Frances

4.8
2724 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
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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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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2724 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening.

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G
Los Angeles
241 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, creative food. Loved the bacon beignets, pasta appetizer, steak entree, good wine list

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Maybe all the amazing reviews spoiled it a bit for me, but I thought it was just ok. We got the tasting menu and everything was pretty good, but nothing made me go wow. The restaurant is small and loud but the service was friendly and the menu prices reasonable, especially for SF. But for me, it all boils down to the food and it was good, but not great.

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and wonderful service. Definitely would recommend!

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Frances. I feel like the bavette steak has been on the menu for years, and it's never disappointed me. So perfectly done. Glad to see the same staff there too, they go a great job.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A very decent neighborhood spot: food is well prepared, prices are fair, warm and very competent service. Prix fixe is a good deal. But definitely not destination dining by any means, nothing was very interesting or exceptionally executed.

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PG
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food and service. One of the best in the City and Bay Area. Bravo!

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GS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. Hard to get a reservation for party of 6 but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night out. Jerry was the best And convinced us to do the tasting menu which was absolutely superb, The chef was able to do things for us that were not on the menu.

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w
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the “Tasting Menu” and loved it! And being able to buy the house wine by the ounce was a nice touch, too. Super friendly staff. Everything came together for a great dinner!

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OD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and wine! Always a winner!

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TS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Frances continues to be a great restaurant. However, the prices continue to rise, and I wonder whether $40 for an entree is reasonable. Also, while the servers are very knowledgeable, paying attention is no longer a forte: we had to flag our server down a number of times for things that should have been offered as a matter of course.

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Frances! This was my second time here and this time they had a tasting menu offering @ $65 per person. This was a ten course meal full of different selections from the menu (We went through 6 appetizers (couple of bites per course), two mains, and two desserts. Everything was delicious! The highlights were the bacon beignets (of course ;)), the Spaghettini with Uni butter (as someone who doesn't like Uni, this was super delicious and I would have happily kept on eating it if there was more), and the Bavette Steak (sitting atop delicious baked corn bread pudding!). We had the house red wine which they sell by the ounce and it was amazing. Highly recommend Frances!

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t
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A tough reservation to get, as it seems always busy, even at early hours. We were lucky to get two counter seats at 6:15 PM. The menu is an ecclectic mix of "California fusion" - there definitely are other influences - asian, southwestern, etc., but mostly seems to be inspired by local ingredients and cuisine. The noise level is high, in a pretty small space. The service crew is challenged by the small space, but seem to have choreographed their moves well enough to get around in reasonably quick order. Sometimes you feel like you can't find your service person when you need something, but eventually they get there. At the recommendation of our server, we chose the testing menu - a 10 course meal designed for sharing between two people - fixed price $65/person. A nice mix of vegies, and proteins with some interesting sauces, and myriad of flavors - not things you'd come up with by yourself, but a nice melange... sizes ranged from quick bites(pumpkin&bacon fritters), to main courses (a grilled fish with fruit and vegetables + flank steak with hot peppers & broccolini), and some inbetweens (kale salad with cherry tomato). Desserts were good sized portion, and tasty (a gingerbreadish cake with salted caramel ice cream?, and a apple/fruit compote with rich cream dollop)

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l
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed food and service!

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C
Cumbria
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word: lovely! Delicious food, great service, nice wine. I've been there twice and both times I've gotten the tasting menu, which is a great deal and definitely the way to go if it's your first time there. I think that next time I might get the a la carte, just so I can order the amazing-looking pork steak!

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Together with sister restaurant Octavia you are guaranteed:
Excellent, creative cuisine.
Friendly, knowledgeable service.
Extremely pleasant, well conceived atmosphere and decor.
Very attractive staff in all ways.
Larry C.

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BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food and service was above average, but the noise level and cost were off-putting. I doubt I’ll return.

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GV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 3rd time we've eaten at Frances and they continue to deliver a wonderful dining experience. From the food to the service, everything was perfect for my husband's birthday dinner!

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C
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute must when visiting San Fran! We were amazed by the service and the food was incredible. We did the tasting plate and thought it was great value!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Attentive but unobtrusive and unpretentious. Incredible food. Would go back again!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply the best. I would recommend this place every time.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice but also relaxed dinner with some old friends. We shared all items, and had a great time. The food and ambiance were perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here multiple times in the past but not for sometime. So pleased it still is a well prepared and creative kitchen. Wonderful flavors and lot of thought going into the menu. Little Gem salad was extraordinary in a city where every restaurant has one on the menu!! The have to ask for bread is odd but I know some of the theories on this. Service was excellent and cleaning of table and new plates after each course was appreciated. Wine selection is good but overpriced . We travel to France 3 times a year and coming back here and paying what we do for a bottle versus Paris is very irritating.

But bravo for the great food and service. Our bill with tip was $200 so this is clearly a special occasion restaurant!!

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k
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun, versatile and delicious birthday dinner. Enjoyed every plate

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service is excellent, the majority of food we tried was also excellent but the tables are so close together you feel like you’re actually dining with strangers. If that isn’t a problem for you then Frances is well worth a visit.

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SB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well it was my second time dining here and it was my friend ‘s first visut. We had amazing service at the bar by Jerry .. but I thought the last time I dined his name was Brian so who ever was the server at the bar is superb.. loved the special Complimentary Vermouth cocktail 🍸 very nice dinner to start off my Birthday celebrations 🎊

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. My mother said this was the best food she has ever had.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great meal. The staff was welcoming and attentive. It was a special occasion and they did not disappoint. We drove over from the East Bay. Was worth the drive into the city.

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My husband and I went to Frances for our first date night after our son was born. I guess I didn't realize that we had booked bar seating which ordinarily wouldn't be bad except that the stools were very uncomfortable for a long meal. Since we hadn't been to Frances for a long time, we each got the tasting menu so we could try a variety of items. Each of the dishes were delicious, but we left still feeling hungry. The portions were comically small for two people. It was amazing the sizes of the dishes that we were expected to share. The rest of the experience was great, but we probably won't be returning again.

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D
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom here for her 86th birthday. Everything from the service, the appetizers, the cava and the delicious mains were outstanding.

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d
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sadly, no mention was made of my birthday, even though we indicated as such on our reservation.......

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MV
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Frances was recommended by a friend who used to live in the area, and during our visit we are definitely glad we checked it out. Fantastic food and a great scene. We enjoyed every part of our experience, especially dessert and the house wine selection.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of the ballpark flavors! Creative cuisine, lovely service. Get ready to drop upwards of $350 for dinner for four
Delicious!

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BN
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a fun and casual ambiance. Can't wait to go back the next time I'm in SF.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply beautiful. Wonderful wine, fantastic staff, and of course great food. Could not recommend more.

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KS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word.....AMAZING. Creative menu, changes daily, great choices, good service, call way in advance for reservation. Well worth it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top meals in SF

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LS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Frances' star was a little dimmer for me on this visit. I've always enjoyed my experiences at this restaurant, but this time it was extremely loud, and the service was colder and less elevated than in the past. Food was slow to appear. It was over an hour and 15 minutes after we were seated that our entrees finally arrived at the table. We ordered bouchees, an appetizer, entrees and sides, as well as dessert, and each course took what felt like an eternity to arrive. At least, when they showed up, they were incredibly delicious and perfectly prepared. The vegetables are always outstanding, prepared with seasonal ingredients in inventive yet unpretentious ways.

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RS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place! The food is excellent, the service is good and fun, and the tasting menu is an excellent value!

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