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Frances

4.8
2588 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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Frances, the namesake of Chef / Owner Melissa Perello's grandmother, is nestled between Noe and Sanchez on 17th Street in the heart of the Castro. This new addition to a bustling neighborhood hopes to lend a warm and comfortable space in which to enjoy its ingredient-driven dishes paired with a tall glass of wine. The menu changes frequently, ever-aiming to showcase the season’s finest offerings. Frances supports the shortest distance between the source and the table, bringing its guests local, sustainable and organic products when available.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm-10:30pm
Closed Mondays.
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Phone number
(415) 621-3870
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melissa Perello
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Private party facilities
Frances offers exclusive use of our dining room for large parties. We can accommodate as many as 36 people for a seated dinner and up to 50 for a standing reception. Please contact samantha@frances-sf.com for more details or to schedule an event.
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Private party contact
Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Noe and Sanchez
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Parking details
Street parking only. No Valet.
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Public transit
24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
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Entertainment
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Our reservation books are open for 30 calendar days. All available reservations appear online so if you do not see your requested date, time, or party size it means that it is not currently available.

The largest party we can accommodate is six people. We have only one table that can seat 5 or 6 people. 6 people is the maximum party size that can be accommodated in restaurant.

Reservations can be held for up to 15 minutes past the reservation time before forfeiture.

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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2588 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.8
service
4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Would be good to ‘lighten up’ a little and smile from time to time when serving - we are at the bar and at times, the service reminded us of the jet blue terminal at JFK (lifeless or taking itself too seriously). Some may see the service as patronizing.

Example:When I was asked if I wanted sparking or still water, I graciously asked to wait for my partner to return from the bathroom so she can select - In return, the staff raised the eyebrow as if I asked for the restaurant to change their menu. It’s just too much and over serious. This isn’t Lyon, France and even there they stopped doing this.

The counter staff service was as lively as a robot made by IBM.

It’s not the first time we are there (we are local) and it’s the same story again. I decided to write as your food is stunning and the place is charming.

Lighten up and have fun with your customers. Doesn’t take too much. Owners, please read this.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great overall experience

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We go to Frances every 2-3 months, each time is a hit. The food is simply delicious, the staff is great. One of the best restaurant in SF, no doubt.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Frances is a very popular restaurant in the Castro neighborhood. Dined here a few times. The food is just getting better from each experience. We had the beet salad and grilled calamari as the appetizers. The calamari was perfectly cooked with a light dressing. The beet salad had some surprise favor, from the dehydrated beet pollen. Both were refreshing. For the entrees, we had pork chop and the fish. Both are perfectly executed.
The star of the night is the server. All the staff were very friendly but our waiter danced around the tables to take care every table. He provided wine recommendations but did not make the customers feel uncomfortable. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Beautiful ingredients so deftly prepared and integrated. Strong in every course and dish. Attentive but unobtrusive service was right on point. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Frances is one of my favourite restaurants in San Francisco. The bacon beignet are a must have, so are the panisse frites, and the ever changing mains and deserts are always delicious. 9/10 times ill order the vegetarian main, not because im vegetarian, but its genuinely the best vegetarian food in the city. On our recent visit my husband and I shared the spring pea risotto and the pork chop with corn, peach and basil. We usually go for the house wine by the ounce for fun. Lovely staff and simple but beautiful interior make it the perfect spot. Thanks Frances team! You are a San Francisco treasure.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great atmosphere and service

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Love the food and service at this neighborhood gem. Just wish I didn’t always feel I was sitting right on top of other guests every time we visit. Last time had us at a two seater against the wall which allowed a little more space, but still crowded and noisy. Great menu, excellent unique wine list.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

A wonderful restaurant if you want a try California cuisine style meal. Fresh, perfectly cooked, and creative. Not sure I've been to a better restaurant ever!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Incredible food and service. Jerry, our waiter, was a standout. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

It was kind of loud. Really difficult to hear my waiter and my date. Food was pretty good. The wait was long for the entree.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Panisse frite was unusual and delicious with sauce. You will not know it is made with chickpeas. Grilled bavette (hanger steak) sliced was awesome with trumpet mushroom. I had the paperdelle with artichoke also delicious, with duck sausage. Ask for the delicious bread. Great service. Feeling special.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food and service was good. This was a far better experience than Octavia.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Fantastic food beautifully balanced. My only minor critique was my dessert. The Pavlova had too little lemon curd to my dismay and the merengue was too sweet but hardly enough to spoil a wonderful meal in this understated location.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Came here for the first time my boyfriend's birthday and we both absolutely loved the food and the experience as a whole. We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

