside.

JH
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this new restaurant on Copeland Street in Shadyside. The food was delicious as were the craft cocktails. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is quaint and really pretty. I highly recommend it.

CB
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

First timer acting on a recommendation of family who dined during their soft opening. The dining room was not crowded on a later Friday evening; the four outdoor tables were occupied. The restaurant has an upscale european bistro feel. The cocktails were excellent. The menu is still rather limited - four appetizers, two salads, four entrees, and two desserts. No chef specials this evening. Shared two appetizers - the corn cake and burrata. The corn cake was a hit - we actually ordered a second! The burrata was 'good'. We split a barbecued carrot salad for the second course - outstanding! Entrees ordered: Filet, Buttermilk Chicken, and Grilled Octopus. All three entrees were perfectly cooked, properly seasoned, and quite tasty. Presentation was also well done. Along the way, we split a bottle of Rose and a Cotes du Rhone red. The wine list is a bit small but serviceable. Wrapping up the night, we split the panna cotta and the chocolate cake. The cake won the dessert battle - the panna cotta was like the burrata - just 'good'. They serve french press coffee; we finished the evening with a few cups of decaf. The service was attentive, non-intrusive, honest, and helpful. I will certainly stop by again.

s
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Charming little restaurant. Daughter and her mother and her husband have done a really nice job
with the decor. It's more like a tea room with a bar. The food doesn't match. I myself do not like plates that are stacked high with sandwiches and french fries. Maybe for the men, and the "bowl" I chose had food that I know but was presented so differently. that changed the taste.

NB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very accommodating and friendly, the decor is fun - I loved the mixed place settings. And the food was amazing! I've already recommended Frances to several friends!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at both the bar and our table! Food was just as excellent.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious and service was friendly! Will definitely be back.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The were just getting opened and had a limited menu but the food was excellent and cocktails were great. Will definitely be back! Our waitress Michelle was excellent

D
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

charming decor, very relaxing
service was great, very friendly yet professional
grain bowl was an interesting addition to salads and sandwiches, loved the greek
good value

PF
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant just opened for lunch and soon will be open for dinner. It is small and beautifully decorated. Lunch was delicious. We had the BLT, burger and veggie lettuce wraps. All had a gourmet French touch. French fries were great—important for a French restaurant. Portions were right sized (not too large) and food was fairly priced. Sandwiches were perhaps a little greasy—glad the have cloth napkins-but I expect this well located restaurant will be a player in the Walnut Street business district. It is operated by a mother-daughter team, a nice touch! Oh, and they brought Heinz ketchup with the burger—guess they know their audience.