Frances

4.8
2773 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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
Instagram: sf_frances
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Special events & promotions
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 cannot be combined to create larger parties.

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

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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for an exclusive New Year's Eve dinner featuring a four-course menu for $100 per person. There will be an optional wine pairing for $60 per person as well. We will not be serving our a la carte dinner menu on this evening.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2773 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love going to Frances. The food is refined comfort food. Right down to the salads. They know how to bring delicious flavors to the simplest dishes.

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a small restaurant tucked into the neighborhood. One of our favorite spots!

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, my favorite place in town, year after year!

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food (as always). We chose the tasting menu and added the octopus appetizer, because why not? All items were excellent and we had plenty to eat. I would come to Frances for their chickpea pannise alone - a true treat.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow and not very thoughtful. I expect better for the prices and difficulty of securing a reservation. Food was excellent.

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b
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible level service by staff; the menu's variety; overall quality of food; and just the general value, they exceeded our plan evening's celebration. We have now been twice on our anniversary and every time is just "better". Excelled beyond expectations. The Servers was attentive yet allowed us time to enjoy each others' company. The menu change was noted upfront for a new offering and server recommended it as a way for us to explore the depth of their menu fully. The tasting menu of 10 small plates is the way to go if anyone reads this review...Food is top notch for this level of restaurant. Mara, our server, was incredibly sweet and joyful to assist us in our dining choices. Cheers to the staff.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent and creative. Staff is friendly and professional. Somalier does wonders with the house wine. Love this restaurant! Mostly go for special occasions.

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AV
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have an intolerance to garlic (yes, quite unfortunate) that makes eating out rather interesting... the staff at Frances went out of their way to accommodate my issue and created a dish specifically for me keeping it garlic free and, thus, incident free. They were gracious and professional and provided an outstanding dining experience to a "problem" diner. It's just a great place to grab an exceptional bite in SF!

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NW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really great, as were the wines choices. I also like the staff who are super Friendly we were celebrating a friends Birthday and all the staff acknowledge my friends Birthday.

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I thought that Frances is very expensive for food that is very ordinary. I like to cook and although I thought the food was good, I didn't think it was great. I'm glad that someone gave us a gift card because I wouldn't want to waste our own money on just a basic meal that I make at home. I've come to the conclusion by all the rave reviews of Frances, that the diners who eat there don't know how to cook. I hope I don't sound too harsh, but the noise level and the tables crowded together really don't make for a terrific experience.

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal at Frances is a special occasion and this meal is no different. The staff are wonderful and friendly. The food is delightful. The ambience is always so lovely. Will go back for my next special everyday occasion!

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HN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Delicate enough to preserve the taste of each material, just like Japanese cuisine. It's really unfortunate, however, why so salty?? The atmosphere should be unexpectedly different...bustling and friendly, than you would imagine. I also unexpectedly enjoyed great old soul music from the audio set.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances has consistently been one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco for years. The food is absolutely delicious and changes regularly with a few standards always in place for repeat customers. The service is welcoming, attentive and formal without being the least bit pretentious.

They are now offering a tasting menu, which puts a few choices from the evening's menu together and takes away the burden of having to pick just one thing.

I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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m
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Good food although my steak was a bit undercooked. Service good but took a little long to get entree after appetizers and salads. Not quite as memorable as last time we ate there. Appetizers and salads were excellent and so was the steak even though a little too rare....

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing as always!

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic birthday dinner here for 4 people. The tasting menu was just right, it allowed us to sample a bit of everything. Loved the beignets, the Brussels sprouts, and the chickpea fritters, the red snapper and the Babette. Our waiter was outstanding and knew the menu and wine list to a T. Friendly, intimate neighborhood spot. Will definitely return.

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KD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the real deal. Unpretentious, FANTASTIC food, great service. A+ in all ways. You won't be disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really impressed with the quality.
As well as the knowledge and helpfulness of our server.
Hope to return some day.

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PH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. A new fave

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JK
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner here with friends and with the exception of one unusual appetizer (in only my opinion, not that of my friends), *everything* was stupendous. The service was stellar and truly attentive, which is somehow not the norm in most SF restaurants. We indulged in starters all the way though desserts. Though of course their menu likely changes regularly, I would note the boozy affogato and maple bacon beignets were not to be missed - yum! Though they were not giving away the wine list, the wines were very good and the server's knowledge of it was impressive. Thank you Team Frances, we'll recommend and return.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!

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EC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances never disappoints; the food is healthy, sophisticated and unpretentious, and the service is outstanding.

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KP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances is a dining experience not to be missed! Whenever we visit San Francisco we make certain to include dining at Frances in our plans! Each dish is prepared with tender loving care, evidenced by the wonderful combination of flavors and ingredients in each dish! The service is awesome! All the staff are very personable and committed to providing you with an incomparable dining experience!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu – it was excellent. Been here a few times, always tasty, inventive food in an unpretentious environment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The dining experience was great. Service was friendly with our server taking extra time to provide us with suggestions since this was our first visit to the restaurant. Enjoyed our evening very much.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends Birthday

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good stuff. I def recommend going and letting the chef take the wheel. Super fancy. Glamacious. Radness. Tasty.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was outstanding. Kitchen was slow, food was well prepared but nothing we had was magical. For the reputation and pricing of this restaurant, things were fine but not great. I was hoping for great.

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d
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently outstanding both in the food and the service. The wait staff is so helpful and friendly.....its always such a pleasure to go here.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco- it never fails to deliver an exceptional dining experience. Simply put - the food is to die for.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basically the best experience we could have asked for

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent table away from other patrons bc of birthday. That was really sweet.

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A
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding. The food was regular to not that great. The garbanza fritters we had high hopes for, were actually not good at all and we didn't eat them.

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JP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always celebrate our anniversary and other celebrations here. The food always hits the spot!

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PT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They asked us to move to the bar to seat someone else while we were drinking our wine and talking about a dead relative. Our wine was our dessert, if we were eating they wouldn’t have asked.

Food was great as always

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food took a while to come out. Wait staff was so great and very sweet to my 4 yr old!

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FH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Wait staff and others were excellent!

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and the incredibly professional kitchen and table staff. Food prep, pace, and presentation was perfect. We brought 4 friends and they were impressed with our good taste and ordered up!!

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AN
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic! Small, amazing food, lovely ambience.

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MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Great, intimate ambiance. Fantastic service. Always consistently delicious food.

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