I took my mother to Frances for her last night in town. Absolutely lovely restaurant with exceptional service, elegant decor, and mind-blowingly delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Went for my anniversary. Service was great. Food also great.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Amazing food that was simply stated yet super delicious. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Every dish was immaculate: flavorful, balanced, gorgeously colorful and felt both comfortingly familiar yet new. Our server Gerald was fantastic. The hostess was welcoming and gracious. The space is cozy and intimate and well appointed. We loved the delicate glassware. All the staff seemed to operate smoothly as one collective body, respecting each other and enjoying one another’s company. Overall fantastic experience.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The menu was what really attracted us to Frances and the Bacon Beignets were great. I loved the duck with pappardelle and the Spinach salad with marinated almonds. We also liked being able to drink the house wine by the ounce and not try to finish a bottle. The service was excellent, friendly and available when we wanted. The noise level was too loud for us and the aisle is a little tight but those are small criticisms. We will return to Frances

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Exceptional simple and seasonal food in my neighborhood with exceptional service. Down side- tables too close together and a very loud noise level. Really affects the experience.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I will definitely go again. For us this is for a special occasion destination. The atmosphere is lovely and the service is flawless and very friendly. Each and every dish we had was not only beautifully presented but delicious. The grilled calamari salad was a standout as was the bavette steak and Sakura Pork. The main courses are very generous.

It is a small space and the tables are indeed close together, but not uncomfortably so. We went early on a week night and the noise level was fine for normal conversation with straining, and I really didn't overhear anyone else's conversation. Parking is a bit of a challenge so another mode of transportation might be a good option. We did find parking after about 15 minutes so not impossible. I feel with the service and quality of the food the price is very reasonable.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food and service were outstanding! The only drawback is that the tables are quite close together and can be a little uncomfortable at first. Definitely will be back as I wanted to try everything on the menu! Everything we tried is worth ordering again as well -- seems you can't go wrong!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Have been here before and always happy with food selection and service. Would NOT recommend for group or quiet, intimate dining

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Amazing food, excellent wine list, and talented waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love Frances. Inventive but not precious. Always a great meal.

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Packed in very closely to tables at both sides. No conversation privacy At all.
Green tomato and potato appetizer was tasteless and cold. The steak was good, but the grits were undercooked and again tasteless. The greens were slim in appearance. Terribly overpriced and overrated.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Frances serves excellent American cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients and intriguing combinations of flavors and textures. We really liked the chickpea fritters, trout, and pork served with a melange of spätzle, almonds and pomegranate. We also liked the charming contrast between the upscale food and the low key vibe and decor of the room. Service was great. It's a little pricey, but we'd happily go back the next time we visit San Francisco.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food was good but not what it once was. Slippage.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Made reservation almost a month in advance and still had to wait more than twenty minutes. Not acceptable for a Michelin Star restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Frances is a gem. It's the perfect blend of simple, extravagant, and cozy. The food is out of this world. The whole experience is a 'must'.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Sophisticated food combined with warm service, nice space, and fair pricing for the quality - hard to ask for more! It’s also fairly quiet, a rare find in SF. Can’t wait to return...

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had the Grilled Calamari Salad, Five-Dot Ranch Bavette Steak, Trumpet Mushroom Confit, Anson Mills Grits, and the Gem Salad. We ended with the Dark Chocolate Pound Cake. The whole meal was exquisite. I love this food.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I had one of the best white fish dishes in a long time. Can't wait to be back and try other items on the menu! The place is cozy and with its own unique character. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Great spot!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Tables too close together. Bavette steak just OK. Halibut, fennel and the chicory salad all very good. Be prepared to be hear four or five discrete conversations taking place...unavoidable.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Really good for the food. Ambience is more or less like being shoehorned into a small space (maximize the number of tables). Service adequate, but not overly so.

Scratching my head why I didn't get Open Table points for this mean.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant on the planet. We live in Napa but come here for special meals. Simply outstanding food.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Enjoy the dinning experience there for my birthday. Great food and wine. It’s a great neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My absolute favorite restaurant in SF. Food is always innovative, perfectly cooked, and delicious. Service is always impeccable. Never pretentious, always above and beyond.

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